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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the I'ost Office at Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
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WILL J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
MARCH 6, 1915
ABOLISH THE LICENSE-FOR-REVENUE SYSTEM.
.Many persons who have not considered the subject carefully, have
doubtless been misled regarding the objects of the pernicious license
lax system of this Territory. There is no objection to persons engaged
in the various callings now requiring licenses being compelled to secure
permits. Indeed it is highly desirable that persons handling food pro
ducts, or otherwise dealing with the public, should be under proper
supervision by health or police authorities. J3ut the fee for these per
mits should in most cases be merely nominal, and not deliberately de
signed for producing revenue. It is not a just or proper means of rais
ing money. Not only does it in many instances bar many poor people
from engaging in honest occupations for which they may be fitted, but
.t not infrequently prevents small communities from receiving service
:hey otherwise could have. It also produces an unhealthy contempt for
the law. Many persons are today evading the licenses, in some instances
with the knowledge of the officials charged with enforcing the law
but who, recognizing its injustice, wink at the violations, or attempt to
discriminate in its enforcement. Our laws should encourage thrift and
industry instead of acting as a check to personal endeavor as these laws
do. Taxation that tends to retard development and to discourage ini
tiative is slowly coming to be recognized as one of the serious handi
caps under which civilization has been struggling for centuries. We
are gradually coming to appreciate also that taxes may be levied in man
ner to stimulate instead of to hamper community and individual pro
gress. a a a a a
BUILD TUB LAHAINA WHARF.
Members of the board of harbor commissioners took a look at the
site proposed for the new Lahaina wharf, last week. Presumably they
are going to do some more pondering on whether or not the legislature
two years ago knew what it was talking about when it provided $150,000
ior the board to spend for this purpose. Lahaina people say that the
administration has declared that it is waiting to be shown that the busi
ness at Lahaina justifies the spending of $150,000 on a wharf. This is
probably an error, since presumably the legislature went into that phase
if the matter very carefully before the money was appropriated. Nor
is there any doubt that the wharf would be a financial success right from
the start, provided it is of a character that will make the loading of
sugar less expensive than the present lighter system.
The legislature authorized the wharf, "on condition that the Board
of Harbor Commissioners, upon investigation, locate a .suitable site."
Jii th;s one important point only has the administration justification
in holding up the proposition. And on this point the best engineering
talent in the Islands has already set its seal of approval.
But the Lahaina wharf is more than a local proposition. It is a
matter of importance to the whole county and territory. Even under
the present inadequate and dangerous facilities for handling passengers,
this port is one of the most important in the Islands. It is the logical
landing place for tourists. In fact this wharf is one of the first things
that Maui must have in making available her rich assets for the tourist.
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PUBLIC BUSINESS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
"The Senate went into executive session to consider Governor Pink
ham's recess appointments," reports a Honolulu paper. If there is any
thing in this Territory that should be open to the free light of day it
.'ouid be the legislature. Xot only in part but wholly. It is hard to
imagine what could be said or done behind closed doors in this par
ticular instance, or in any other in which the Senate, the governor, or
the governor's appointees are concerned, that the public has not the
fullest RIGHT to know. If it is consideration for the feelings of per
sons discussed, it should be remembered that when a man accepts a
public office he deliberately steps into the lime light, lie has no right
to kick if the glare is uncomfortable. If it is covvardice'on the part of
the inquisitorial body, the people ought to know that also.
The only place in a democratic government where temporary se
crecy is justifiable, is where justice may be thwarted by premature pub
licity. W hat the legislature SHOULD do is to enact a law that would
nuke secret caucuses and executive sessions illegal. Public business
is the people's business. They have a right to know the details as well
as the results.
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PASS THE CHILD LABOR BILL.
v All right minded persons will hope for the passage of the drastic
child labor bill now before the legislature. With the development of
industries in the Islands there will be a great temptation to draw upon
the ranks of childhood for cheap labor. Anyone who has had a g'.impse
of the blighting horror of child exploitation as it exists in some of our
supposedly civilized states, will pray that this curse of greed may never
tain Hawaii's fair name. Xow is the time to act.
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One of the things which the legislature should abolish is the estab
lished Lahaina circuit court term. The idea of two county seats in a
county the size of Maui is preposterous. Whatever reason may have
existed in past years for this practice has been swept away by the pali
road which makes communication quick and inexpensive. The few
who are convenienced by the dual system are enormously discounted
by the many who are discommoded.
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