Sadly, this loss probably could have been avoided if the proper care and attention was paid to this treasure of antiquity. For years now, the state of Pompei’s archeological health has been greatly ignored, and the unfortunate demise of a treasure like the one we lost today is irreversible. These ancient treasures can never be replaced, and there has to be something done to insure that more aren’t lost. According to Giuseppe Napolitano, President of the Republic, its shameful for all of Italy that something like this has been allowed to happen. “E` una vergogna per tutta l’Italia.” Naples’ mayor, Claudio d’Alessio, concurs by saying that the disgrace of allowing the largest open-air museum to fall into such utter neglect is unexcusable.Will this tragedy finally get the attention of the present administration to realize the importance of saving these priceless treasures – not only for the good of the entire world, but also for the good of Italy as a whole? Tourists and history buffs flock to ruins like Pompei to get first-hand glimpses into the ancient world. This, in turn, makes Italy that much more of a desired destination. Could you imagine Italy without the Colisseum? Please, please….let us strive to remember that these treasures of history are so extremely valuable that without them we would certainly be without some of the true wonders of the world. And all the Ministers in the Italian government…please use your resources to save these priceless treaures!