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…

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IT'S so beautiful that a nine-year old artist, Kate King Manglona, wants to donate her paintings to Saipan Cares for Animals.  A big "Thank You" to Kate!

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AS the American Rescue Plan moves forward in Congress, you have probably heard that unemployment assistance will be extended to August, taxpayers will receive an additional $1,400 rebate, teachers and staff will continue to be paid with more federal funding to keep our schools open, there is…

AFTER the recent death from riding in the back of a pick-up truck, I noticed MV’s online poll for “Law Governing Passengers in the back of Pick-up Trucks” is getting a lot attention. While the voting was nearly even when I last checked more people were in favor of a Law. But for me, the ques…

HERE are a few thoughts about what can be found and appreciated in the Bible.

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I RECENTLY arrived back on Saipan after a day's long flight, recovering from a medical issue, and very tired.

I HAD just been admitted as a member of a very new online Facebook group known as  “The Catholic Gospel's Online Catholic Information.” 

I WOULD like to congratulate our Congressman Edwin Propst for the result of his case that the AG’s office investigated. 

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WHAT has transpired recently shows how the coronavirus exposed certain government officials’ shady secret agenda and plots to get rich really quick. My message to these world leaders is this: stop abusing your people.

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LET me say this. I have lived in the U.S. since I was a teenager, but I have never witnessed the chaos that recently disrupted the nation’s capital.

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SINCE the CNMI first went into a pandemic lock-down earlier this year, I have been very impressed by the expeditious and effective actions taken by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and his Covid-19 Task Force, chaired by Warren Villagomez, director for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Public Hea…

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CHRISTMAS reflects all that is best in our island spirit. This holiday season is always a special time of the year for rejoicing with our family and friends, for spreading charity and goodwill throughout our villages, and for giving thanks for all the blessings and little things in our lives…

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WHILE we generally look forward to the Holiday Season filled with joy and happiness, social gatherings with family and friends, and celebrations, the Holiday Season for many people is filled with depression and stress.

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THE Marianas Association of Filipino Engineers and Architects or MAFEA will celebrate its 25th founding anniversary on Dec. 26, 2020 and the Yuletide Season by holding a Christmas party at Fiesta Resort & Spa, Hibiscus Hall. The event will start at 6 p.m. This will also serve as a fundra…

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All engineers and architects on island are invited to attend MAFEA’s Christmas party.

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To our frontline workers, first responders, safety personnel, employees from all businesses, we are thankful for your remarkable services in keeping our island a safe and healthy place to live. To our veterans, those still with us and those who have gone before us, and those who are still se…

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Creating teams of students interested in each of these different subject areas might be interesting, as well.

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The Covid-19 fatality rates in the Northern Mariana Islands, Texas, California, Florida and Illinois are below 2%! Yeah that's a fact!

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November 11, 2020, is Veterans Day. Happy Veterans Day to my fellow service members.

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Representing the people of the Marianas in the U.S. Congress, bearing responsibility for your well-being, especially in these days of disaster and pandemic, is a job I take on with all my heart.