Angelo,Via a blog comment:
Just wanted to thank you again for stopping by my classroom this past Monday and speaking with my students. The topic has apparently sparked interest in a lot of them...some of them came back to school today with some interesting comments from home. I will continue the conversation with them throughout the next few weeks until it's time for those petitions to be turned in.
I, for the most part, am in support of the project although with reservations; those reservations stemming purely from a need to get even more information to be clear on the issue. I will definitely look through the reports and booklets you handed out to us, but I wanted to give you a heads up because I have a feeling I'll be sending you a bunch of e-mails these next few weeks. Students might ask questions I don't know the answers to, and that's when I'll ask you for the info.
Couple of things...Is there a website with the CNMI Constitution available? Also, do you have any copies of formal documents containing the opposition's points of view, from the legislature or organized group, for example? You mentioned several reasons people are fighting this, but generally. And by the way, I want to thank you also for putting your message out on a more-or-less neutral position. You guys were obviously trying to gain support, but you did not try to drill it through their heads.
So, in essence, if you've got anymore material that could help me better understand what's going on...for me and for the sake of knowing, for my students...then all the better.
Again, thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
I was in Saipan 2 weeks ago for the Chamorro conference (Im 15 by the way) with my dad and I was walking around Garapan by myself when it started to sprinkle so I ran into this building to cover from the droplets. I just so happened to have ran into the building cover that housed the Marianas Trench office.In a conversation:
At the door i saw a little white dog there looking at me and i knew it was Oreo because Ive been reading this blog for a long time and i felt like i saw a celebrity (kinda weird) and i wanted to go inside to take a picture but i was embarassed so i didnt.
Saipan is beautiful, Im from guam by the way.
I hope you find your dog :) & good luck in your mission, you have many supporters here on Guam.
A mother told me yesterday that her daughter had come home with one of the Scientific Case for a Mariana Trench Marine National Monument reports. She said that they had a nice conversation over dinner about the costs and the benefits of such a protected area.