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THE governor has allotted close to $2 million for a contract to clean up toxic materials stored in the Tinian Department of Natural Resources compound.

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REGARDING the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, I am so thankful and grateful to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Democrats in the states and the CNMI. It’s a victory for the people!

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FROM July 31 to August 5, a group of midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, got an introductory taste of the history and culture of the CNMI as part of the academy's Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Program. It was — for several of these young, future officer…

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COMMONWEALTH government workers preparing for retirement have come to me concerned their Social Security benefits are less than expected because of the Windfall Elimination Provision or WEP.

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THE Tinian Chamber of Commerce gave the business owners on Tinian the following questionnaire concerning Homeland Security/USCIS. Only businesses that have a permanent office on Tinian and hire CW’s participated. Owners that have multiple businesses were only counted once.

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LAST week, 7/12/22, Marianas Variety published a front-page article  stating that the Bureau of Military Affairs won the Liberation Day float contest with a picture depicting its rendition of “Camp Susupe.”

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I'M recovering from the  shooting of Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan.

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IT was a historic occasion for the Northern Mariana Islands to host the 2022 Pacific Mini Games. Not only was it the first time for the CNMI to host the games, but we held the games despite years of setbacks from typhoons to a turbulent economy to a global pandemic. Indeed, “Rising up to the…

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SOMEONE has been passing false rumors on Tinian that I hope you will help put to an end.

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THANKS CNMI for all the support and appreciation for the former slaves being finally FREE! As the story goes, they (slave owners & other whites) didn’t want slaves to know they were free so it took 2 ½ years for all the slaves to be freed on June 19th of 1865.  For some African Americans…

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ON June 12th,  the 124th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence, we celebrate the appreciation of the Filipino youth and all Filipinos for freedom, and to reiterate their united call for the preservation of our sovereignty, particularly in the West Philippine Sea and terri…

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KUDOS to Commissioner of Education Dr. Alfred Ada and the PSS Federal Programs Manager Tim Thornburg for bringing the PSS senior staff to Tinian for an educational retreat this week.

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THE presence of the Chinese Liaoning Aircraft Carrier and the  high-intensity drills conducted by People’s Liberation Army  Navy in the West Philippine Sea is a blatant violation by China of international law which they have been perpetrating for years.

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THE Uvalde, Texas massacre of 19 children is heartbreaking news!  Those children died in fear, in a space that was supposed to protect them and keep them safe from harm.  My prayers go out to their friends and families.  These types of tragic incidents should remind us how fortunate we are i…

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THIS is to request an Open Government Act to review and inspect all documents relating to, relevant to, and reference to the properties and site of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium, the Francisco “Tun Ko” Palacios Ballfield, and the track-and-field  located in San Jose village the traditional Ch…

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TO our graduating students across the CNMI, I offer my congratulations and commend your achievements and accomplishments that brought you to Graduation Day.

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ACCESS to timely and quality healthcare is a right every human being deserves, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity or gender expression.

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I’M sure most readers will agree the CNMI is not on course for any real reforms that will have the capacity to change the out-look for our Economy and Quality of life. Yes, the Governor is doing usual Photo Ops of minor steps being taken when the CNMI needs to take a gigantic LEAP forward wi…

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IT’S 3 a.m. and you are sitting in the waiting room deciding whom to call and with whom to share the worst news of your life. You finally take out your cellphone and scroll down your contacts and shakily press the call button. You listen and one long ring goes by… the memories you’ve shared …

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AS we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, I would like to express my wholehearted appreciation to the men and women across our great Commonwealth who continue to make our community a better place through their public  service as government employees.

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“I LOST everything…however this trial ends.  I lose in the end.  I lost when these accusations were made public, they will stay with me forever.  My life is forever ruined.”  These were the words from Johnny Depp at court, while he was under oath, asking if he physically or sexually abused h…

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WE, the Fraternal Order of Eagle, Philippine Eagle, would like to thank all members and officers for the successful celebration of Saipan Magalahi Eagles, Saipan-Guam District's first anniversary.

