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Let the BP execs put on hip waders and dig in

I am writing to express my views on that horrific oil spill down in the Gulf of Mexico. I have been reading, in horror about the incalculable damage to everything involved in this tragedy. As a special education teacher, I have a lot of one-on-one time with my elementary students, and one thing I really try to focus on is teaching kids about natural consequences. If you don't do your best work, you'll get a poorer grade; if you don't finish your homework, you'll stay in and finish it while the others are out for recess; if you don't proofread your front-page articles for the local newspaper, people will think you're not as literate as you should be ... kidding, but you get my drift.

Anyway, I saw where President Obama is holding BP responsible for their negligence. However, I was disappointed in the consequence of paying for the cleanup. Writing a check, especially when you have way more than enough resources to cover the bill, doesn't nearly go far enough, in my opinion. I hope this letter gets to President Obama, and heeds my advice, free of charge.

I would have everyone involved in making the decisions that have led to BP being cited for reckless, careless, and inexcusable practices (these statistics are off the top of my head, but I had heard that in the last few years/months/weeks/days, BP had like 876 citations, compared to the one, two, or three that the other major oil companies had received) would be held accountable.

And I know if it was in my school, they would have to be responsible for rectifying the situation. It doesn't take much to write a check, but I would see nothing wrong, with forcing them to get their work clothes on, including their hip waders, and get to it, and don't expect to be released from their duties until every inch of shore, every gallon of sea water, and every living thing is cleaned up.

That might change the way these individuals would conduct their business in the future. And the beauty of this, is that the rest of us could see them down there doing this God-awful work, and learn from their mistakes.

Dave "Zeb" Johnson