CNMI - Letters to the Editor
- Published on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 00:00
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THE prediction is that we have five months remaining before judgment day. So are you still not going to give back the current Fund members’ money?In last Sunday’s reading, Jesus told His disciples to feed the people gathered there with them. His disciples said, “But we only have enough to feed a few. We need more bread and more fish.” Jesus told them to bring whatever they have and SHARE it.
So, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House, again we are asking you to give the active members their money back (their share) before you finish it.
During a public hearing here on Tinian, an active member told the senators that he called Social Security which told him there is no buy-back, but individuals can enroll by applying and contributing. This, Lt. Governor, is evidence that there is something you are not telling the active members. Several months ago, Fund Administrator Richard Villagomez said if the government would stop the employee contribution, the Fund would have a problem.
What is going on? Please Governor, Lt. Governor, members of the House and Senate — we asked Sen. Jovita Taimanao to ask all of you, including Richard Villagomez, along with a Social Security representative, to discuss this issue with us and, together, to try to find a solution. Not coming out to meet with us is questionable and causing more hatred toward the administration.
Globally, the world is having shortage of money and many countries are sharing the same suffering, but not one nation out there has the same issue that the CNMI has. I mean, we have enough to share if we divide it equally among us, but no one wants to share.
Take the advice from the Gospel this Sunday, and give back the active members’ money and collect all the leftover funds and save them for the retirees. You’re all worried about the remaining lifespan of the Retirement Fund, which is only two years, but you’re not worried that our world’s lifespan might be only five months?
So, people of the CNMI, this is not the time to be fighting, to be greedy, selfish, or hating. It is time to get our acts together and pray for each and everyone here on Earth that the prediction is not true, and that God will forgive our sins. We must pray for more years to come for our children.
Peace to all and may God have mercy on us all.WINNIE ATALIG
San Jose, Tinian