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“AS we dove into the abyss, the surface light faded first to blue then gray.  Colors washed out until the multi-colored world of the reef gave way to the black and white of the deep.  Even my own fins, which sparkled a brilliant yellow on the beach, had muted into dull white.  But the most a…

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AS usual the Governor is up to his malarkey of “deflecting and gaslighting” events and circumstances FOR his personal intentions of “not being responsible and accountable to the People.” Every time he opens his mouth you can depend on something coming out to HIS benefits, which is why he mak…

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1987 was a CNMI midterm election year, and the campaign rhetoric, as usual, was blistering. One of the senatorial candidates complained about his opponent’s attacks on the candidate’s father and uncle (elected officials both). The candidate was also quoted by Variety as saying, “The U.S. isn…

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I HAVE expressed to many of you my heartfelt appreciation for the sympathy and love you have shown me and my family since the passing of my husband, Ivan Alafanso Blanco, in July 2021. To those I have not thanked personally, I want you to know we all are very grateful for holding Ivan dear t…

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“TRUMPISM & Toressism” seem to have the same political strategy when it comes to “admitting the truth and letting it be told” with the implementation of “lies, deflecting, gaslighting and sabotaging the checks & balances and the legal process meant to hold them accountable. These guy…

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THE U.S. Department of Justice  and U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has jointly issued guidance to support students with mental health disabilities and their schools during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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LAST Wednesday, the CNMI Republican Party, Mrs. Roca Q. Sablan and I hosted women of all ages and from across the Commonwealth in a happy hour event in support of Grace “Pitu” Sablan-Vaiagae. It was a wonderful event and I thank the many strong, and proud women of the Marianas who came to join us.

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GIVEN there is no designated “strategist or planner for the Democrat Party” I wanted to take this opportunity to add my two-cents worth of suggestions with my whole-hearted support for the Party. It is clear the Republicans have established a “well define game-plan with power plays” already …

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FROM the Honolulu Star-Advertiser to Singapore’s Straits Times to ABC Australia, everywhere you look in the news around the Pacific, the same story leads: Submarines.  As fellow columnist Hugh White of the Lowy Institute observed, “It is rare for Australian defence policy to make headlines a…

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FOR years I have been giving readers excellent examples of how these Republicans have continued to put OTHERS before their own People and it just continues to get worse and worse. The recent Tourism Bubble is another new example of how this Governor put South Koreans first over Locals. This …

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IN a recent op-ed, the Saipan mayor recalled that in the Trust Territory days, each village had a commissioner who made sure that homes were clean. Today, there is a “beefed up” anti-littering law, P.L. 19-53, that is supposed to be enforced by BECQ, DLNR, DPW, the mayor’s office, the zoning…

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I HAD planned to address the Gaslighted Polls in the Variety on the Marianas Agupa Show this past Saturday but the power was out and the show was canceled, so here it is. The polls in the Variety are indeed genuine attempts to gauge what the general public is thinking. When I saw the results…

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A WHILE back I wrote an Op-ed on Liberalism v Conservatism showing how “liberal Democrats promote change and NEW methodologies while conservative Republicans try to keep things like they are.” It’s clear the conservative Republicans have been winning because the CNMI is still pretty much the…

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A LARGE number of voters are waiting and wondering WHEN will our leaders LISTEN and even give Ambrose a real chance given my “I TOLD THEM SO” revelations! Well, I’m here to tell them it’s not so much that I offered bad or ridiculous ideas as it is the FACT that I’m not a Local, which screams…

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ON Sept. 20,  Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, representatives from the office of Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan, representatives from the Marianas Visitors Authority, the Public School System, and I met with the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers and listened to the presentation on its newest initi…

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I’M sure most readers have been “disciplined” at one time in their life for something which should also be the standard practice for dealing with our elected leaders. I am now a permanent fixture on the “English Version” of the Marianas Agupa Show and I’m not there for Ambrose Bennett’s fame…

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THE Lt. Governor solidified the Governor’s shenanigans with his travel and use of OUR money and now Mr. Gary Camacho, CUC Executive Director solidifies the Governors shenanigans with his “utilities payments” putting his family member and a Piggery Business on OUR (the People’s) Account. I do…

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I JOINED the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. One of the reasons for joining was to broaden my horizon and mindset. I learned early on that common sense, as applied in Korea, is not always applicable in the rest of the world. I knew that if my experiences were multi-cultured, it w…

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PARENTS, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate is the word of the year with the CNMI at over 81% fully vaccinated. Do you then wonder why our middle and high schools are going to school for two or three days a week?

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FROM the files of the Cold War comes this strange but true tale of Pacific mayhem.  The current tension between China and the United States is not the first time Pacific nations felt squeezed between giants.  Not so long ago, the U.S., facing a different adversary, contemplated its Pacific f…

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I’M sure when I failed to finish the title of this op-ed that everyone of adult age knows the age-old wisdom of “united we stand and divided we fall.”  WE have our own divide as there were those in the CNMI complaining about Juneteenth being a Holiday, refusing to be vaccinated and even accu…

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WHEN the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, the Marianas’ borders were immediately closed to visitors. Some hotels stopped their operations, while some remained partially open, leaving many people without a job or working shortened hours. At the Saipan international airport, only one ai…

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THE editor wrote an excellent Editorial on Rome and their Entitlement programs, and Socialism which were very true back then and some of which is even true today. But my concern is not so much for Entitlement Programs because these Republicans don’t even know what “Entitlement means for Loca…

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THE “handwriting is on the wall” as to the devastation caused by #45, which I even predicted in 2018, in my book “The Audacity to Change.” Many of the States’ Justice Systems in America have turned into the most injustice aspects of Governing in America since days of the “Black Codes and Seg…

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THERE is exciting news out of Norway that scuba divers and all lovers of the sea will be interested in.  Since the development of diving, the threat of decompression sickness, also known as the bends, has hung over the heads of all who work or explore underwater.  Recently, scientists have t…

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IN the U.S. today, a political stance that used to be defined as liberal is called conservative, but someone with mostly illiberal views is called liberal while those who  do not want progress and are in favor of “returning to nature” are known as progressives.

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LIKE Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination and the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger, the September 11 terrorist attacks are seared permanently in our collective minds.  Anyone over 30 years old can likely tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on that fateful …

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I DON’T think there is a single voter who can say “WE the People haven’t been TRICKED by these Republicans” over the past two decades and that applies multiple times to the present Torres Administration. The funny part for me is they are still running the same old politricking plays that hav…

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WHAT were they complaining about in the NMI 49 years ago? At the time, the NMI was still part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands administered by the U.S., and Saipan was the seat of the TT government which was the main employer of local residents.

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IN late August, we received the great news that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $19.6 million grant to the CNMI Department of Finance.  The grant will be used to build a new Economic Business Center for the Marianas and to acquire a new financi…

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I THINK most of us with KNOW there is a constant battle between “good v evil” and politics is no exception. Robert Hunter and others have constantly attacked private citizens and continue to attack me in the Comment Section that seems to go “un-checked” by ethical standards. For years people…

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CRUISING over the waves, course set for the shores of the earthy mound I call Grandpa’s Island, I am encouraged that so many others share my love of the sea.  I gave the island that name because it is where my grandfather took me when still a boy and made me both a man and a sailor. 

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IF there is one TRUE & Common Concern that WE all share, it is for the CNMI to become a Better Place to live with a much Better Economy. The only way WE the People can achieve this is with a BETTER Government.  Everyone with common knowledge and common sense have to KNOW that the Republi…