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IN February 1992, the New York Times published a dishonest story headlined “Bush Encounters the Supermarket, Amazed,” in which the president was purportedly awed by a supermarket checkout scanner. The obvious intention was to paint the president as coddled and out-of-touch — “ducal” is one a…

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A MASSIVE, international effort is underway that rivals the space programs of 50 years ago.  Rather than charting the moon, however, this effort aims to map the entire ocean floor.  Currently it is said that we know more about outer space than about our own oceans, and for most of history th…

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UNDER the U.S.-administered Trust Territory government, many people in the NMI complained about their virtually non-existent economy.

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THIS year marks the 76th year since our ancestors were allowed to return to their family homes, farmlands, and property, to take back their lives and start anew. This truly is a legacy that we all should cherish and preserve as we celebrate Liberation Day from June 30th to July 4th. As a com…

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DEAR FBI, We-the-People of the CNMI need your help NOW more than ever before in the history of the CNMI since WWII — for REAL!  First, I must THANK and offer KUDOs to Senator Edith DL Guerrero on her efforts to try and HELP the People — she is truly an AWSOME Senator just like she was an AWS…

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AS we look forward to November elections, issues are being raised regarding who is eligible to vote here in the CNMI and who is disqualified from voting.

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TO be sure the founders of America KNEW they were creating a “Delicate Democracy” that could be torn down by any number of opposing forces, including forces from within. There is no doubt our Democracy is being challenged more than ever since the Civil War to no-end by forces from within to …

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IT has been said here and elsewhere that crisis reveals character.  No matter who we try to be or pretend to be, when disaster strikes, the real person comes out.  Some show they are heroes: the woman who leaps into raging water to save a child or the man who rushes into a burning building t…

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The folk theory of democracy celebrates the wisdom of popular judgments by informed and engaged citizens. The reality is quite different. Human beings are busy with their lives…. [E]lections are capricious collective decisions based on considerations that ought, from the viewpoint of the fol…

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ELECTED and other government officials of the CNMI are either unaware or do not care that they have mislabeled the seat of the Commonwealth government. It is not Capitol Hill, and it was never Capitol Hill. It is Capital Hill. Yet all (or almost all) government-approved signs all over the is…

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DURING the early planning stage of the Taste of the Marianas, the Marianas Visitors Authority aimed to host it every Saturday in May as we usually do. However, 2022 is an extra special year as the Marianas is hosting the first-ever NMI Pacific Mini Games 2022! After several meetings with the…

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OF life’s great adventures, sailing solo ranks with climbing mountains or canoeing the Amazon River.  It is on many of our Someday Lists, but most of us will never achieve it.  For Kenichi Horie, sailing solo has become a way of life, so much so that he has checked nearly every box on the li…

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TO be afraid of something that might harm or kill you is a natural human emotion. The fear of dying, the fear of getting harmed, the fear of the unknown and, for some of us, the fear of flying or undergoing a major surgery — these are some of the fears that we go through in life.

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INFLATION is at a 40-year all time HIGH and our Governor is giving out “piece-meals” when WE the People need REAL HELP!  But readers need to know, if they didn’t, that Robert Hunter, the Pseudo Scientist, Ezthere are literally QUACKS invoking their opinions, as if they are the greatest autho…

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IT is usually “painful” to watch politicians talk — interact, I believe is the word — with voters. Like other members of the public, many voters lead busy lives. They have jobs, families or other more immediate, more pressing concerns. Hence, the main point of having a representative democra…

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I WILL never say I am having a bad day again.  I just finished the autobiography of Alistair Urquhart, a Scottish soldier in the Second World War.  What he experienced went beyond anything you have heard before, and we may never have heard his story, but as he neared the end of his life, he …

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PEOPLE are always asking “which side are you on” but Rev. Al Sharpton posed the real question which is “not about choosing a side, but ASKING who is on YOUR-Side,” the Dilettantes or the People’s Party?  WE the People are living under a “Constitutional Democracy” that is designed to “keep AL…

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WRITING for the Foundation of Economic Education, Joseph Kast of the Pacific Legal Foundation asked, “Can society be designed? Can an expert engineer alleviate people’s pains and struggles with a good-enough central plan and blueprint?”

