May 5, 2020

We are beating this wicked Covid-19 virus. It may not seem like it, what with our island and nearly our entire country in a shutdown, which most of us have never experienced.

But two things are inspiring. The first is that people are volunteering and showing compassion for one another at heightened levels, not only on Guam but all over the planet. That should give us hope that a majority of human beings are generally kind, dece...

From Wuhan, Covid-19 has embarked on its atrocious journey around the world, reaching as far as it could get, swirling like a tornado and leaving carnage along its paths. Major cities around the world have become apparent ghost towns as the governments’ social distancing mandates had citizens locked behind their doors.

At this point, the question is not how many countries have been infected; rather, how many countries have bee...

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 go out.

Etc. etc. etc.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal in March, Jason Zweig “predicted” that our memory of the Covid-19-induced crash of 2020 won’t be a recoll...

There is a saying among engineers that “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse,” which seems to describe the state of the U.S. and Guam economies.

As I write this, I reflect on how much our world here on Guam has changed in the past 30 days. Most businesses are closed and most of us are staying at home. When we do venture outside the home, most of us are wearing masks, gloves and armed to the teeth with sanitiz...

April 30, 2020

The people of Guam tune in to the governor’s daily press conference not only to catch daily updates on the status of Covid-19 pandemic, but also to get information that is relevant to their quarantined life. For pure entertainment, there is Netflix.

There are two main questions that matter to the people of Guam right now: When do they get to see their stimulus funds? (For one followup question quota per reporter: What are the a...

April 28, 2020

On April 15, 2020, The Hill published an opinion piece titled, The Incomplete Coronavirus Map – U.S. Territories Left Behind, in which the author linked the federal government’s coronavirus response and maps used by media outlets to a broader point of criticism on America’s treatment of the U.S. territories.  

President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force,...

April 21, 2020


 

She wiped gently as she could the foul, green pus oozing from the wounds on his feet. The man affected with leprosy looked upon this simple old woman with wonder. As he lay rotting putridly in the gutter, she was the first person to speak to him kindly in days. He was as a small child in her arms, his hands and feet made gnarled and useless by this disease which was literally eating him alive.

Leprosy is a...

April 18, 2020

                                                                                     Abed Younis

Saipan--They may call themselves Territorial, Popular, Democrat, Republican, Covenant, Reform or Independent, but since the TT da...

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...

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