April 9, 2020

March was women’s history month. The several events I was involved in throughout the month highlighted the history of women’s accomplishments. A century ago this August, women won the right to vote. In 1970, a U.S. Court of Appeals gave women the right to be compensated the same as men for jobs that were “substantially equal” if not identical. This ruling prevented employers from giving women different titles than men in order...

April 9, 2020

There’s an old Chinese curse appropriate to the times we face: “May you live in interesting times.” The times are getting more interesting by the day. First, we have the early stages of a worldwide pandemic, and like a rock dropped into a pond, the effect ripples are moving out rapidly, spinning havoc everywhere they touch. Though the actual medical threats of the coronavirus to the island are serious, the economic risks will...

April 9, 2020

I am writing as a concerned constituent, with no particular expertise in law or health, regarding Bill 335-35 and perhaps other proposed bills dealing with the governor's emergency authority.

First, in an emergency the precedent has always been for emergency authority to cover a short period of time (hours or days) for events like typhoons, and in limited areas in case of fires or accidents. But here, we are dealing with an em...

April 7, 2020

This is what the Lord  says: "About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again."

— Exodus 11:4–6

Not so many thousands of midnights ago,...

April 7, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Hermann Scheer in Manila during the Asian Development Bank’s Solar Energy Conference in 2009. Dr. Scheer was the president of Eurosolar and general chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy.

In 1999, Scheer was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his "indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide.”

At ADB’s Solar Energy Conference, Dr. Scheer gave a presentation on s...

In the middle of the pandemic, we are experiencing many things. We are having panic attacks, maniacal purchasing, emotional outbursts, prayer sessions and occasional moments of quiet reflection. During these moments, we try to mix into our thinking thoughts of our loved ones, objective information and the pronouncements of officials.

Officials, especially the elected variety, have a special role in our lives during a time of cr...

April 3, 2020

My heart raced when the Joint Information Office released the latest Covid-19 tally last week. It listed the numbers of  confirmed positives, negatives and inconclusive results. Where do I fall into these statistics? My heart was going tump-tump, tump-tump,tump-tump. The anxiety of waiting can be tormenting.

I had the test at 6 p.m. the day before and was told to wait within 24 to 48 hours. “You are officially in quarantine. St...

March 26, 2020

I sat glumly in coronavirus prison, being subjected to isolation and quarantine while the days slowly passed and Guam Public Health debated whether to run my lab specimen.

I had not traveled to China in the past 14 days, most especially to Wuhan. Nor had I traveled to an area with widespread sustained community transmission like Seattle, California, or New York. Heck, I had been so busy swabbing coronavirus suspect patients. I...

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.”

That’s still a problem today. Not a lot of us are interested in history unless they’re two- (or less) minute clips on YouTube.

So in each election year (and this is a...

March 8, 2020

 “I’m leaving on a jet plane. I don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to go.”

  Those were the lyrics of a popular song that recounts a heartbreak that sometimes follows one of life’s most difficult changes – moving away from home.

Last issue we looked at how changes may affect “Future,” a little girl starting her journey toward adulthood. She wonders what circumstances will influence her choice to either stay or l...

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