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Peninsula readers' letters: May 5

From Daily News Group readers
Posted: 05/04/2010 10:24:47 PM PDT
Updated: 05/04/2010 10:24:49 PM PDT

Cheney and gushing oil

Dear Editor: The oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn't have a remote-control shutoff switch used in two other major oil-producing nations as last-resort protection against underwater spills. The lack of the device, called an acoustic switch, could amplify concerns over the environmental impact of offshore drilling after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig last week.

Dick Cheney's energy task force — the secretive one he didn't say much about publicly — decided the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much of a burden on the industry. But then again, maybe it's not. Regulatory decisions have consequences all the time, and the people who make them should be asked to justify their decisions in a democracy. Halliburton is involved, too. The Los Angeles Times reports that "BP contracted Dick Cheney's old company to cement the deepwater drill hole."

Cheney, with his personal Gestapo and loyal stormtroopers, corrupts the very foundation of government by illegally boring into the private affairs of its citizens and scandalously destroying their personal freedoms, while at the same time he tries to hide his evil doings with hush money, colossal cover-ups and the most flagrant whitewashing in White House history, as is now borne out.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Palo Alto

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