RE: Something's Fishy Here
By Chris Rose
May 18, 2010
In response to Terri Anderson's opinion letter, I'm not sure
what country you live in, but it's obvious that your a person
who chooses to live in a paranoid delusional state when it comes
to recent facts about BP spill in the Gulf. Its very doubtful
that 'people all over the country' are getting the 'vibe' of
your conspiracy theory of domestic terrorism. Any reasonable
person would see that the evidence, based on eye witness first
person account (see this weeks 60 Minutes story), that the explosion
on the BP oil rig was as a result of a consistent disregard of
industry safety practices designed to protect workers and the
For the past 20 years governmental deregulation, by both political
parties, have permitted various industries to self regulate their
actions. For the most part industries in this country understand
that their activities do impact their neighbors and have operated
safely for years regardless of the so called burden of regulations.
Companies like BP who have 'no conscience' towards their own
workers, their neighbors, or the environment that sustains a
community are in obvious need of regulating.
The regulations that some fear as being obstructionist in this
country were needed to remind these companies to develop a conscience
to distinguish whether one's actions are right or wrong. A conscience
focused on the wellfare of our neighbors and not the bottom line
profits at any cost.
The 'open mindedness' you so passionately wish others to endorse
is a belief that each of us is a victim of a conspiracy, by a
small percent of our population, against our common rights.
To buy into your extereme and irrational mistrust of others is
to demonize and ascribe any personal failures or misfortune on
to them. An engaged citizenship carriers with it boths rights
and responsiblities, a freedom few in this country fail to tap
into, but instead are quick to blame others for any economic
or social catastrophes.
There is nothing terroristic about an engaged citizenship that
cares deeply about an issue whether its the environment that
sustains them and/or future generations to come or some other
social issue. What is terroristic is the promotions of 'conspiracy
theories' that have no factual basis in reality and attempts
to marginalize people as unfavorable just because they think
and act differently. Its terroristic to continue to think that
we can harvest our natural resources without putting limits on
our personal peace and affluence.
No one took our country from us, it was our own apathy or indifference
concerning our responsiblity towards one another that created
this sense of helplessness. It's an insult to the men and women
who not only died to give us our rights, but the responsibility
as citizens to forge a just soceity based on respect despite
About: "Life-long conservationist
and resident of Alaska for 24 years."
Received May 18, 2010 - Published
May 18, 2010
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