Our readers write
Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:01 pm
Gulf situation out of control
To The Editor:
I have never written to the editor before, but after waking up in the middle of the night with pictures in my mind of the beautiful creatures drenched in oil and the marshes and the gulf area an oily mess, I was prompted to write.
After watching numerous television channels carrying coverage of this, I have heard the same thing from each one. The government won’t allow foreign vessels in our waters to help with the clean up. Thirteen international ships, all ready from day one, that have the capacity and expertise to skim the oil off the water have been told “no.” They have been used in other countries successfully for this very purpose. Our government won’t allow these ships in because of the Jones Act. (Look it up). This act was waived during hurricane Katrina.
If our government was concerned about this devastation, why wouldn’t they have done the same? It has been over two months and nothing has been done. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to upset a certain group of people who played a large part in getting Obama elected. A true leader should put aside politics in a time such as this and do what is best for his country. I see no leadership here. I am afraid they have let this situation get out of control. The people in the gulf have been begging for help and the leader who took an oath to protect this country has let them down. He is trying to use this catastrophe to pass his cap and trade agenda. I am appalled and afraid that we don’t have someone in the White House looking out for our country. They need help down there. Put aside the partisan politics and do what is best. It looks like Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
Published in The Messenger 6.30.10