Letter to the Editor: “They Pick, You Pay”

by Dick Rowland

An edited version of the following was printed in the January 18, 2012 edition of Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Page A15.

“City rail plan on track, financially sound” proclaims the headline of the article authored by the members of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation in the 1/15/12 Honolulu Star-Advertiser. They make the case for the enormous project and its viability. What they fail to mention is that if the project fails, they have no skin in the game.  In other words, if the endeavor fails, they, the “responsible” will not be held accountable. That is to say, they will not pay the costs of failure ($5 to 10 Billion or some such). Who would pay? Look in the mirror. We the taxpayers will be the victims. And when we try to blame someone, the lines of responsibility are so cleverly clouded that they, HART, can point to the City Council, the Mayor and perhaps others and blame them. In summary, they pick; you and I pay. Do you trust their judgment, unhindered as it is by any genuine liability, or for that matter, any election, since they are appointed?

Are you angry? If yes, it is recommended that you start practicing intolerance — immediately and intolerantly.

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