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Editorials 2018-July-13

On and on

ABOUT two weeks ago, Customs said it had discovered 65 grams of cocaine and 100 ecstasy pills at the post office.

The illegal drugs arrived together in a package mailed from southern California. The package was supposed to be picked up by a private postal service company.

But as Rep. Edwin Propst has pointed out, “Only one thing is missing. A suspect or an arrest.” It was sent to a post office box, he added. “Whose post office box was it sent to? Who sent it? Was there a sting planned?”

Other equally concerned citizens fear that there is a cover up.  They say someone may be  protecting someone else.  “Standard protocol is to identify the drugs and then wait for the person(s) to pick it up,” a concerned citizen said.  “It was obviously sent to someone’s post office box.  How hard would it be to allow the pick-up to take place and then arrest the person(s)?”

The word from the administration is that the case is still being investigated by federal authorities “with some assistance by our local law enforcement.” But there are no updates yet, and the authorities “don’t comment on ongoing investigations.”

We will pester the authorities until they provide an update. Someone broke the law so someone needs to be arrested and charged for it.

We should also remind the community, however, that the media can only report about drug-busts and/or drug-arrests. No one knows the amount of illegal drugs that are successfully smuggled into the NMI and are now being peddled and/or used as you read this.

As a federal public defender on Guam told Variety, in his 14 years there, “he has seen no evidence that the war on drugs is being won or that drug usage is being curtailed.” Moreover, “[d]emand is so high and profits are so tempting that focusing simply on cutting supply is hopeless.” He said “[t]here are no limits to the human imagination when it comes to smuggling illicit drugs….”

Make it interesting

AN independent candidate for the House of Representatives in Precinct 2, Tina Sablan, has publicly pledged to “fight to repeal the 80 percent salary increase for lawmakers, and oppose lavish pay hikes for top executive officials.” Rep. Edwin Propst, who is seeking re-election in Precinct 1, is also on the record in opposing such pay-hikes. He voted no to the budget bill that included funding for the lawmakers’ pay-hike.

What about the rest of the opposition candidates? Perhaps some of them have opposed these proposed pay-hikes in pocket meetings. Why not make it official? The Independent candidates should include the pay-hike repeal on their platforms which right now seem to be no different from the usual election-year, I-feel-your-pain fluff. By now, many voters will have noticed that in every election year, all the candidates are always against corruption and are always for the true, the good and the beautiful.

Fine. But as candidates for office in this election year where do they stand on the huge pay raises proposed for elected and top appointed officials? While we’re at it, do the candidates agree that the judiciary should get $7 million for failing to maintain the A/C system of its building?

Don’t be shy now.