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1991 was a midterm election year in the CNMI, and among the news stories Variety highlighted 30 years ago was an interview with “one of three Saipan homeowners who use solar photovoltaic…panels to bring them electricity.” Long story short: “Solar power suits Saipan homes well,” says the MV h…

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IT is common to think that village beautification is a government or private sector function. However, as residents, we are the bigger number with helping hands. This is the reason I knew my family from Chalan Piao had to be part of The Marianas Village Pride or MVP Campaign. My husband Mark…

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THERE are a lot of voters in the CNMI who are truly sick & tired of this Governor with his “Deflecting Gaslighting Shows.” It is just shaming and even damming to see this Governor getting in the news with his politics of deflecting and gaslighting.  GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said “he has…

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IN last week’s column, Hon. Mayor Efraim M. Atalig shared that one of the greatest challenges in Rota’s solid waste collection and disposal processes is the island’s lack of commercial trash collection services. Unfortunately, the same is true for our beautiful island of Tinian. Our current …

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THE Bennett Family wants to say THANKS and to wish the entire CNMI a Happy & Safe Holiday Season. We have always been a Public Family and I’m offering this Public Thanks as our family has truly become public figures over the years. Over the past thirty years the Bennett family members ha…

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THE Covid pandemic is slouching on to its inevitable conclusion.  Infection rates are down in most parts of the world as immunization efforts continue.  Who could have guessed a year and a half ago that a global argument would commence over receiving vaccination shots?

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IN 1991, when the local economy was still thriving, the education commissioner told CNMI officials that public schools might shut down. Why? Because, MV reported, “there is nobody to pick up the garbage at the schools.” Why? Because the central government allotted an annual budget of $10,000…

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I JUST returned from the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles  at Civic Center where my request for a renewal of my driver's permit was refused because I don't have a U.S. passport or a birth certificate. I am a bona fide part-Saipan Chamorro and part-Saipan Carolinian, aka Chamolinian. I was born …

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I READ the Variety faithfully and attempt to fathom the political maneuvers preparing for next year's CNMI general election.  I have met all the gubernatorial candidates professionally or socially and have no personal issues with any of them.

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"THANK you" is a powerful and wonderful word.  It can put a big smile on a person’s face.  But it is very powerful because it can spring an emotion that would last a lifetime. Each of us has been blessed with many good things that drive us to do more for others.  Each of us has also been ble…

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Let’s try humility, for a change

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GOVERNMENT corruption in China is suppressing the real number of Covid-19 cases and fatalities there.  China’s Communist government will also not mention the number of people who died in the mega floods that swept away a lot of communities as well as those buried by landslides.

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IMAGINE a barrel of several hundred ping-pong balls, mostly colored white, some gray, and a few black.  The balls are human inventions, with the white ones being good inventions, the grey denoting inventions with mixed effects, and the black ones being disasters that destroy civilization.  N…

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REPRESENTATIVE Sheila Babauta is just awesome and she proved that the CNMI can be on the International Stage at the United Nations addressing our challenges along with other nations.  Her appearance at the COP-26 in Glasgow Scotland sharing the CNMI’s story and introducing President Obama wa…

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ONE of the two biggest local news stories on Aug. 12, 1988 was the walkout staged by Chinese garment workers at a San Vicente victory. They were demanding the safe return of a co-worker who, they said, was taken away by security guards and threatened immediate deportation. The workers were a…

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VETERANS Day was the perfect day for this veteran to remember how and why Tinian’s representatives to the Covenant negotiations worked with their colleagues from Saipan and Rota to develop not only the Covenant that created the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, but also its Techn…

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THE recent outburst to create chaos by defeated candidate Grace Sablan-Vaiagae asking the Speaker to investigate Rep. Ed Propst just shows and even proves that she is just a “Republican LOYALIST and a Sore Loser.”  I can remember her being adamant about “having fun with the election” as if t…

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THE Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan joins Rota and Saipan in supporting the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ Marianas Village Pride Campaign, which I believe goes beyond beautification and encourages all residents to take deeper ownership and pride in our beautiful islands.

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MY sons, out of their own free will, enlisted in the U.S. Army to be a part of the fight for freedom that we enjoy today.

