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July 24, 2017

Think About It: Ferry Good

I actually got to ride the Superferry about six weeks ago.As a proud, Hawaii state taxpayer, I now know that I'll be helping to pay offthat thing for another 11-years, so I feel a sudden rush of exuberance that atleast I got a ride. IOf course, I had to pay once again, and it's not cheapriding from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia straight down to Portland, Maine. But thefive hour trip was smooth, the crew was very accommodating, the views weregreat, and the seats were quite comfortable.

Ah, if only more people in officialdom had done theirhomework by providing the apparently-needed complete environmental studies backin 2007, maybe the ship would still be here, carrying people and goods betweenislands. Of course, if more people had handled all of the environmental issuesrelated to the Thirty Meter Telescope, perhaps that project would not be inlimbo and in real jeopardy of going away. Can you say Canary Islands? Withprojects of this magnitude- we need better due diligence, not dull diligence.

Lessons not learned over time on government-led projectshave proven costly time and time again in Hawaii, so let's hope that if thisnew ferry possibility comes to fruition in Hawaii, that all of the toughquestions are asked and answered in advance to preclude myriad court dates andthe usual blame game we see all too often. And then we have the never-endingsaga of the in-progress rail project, due to possibly be in full service by2026. And the hits just keep on coming! Think about it…

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