Hawaiian Lava and Property Rights

This was on the TV news: A 60-something man living near Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano, poignantly said goodbye to his home shortly before it burst into flames. He explained no one on the island could get insurance against lava flow, so he lost everything, and it would be hard at his age to start over.

He’s right about that, but he should have thought of it sooner. Why did he think the land was so cheap (for Hawaii)? Why would insurance companies exclude these policies? Didn’t he wonder where everyone else was?

Another man said he “hit his [asthma] pump three times that morning” because of the acid fumes.  Good Heavens! Why did he chose to live on a volcanic island if he has asthma?  People have to learn to make better choices. Or the government has to assure them they will not bail them out of their poor choices.  Poor choices will have consequences.

I was reminded of those in our area who own shore property. Once they buy their property, they do all they can to limit access to nearby public beaches, essentially creating their own private beach.  (This was very noticeable in New England, not so much in New Jersey.)

But when the winter storms hit, they are all over the TV news demanding the Federal government (meaning you and me) pick up the major part of the repair cost so they can continue living their privileged lifestyle—and keep riff-raff like you and me away.

(Just drop money on my doorstep and go home.)

RWalck@Verizon.net

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About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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