New Haven Register May 24, 2010
Sections in Black were published, Red were not
Nero fiddled while
Rome burned, the orchestra played "Nearer, My God, To Thee" in the
final moments as Titanic sank and now our politicians in Washington
prepare to investigate and legislate as the oil slick in the Gulf
approaches the surrounding shores. Rome has since rebuilt and the
Titanic sits at the bottom of the Atlantic, but now action must be
taken to contain the slick as to save our coast. Efforts
made to stop the leak are also needed and their success will only stop
a situation from becoming worst as this must be viewed as two separate
disasters, the first causing the second.
in the press want to call this “Obama’s Katrina” and insist on
asking why the administration’s response was slow, others ask why we
only had one fire boom available. The present reality is that we
were not prepared and the situation continues to grow
now feel that Washington and Hollywood has forgotten about the rest
of this nation. Despite the fact that we are in a deep recession,
America and the world could still do a lot to help. In the hours
immediately after the collapse of the North and South Towers, many
Americans rolled up their sleeves knowing that blood was more needed
more than money at that moment.
I recently read an
article about a hair dresser cutting hair for use in the Gulf.
The article stated that clean hair attracted oil and could be used to
help clean up the slick.
My daughter has donated her hair to
“Locks of Love” in the past and would consider donating some of her
hair to help the Gulf. I am told that I could use a hair cut as
well. Also given I have 3 cats and a dog, after a spring
cleaning, I could add more hair to the Gulf effort.
I keep hearing on
how prices on certain items are going to rise, costing us all an “arm
and leg”, but I ask why isn’t Washington and Hollywood asking us all
for a “head of hair”?
I remember back to my high school
graduation in 1985 and remember the song “We are the World” and how
Hollywood rallied the US and the rest of the world to help
Many of those who
sang in the original group “USA
for Africa” are still alive today and
could celebrate the 25th anniversary along with new talent showing the
world their new short hair cuts. “Cut your hair - show you care”,
could go up on billboards and baseball caps with the words “I care”
could also raise funds for the effort.
Instead of turning
to the American people, some of the most innovative and charitable
people of the world, Washington has turned on the oil companies.
Since Katrina, we have a new president, new speaker of the house and a
new senate majority leader but the same results coming from Washington.