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INSTEAD of  considering a “universal garbage collection” that will involve the CNMI government — the islands’ most notorious delinquent debtor — concerned citizens may want to look into Pittsburgh’s “Litter League” competition. Like most things useful and beneficial, it’s an idea from people…

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OUR friends at the Marianas Visitors Authority launched the Hafa Adai & Tirow Pledge and are taking the right steps to ensure that we continue to provide authentic Marianas experiences for our visitors. Proposed by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce through its president Joe Guerrero, the Ha…

FOR those who do not live on Tinian, it is easy to forget two and a half years after Super Typhoon Yutu the total destruction and devastation the second worst storm in U.S. history had on the island of Tinian.  Tinian was ground zero and it has been documented that Yutu affected the lives of…

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ON Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., the CUC board is meeting to discuss issues. I brought up an issue at the last board meeting regarding the frustrations of working in getting power to a house or apartments. They said they would cover the issue in a special board meeting.

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ON the front page of Marianas Variety’s first issue in Jan. 1974 was a news article regarding the Trust Territory government’s “standby plan for the rationing of gasoline on Saipan.” It involved the distribution of printed ration cards that “would identify the station from which each cardhol…

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THIS has been a positively eventful week for The Marianas. The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers thanks Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov Arnold I. Palacios, and the entire 22nd Commonwealth Legislature for their valuable support in enacting Public Law 22-01 establishing the Commonwealth …

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The following is the text of the remarks made by NMC's Class of 2021 commencement speaker to his fellow graduates at Saipan World Resort  on May 21, 2021. He completed his Associates in Arts in Business degree this year.

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When the cure is worse than the disease

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The following is the text of the commencement speech of Eun Ho An at the Hyatt Regency on May 21, 2021. She has completed her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Education, and is now working on her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration with an emph…

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I AM probably the closest thing to a “watch-dog agency” in the CNMI and being an Economist, I couldn’t help but to take interest in the recent disclosed “Recovery Plan” that is temporary and not one for the future as claimed. The Governor is gaslighting more than anything, as it aims to revi…

IF you are of the opinion that the Pacific stands on the threshold of major change, I agree with you.  As the Covid era draws to a close, the next few years will bring changes that will affect the next several generations of islanders.  Let us consider some of the major topics on the table.

ARE the Republicans under some kind of “Voodoo Spell” or what as they seem to only be able to think of Gambling for the CNMI. The recent assertion by Rep. Leepan T. Guerrero to try and institute “internet gaming” FOR IPI even though this matter is still under investigation as it seems he was…

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“EDUCATION on Saipan and probably elsewhere in Micronesia is in a desperate situation,” said a Marianas High School teacher who was originally from the states. In a letter to Variety’s editor, the teacher noted that an “increasing number of students are entering our schools and the budget do…

IT is really MORE than the same thing over and over again (Déjà vu) with the Medical Referral Program because these Republicans have used what many Economists Call “Voodoo Economics.”  How can you operate a “Government Program working under a Private Cooperation with costs into the multiple-…

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THE CNMI is DETERIORATING right in front of our eyes when WE the People actually infers that the People really control our government.  But I’m sure most voters are coming to the realization that WE the People really don’t control anything nor dictate Government activity under Republican con…

A RECENT story of a deadly shark attack in Australia got islanders talking. Are there sharks in the Marianas?  Yes.  Could something like that happen here?  Again, yes.  What can we do to protect ourselves?  Much, because knowledge is power.  If you remember even one of the following points …

IN celebration of Pride Month, family, friends, allies, community members, businesses, and agencies Hafa Adai and Tirow! Happy Pride Month! Though we need to be vigilant during these challenging times of the pandemic, we can still unite together to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community. On behalf…

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AS Rota warmly welcomed the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers with its famous “Aluf” or hand wave, its residents and leaders also welcomed our initiatives and projects, embracing the unified movement to improve the quality of life in the Marianas.

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WE have ALL fallen short and done foolish things at one time or another in our lives and the real challenge in all the exploits of our foolishness was the need to “learn our lesson(s) from the foolish behavior.” Just like in my classroom with our youths and in real life with adults there wil…

FOR recreational sailboaters, one of the great ambitions is to cross the Pacific.  Even a shorter run of, say, Hawaii to the mainland would be the trip of a lifetime.  Bill and Simone Butler had bigger ideas.  In 1989 they set out to sail around the world and had made it to a point 1200 mile…

IT is no secret that LOYALTY to the Republican Party does pay dividends, especially if you are a politician who has LOST the confidence OF the People — they do take care of their own at the top but those at the bottom are more like pons to be used and disposed of at will.   The recent appoin…

WE survived the 2008 global financial crisis because  U.S. taxpayers bailed out the bankers. Today, Covid-19 and its variants are still spreading all over the world and there’s a need to  build homes for the poor and homeless families. This can be and should be done with the use of federal funds.

DURING the early months of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ work, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios encouraged us to work together to transform the Marianas after a video depicting dilapidated tourist and community sites revealed the real and unfortunate condi…

MISTER Chair,  this  letter  is regarding the  May  13, 2021 articles  in  Marianas Variety  and Saipan  Tribune  which  were about  your  concerns  about the  finances  of the  former  Northern Marianas  Trades  Institute and  current Northern  Marianas   Technical   Institute.    At  that …

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MISTER President, I trust our state and U.S. federal governments, but I don't trust  clever crafty organizations or corporations that are abusing our American citizens or  our foreign guest workers. This problem has been going on for decades and it seems that nobody is paying attention. We n…

“OUR powers of logical reasoning,” says “The Data Detective” author Tim Harford, “are skewed by our political beliefs.” Or, as clinical psychologist and Democrat political strategist Drew Westen would put it: what passes for reasoning in politics is more often rationalization whose goal is a…

PRESIDENT Biden is now in office which means there is a “New Sherriff” in town but Governor Torres seems to be still trying to “circumvent justice by getting someone he wants to be Judge and even tried to punish the Honorable Chief Justice Manglona by not recommending her for re-appointment.…

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THE Bicol Association of the Mariana Islands Inc. or BAMI would like to say thank you to the donor and volunteers of its second relief drive in the Bicol region, south of Manila, the Philippines.

IF you have eyes and ears then you have to know about all the bad examples of leadership that have been on display by the Governor who is just waiting for the trial and the previous Republican Legislature who refused to tell us what they did with OUR money and refused to investigate (hold ac…

HOW does a single man raise two girls?  That question was put to me recently by a good friend who we can call Mike.  I smiled and looked back at him with an expression that showed I had no idea.  I am also trying to raise two girls, but I have the invaluable help of my wife.  Ever since he a…

I’M very aware that some people don’t like to read articles that are long but I hope this will help anyone who is a lazy reader.  I was recently editing my book about my mother “MaDear — A True American Success Story” that will be on Amazon soon so make sure you purchase one. But I was using…

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STATISTICS, however “accurate,” can mislead us. This is among the main points of British economist and journalist Tim Harford’s very useful book, “The Data Detective.” For example, he says, the U.S. has a notoriously high infant mortality rate for a rich country: 6.1 deaths per thousand live…

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PRESIDENT Biden said in his address that “Wall Street didn’t build America — Unions built America” and he was so right to a very large degree.  While there are no unions in the CNMI the Founders of the CNMI did want Unions or at least some form of a Union for our teachers which is why they p…