July 11, 2020

The whole world has surely noticed that China, Australia and the United States are having Covid-19 community spread again. While several places are locked down again, it is time that every government honestly informs people that we are inevitably going to live with the coronavirus for a while. Only sustainable measures, which is absolutely not another lockdown, can really help everybody get through it together.

After some restr...

July 10, 2020

Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia are among the last countries standing, sharing the hall of fame with just a few other countries that have successfully hindered the entry of the treacherous Covid-19 into their communities.

They were among the first nations in the region to shut their borders when the contagion was in its nascent stage. And despite remaining Covid-free, they are not racing to be the first ones to re...

Discrimination against Chuukese living on Guam may have been alleviated to some degree. But I was reminded a few weeks ago that racism is still alive in our small island community today. This was pointed out by Cali Que, a young African-American, whose candid vlog on Facebook went viral in the local community.

In recent weeks, many on Guam came out to show support for the national #BlackLivesMatter movement, recharged by the de...

July 8, 2020

 Saipan — Staring into the financial abyss, the Northern Mariana Islands government has enlisted the help of Graduate School USA in “assessing the size and nature of the CNMI’s current economic crisis and identifying potential solutions.” Graduate School USA or GSU aims to, among other things, “develop people and to make government more efficient.”

GSU is no stranger to the CNMI’s fiscal woes. Years ago, it drew up a report on...

July 6, 2020

Imagine that at age 14, when you are either in 8th grade or just starting your freshman year of high school, a man rapes and impregnates you. You have the baby, and want to give the infant up for adoption so you can heal and get on with what is left of your shattered adolescent life. But your rapist, who has admitted to having sexually assaulted you, will not sign the adoption papers because he now wants to exercise his parent...

June 29, 2020

Forty days and forty nights In early January 2020, the coronavirus pandemic emerged as an existential threat to humanity.

Like a thunderous biologic tidal wave, the murderous Covid-19 virus brusquely overwhelmed a disbelieving and unprepared world.

Now, this terrifying pandemic has infected more than 10 million people and killed more than 500,000 poor souls across the planet.

Globally, lockdown measures like the quarantine of...

As one of our nation’s principal stewards of our ocean, Great Lakes and coastal resources, the Department of the Interior recognizes the interplay between the vitality of our nation’s natural resources, the health of our fellow citizens and the strength of our economy.

America’s oceans and Great Lakes are used by millions for recreational boating and fishing, commercial fishing, transportation of goods and transmission of data...

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 successfully for Philippine independence. “The Philippines,” he said, “could have been a U.S. state if not for those [beep] [beep] [beep].”

To be sure, that “missed oppor...

June 10, 2020

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero invoked her public health emergency directive when she faced public scrutiny over her administration’s business deals with hotels that have been used as quarantine facilities. The declaration of state of public health emergency, she said, has authorized her to acquire emergency procurements—which means, services and supplies were commissioned without competitive biddings.

No one -- as Sen. Sabina Perez po...

The title of this column is a little tribute to my uncle, a seventh generation Iowa farmer, who frequently commented, “Politicians are just like pigs in mud. The only thing you can count on politicians to do is to get rich.”

We are seeing way too many examples of local politicians and their politically well-connected insiders choosing to take care of each other first over taking care of the people during this Covid-19 pandemic....

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