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Politics and other calamities

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Budget bunkum

HOW can you as a lawmaker assure “the people” that you “work for them” when you can’t or are unable to prevent a partial government...

Flying by the seat of their pants

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Who’s to blame? Who else!

LAWMAKERS have seven days to pass the fiscal year 2023 budget bill. Ideally, the bill should have been on the governor’...

Let them drink beer

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Progressive regression

IT seems that all elected officials and candidates for office are “pro-business,” especially small businesses. (Incidental...

‘Business’ as usual

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Can kickers

 THE fiscal year 2023 budget bill passed by the House includes a provision that would increase the tobacco tax to $4.75 from $3.75, a...

Show us the money

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To the rescue!

ACCORDING to the Office of Personnel Management’s desk audit, the Department of Corrections needs more personnel. Corrections, whi...

Good news and not so good news

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Don’t just say it; do it

GOOD news for the CNMI:

• a new inter-island airline, Marianas Southern Airways, has launched its inaugural flight...


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AFTER noting that the CNMI government remains largely dependent on ARPA funds (which will be depleted soon) and has to, once again, spe...

Promises, promises

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Finding funding

ELECTED officials have been making donations to the youth and the elderly while implementing village projects that will benefit c...

Some of this, some of that

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Cricket sounds

OVER two years since its outbreak, Covid-19 is still a global pandemic and a major public health concern. Government-imposed restr...

'No mas'

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Can you legislate ‘action’?

SEVERAL years ago, a Koblerville resident complained about “unruly” juveniles who “hung out” in abandoned homes some ...

A case of the blahs

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Third stage of grief

FOLLOWING  a series of fuel and electricity price hikes, many of us have quickly gone through the first two stages of grief ...

No kidding

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No fuel, no power, no rate hike

A LAWMAKER says CUC should be “creative” and “avoid any utility rate increase every time fuel costs go up.”

The bad and the good

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A CNMI lawmaker said people are “suffering” from high prices, but their salaries “have not been raised.”

Let’s — to quote a former gov...

True story

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Lesson learned? Don’t count on it

ASKED why the Saipan delegation acted on the e-gaming fee hike bill without a public hearing and without commen...

Money, money, money

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The lay of the land

AT a recent House budget hearing, a lawmaker complained about appropriated public funds that had not been disbursed to the in...

Plenty to be proud of

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Go get ‘em

PEOPLE can — and they usually do — complain about many things regarding life in these small remote islands scattered in the Pacific’s ...

Dying to know

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Kick the can…

THE 179-page House committee report on the “health network” (medical referral) bill includes the following ominous phrase:



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Politicians giveth and politicians taketh away

IN January 1984, the CNMI government enacted legislation that, among other things, imposed a 1% “O...


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And that’s a wrap (for now)

FINALLY, it’s over. Well, sort of. We’re referring to the impeachment phase of a political feud that has been raging ...


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2011 again?

RECENTLY, lawmakers have passed several spending measures funded by fees and/or taxes paid by IPI which is now buried in debt — and l...

A solution in search of a problem

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It is so easy to be wrong – and to persist in being wrong – when the costs of being wrong are paid by others.

 —Thomas ...

And the blah goes on

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POLITICIANS, more often than not, say the darndest things. Recently one of them stated that the “will of the people…elected a new majorit...

Do no further harm, please

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A wage hike, of course

PROPONENTS of the House wage-hike measure, H.B. 22-98, are concerned about the rising cost of living in the CNMI. Hence, t...

On and on

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For courtroom dramas, see Netflix

THE justice system in a democracy is not as exciting or dramatic as it is often depicted in movies or TV shows....

He said, she said, they said

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It’s one darn thing…

HERE’S how retirees can finally receive their Christmas holiday bonuses in April: the House and the Senate should pass the r...

Eight more months

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Forward, ever forward

 THE Senate has approved the impeachment trial rules. What’s next? The rules say the Senate president may refer the article...

Dramatis personae

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Don’t do this at home

THE scene in the Senate chamber on Monday afternoon could have been a sight to behold  if only the protagonists were arguin...

And we’re rolling

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THE House session on Tuesday once again reminded “The People” (i.e., voters) that all lawmakers support giving retirees a bonus —  that l...

More or less

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The nerve

LAWMAKERS opposed to the governor “investigated” his public expenditures, which the same lawmakers believe are excessive. Result? His o...


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On and on

IN the NMI, since the Trust Territory era, criticizing the  government for the supposed “lack” of local workforce development is like h...

Thanks for the memories

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The real ‘Macoy’

POLICE Officer Anthony Iglecias Macaranas, so the story goes, gave his own father (or mother), a ticket for a traffic violation....

Father knows best

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Plenty holidays

ELEVEN days before Christmas, the governor asked the House and the Senate to adopt a joint resolution “that would allow the Depar...

What goes around…

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And so it came to pass

ABOUT 10 years ago, the politicians who wanted to impeach then-Governor Fitial did it the hard way — some may say the righ...

Same time slot?

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What has been will be again

SEVERAL House members on Wednesday spoke about the importance of fiscal responsibility and accountability. Hurrah! An...

They love you long time

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Just the facts

HOUSE Local Bill 22-26, which would allow five casino licenses on Saipan, is legally problematic. Can a local bill amend a CNMI st...


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An old and bad idea

BRAD Polumbo of the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education says a new report shows why the proposed large increase in ...

Merry Christmas!

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Sweet time

THE House majority bloc is not in a hurry to act on the impeachment resolution because it’s a done deal. Signed and sealed, so to spea...

Stuck on replay

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Immiseration by any other name

THIS is the most important detail CNMI lawmakers should remember whenever they want to “photo-copy” wage/tax measu...

The world's smallest violin

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Nothing is old when everything seems new

THESE are quite unprecedented times for the Commonwealth, but many of us are unfamiliar with its history...

Of grief and gratitude

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Gone too soon

FOR many of us, it may be hard to feel thankful on Thanksgiving. It has been a dreary week. As of Tuesday, there had been 313 new C...

And it was so

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Let’s try humility, for a change

SEVERAL years ago, one of the biggest — and saddest —  news stories in the U.S.  was about the Veterans Affairs ...

Rainbows and unicorns

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A thousand times no 

PRESIDENT Harry Truman — so the story goes — believed that his successor, Gen. Ike Eisenhower, would find the presidency “ve...

The Devil and the law

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$50,000 advice

THE House leadership’s recent veto-override attempt was, among other things, a way to “test” how far the Arnold-Dave Republicans w...

Stop doing something

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Politics 101

 AS you may have noticed, while the economy remains in a coma, the CNMI government has been passing laws that impose new or higher f...

Drugs win drug war

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There is no method in madness

ONE of the peculiar things about politics is that many folks who denounce it can’t seem to have enough of it — just...

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