January 3, 2017

Judith “Judi” Guthertz, a former senator, has a commanding presence. Put her in a room and her diminutive stature rises above the others a head taller than her. Even on the road, her signature yellow car with the smiley face stands out.

Gender does not define capability but in her new public role with the Consolidated Commission on Utilities, this factor will stand out for the obvious reason that the CCU has been an “all-boys...

January 3, 2017

Elections may be over, but on Guam — as in any place where politics is a favorite reality show — there is no such thing as off-election season. Every election cycle is a preparation for the next — a repositioning of sort for career politicians and an image-building platform for uninitiated political aspirants.

The most recent race for Congress has again proved Madeleine Bordallo remains the star of the show. Nevertheless, her...

Aric Nakamura, . shares his name, his talent, and his passion for public service with his father, former Palau President Kuniwo Nakamura. But he did more than just to follow the footsteps of his father, he made history as the youngest Palauan senator to have won a very powerful seat in Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) or the Palau Congress.

Nakamura just turned 26 on Oct. 27. Although he will be joining a group of much older senators,...

December 7, 2016

Palauan women have achieved another milestone. After more than 30 years, two women made it to the House of Delegates (HOD) and two won another term in the Senate. So, in the upcoming 10th Palau Congress, there will be four Palauan women joining this political institution which had been predominantly composed of men.

In total, 13 women ran for a seat in the Palau Congress.

Senators J. Uduch Sengebau Senior and Rukebai Inabo; Aira...

December 4, 2016

On a gloomy post-election Saturday afternoon, Speaker Judi Won Pat walks barefoot around her office, boxing up books, papers, pictures, gifts and other souvenirs from her seemingly endless political career. It’s still more than a month and another session to go till the next legislature comes in, but she couldn’t wait to pack up. “There’s no reason for me to stay here another minute,” she chuckles, in an attempt to mask her di...

(Palau, Pacific Note) -Tommy Remengesau, Jr. secured a historic win in the recent Palau election, making another mark in Palau’s political history through his recent reelection to a second four-year term as president, the second time he has done so. The race was in a dead heat with challenger Sen. Surangel Whipps Jr. ahead after early counting at one point.

Although Remengesau hit the front by the end of counting of votes withi...

December 4, 2016

Saipan— The people of the Northern Mariana Islands seemed to be satisfied with the local Republican Party’s leadership, based in the Nov. 8 election results. Unofficial tally showed the CNMI GOP is on its way of grabbing 15 of the 20 seats at stake in the House of Representatives while sweeping all three Senate posts in the midterm polls.

The Commonwealth Election Commission was waiting for all absentee ballots to arrive on or...

December 4, 2016

There’s still a very long line of folks—particularly in the media—waiting to fess up to grievous error in not seeing the impending Trump triumph before it crashed on their heads. By contrast, my modest pre-election proposal was to seek a 12-step program to help rid me of my addiction to news about his candidacy. This was of course based on my widely shared belief that his success was improbable or impossible.

So much for that....

December 4, 2016

Even though Hillary lost, women still rock the world.

We also rock Guam, as was evident during the “Women in Journalism” discussion hosted by Humanities Guahan at the GCC Learning Resource Center on October 25th. I was privileged to join Patti Arroyo of K57, Guam’s first female morning radio talk show host; Sabrina Salas, KUAM news director; and Mar-Vic Cagurangan, publisher of the new Pacific Island Times you are reading at th...

December 4, 2016

One afternoon while staying at a hotel, I decided to take a dip in the pool. As soon as I dipped my toes in the water, I became immediately aware that it was not heated. Not a good start.

So now I was faced with one of the stark choices we often get in life: Do I slowly immerse into the chilly water and allow my body to slowly adjust to the cold? Or do I just dive right in, deal with the shock and get it over with quickly? Luck...

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