Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another Round of Press

I forwarded my letter to the editor to the TV station, KSPN, and they did a story. Ken and Ike were interviewed, as were Senate President Pete Reyes and Senator Paul Manglona. John Gourley was interviewed as well.

I think this story did a good job of explaining the position we are in.

I'm glad the Senate clarified their position. Senator Paul is quoted as saying, "The Senate is very much in support of any national monument or national park where we protect our environment, I want to put that on the record."

They just need more information. Well, information is coming. The scientific and the economic reports will be out in May and some people will be coming out to talk to us about Hawaii.

The newspapers had another round of letters today, including the letter that I published on my blog yesterday.

Greg Cruz of Taotao Tano
responded to Jose Cabrera's letter from yesterday. I guess the lesson to be learned here is, "Don't mess with Greg Cruz."

Donald Cohen wrote a letter attacking the Senate, saying they were wasting their time with the Monument. I'd have to disagree. The Monument is going to lead to one of the largest investments the CNMI has seen in a while. The Senate is right on in giving it attention.

Laurie Peterka wrote a letter explaining her motivations behind supporting the Monument.

Chuck Sayon announces that the Mariana Island Nature Alliance has voted to support the Monument. He promises a series of letters explaining their position.


Saipan Writer said...

You're very nice, Angelo, and I think that's the way to build coalitions and get things done.

You've given the CNMI Legislature an out (they probably didn't know what they were doing), and have given them clear directions (amend or change the resolution).

You looked good and sounded knowledgeable, came across as sincere and straight. John Gourley looked like he was grasping for non-existent straws. Ken sounded too frustrated to even speak. Senators Reyes and Manglona sounded like politicians who just want to be liked.

On the letters, I like that Greg Cruz refers includes your last name, Villagomez. And while you disagree with Donald Cohen's approach (rightfully, because it will alienate some), his point, I think, has some truth in it. The U.S. could do the national marine monument without CNMI input/ action, etc. It just doesn't want to.

Has Pete A. weighed in on this? Would his support help?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

The US will not do this without local support.