The tragedy in the Gulf is fast evolving from ecological to human
with the apparent suicide
of William Allen Kruse, a former charter boat captain who shot
himself in the head while working for the company that ruined his life
and livelihood. Alaska's Shannyn Moore says that Kruse's death echoes
others in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, which
likewise meant a loss not just of income, but of identity for many.
"I know what it is to go from being a fisherman to an oil spill
response contractor. I did it in 1989. It feels as dirty as the
beaches - like you've just made a deal with the devil. The term
"Spillionaire" that was thrown around to describe those who made money
from the clean up effort doesn't make up for salt sea spray on your face
and the promise of full nets...Being a fisherman isn't what you do,
it's who you are."