RE: Something's Fishy Here
By Peter Jacob
May 11, 2010
I would like to present this response to Terri Anderson's opinion
letter, "Something's Fishy Here". There are three possible
reasons for the coming to the conclusions that you did in your
1.) Blatant misunderstanding or severe lack of knowledge regarding
2.) For lack of a more sophisticated, professional, or less insulting
phrase, you believe everything that Rush Limbaugh (a man who
has never held any form of significant office, who flunked out
of earning a single college credit, and who is an infamous drug
3.) Your words were less intended to provide claims that were
supported with substantiating facts, yet instead were mostly
written to promote a division between the residents of Southeast
Alaska and perpetuate spiteful hate-mongering viewpoints towards
First, let me start by referencing Merriam-Webster Dictionary's
definition of Environment, "2 a: the complex of physical,
chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things)
that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately
determine its form and survival".
Strangely enough, Environmentalists are those that would truly
believe every aspect of that term. So if somebody excepts that
as truth, then it would be a very difficult conclusion to come
to that any true environmentalist would be the cause of The Worst
Environmental Catastrophe Ever to Happen in the United States.
Sure, there will be a huge change in the views of state legislatures
on offshore drilling, and no doubt, regulations will be stricter
and many coastline communities will feel less obliged to allow
the installation of these offshore drills. If and when that happens,
it would be likely that gasoline prices will rise, theoretical
employees of offshore drilling sites will be out of luck, and
it wont help the economy any at all.
These are all very legitimate concerns. However, they are nowhere
near as concerning when one takes into account the jobs that
will be lost among the coastal communities of the Gulf of Mexico.
"Behind every industry shutdown, and devastated job markets,
that put people in the poor house is an environmentalist group".
- The Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in our very own state
put countless people out of jobs, it affected the fishing industry
of all the surrounding communities, and, even now, continues
to do so. Not only that, the victims of that disaster have received
virtually no compensation from Exxon for their losses. To me,
that sounds like people in the poor house, and if there is one
thing we can agree on it is that Exxon is not an environmentalist
What about the economic housing bubble? The banks on Wall Street
that managed to award their CEO's multi-billion dollar bonuses
at the expense of the American taxpayer? What about companies
like Nike and Reebok who literally perpetuate gruesome working
conditions in China? What about the collapse of Oregon and Washington's
logging industry due to there being no forest left to log? Are
these environmentalist acts?
"...and making our beautiful
country into a third world country." How in good faith can
you even say that? The United States continues to consume more
resources than any other country in the world, and all the environmentalist
groups in the world have been able to do little to change that.
Have you been to a third-world country?
"Keep an open mind, these environmentalist groups were at
their wits end on how to stop the new exploration." I don't
know a single environmentalist or living person, for that matter,
who would prefer the release of millions of gallons of crude
oil into the ocean over offshore drilling. If you think an environmentalist
group maliciously caused an environmental catastrophe like this,
then that falls directly into Merriam-Webster's 3 b definition
of insanity, "something utterly foolish or unreasonable".
That's like theorizing that the Mexican government is behind
Arizona's new immigration law, that the fishermen of the gulf
coast are to blame for this spill, that the workers in GM's factories
are to blame for the losses of their jobs, or that the old woman
getting unduly screened and groped in a TSA line is to blame
for her own harassment. That is as absurd as proposing that
the Pakistani civilian who gets murdered by a Boeing MQ-9 drone
bomber was the one behind the controls. It's pure folly.
"It's time to take our country back." Indeed it is
time to take our country back, but from who? American environmentalists
are as much citizens of this country as you, as much as me.
This land is my land, this land is your land.
Please, for the sake of our country, every family in the country,
do not speak such malicious dividing words.
"Let them get jobs to support their terrorist activities."
This sentence serves only to brood hatred and discontent towards
people with beliefs contrary to Mr. Anderson's.
Lastly, I will note that the opinion letter of Mr. Anderson contained
some statements that were not only not facts, but total disgraces
of the truth. Please, Mr. Anderson, think before you spread
along the volatile words of drug addict bigots such as Rush Limbaugh
among a community with so many impressionable youth. These are
not the type of letters that I enjoy reading on this great community
About: "Life-long conservationist
and resident of Ketchikan for 14 years."
Received May 04, 2010 - Published
May 11, 2010
Fishy Here By Terri Anderson
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