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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
Entered at the Post Offlce at Walluku, Maui, Hawaii, as second-class matter.
A Republican Paper Publislied in the Interest of the People
Issued Uiery Saturday.
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will J. COOPER,
EDITOR AND MANAGER
AUGUST 14, 191 S.
HELP STOP TUB LEAKS.
If the board of supervisors succeed in putting the Kula-Makawao
water system upon a basis of real efficiency and business-like adminis
tration their accomplishment should be entitled to the highest form of
recognition that the people can give. It will be a real accomplishment.
Most Maui citizens know that the Makawao waterworks has not been
a howling success, financially or otherwise, but not many probably know
just how bad the situation has become. Here are some figures that
should make tax-payers sit up and take notice. Also having taken notice,
to get right back ot the supervisors who are showing every evidence of
determination not to stop until the whole tangle is straightened out.
The Kula-Makawao waterworks has cost in construction $2O0,0Q0
The cost of operation and interest amounts to $12,300 per year.
The revenue Irom the system amounts to about $2200 per year.
The net loss to tax-payers is $10,100 per year.
This counts nothing for depreciation, and only includes interest on
the original investment ot $10,000, so the loss is really considerably
greater at least $12,000 per year or $1000 per month. Moreover the
system is in bad condition and needs extensive repairs right now. And
it will become more costly to maintain next year, and still more costly
from year to year as it grows older.
The situation is startling, but it is not new. It has existed almost
from the time the system was built. There has been bad management.
There have been mistakes. The service has never been what it should
have been, in no small part due, apparently to inefficient administration
But nothing is to be gained by getting excited or in trying to place
t lie blame lor ail this, lhe real work is to stop this terrific leak of tax
payers' money, if it can be stopped. There are two ways to go about
this. First, by cutting down cost of operation. Second, by making
the system produce more revenue. Both arc doubtless feasible in a
degree. How much, remains to be seen. If the figures of the commit
tee s reixirt showing that only about a third ot the water that enters the
pipe-head is ever accounted for, be correct, there is a leak of some kind
Fifty thousand dollars more are to be spent on a reservoir for this
system during the next year. This should improve the system, but unless
it can bring in more revenue it is simply sending good money after bad.
Whether the waterworks can ever be made to be self maintaining is
doubtful; but it should be much nearer so than it is at present. Nor
should it be such a difficult thing to put the system on a thoroughly effi
cient and business-like basis. The supervisors are on the right track
and unless they permit themselves to be sidetracked by peanut politics,
or confused by details, they will succeed. But they need the public
backing. Forget the mistakes of the past. Boost don't knock.
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D U SIN ESS IS D V SIN ESS.
Business is business. That's the reason the Pacific Mail Steamship
Company announces that it will go out of business on November 1. It
declares that the new Seamen's Act will make it impossible for it to
operate at a profit. For the same reason the Oceanic company has taken
the Sierra off the local San Francisco-Honolulu run and is fitting her
up presumably for the Australian trade there's more money in it.. Of
coure Hawaii is going to be badly hurt, but that is only incidental. Busi
ness is business.
A movement is again on foot to have the Coastwise Navigation Law
amended so that passengers may travel between the Islands and the
mainland on foreign vessels. Already the Matson Navigation Company
and other interests are getting ready to oppose this idea to the last ditch.
They will do this largely in the name of patriotism; but the real reason
will be business. The suspension of the Pacific Mail and the Oceanic
service will not hurt Hawaii's freight service materially. This is taken
care of by the Matson company and by the American-Hawaiian line,
both of which have been largely built up by Island freights. With the
former company the passenger business is incidental to the freight traf
fic, while the American-Hawaiian caters to no passengers at all. And
again nothing but business reasons dictate the policy.
The passenger traffic alone is not attractive; the freight traffic is.
And when it comes to making contracts for handling the half million
tons of Hawaiian sugar, the Hawaiian planters make the best bargains
they can it would not be good business not to do so. To require the
American-Hawaiian Steamship Company to go into the passenger car
rying business if it would get the rich freight consignments, might be
entirely possible, but it would also possibly give the company a lever
by which to boost tonnage rate on sugar. That would be decidedly
That a very large number of people now in the Islands are vitally
interested in the maintenance and enlargement of the tourist traffic from
the mainland, or are otherwise interested in frequent sailings rather
rt'.an tonnage, fully justifies their demand for the right to travel un
hampered on any vessel which touches at our jiorts, regardless of the
flag she carries at her taffrail. It's a matter of business with them
also. But such a letting down of the bars might hurt the Matson com
iwny's passenger business. Also it would be most unpatriotic to travel
under a foreign flag, and that's bad business if you're the right kind
of American. Also again a very considerable number of shares of the
Matson company are owned right here in the Islands, which is a very
powerful patriotic reason for opposing anything so un-American as
traveling on a foreign vessel. And then business is business.
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CAN'T THEY STOMACH McCARNf
There is hope in the latest report that Chief Justice Robertson is
to be reappointed. Incidentally the respect for the present national ad
ministration will not receive the jolt it certainly will, should the rumor
that Jeff McCarn is to get this high place, prove correct. The friends
of President Wilson here in the Islands have been already much disap
pointed in that he has apparently acquiesced in the demands, of the
worn out spoils system. There is probably .no very serious fault to be
found in the policy of replacing a good official with one equally as cap
able, but this has not been the case in a number of instances here in
Hawaii. And in the matter of Hawaii's judgeships this abuse of poli
tical iovver has threatened to be most flagrant. In the removal of Judge
Whitney, which seems assured, is a conspicuous case in point. The de
partment of justice is admittedly weak in democratic judicial timber,
which is no excuse whatever for cumbering our benches with anything
at all that happens to wear the label of democracy. The injustice of
such policy is the more apparent when it is remembered that Hawaii,
owing to her territorial status, has not even the privilege of expressing
resentment at the polls as has any other community in the union.
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If the people don't want Sunday moving pictures the supervisors
can't make them attend. If they do want them, what right has anyone
to say they shall not? It will be hard to show that the morals of the
community will suffer, and without such showing there is no excuse for
withholding the privilege. The question of whether the legislature, or
the supervisors, or congress should grant the permission hasn't anything
to do with it. It's up to the supervisors.
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