Serving the Community

It is easy to become confused when trying to understand and sort out what the media commentators and pundits tell us. There is so much misinformation, bias, and half-truths being told, who knows what to believe!

The most skilled in communicating are successful in presenting their views in a manner that will catch attention. Key to capturing an audience is when a commentators’ message gains acceptance from the public by creating awareness on issues that strikes a common value to readers and viewers and being able to report on the public dissatisfaction of how important issues are mishandled and misunderstood.

Case in point, Donald Trump sealed his nomination as the Republican Presidential candidate by securing a majority of Delegates. Trump supporters are disgusted with the nonsense and wrongful actions of his opponents. To contest that and catch attention, Trump is and has been obnoxious, boisterous and aggressively offensive to government and public interest programs that do not, and have not worked. In today’s priority for political correctness, the message never resonates with the public without a confronting approach.

Referencing my commentary: “Water-Water-Water All Around Us, Not One Drop Recovered” published in the Arizona Daily Independent on April 26th, 2016, and reprinted in the Sierra Vista Herald Dispatch on May 8th 2016 titled as “Engineering Solutions for the San Pedro.” Both gained interest by those who want to serve our community in a positive manner – promoting a community that is environmentally friendly and enhances the economy of the community.

Perhaps, the same tactics used by Donald Trump could be used on saving our rural communities. Take Sierra Vista and Benson, for example. Both communities are suffering from a small minority of self-anointed environmentalists, who resort to suing governmental agencies for not banning real estate developers who want to construct new communities that will build the economy to an area that is wilting.

Unproved assertions by six groups of activists can be recognized as a malicious collusion of narrow-minded advocates, having no tolerance for “other peoples’ money”. Investors money that would further economic development and growth of Sierra Vista and Benson is lost. Two economically depressed communities within Cochise County, Arizona must overcome the anti-growth activists.
The engineering solutions outlined in the articles that had been published, note that the alleged threat to the San Pedro aquifer would not exist if more water is placed into the aquifer than extracted by the exclusive real estate developments. This alleged threat is just one of many “allegations” or unproved assertions by activist groups who discourage growth and promote what they “think” will provide a better environment for years to come.

I have determined three things that are just not right with the activists thought process guiding the environmental ship off course.

First, we are the taxpayers who pay the lawyers who are trying to stop the housing development of Vigneto and Tribute. This is our tax payers money used by the public interest groups to sue the Federal Government Regulators for the permits issued for these housing developments. The activist groups believe water shortages may occur within the next hundred years and endanger the flora and fauna of the area. Their only recourse to derail a housing project is to sue. And we wonder why our nation is in debt for 20 trillion dollars. This nonsense should not be funded by the United States Government.
Second, the environmental activist’s end game is to stop all population growth, period. Stopping any activity that could bring an economic boom to this area is creating an employment and growth drought. Activists just say no to any positive economic activity that would allow new housing developments to be built, increasing the population, creating new jobs, and support of engineering solutions that would feed the aquifer.

Third, environmentalist could raise monies to relocate the endangered species that live in the area targeted for the housing development. One area that nobody has given thought to, is that the development of housing communities will take multiple years to complete, and with time in mind, there is time for a sequential design and build of an aquifer recharge system using annual San Pedro flood water and meeting the needs of a sold-out housing development.

In order to keep our nation on track and move towards a balanced budget, the environmental advocates need to come to the realization that suing the government does not save the land, flora, and fauna does nothing but build on to our debt. Look outside the box and envision a solution that recharges the San Pedro aquifer, relocates endangered species, and brings economic growth to a rural Arizona county that is in dire need of an economic boost.

Donald Trump’s approach to win the candidacy of President of the United States. He identifies with the voter on the abuse of the governmental system and misuse of governmental funds. His approach has been candidly, obnoxious, however, it has won him the support of millions of voters.

I say to our environmentalists that are saying NO to any growth and costing our government money with lawsuits, bully! You are doing our community no favors. Look to the community for a better future for this area. Say yes to a flood water recharge system for the San Pedro aquifer. Say yes to new housing developments, say yes to building communities and economic growth. Do what is best to serve our community while protecting the environment and endangered species.

Sometimes for the right thing to happen, one must take the Donald Trump approach and chastise those that are not looking to what’s is best for future of the community but looking to their own self-interests that will not serve anyone but themselves.

About David V. MacCollum 63 Articles
David V. MacCollum is a past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers and was a member of the first U.S. Secretary of Labor's Construction Safety Advisory Committee [1969-1972]. He is the author of: Construction Safety Planning (Jun 16, 1995) Crane Hazards and Their Prevention (Jan 1, 1991) Construction Safety Engineering Principles (McGraw-Hill Construction Series): Designing and Managing Safer Job Sites Jan 8, 2007) Building Design and Construction Hazards (May 15, 2005)