I missed this "editorial" in Pacific Times by Libra Mae Sparks. Someone recently forwarded it to me:
A signature campaign to BLOCK the approval of the impending MONORAIL project at the GROTTO has already garnered over 1,000 signatories. Environmental advocate ANGELO VILLAGOMEZ is leading the opposition to the proposed monorail project at the Grotto.Dang it! I can't believe I missed this "editorial" when it first came out!
I disagree with this. You know, this is our problem. Here we are clamoring for PROGRESS yet, we IMPEDE progress in the name of ENVIRONMENT. Listen, Boy, we can have a MONORAIL without disturbing the environment. The technology will allow a MODERN EQUIPMENT to INTEGRATE itself among the trees and the shrubs and the bushes. Google MONORAIL and you will see several samples of those monorails that are not even visible from afar.
Take note of what the MONORAIL will do to most people. Just take me, for example. Do you know that I have not even reached the bottom steps of the stairs down to the Grotto? Why? Because I am so afraid to go LOOK DOWN and GO DOWN by FOOT. Whereas if I am riding a monorail run by a motor, then I save my ENERGY and NERVES and instead of FEAR, I will feel AWE and more APPRECIATION because I am taken down there with EASE and COMFORT. See the difference?
Do you want more tourists to SEE and APPRECIATE what Mr. Angelo Villagomez described as one of the best, if not the best, NATURAL and CULTURAL TREASURE, one of the best diving destinations in the world? Well, then allow the construction of the MONORAIL !! What about the DISABLED individuals, those who are on WHEELCHAIRS, the MAN'AMKO whose knees can no longer traverse the 100 or more steps? You are depriving these people and ME, personally to see how beautiful the Grotto is. Let PROGRESS TAKE ITS COURSE, Boy, and don't let your name be associated with RUSTIC mentality. PROGRESS is PROGRESS and there ain't no way you can STOP IT! Do you want to be a hero? Well, then GROW UP!!!
I find this "editorial" hilarious for a number of reasons, the main one being that I only talked to the Saipan Tribune about this story (the second probably being that she writes like she has Tourette's Syndrome). I never talked to anyone from Pacific Times. Pacific Times must read the other local newspapers to look for stories. Who knew?
I fail to see how protecting the diving industry on Saipan from cockanany ideas impedes progress, or wait, I mean IMPEDES PROGRESS. I also don't understand the "want to be a hero" or the "grow up" comments. You were talking about PROGRESS and then you went off on a tangent. WTF, mate?
By the way:
I dove the Grotto on Monday. I'll be diving it again in 8 hours. Who are you going to trust, someone that readily admits that she's never even been to the Grotto, or someone that goes there at least once a month, if not once a week?
At least she had the courtesy to call me Mr. Angelo Villagomez.
Save the Grotto, bitches.