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Oil spills, volcanoes and earthquakes–getting the message? Mother Nature is ticked

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Oil continues to gush from the BP site in the Gulf of Mexico threatening and destroying marine life, coastlines and businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and perhaps other states.

In Congressional hearing, BP, TransOcean and Halliburton are in the crosshairs and they busily try to foist the blame off on each other.

Clearly, there was no Plan A, B, C or the entire alphabet about what to do in case of an accident like this one. Because it supposedly couldn’t happen.

Tell that to the dolphins, sea turtles, shrimp and oysters now dead and dying. Tell that to the shrimpers and fishermen and restaurant owners and hotels and charter boat operators who used to make their living and were just now recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

And still the Obama administration and several in Congress are pushing for expanded off shore drilling.

Are they nuts?

When will we learn that everything we do to this planet has consequences, some intended, some not and many we can’t and don’t anticipate. Think Asian Carp, Emerald Ash Borers, zebra mussels, to list some examples.

Is it just me or doesn’t it seem that Mother Earth may be just a tad annoyed with the human race what with earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, China and elsewhere around the planet and that volcano in Iceland.

As we drill down 5,000 feet beneath the water and earth to capture crude oil to feed our addiction to fossil fuels, maybe we ought to serious consider some more benign forms of energy–solar, wind, waves.

As millions of gallons of crude oil continue to spill into the gulf with no end in sight, it’s time to rethink. As a TV ad once noted, it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.


Written by jrnjbb

May 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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Lessons from U of Va. Tragedy

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The tragedy of the death of University of Virginia Lacrosse player Yeardley Love and the arrest of her ex-boyfriend, another star athlete on the men’s Lacrosse team, has raised a lot of discussion on should universities be alerted when their students run afoul of the law.

That’s not a bad idea, though tickets for underage drinking should not be forwarded on. No sense in burying campus cops with that many files when the more serious offenses are what need to be tracked.

The sad truth is that domestic violence is an ongoing problem. College women are just as unlikely to report it as girl friends, wives, and others. But they and others should not tolerate any abuse, physical or verbal. And if even one incident occurs, they should report it to the police, campus authorities, friends and their parents (and his, too!).

As for other felonies, athletes, especially those on high-profile teams, are often given more leeway than other students, and that’s wrong.

When several football players at Michigan State were involved in an incident this fall, they were suspended from the team–as they should have been. The question then is how severe should the penalties be. Most are now officially back on the team and eligible for play in the fall.

Should there be a one strike rule for athletes as well as all students who engage in criminal activity whether it occurs on campus or off? Some would argue that to expel a student or kick them off a varsity team causing them to forfeit their scholarship ending their college career might be too harsh a standard.

There should be one standard for all. And that standard should be that actions, criminal actions, have consequences. It could be the most important lesson they ever learn.

A young man sitting in jail in Virginia should have learned that lesson years ago. Yeardley Love would be alive today if he had.

Written by jrnjbb

May 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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