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Editorials 2019-April-19

Bad optics

GOVERNMENT officials who are paid more than rank-and-file employees received a significant amount of OT-pay while the rank-and-file remain uncompensated and are told to wait.

There is absolutely no “good angle” to this story.

Now what?

The Legislature should come up with a list of all the rank-and-file employees and the total amount of OT-pay that their government owes them. Then lawmakers should identify a funding source that already exists. If needed, they should introduce and pass an appropriation measure.

Rep. Ed Propst has noted that based on their Notice of Personnel Action, cabinet members are not entitled to overtime pay. He asks: What is the law that allows the governor to include cabinet members for typhoon-related OT pay? It’s a good question that should be answered by the administration or the attorney general.

No good at all

LAST week, the House of Representatives passed a $1 million spending measure for Tinian even though there was no committee report attached to it as required by the House rules. When Rep. Tina Sablan asked the floor leader to justify the suspension of the rules, her colleague replied that it was done in the past, too.

That’s true. In the past, the Legislature had also passed bills that could not be implemented or had created more problems instead of solving existing ones. But that doesn’t mean the Legislature should continue passing such bills.

The Tinian spending measure was urgently needed, the House floor leader said. Fine. But a committee report could have been drafted right away. It was also unlikely that House members would need an entire day to review a simple re-appropriation measure.

In other words, the bill could have been passed last week without suspending the rules — and without giving the public the impression that most lawmakers do not care for their own rules.

Happy Easter!

TODAY, Christendom commemorates the death of a man who preached love and compassion — only to be falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. He was tortured and then, as demanded by his own people, crucified like a common criminal.

Some believe that religious faith is a comforting delusion. Maybe. But for others, it is an acknowledgment of our imperfection, and our willingness to be better persons. Faith also teaches us that sorrow is part of life — but we must hope, and we must forgive. Equally important, our faith asks us, “What good is it…if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?”