Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hawaii

Don't you wonder what's going on in Hawaii? Especially in the legislature and governor's office? Money is running out, tourists are not travelling, hotels are losing guests, and rates and taxes are increasing. That's right. Although some of the hotels are offering inducements, the decrease in room rates is only temporary and cannot be used for long term stays. And the tax on tourist rooms is increased by the legislature. In their infinite wisdom (and I am using the terms very very loosely), the legislature voted to override the governor's veto of an increase in the tourist tax.
Traffic conditions in Hawaii are horrendous. Every morning, and every evening, the stream of red lights on autos coming into the city look like flows of lava coming down the palis. And most cars have only one person in them. What a mess.
Several suggestions to improve traffic in Honolulu - There is a carpool lane for cars where autos with more than one person can speed along. But if the carpool lane is renamed to cars with only one person, the tie-up would be even worse than it is now. Can you imagine, just one lane for traffic? While the other lanes would be moving along with more than one person in the car.
Another way to reduce the horrendous traffic mess would be to increase the number of buses on the road and, this is crucial, make the fares free - supported by increased gas taxes and businesses.
The Bus system in Honolulu can take you any place - sometimes longer than by car; but if the cars are off the road and the buses are there, the times should decrease and the tie ups should diminish.
Nevertheless, Hawaii is a beautiful place - the people are warm, gracious, and beautiful and no one can ruin the Pacific Ocean, the palm trees, the beaches, the mountains, and the rainbows.

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