Remembering WWII while fighting a new 'war'

July 3, 2020

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Saipan — On June 12th, the Philippines will celebrate the 122nd anniversary of its declaration of independence. But for one of my Filipino-American friends, it’s a day that should live in infamy. He also hates the Filipino patriots who fought and/or campaigned successf...

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Saipan — By the time you read this, it is likely that we’re still observing social-distancing rules, and a curfew remains in place. Many businesses are still closed or operating for a few hours only. We’re still wearing faces masks and/or gloves when we go out — if we...

Monday, March 9, 2020

 Saipan — In a book published in 1884, Herbert Spencer wrote that the “mischiefs wrought by uninstructed lawmaking, enormous in their amount as compared with those caused by uninstructed medical treatment, are conspicuous to all who do but glance over its history.”


Saturday, February 15, 2020

 Saipan — So far, the news headlines here are about the Public School System’s funding woes; unhappy teachers who are on the verge of staging protest actions; lawmakers critical of the governor; government-funded travels; a federal investigation involving a casino; and...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Saipan— Some of the Northern Marianas’ high school seniors were asked recently if they plan to return to the islands after graduating from college.

I don’t see the point of that question.

We’re talking about asking teenagers what they plan to do four years down the road....

Monday, December 23, 2019

 Saipan — The last time I experienced the Christmas holidays in Manila was 26 years ago. Which means that I’ve already lived half of my life, so far, on “foreign land” — the Marianas, which ceased to be foreign to me many years ago. That was probably around the same ti...

Thursday, November 7, 2019


  Clearly, democracy is ridiculous and politics is senseless, but there are many people who truly believe that they can make a difference — that there ought to...

Monday, October 7, 2019

Saipan — Say something obvious. Say it because no one in his or her right mind will dispute it. “We should always think about the children, the youth and their future.” Who will say no to that?

You should also sing paeans to “democracy,” “democratic elections” and the “...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Saipan — After Typhoon Soudelor battered the island in Aug. 2015, someone complained, on Facebook, that the most horrible thing that had ever happened to her life (she was in high school at the time I think) wasn’t deemed worthy of global wall-to-wall media coverage. “...

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