For all of my life there has been Dad's side of the world and Mom's side of the world. Every couple of years Dad would show up for a day or two in Mom's world, but Mom has never, ever been a part of Dad's world.
That changes in a few hours when Mom, Jim, Kevin, and Catie step off a plane at 1:25 AM coming from Nagoya.
If you are reading this, you are invited to come greet my Mom at the airport. It has been 26 years since she's been here.
The Saipan Tribune carried a story today about recently introduced Senate Bill 16-32, "TO ESTABLISH THE NORTHERN ISLANDS COMMONWEALTH CONSERVATION AREA; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES."
Since this is the Saipan Blog and I'm the Saipan Blogger, I'll just repost the part about me:
Angelo Villagomez, a local coordinator of Pew Charitable Trusts, said he welcomes all conservation efforts in the community. But he pointed out that a national marine monument declaration could offer much more environmental protection than the local measure could.
“This bill is different from the Mariana Trench Marine Monument proposal in that it only pertains to the emergent lands. There is language in the bill about submerged lands, but that issue has already been resolved. This bill has the potential to work in conjunction with the Marine Monument proposal to protect both the land and the water,” Villagomez said.
He praised a provision in the bill that would create a conservation fund. But he said the language should be strengthened to keep the money in the fund from being used for non-conservation purposes.
Villagomez also urged the Senate to hold public hearings on the bill, as the Pew group has done since March, to allow for community input.