Stop sustaining industries that cannot compete

On the sugar bill issue: “HC&S provides $56 million in wages to 800 Maui residents” (The Maui News, May 23). It should have been stated: “Taxpayers and the Maui sugar producer continue to sustain 800 jobs on Maui.”

In today’s global economy, we must stop sustaining industries that no longer can compete. Instead, we continue this form of welfare called price-sustaining policies.

As valuable as it may seem, if the production of sugar is not fully independently successful, we need to stop and change.

Gabriel P. Castano