It is quite interesting that in less than a month, the EPA has cited HC&S for clean air violations, the County of Maui has been cited by a federal court that the injection wells are in violation of the Clean Water Act, and for the first time ever, a citizens' initiative has successfully obtained the necessary signatures to put before the County Council, perhaps to have it voted on by the residents of Maui County. What do all of these items have in common?
They all deal with the ineptitude and lack of conscientiousness of our elected officials. How so, one may ask? In each case, thousands of members of our community have submitted testimony, appeared before the County Council at a community hearing, at a board or commission of the county or a hearing held by the Council, begging, pleading, cajoling and requesting that something be done about these and other issues, including lack of sufficient water, either in quality or quantity in Upcountry communities and/or streams and creeks of East and West Maui.
Yet every two years, voters get hoodwinked by fancy fliers, ads on radio, TV, mailings in postal boxes and now, the Internet, saying that this or that candidate will do everything they can to support the environment. Then what is the result?
Perhaps on Aug. 9 and in November, the tide will change. The time may finally arrive when sustainability, the environment and fragile ecology of Maui County will win out at the polls. We shall see.