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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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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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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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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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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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SURVIVING turbulent waters, the Northern Marianas College proa has established a rich 40-year legacy of thriving in higher education, providing high quality, affordable and accessible educational programs and services for the people of the Commonwealth.

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I KNEW that if the Governor’s attack dog (RH), whose name I don’t have to mention, would ever get irritated enough to attack me in the newspaper that he would indeed stick his foot in his mouth, as that is what happens to people who think they can “bully” people. Well, he finally stuck his h…

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MY wife did not get a 60% pay raise. In fact, after working at the Department of Finance for nearly three years for around the same pay ($30,000), despite having 14 years of significant accounting experience in the private and public sectors and a BA and Masters in accounting (graduating Sum…

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YOU have elected me to represent you in the U.S. Congress for seven terms. I shall never, ever, forget this extraordinary privilege and will forever be grateful to you.

THIS is in response to your July 21st news article, “NMI's top priority in talks with military: Protection of environment and local culture.”

THIS letter is a response to a recent July 14 article, “Group to commemorate 22nd year...,” which mentions Falun Gong/Falun Dafa.

THE product of hard work is always enjoyable and rewarding.  But not all of what we do that we think is good will last long.

FOR 75 years, our islands have endured remarkable challenges and transformative changes. From our people leaving the gates of Camp Chalan Kanoa to reclaim our land to our Commonwealth in political union with the United States, our story of resiliency has become legendary in our Pacific region.

THIS is to express my personal gratitude to the Emon Masonic Lodge 179.  This Tuesday morning, June 22, 2021, at the manamko’ center in Chinatown, the masons donated $1,000 to the manamko’ council. I'm sure that the manamko’ organization, which is chartered, could use the donation in more wa…

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.

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…

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.

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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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.

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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ARISTOTLE once said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Without teachers with the biggest hearts, life would have no class. The world would never learn a single lesson if our teachers did not encourage minds to think and create. Our hearts would never ha…

ARTICLE 12 is one of the few remaining examples of native/indigenous land autonomy in the United States. This unique position should not be given or stripped away so hastily and irresponsibly. SLI-22-01 is a six-page document that threatens to destroy over forty years of historical indigenou…

THE Bicol Association of Mariana Islands Inc. or BAMI would like to say thank you to all those who supported us during our fundraising activities for the benefit of the typhoon victims in the Bicol region in the Philippines. Our mission to extend in-kind support to the severely affected fami…

I AM so impressed with the system the post office has in place now.  Post office personnel as well as customs personnel have always been courteous, efficient, and helpful.  But the new system with separate line for yellow card is amazingly efficient.  

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THURSDAY’s Variety reports that a congressional resolution has been introduced, co-sponsored by Delegate Kilili, denouncing the Insular Cases —  a set of U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the reach of the U.S. Constitution in outlying offshore jurisdictions.

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I AM requesting the communities help to collect data for a Language Immersion proposal for Kagman Elementary School. If you would please take a few minutes to answer the questions on this online form, it will be appreciated, and will provide data that will be used in the proposal.

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I AM writing this letter in response to negative social media attention in the wake of the Governor's decision to replace me as the director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. OVR is a vital governmental agency that provides much-needed services to people with disabilities of the CN…

TRANSGENDER persons suffer significant health disparities and may require medical intervention as part of their care.  Current research emphasizes sexual minorities’ self-report of barriers, rather than using direct methods. The biggest barrier to health care reported by transgender individu…

LAST weekend we called 911 for an emergency at our home. Paramedics Jeremy Torres and Dwayne Castro responded and, although we live on a dirt road nearly a mile and a half from any main street, they arrived in less than 20 minutes. Officers Torres and Castro resolved our problem in short ord…

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ALL this fighting rhetoric between the U.S. and China must be solved diplomatically and peacefully. This is not the time to be monkeying around. This coronavirus has kicked the rears of the United States, China and every other country on this planet.

AS a physician who has had the opportunity to teach and oversee medical students and residents, I often ask the question, "What is the single most important medical breakthrough or 'miracle' in the history of humanity?"

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WHY would some people in government think that a son of two natural traditional healers from U.S.-CNMI was labeled the bad guy in his fight for justice and his wife’s freedom? Oregon health authorities took her from me. They think they are untouchable because they have been getting away with…

I WOULD like to follow up on the status of PUA/FPUC for my son-in-law which he has not received since he filed his application. It’s been a while since he made a follow up with the Department of Labor and he has not received any update yet.

I WAS working under the Office of the Mayor of Rota before Typhoon Mangkut hit the island of Luta. After the typhoon hit the island, I worked  hard to gather all necessary information relating to damage and other assessments and submitted them for review and approval to FEMA. I left the isla…

THANK you and your professional journalists for revealing that the Air Force Divert Facility project for Tinian has been postponed for a year, although it was the worst possible news that the people of Tinian could receive at this time. We had been hoping that construction would begin this y…