British Petroleum must be held accountable
I think the American people should sue BP for damages. The world oceans will be damaged for a very long time, especially the Gulf Coast area.
BP should be held financially responsible not only for the cleanup, but for the immense damage to the coast, the ocean, every local individual’s loss of income related to the spill, lowered property values, loss of tourism, and the gruesome deaths of countless ocean creatures.
As long as BP has one penny, it should go toward restitution for this appalling catastrophic worldwide environmental tragedy.
COLLEEN MADDEN; Olympia
Tea party movement is under attack
In a recent letter, the writer’s comments directed at the tea party movement were excellent examples of the use of feckless hyperbole in lieu of substantiated facts. Here are some facts the writer probably wishes the tea party movement would forget:
Arizona tea party rally attacked by egg throwers and verbal threats; black tea party supporter assaulted by union thugs; Illinois SWAT and riot police called to quell unruly tea party protesters (seniors singing our national anthem); President George W. Bush’s eight-year deficit doubled by President Barack Obama in one year; Obama (then a senator) supported and signed the Bush stimulus bill; Democrats rejected McCain-Feingold legislation to control Fanny Mae/Freddie Mac prior to the housing market collapse. And no one will forget Obama’s election, his broken campaign promises or his empowerment of radical socialists and lobbyists that permeate his administration.
All the above are facts supported by public records, video and audio speech excerpts and photos.
As for the writer’s advocacy for more taxes on the rich, I would paraphrase a punchline in a TV commercial — “It may be your money, but I want my share, now.”
Recent Congressional Budget Office numbers have added $119 billion to Obamacare costs. Our Treasury coffers are filling with IOUs, and the liberals continue their agenda — more taxes and spending. Wow. Although blinded by mob rage and ignoring facts and reason, I was still able to glean these tidbits of truth for the readers that may still be in denial.
RON OSBORN; Olympia
At one time it was called sedition
“We have guns and we are going to take our country back,” is a slogan that is appearing on bumper stickers and billboards around the country.
It is also flying around on the Internet.
One question to the folks who are saying this is, what makes them think that the majority of us who put our current elected government or any future government into office will sit idly by and allow them to do that? There was a time when such talk might be called sedition.
I find it sad that the rhetoric of political dissension has been expanded to include that if we don’t get our way, we are going to come out shooting.
What is really ironic is that most of the folks who seem to be sending this stuff, at least to me, on the Internet claim to be conservatives who supposedly believe in the Constitution. Yet, they are espousing the overthrow of the elected government by force.
Finally, and respectfully, I asked folks to think about what they are saying and what they are displaying on their vehicles. What kind of message is this sending to our youth about our democracy? If I don’t get my way legally, I’m going to throw a fit and start shooting off more than my mouth.
BILL LONGNECKER; Olympia