The April 28 Earth Day celebration in Kahului opened my eyes to yet another reason to fear for the future of Maui, not to mention the rest of the USA.
Perhaps I've been too obsessed with Monsanto poisoning our soil and developing frankenseeds. Maybe I've been distracted by cane burning and cruise ships dumping their waste in our ocean.
So, for those of you whose concerns have been elsewhere and haven't been paying attention, we have yet another reason to be angry. Maui Electric Co. wants to install surveillance devices on all our homes. Yes, smart meters are all the rage in the emerging police state. Smart meters allow the electric company to monitor every electronic move you make. They see you when you're sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good, and if you've got grow lights installed in your crawl space. And they're going to gladly share their information with police, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security and any private corporation that might have use for your personal information.
I've been told that they're starting with Maui Meadows, and will eventually try to put one of these surveillance devices on your home. So, if a Maui Electric employee asks you if he can install a new meter on your home, I'd suggest saying "Absolutely no." Electronic surveillance is illegal in all 50 states, but electric companies seem to be exempt.
John R. Hall