September 20, 2020

Saipan — Sept. 21st marks the 48th anniversary of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ declaration of martial law which made him the nation’s absolute ruler until February 1986 when he was deposed by a popular uprising. He became dictator because the military backed him. He was ousted because he lost its support. As Chairman Mao would put it, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Thirty-four years after Marco...

The educational decisions of today will profoundly shape the future leaders of Guam. We know intuitively that the single greatest factor in students’ success or failure in school is the teacher who inspires them to reach beyond what they believe is possible.

Simply put, online education is an inadequate substitute for face-to-face interaction with teachers. As we consider the sober reality of the risks involved with this schoo...

September 5, 2020

Nature has brought humanity to its knees through the unprecedented foe that is coronavirus. However, the answers to the problems at large may be uncovered by studying the virus itself. As Gove. Lou Leon Guerrero has said, our island is sick, and just like in the pathogenesis of Covid-19 itself, this sickness is beginning to cause complications in other components of our figurative body.

Through this allegorical analysis, I offe...

September 4, 2020

 Double dipping, in the context of the government of Guam, refers to the practice of an active employee receiving a pension from the Retirement Fund while simultaneously receiving a salary from GovGuam employment.

On Jan. 10, 1975, the legislature enacted the antidote to double dipping — a statute suspending, for the duration of their renewed employment, the pensions of retired employees who have been rehired by GovGuam.  

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September 1, 2020

“Man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains.” The famous opening line to Rousseau’s “Social Contract” sums up our inescapable reality. We are governed by laws, choking on rules and bound by duties. We can’t drink and drive. We buckle up. We pay our taxes. 

The Covid-19 crisis has triggered additions to the list of things we are pressed to do. Wear face coverings. Stand six feet apart from other people. Sanitize. Lock...

September 1, 2020

It is insulting that one of the first criticisms of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick was the false claim that she “may be ineligible” due to the fact that her parents were not U.S. citizens when her mother gave birth to her in the state of California. Funny that while Harris was actually running for president against Biden and 23 others in the Democratic presidential primary earlier this year, the issue of h...

August 31, 2020

I was called at 3 a.m. to respond to an 11-year-old oncology patient with spiking high fevers. I was the second-year resident physician on hospital night call for the pediatric team at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I hurried into the patient's room to find his mom, his grandmother and his older brother all awake by the sick boy's bedside. His dad was sitting on the bed soothing his son's forehead. 

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Aegis Ashore represents the best first step to meet the threat timeline, and it could and should be adapted and augmented over time. Photo courtesy of Naval News

American military superiority compared to China has eroded in recent years. The frequent inability of Congress and the Pentagon to provide timely capabilities for combatant commanders represents an important reason. The current debate surrounding the defense of Guam wi...

It has been said that those who truly value freedom might disagree with what you have to say but will fight to the death for your right to say it.  

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, those who disagree with my “Stay at Home Order” and other steps I have taken to slow the spread of  Covid-19 and save lives will gather in protest.  

And while that is their right as individuals, remember that freedom is guaranteed—at least in par...

August 13, 2020

We flew in from Houston via LAX and Honolulu last Monday, Aug. 3, and were screened at the Guam International Airport. Flying through so many airports in one week, through Narita, San Francisco, Houston IAH, Hobby airports, San Antonio, I did not get screened, or temperature checked even once. After nearly 20 hours of planes and airports, I wanted a wheelchair on landing at SAT. 

On Guam, you can't enter a restaurant or a mall...

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