Three cheers for the decision by the Honolulu City Council for its latest compromise. The vote this week was to extend a one-time reprieve for property taxpayers who qualify but did not file for a owner-occupant exemption on high-end homes.
Besides the devastation in Puna, for many island residents the only things Hurricanes Iselle and Julio left behind are those cases of bottled water and Spam collected in a last-minute frenzy. No doubt many Hawaii households are fully stocked for the next hurricane.
Princeton University was seeking to thwart grade inflation when it decided in 2004 to limit the percentage of students in any given course who could receive an A. Now the Ivy League institution is reconsidering the policy.
Oahu's natural environment is under constant pressure, and when it rains hard, damage can intensify. The latest example is in Palolo, where raw sewage overflowed because vandals maliciously stuffed a manhole with all sorts of junk.
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