Molokai needs to be more friendly to tourism

A Dec. 24 letter writer from Kaunakakai bemoans the recent tax legislation that, in the writer’s opinion, will cause welfare benefit losses. This comes from the same island that routinely turns away visitor cruises and other tourism-related industries.

Like it or not, tourism drives the economy in Hawaii. If residents want jobs and to support themselves on the Friendly Isle, they need to accept reality. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for their refusal to accept reality. If they want more jobs and money on their island, perhaps they should be more accommodating to the industry that brings the vast majority of money into our state.

Larry Quimby