Regarding the editorial about the oil spill not being the president's fault (Herald, June 6), you should have been so diplomatic and sensible when editorializing about the previous administration.
We used to come together to support those who could best address our problems like this spill. Even in the Iraq war we started out united, until the spoils of politicizing were just too much. Sens. Biden, Clinton and others who had the same information as Bush, voted to support invasion, until things went bad.
They lied about receiving the information, claimed Bush misled them and successfully split the country to benefit their own agenda. Would Bush really lie about weapons of mass destruction, knowing he would never find them? And ending up with the hatred of half the country? Get real. It's just not credible.
Many folks are now following the president's lead in demonizing BP.
Name-calling and posturing are unhelpful with the immediate goal of stopping the flow of oil and cleaning up the damage. And we've now banned deep offshore drilling.
We stretched our technology for deepwater. Why? Perhaps because areas where we have closer well control and proven technology have been placed off-limits.
The employees of BP are stand-up working Americans. And most stand ready to help their company and country if they can. Let's stop blaming and support their effort to succeed. What does demeaning them do to their morale? And the teamwork spirit to achieve the goal of fixing what is wrong?
There's time to find the individual culprits who cut corners and punish them for what they did. Like Obama, the CEO of BP did not cause the oil spill. And like Obama, he wants to stop it.
We will always make mistakes. But a true leader will lead us away from the blame game and pull us to work together to achieve what we do best; innovating ways to make the world a better place.
President Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Have we outgrown his vision?
Frank Harrison, Bayfield