Our friend Ed Propts sent us the following invitation
along with Tamara's beautiful art:
Dearest Friends,This Thursday, May 8, 2008, we will be hosting a "Support the Marine Monument" Party at Ocean's Bar and Grill. We're hosting this party to boost support for the proposed national marine park for the CNMI, and to also set the facts apart from fiction. And also because we like to PARTAY!The fun begins at 6PM. There will be free appetizers, a beer garden, happy hour prices all nite long, raffles and giveaways, and of course fun, fun, fun!Support a good cause, because this is an opportunity for the CNMI that we just can't miss!! Join us won't you??!!
For more info, please call Ed Propst at 483-7361. SEE YOU THIS THURSDAY At OCEANS!!!<<>>Edwin Propst, President Pacific Digital Media The Cabrera Center Suite 105PO Box 500995 Saipan MP 96950Tel: (670) 235-4176 / 483-7361
Here's a snippet of Ed's letter to our elected leaders addressing their short sighted passing of the resolution against the proposed CNMI marine park dated May 1, 2008 entitled:
CARE - Change, Action, Reform, and Excellence
(He calls it free corruption-free advice :) )
9. Rescind your resolution against the proposed national marine park. I am dumbfounded at how our leaders could so quickly and recklessly come up with a resolution that slams the idea of a national marine monument for the CNMI. What I want to know is if it is really true that the resolution was written by a WESPAC lobbyist. Do you truly understand the ramifications of your resolution? Have you exhausted all efforts in understanding the pros and cons of the marine monument? Since when was conservation a bad thing? Why do you buy into propaganda and sensationalism? As far as our local fishermen are concerned, how many of our local fishermen travel three hundred-plus miles to go fishing? It is not economically feasible, especially given the high cost of fuel! (Maybe the legislators figure the fishermen will swim up and back.) Do you know who is fishing those waters right now? Illegal commercial fishing companies from Korea and Taiwan!
And as we speak, the CNMI cannot do anything about it right now! Stop listening to lies and start listening to the voice of reason. I ask that you revisit your resolution and rescind it. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind if it means you are changing your mind for the right reasons.
So, eat your chicken BBQ sticks early at the Street Market and then mosey on down to Ocean's B&G to support the monument. You will meet plenty of progressive people that have their hearts and minds in tuned to what the CNMI needs and those have a genuine concern for our future.
I thought this to be the perfect quote for the current state of conservation here:
"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save our environment." Ansel Adams
Thanks for letting me share.
PS. Just in case you were out of the loop, here's a few recent write ups from fellow bloggers about the proposal and our elected official's resolution to reject it:
Saipan Writer's take:
Angelo's sums up and addresses other's take: