The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
April 17, 2008
Anyone who's even glanced at the May Vanity Fair story on Monsanto by investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele knows that the chemical giant is one immensely powerful corporation. Among the myriad brutal tactics employed by the company (which grows genetically modified corn on Maui) is the practice of putting the screws to little family farms suspected of "patent infringement"—namely, such unconscionable crimes as using leftover GMO seeds from this year's harvest in next year's, which Monsanto deems a crime, punishable by ruinous litigation. The story documents how Monsanto agents and investigators have spied on farmers and ruthlessly accosted them in public. According to Barlett and Steele, 2007 saw "112 such lawsuits, in 27 states."
|2||1||Alexander & Baldwin|
|4||4||Maui Land & Pineapple Co.|
|7||7||Wailuku Water Co.|
|9||10||Maui Electric Co.|
How do you get downgraded if you already have a junk-bond debt rating? Beats me, but the folks over at Carlyle Group-owned Hawaiian Telcom know: Moody's Investor Service recently did exactly that. Their reasoning isn't exactly a mystery, given HT's loss of thousands of land-line customers and a state PUC investigation for poor customer service. Such troubles "may have caused significant long-term damage to the company's competitive position," Moody's said, according to the April 9 Honolulu Advertiser. The Advertiser story then explained that HT's new rating is "six levels below investment-grade ratings." MTW
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