Letters to the Editor

Proposing rock climber’s rocky road makes for great reading

Michael John Paul Banks climbed Morro Rock on Thursday to propose to his girlfriend via FaceTime, but Banks became stuck and was rescued by a CHP helicopter.
Michael John Paul Banks climbed Morro Rock on Thursday to propose to his girlfriend via FaceTime, but Banks became stuck and was rescued by a CHP helicopter.

How about that Michael John Paul Banks? Poor guy. In Friday’s Tribune he got his picture in the paper after getting stuck atop Morro Rock while attempting a romantic gesture to propose to his girlfriend via FaceTime.

Unfortunately, Michael ended up needing rescuing from multiple agencies, which he will have to financially reimburse. A helicopter rescue can’t be cheap!

However, Friday’s story concluded with a happy ending, noting his girlfriend had said “yes” to the proposal.

But wait, there’s more.

In Saturday’s Tribune, we saw Michael’s picture in the paper again. Apparently, he decided to hang out at the beach after being rescued, only to be later arrested for drug charges. Then to make matters worse, the story revealed that there was some uncertainty over whether his marriage proposal had been accepted as earlier reported.

I’d like to thank Mr. Banks for providing this reader a break from the political insanity that is so prevalent in the news these days. Two pictures in two days is pretty impressive. But despite all of the publicity, may I suggest the next time you propose, do it face to face.

Eric Schultz, Paso Robles

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