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A reader writes:

I can't believe I'm going to defend James Cameron, but here goes.

People are having a field day over reports that Cameron wants to "help fix" the oil spill as if he's going to personally devise and implement an engineering solution.  What isn't being widely reported or commented on is what he actually offered: specialized deep-sea equipment and contacts that he has developed over years of conducting deep water filming in serious documentaries about the Titanic and the Bismark.  That equipment could possibly be used to help fix the problem or it could be used simply to monitor it.  Cameron is right when he says "The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation.  Because if you're not monitoring it independently, you're asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene."  If Cameron has the equipment, the contacts, the time and the inclination to offer whatever services might be of use, why should we ridicule him for that?