Dear Editor:

First we had the Gulf oil spill, and now we have another explosion of an oil rig off the coast. I'm not going to cry out that we need moratoriums and bans. I'm also not going to cry out that we should punish the oil industry with obscene penalties and taxes. What I am going to say is that we as a country need to accept that oil is needed for us to maintain the way of life we have come to know, and that we should be crying out to make offshore exploration and production as safe as possible. We cannot miss the point of these accidents. We must look forward to make sure these mistakes are not going to happen again.

Judy Asando

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