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THE recent outburst by the Governor ALLEGING he has done nothing wrong was another deflecting and gaslighting show of his ALLEGED crimes blaming the JGO, which most of us KNOW was a bag of slop figuratively.  FYI Governor, WE the People don’t eat SLOP and nor does most of us believe a word y…

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LET us take a moment this Veterans Day to show our heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation to all of our veterans, active service members, past and present, who have ever donned the uniform of the United States armed forces for their valor, commitment, and selfless service to our countr…

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AT around 6:30 p.m. of Nov. 8, 2021, I was driving up to our home in Kagman.  Shortly after I just passed the San Vicente Church, I heard a very loud sound. I was wondering what was that sound all about but I just ignored it.  I kept on driving but as I drove, I realized that my car was movi…

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WHAT we have witnessed in the last two years is unprecedented and incomprehensible. Covid-19 has now claimed over 750,000 lives in the United States alone but the pandemic is not over, and it's here to stay.

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YOU have heard of E.B. White. He wrote “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little” among other books, and became a great champion of writing in the English language, having edited “Elements of Style.” One might assume that writing was his passion, but it was only his vocation. White had a secret s…

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THE GOOD on the horizon is definitely the hope that Rep. Tina Sablan will be our next Governor who will surely be working to “undo all the BAD generated by Republicans and erase all the Ugly in the Executive Office that has been going on under Torres and Republicans.  Republicans even have t…

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TO mark its 16th anniversary in March 1988, Marianas Variety’s editor David T. Hughes noted that we were “one of the few papers in the Pacific which have been in business this long under one owner.” Like the CNMI, “this newspaper…was started on somewhat of a shoestring…. [It] was originally …

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THERE is no doubt and no one can deny the Democrats made the right choice with Rep. Tina Sablan who can be TRUSTED for Governor as she is also the author of the Open Government Act —  she is really a “double-whammy” killing both of the Republicans’ chances.  Republicans are trying their same…

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RECENTLY on social media, a resident posted a photo depicting bags of trash dumped at her family member’s grave. She was furious. Imagine going to the cemetery to visit and honor your loved ones only to find a pile of trash left behind by irresponsible and disrespectful illegal dumpers. You’…

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GOVERNMENT has an obligation of transparency and accountability to its governed citizens, at the very least in civil matters; this is the bare minimum of function.  Above that, any good thing it manages to accomplish or noble principle it espouses is a net positive.  Below that, any tardines…

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IT has been 10 years since an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, resulting in 360 billion dollars in damage and 20,000 lives lost.  It stands as one of the most destructive natural disasters of all time and, along with the Indonesia tsunami of 2004, a reminder that the forces at work i…

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WHILE the House JGO is steadfast on “DOING the PEOPLE’S Business” the Governor’s Crew is now being true-to-form and predictable in “Protecting & Serving” the Governor, not YOU!  The sad part is they ALL swore an oath that they just tossed out the window with the little integrity they had…

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AS the sun ascends to its midday crest over the CNMI the forecast of “Super-Typhoon GOP” headed our way that will surely DEVASTATE the FALL of the Republican Party giving RISE to the rebuilding of our government with “Democrats & INTEGRITY” whom the People can finally TRUST!  To a large …

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ALREADY eight months have passed since my arrival on Guam in mid-February, 2021. As often is the case, time has flown by so quickly. I made it a rule to visit as many Guam tourist attractions as I could over the past eight months. I did this because I wanted to showcase the attractions of Gu…

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AS I was doing some research on suicides in preparation for the upcoming holiday season, I learned that the risk of suicide does not increase during the holiday season.  I learned that holiday suicide is a myth!

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I MUST thank and dedicate this to Mr. Fabian Indalecio for posing the question “are you voting FOR the People or Ur Uncle” — wa ha ha ha!  I learned during my research in Mexico on the “origins of phenomena in the Marianas” that families play a big role in their politics just like families p…

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“CONSIDER the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure.  Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellis…

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FORMER CNMI Chief Justice Jose S. Dela Cruz was a guest speaker Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, on the Marianas Agupa Radio Talk Show. The following were his talking points: