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Revenue forecasting and debt the real reasons for OPALCO increase | Guest Column

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00AM

A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10 percent increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase was needed because “Members have not been paying their full share” of OPALCO’s costs.

 

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The scoop on the short ballot | Guest Column

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00AM

Voters hate white space on a ballot. Every time a short ballot goes out, we receive calls complaining about our spending money on an election for one race. Sadly, sometimes that’s just the way it is.

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Exploring OPALCO’s problems

  • Jul 24, 2015 at 2:57PM

A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10 percent increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase was needed because “Members have not been paying their full share” of OPALCO’s costs.

Moratorium on vacation rentals not a solution | Guest Column

  • Jul 23, 2015 at 8:00AM

Regarding illegal vacation rentals, I agree the county should enforce existing regulations. However the vast majority of legitimate vacation rentals on this island are not places that are likely to rent long term to “the county’s middle working class”.

Tansy ragwort: Toxic and tainting | Guest Column

  • Jul 22, 2015 at 12:00PM

Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay store these poisons in their liver

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