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Striving Toward SurvivalOp-Ed by Barry Lee Coyne Salem-News.com
Untapped Strategies Urged to Ease Gulf's Oil Turmoil.
(SALEM, Ore.) - This humongous oil spill spurting forth in the Gulf may well prove to be the No. 1 unnatural disaster of this 21st Century. It accentuates our relative helplessness as humans despite our self-serving claims to being the smartest creatures on Planet Earth. Self-delusion can be costly.
There are steps to be taken within our realm of knowledge and still others that lie beyond.
Rather than getting consumed by the technological hardships of what we cannot accomplish, let's ask the President and his administration to concentrate on what is clearly doable.
I present this checklist for consideration:
Instead of cursing at BP and others, we must put our focus on incremental, step-by-step solutions. I was privileged to be a Red Cross disaster volunteer in Louisiana during Hurricane Gustav in 2008, and have a high regard for their citizens.
May some of the recommendations above clear the air lest our rationality go, shall we say, down the drain.
Salem-News.com Community Writer Barry Lee Coyne brings to our readers stories from his combined career of journalism and gerontology, and explains that these paths shaped his values. Lee Coyne once worked for The Civil Service Leader in NY State and covered the Legislature. He has also done features on mediation and arbitration, and believes in healthy skepticism. This writer-therapist often views the world as the masks of comedy and tragedy placed upon the scales of justice. For him, optimism inevitably wins. "Lyrical Lee" has traveled to 30 nations aboard and was once a press intern at the UN. His first published article was in The NY Daily News in '59, dealing with the need for integrity in public office.
He also launched the nation's first tele-conference on health education for shut-ins, created the Eldermentors project in VA to pair retirees with immigrant students needing role models, and was the main catalyst behind CCTV's "Public Public" panel show here in Salem. Lee received his BA in International Relations and an MSW in community organization. He currently serves as a member of Salem's Library Advisory Board. To send Lee an email, please write to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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