Canada Free Press | 25Jul2010 | Orest Slepokura

"BP chief negotiating exit terms," AP online, 25 July 2010

Tony Hayward is being measured for a golden corporate parachute, worth millions of British pounds. BP's outgoing CEO will get back what he's been yearning for since last April 20, the fateful day BP's ecological nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico began his privileged old life. One in which yachting, among other pleasantries, will no doubt figure prominently; without, I dare say, arousing any new controversy.

A quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby about the aristocratic aloofness of the superrich springs to mind: "They were careless people ... they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness ... and let other people clean up the mess they had made."

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta