The demise of the state legislative study council committee that could not agree on a bill to effectively implement the Great Lakes Compact in Wisconsin is not the end of the world.
Its difficulties were embedded in its membership selection a year ago.
That's when narrow-minded Waukesha County political and business interests were given nearly 50% of the committee's seats - - with the Waukesha imbalance being cited as central to the committee's lost year of work, according to State Sen. Rob Cowles, (R-Allouez), a GOP colleague of the chairman, State Sen. Neal Kedzie, (R-Elkhorn).
What is needed now as the guide - - the underlying principle, the inspiration - - to making real progress at the State Capitol on this crucial piece of conservation legislation was best summed up by former Governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson in his now-legendary 2000 Earth Day remarks.
The address was quoted by Bill Christofferson in his must-read Nelson biography The Man From Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson: