Many of our local, county, state and federal elected officials are looking backwards. They are drawing from their knowledge of the past to try and shape the future.

For example;

U.S. house bill 2936 proposes to loosen federal land use requirements to bring back the timber industry. The timber industry left Arizona in the 1990s. The last several years have been the hottest on record. The timber industry is looking at the drought. They know the drought is the new normal. Dare I say it? This is climate change.

Our elected officials see growth as a form of revenue, including building permits, grading permits, encroachment permits, impact fees, property and sales tax revenue, etc. However, where is the water going to come from? No elected official wants to touch this subject.

Save the Navajo electrical generating plant. There`s $150 million dollars in differed maintenance at the plant. The plant is nearly 40 years old, and cheaper, gas-fired plants are replacing the coal-fired plants all over the United States.

Arizona house bill HCR2022 proposes to allow state legislators to approve candidates for the U.S. Senate. This is an attempt to run around the 17th Amendment. The voters decide who will be the next U.S. senator, not the state legislature. We need a vision of the future, not of the past.

Eric Whitaker