Monday, May 17, 2010

Angelo Villagomez: Orlando Writer

Uh oh, somebody googled me. Somebody in Florida googled, "Angelo Villagomez Orlando." I decided to see what the results were for that particular search and found that one of the top results led to a link to all the letters to editor I've ever had published in the Orlando Sentinel. How cool is that?

The most recent letter was published while I was living in Japan. Sheri McInvale had just switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party and I let her know what I thought about it.
Refund vote instead
January 17, 2006

On Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that state Rep. Sheri McInvale, who recently fled to the Republican Party, has pledged to send a letter to all of her Democratic contributors offering them a refund. Although I didn't contribute to her re-election in 2004, I was one of the 3,054 unfortunate people who voted for her. Forget about the contribution refunds; I don't care about them. I want my vote back!

Angelo Villagomez
The second letter was a response to a letter to the editor written in support of the Bush Administration.
Considering Source
April 25, 2005

I'd like to thank H. Terrell Griffin for his enlightening "My Word" piece Friday about the difference between truth and opinion. He wrote that it is a fact that the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and that everything else is just opinion. Well, here are a couple of additional facts: Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction, and the 9-11 commission determined that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11. So when you are putting the facts together to find the truth, whose opinion are you going to trust -- the highly educated college professor with no ties to big business or the vice president who was paid $194,852 by Halliburton in 2004?

Angelo Villagomez
My first letter to the editor ever was published during the 2004 election. Florida had just been hit by two hurricanes:
Real Meaning Of Disaster
September 10, 2004

Leave Florida over a hurricane? Not a chance. Only a real disaster, like the re-election of George W. Bush would make me want to pack up and leave. The trail of devastation left by Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Frances are trivial compared to the Bush administration's unwavering assault on our environment (not to mention our economy and our reputation). In fact, if I had to choose between a third hurricane or four more years of George W. Bush, I would tell the storm to bring it on.

Angelo Villagomez
Winter Park
One of these days I'm going to look back on everything I wrote in my twenties and early thirties and laugh at what a burning liberal I was.

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