Steve, Cathy, and Nicholas -- Another letter rejected by the KCStar (created 2010-06-07)

I sent a letter last week in response to a recent Charles Krauthammer column. The KC Star didn't publish it. It was a bit muddled, and I blame the 150 word limit. It is really hard to fit a coherent argument into so few words. Maybe it was too heavy on the sarcasm. Who knows? Anyway, you can read what I originally sent.

Charles Krauthammer has absolved BP from most of the blame in the Gulf oil spill (Opinion, 6/1/2010). The spill was caused not by carelessness, but rather by "perfect storm engineering lapses."

Mr. Krauthammer pins much of the blame on federal regulators. Being regulated gives you a blank check for stupidity. You can make all the mistakes in the world and then blame them all on the government.

The others sharing blame in Mr. Krauthammer's bizarre world are the environmentalists. They kept us from drilling in the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Arctic. Apparently, we'd have fewer spills if we drilled in more places.

Don't worry, Mr. Krauthammer. We'll be fine once Sarah Palin and all your friends in the "Drill, Baby, Drill" Party get back in power. More drilling with less regulation is just the recipe we need to prevent future environmental disasters.

By the way, you can find the Krauthammer column at

  1. http://www.dailymail.com/Opinion/krauthammer/201005280464
  2. http://article.nationalreview.com/435089/whose-blowout-is-it-anyway/charles-krauthammer
  3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/27/AR2010052702988.html
  4. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/obama-250766-oil-deep.html
  5. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15177085

and many other places. One of life's great injustices is how widely published Mr. Karuathammer is and I can't even get a short letter published in the KC Star. The other injustice is the Bill Gates is exactly the same age as I am, and I don't have nearly as much money as he does. Sometimes humor is misunderstood, so let me just say that the last two comments were jokes.

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