IN 1789 — or about 230 years ago — the U.S. Constitution was ratified and approved by the Thirteen Original Colonies. This landmark legal instrument established the first democracy in the world. As a representative democracy, the people of the United States freely choose their political leaders at a general election, held every two to four years.

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SOME years back we discussed the extraordinary adventure of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey, an English couple whose sailboat was wrecked by a whale and who drifted in a life raft for 117 days, a record at that time. I recently read a book about their experience that teaches us vital lessons which we can all use, whether stranded in a raft at sea or stranded in a thankless job. First, a summary of their story, then some life lessons.

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THE House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation, and Communications or PUTC met with Division of Procurement & Supply Acting Director Francisco C. Aguon Wednesday morning to discuss the current status of the Marpi landfill operation and maintenance.

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ISLANDER Rent A Car managed to snatch victory from Eats Easy x The Game in the United Filipino Organization-IT&E Basketball League Open Division on Saturday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym. It was the alley-oop clutch shot executed by Mac Mintac in the game’s last few seconds that gave the Islanders a 95-93 victory.

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ON Oct. 31, 1967, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Montana, informed his colleagues about recent news articles in Time Magazine and the New York Times that he said should serve as a “timely reminder that all is not well in the U.S.-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific.” The TT comprised of the NMI, Palau, the Marshalls and what is now known as the FSM.

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ABOUT 80 of the 130 stranded tourists on Saipan have been repatriated already, but there are “issues” with those who are still on island, especially the individuals from Wuhan, Hubei, China, Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds said, referring to the lockdown in the Chinese province.

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(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational western beaches and storm drainages every week as part of a regularly scheduled sampling program.

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BECAUSE its denial is incessantly repeated, the following truth must be incessantly restated: we ordinary Americans are fabulously rich and getting richer. The irony is that we are so very materially prosperous — with a prosperity that is shared by nearly all Americans — that we take our happy condition for granted.

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday approved Tinian Local Bill 21-1, which appropriates $531,248 in Tinian casino license fees for the Tinian municipal government and the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission.

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IN one respect, at least, the Democratic nominating contest is running true to form: Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting the lion’s share of young adults’ votes. In New Hampshire, for example, voters under 30 represented 15% of the total but 28% of Mr. Sanders’s support. Voters 65 and older were 25% of the total but only 13% of the Sanders coalition.

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THE wife of John Jones, who went missing at the Grotto in Nov. 2018, has filed a lawsuit in the federal court against a diving company, among other defendants, and is seeking damages for negligence and wrongful death.

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(CNMI Judiciary) — Six high schools will be competing on February 27 and 28 for the opportunity to represent the CNMI at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Evansville, Indiana in May. The CNMI-wide competition will be held at the District Court for the NMI. Schools represented include Grace Christian Academy, Kagman High School, Marianas High School, Mount Carmel High School, Saipan International School, and Tinian High School.

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(Press Release) — The long wait of parents, students, teachers and administration of Green Meadow School for the results of the Mathcourt competition held on Jan. 18, 2020 is finally over.

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