Letters to the Editor

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Tag: oil spill

July
6th

OBAMA: Ink blot reveals drop in approval ratings

The article, “Admiral optimistic new cap might contain leak” (TNT, 7-3), includes a photograph that supposedly shows a girl trying to avoid puddles of oil. To me, the photo looked more like an ink blot.

The only thing I saw in the ink blot was an arrow indicating a drop in Obama’s approval ratings.

July
6th

BP: Thanks for spelling out our rights

Re: “BP to 40,000 oil spill workers: Talk all you want to the media” (TNT, 7-3).

Reading that little article was like my neighbor knocking on my door and telling me I can talk all I want to my roommates. Before this, BP did not allow cleanup workers to talk to the press. Don’t think me ungrateful, but what other rights can I wait for BP’s permission to exercise?

This highlights something we forget from time to time: The right to speak is an inherent right. So are the rights to think freely and assemble. We have them because we

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July
2nd

JULY 4: Let’s show some true patriotism

With the tragic loss of life that our Gulf of Mexico undergoes this year, I invite true American patriots to refrain from celebrating via the use of pyrotechnics, especially along our streams, rivers and bays.

We know fireworks torture our domestic animals as well as wildlife and marine species. In respect for the creatures of the Gulf, let us use the symbolism of the Fourth of July to mark our independence from selfish traditions that disregard life.

Let us show some restraint and honor the beauty of sea turtles, dolphins, pelicans, verdant estuaries and clean beaches. Or at least they

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June
29th

OIL SPILL: Are we the Earth’s caretakers?

They say a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words so maybe the A.P. photo Friday qualifies (TNT, 6-25). The sign on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast read: “Support Deep Water Drilling.” I’m not kidding.

Some say that drilling offshore will ultimately ruin the economy in the gulf while others contend that NOT drilling will do the same. Apparently we’re on the horns of a dilemma (or gusher).

Since the South is by far the most religious part of the country, I wonder how Southerners view the biblical command that we’re all to be stewards or caretakers of the Earth, including its

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June
22nd

OIL SPILL: Liberals on the defensive

Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-22) is very much taking the news and twisting it to put conservatives on the defense. From all the reports I have heard and read about, BP was ready to put the $20 billion to compensate the victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill long before the president suggested it, and then took credit for getting it.

What most Republicans are saying is let’s not bankrupt BP in the process of investigating and prosecuting them. Robinson is so concerned about the thousands of fishermen, shrimpers, oil-rig workers, restaurant owners along the gulf coast. His question should

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June
21st

OIL: Environmental regulation protects economy

It is no accident Puget Sound has not experienced an ecological catastrophe as has occurred in the Gulf. It is no accident because Washington governors since the late ’60s, including Chris Gregoire, have supported programs that keep Washington ecologically sound. In comparison, other state governors have preached that government is the enemy, and environmental regulatory agencies in particular are the enemies of business and progress. One, the foolish governor of Louisiana, no longer has a state economy

Puget Sound is not pristine; the sound and other water and land areas of Washington have ecological problems. Fortunately, Washington has laws, dedicated

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June
21st

DRILLING: Stick to guns on moratorium

We read the article about the fact that the federal agency in charge of granting permits to oil companies that want to drill off shore is thumbing its nose at the president of the United States and his assertion that there is a moratorium on granting permits for such drilling.

We don’t understand what those federal employees don’t understand about a moratorium on the granting of such permits.

Our reaction is that the president should immediately inform those federal employees that they are no longer employed and to clean out their desks by the end of the day.

Get a

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June
17th

OIL SPILL: How limited is BP’s liability?

Amid much hoopla, President Obama recently announced that BP would put $20 billion into a fund to compensate victims of its oil spill.

That sounds good until one realizes, according to BP’s 2009 annual report, owner’s equity in BP is a little over $101 billion, all of which should be available to compensate victims of BP’s negligence. Total revenue and income for BP was over $246 billion in 2009 alone, down slightly from $367 billion in ’08. So this diverts less than 10 percent of one year’s revenue into the compensation fund.

Luckily, the courts, rather than the president, will

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