What defines 2018?

In one of its last announcements for 2018, the outgoing Calvo administration hoped to end the year (and its term in office) on a happy note. A press release sent on Christmas eve had a Sally Fields-esque email subject: “They really love us. Tourists show love for Guam with record-breaking arrival.”

Statistics showed Guam welcomed 132,850 visitors for the month of November, reflecting an 8.6-percent increase as compared to the same month of the previous year— notably the period when the market was gripped with fear of “fire and fury” amid the tantrums of two state leaders. Back then, Guam was in the crosshairs of North Korea’s threats of missile assault and Donald Trump’s corresponding threats of nuclear retaliation. Seems like a long time ago.