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THERE are people who claim the Parties in the CNMI are not like the Parties on the mainland, which tells me, as a Social Science Teacher & Political Scientist, that they are NOT Political Scientist nor did the pay attention in their U.S. Government Classes in High School.  In fact, the p…

IN Matang of old dwelt Nakaa the Judge, and he had lordship over all the people.  The spirits of Matang also bowed before him, for they feared to look into his eyes.  But no land ever seen was as beautiful as that land.  It was great, it was high, many were its mountains, all manner of trees…

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INFLATION, as WE the People are SUFFERING Governor with Power, Gas and Everything as the cost of living presents an entirely new challenge, especially for the Poor and those on Fixed-Incomes!!!! The Federal Government sent help to the PEOPLE in the form of over half a Billion Dollars and yet…

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GOING into the Commonwealth Economic Development Authority's as the first economic development manager, my main goal is to pave a path for future investments in the Marianas. When my role was envisioned by the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, it saw a need to have a dedicated person …

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500 Sails would like to send a special message of thanks to all of our crew, sponsors, volunteers, family members, and community members who made the sail to the Tinian Pika Festival a successful one. The crew weathered rough conditions and set sail against 15-20 foot waves on the way to Tin…

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SAN Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone provoked howls of outrage Friday when he announced that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D–Calif., may not present herself for Holy Communion, the central sacrament of Catholic life, because of her position on abortion rights. Democratic politi…

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THE Governor and his emissaries do have the right to express their FLAWED Opinions but they don’t have a right to Dictate-the-Facts! From day-one, there has been one attempt after another by the Governor to “eliminate and even destroy the evidence against him.” But to this VERY-DAY, the Gove…

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THE Governor and his Lt. Governor need to start RESPECTING the People of the CNMI and STOP insulting our intelligence with their poli-tricking antics and lack-there-of ANYTHING by the Lt. Governor. The Governor claims to “respect the process” is falling on deaf ears in the Public and in the …

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IN “Factfulness,” a book published four years ago, Swedish physician and academic Hans Rosling said the top global risk that concerned him the most was a global pandemic. This was two years before the Covid-19 outbreak. It was also Rosling who pointed out that what we know about the world is…

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IN June of 1944, during the Pacific Campaign of World War II, the U.S. Marines took the beaches of Saipan which had been under Japanese stronghold. In 1946, two years after the American Invasion of Saipan, and when the island was declared secure, our people were released from U.S. military-r…

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THE pending election is truly a “once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for Luta & Tinian.” While the election results on Saipan will surely play a big part in the overall Political Arena, it will be the vote on Luta and Tinian that will make the DIFINATIVE statement about who will c…

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IN the days when Christianity was first introduced to the Pacific Islands and islanders struggled to find middle ground between their traditional beliefs and the new Judeo-Christian code of conduct, history records many episodes of absurdity and hilarity. 

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THE Governor is busy Poli-tricking with his efforts to “control & change the narratives of media cycles” with his Photo-ops and finger pointing  the Lt. Governor is doing what he does best which is being “silent about everything” — the two trials of the Governor are still facing challeng…

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ONCE again, the reputable pollsters in Manila were spot on. As early as November 2021, they had indicated that presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., or BBM, was so way ahead based on their surveys that his lead could be insurmountable. And so it was.

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I HAVE a new product I would like you to consider.  You can feel good about it because it is eco-friendly.  Using green technology, it reduces your carbon footprint while increasing your overall sustainability.  It is organic, all-natural, gluten-free, low-carb, sugar-free, artisan-crafted, …

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I CAN remember my MaDear comforting me about one of my life’s challenges, as she said “sometimes when things are so bad and even ridiculous you have to just laugh to keep from crying and leave it up to God.” I’m sure most readers will agree with the fact that CNMI literally needs not “a” but…

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DURING a recent meeting between the Governor’s  Council of Economic Advisers or GCEA and House members, there were at least two comments made by two lawmakers that I considered “interesting.”