BEST ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE
Civics Lesson #2: The state, not the county, gave us the Superferry. State officials decided an Environmental Impact Statement wasn’t necessary; that worries about Superferry cars tracking invasive species all over the islands were unfounded; and that concerns about increased traffic snarls caused by the boats were overblown. But once again, you picked a county issue as the runner-up for both these categories: over-development. Now we’re all for development: we like big roads with two lanes in each direction so the faster cars travel on the left and the slower ones stick to the right. We like living in a warm (or cool), well-made house that doesn’t leak when it rains. We enjoy working in a big, air-conditioned building. And we especially love eating in places affording nice views and spacious settings. That being said, the county has some gall okaying more timeshares, condominiums, golf courses and multi-million-dollar mansions than we want to know about while telling us long-time residents to stop watering our lawns because we’re running out of water. Hey, how about figuring out the water situation and getting that long overdue affordable housing built and then start worrying about where the rich and famous will tee off.
Runner-up: Over-development. (KS)