Editorial | Letters Letter: Politicians turned by union influence Oct. 27, 2019 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Finally, people are starting to speak out about union influence in local government. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Finally, people are starting to speak out about union influence in local government (“Construction industry drives up local costs,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, Oct. 17). Every politician seeks the union endorsement for election, and it comes with a heavy cost. The lopsided 7-2 vote from our City Council on Councilmember Joey Manahan’s Bill 37, is a sad reminder of how payback works in Hawaii (“Council OKs bill mandating union labor for city projects valued at least $2M,” Star-Advertiser, Oct. 10). As the architect of this farce, Manahan will be responsible for increasing the already outrageous construction costs for government, making sure union dues increase and corruption flourishes. Look at any taxpayer-funded project and see if you can find one that is under budget or on time. Airport modernization, rail transit and the proposed Aloha Stadium and Blaisdell Center renovations are all aimed to keep unions busy and tax dollars flushing away. Wailani Ho Maunalani Heights Click here to read more Letters to the Editor. Previous Story Column: Ka moʻolelo mānaʻonaʻo o Emmett Till Next Story What happens after Gabbard goes?