May 21st, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/21/10

Editor's Note: You wrote, we listened! Most of your feedback was on the oill spill and our landmark Kids and Race series. You thanked Anderson for keeping the oil leak in the news and are still giving suggestions on how to stop it.

I don't understand the dynamic forces behind the oil spill. Why does the oil continue to gush? Is there something there pumping the oil out? Is it forced out by pressure beneath the earth? Can you explain what is causing this calamity?

I live about 3 miles from the beach and we are beginning to smell oil in the air. Can someone tell us if this is dangerous to breathe?

I deeply believe children choose white to dark colored people as good and bad not because they are racist but because they have always felt afraid of black, men in black etc, darkness.... and white lightness, angels, goodness, etc.

It would seem highly relevant to conduct your tests on children and race in countries such as Norway, Finland and Nigeria and Kenya. I have worked many years in Africa, and I suspect you might get some surprises in doing such studies.

Has anyone questioned the methodology behind the race study? Why must the colors be opposing sides? Yesterday you showed a snippet of a boy who kept answering that he had no preference and finally after many questions, he fell into the trap of taking sides and answered questions that he had preferences. We must take into account that this boy is very young and pressuring him to make a prejudiced remark is really not conducive to an impartial study.

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  1. Karl Koch

    I have a simple quick fix to stop the leak in the gulf. I work in engineering for they NYC Transit Authority. I often invent things to help in repair of the subway cars.
    My quick fix is: Instead of putting the weighted cap on, insert a heavy rubber bladder that is smaller in diameter then the flange pipe. When bladder is deeply inserted into pipe, this would be inflated pneumatically by either CO2 from a canister or pumped in air. This would form a tight seal around the inside of the pipe allowing no oil to seep. From this point on they would fill the top of the pipe with concrete or epoxy for permanent seal. The bladder would have to be made of heavy rubber with steal wire belts to strengthen the bladder equivalent to a side wall of a rubber car tire.
    My other idea is: Insert a tapered cone plug that when inserted into the top of the pipe would be opened hydraulically. The outside of the plug would be heavy rubber coating, but the inside of the plug would be a steal frame with a hydraulic ram to open the plug. This is hard to explain in an email, if you need further details please contact me. I would be happy to help with this disaster.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  2. Eloise Berg

    Re the oil spill: We have old ships just sitting unused. Some may be freighters with steel bottoms. Idea: Move an old freighter over the oil well (somehow!) Then fill the freighter with cement until it sinks and sinks. The freighter bottom (or ship bottom) should be much larger than the oil. well. This would not seal the well, but if the ship is large enough it might well do the job, and the health risks would be minimal.

    Thanks for reading !!

    We watch you nightly, you do a great job.

    May 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Starr

    I too have wondered why the oil continues to gush out, is it never ending? Why can't they fix this? Where under the ocean, or how away far does this oil come from. Cant they stop it somewhere besides the gushing point?

    May 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  4. Denise

    Good morning Anderson, AC 360 and CNN staff.

    I enjoyed the interview with John Legend last night. He made some very good points about race and how it affects us as a culture. It's disgusting that someone refused to give him simple directions going down a block. That floored me. Unfortunately this sort of thing happens all too often. It's simply a matter of learning to treat each other with respect. We all deserve that much no matter what the color of our skin is.

    The enviromental impact this oil spill is going to have on us is absolutely incredible. What kind of legal measures are being taken against this company? I hope they are taken out of business. No one at BP knows what the heck they are doing.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  5. Andre Michaud

    there are forces containing that oil in every direction, imagine the earth itself has bin holding and squeezing this pocket of oil, so naturally if you poke a whole, its gonna gush everywhere...

    May 21, 2010 at 11:51 am |

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