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THE preparation for any type of transition can be daunting. Whether it be transitioning from different locations, to different homes and different friends — the task itself is one that should not be completed alone. Here in the CNMI, we are able to tap into a variety of local resources that …

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I LEARNED a new word today! Inextricable. It means inseparable or impossible to escape from. I learned this word while researching more about autism spectrum disorder.

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SO it seems like nothing is Ralph’s fault! It’s everyone’s fault but his! He’s the savior of the CNMI!

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AUTISM is on the rise. Have you noticed? It’s pretty common for most people to have had some sort of interaction with a person with autism. Sometimes the link is direct, like a parent who cares for a child with autism. Sometimes it’s an acquaintance, like meeting a coworker’s child with auti…

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AS I interact with young parents with children with autism, I am inspired by their patience and dedication to working with professionals, doctors and service providers to provide the best possible help for their family and kids.

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EVERY April, we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, or otherwise known as World Autism Month. The United Nations declared World Autism Awareness Day to be sanctioned on April 2nd as the kick start to this monumental awareness month. The theme for this year is “Inclusion in the Workplace: Chal…

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AS most of us know by now, under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or IDEA, students with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education or FAPE.  The question is:  do students with disabilities have the same rights if they are enrolled in private schools?

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LIKE any battle between Good & Evil, eventually all the players or soldiers are known and thanks to the behavior of the Senate voters can now complete their list of “Fallen Republican Poli-trickers” who were once angels. I’m sure most readers already know 1. The Governor 2. The Lt. Gover…

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THE Friends of the Mariana Trench invite the community to learn about the proposed national marine sanctuary and to participate in the five-year review process.  The comment period was recently extended an additional 45 days at our request, and our community has until April 25 to learn about…

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MY deepest sympathy for the los​s of our last Spanish Mercedarian missionary on Saipan, Sister Immaculada ​Ochoa de Retana. Today, coincidentally I was reading the book of Saipan on WWII and looking at the pictures of the nuns with their soil​ed white ​habits: Sister Maria Angelica Salaberia…

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IT seems the CNMI Bar & the Feds may be OUR last hope for Justice and I truly hope the majority of voters have caught-on to the modus operandi of the Governor and his former counterpart Trump. Both of these politicians have been fighting AGAINST Justice with every Poli-trick they know bu…

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I AM having this letter written by other published in my name on-behalf of some "Concerned Citizens" who asked me and respectfully do not want their names exposed as  Variety does not print "anonymous" letters. Please respect this letter as coming from a group of concerned citizens and not me:

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MARCH 21, 2022 is World Down Syndrome Day! In our lifetime, we may have seen one of them.   A child with a flattened face and nose, almond shape eyes that slant upwards, small ears, and a short neck. They may even speak slower than other children. This is a child with Down Syndrome. Accordin…

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THE manual wheelchairs are one of the most common types of assistive technology medically used today. The manual wheelchairs have come a long way since the first creation. There is doubt about who invented the first wheelchair. As a wheelchair user (As a person that uses a wheelchair) I’ve s…

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THE war in Ukraine that was invaded by Russia and its ruthless leader Vladimir Putin without any compelling reason whatsoever reminds me of how fragile our world today. It also reminded me of how lucky we are in the tiny Pacific islands whose relationship with the United States guarantees us…

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AS a federal official, the last thing I ever want to do is to intrude on local self-government.

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BUENAS yan hafa adai taotao Marianas! I am far from home but I’m taking this opportunity to write my letter of appreciation to Congressman Richard Lizama and Congresswoman Leila Staffler.

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ALL the dignitaries who spoke at the February 22, 2022 groundbreaking for the construction of the Air Force’s new Divert Facility on Tinian called it an historic event, and that is certainly true. 2-22-22 will be an historic date for Tinian and the Commonwealth. Thankfully, it will also be a…

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LET’S face it. If you think I'm the most skeptical U.S. journalist on Planet Earth then you’re correct.

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I ALONG with many other voters are truly sick & tired of Ms. Grace Pitu Sablan-Vaiagae and Robert Hunter with their attacks on Rep. Propst. The People have even issued a “MANDATE” on these allegations against Rep. Propst by electing him with the MOST votes in his precinct when he didn’t …

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SOME commentators  say that federal money funded the Kanat Tabla road improvement project, and to be honest, yes definitely, I couldn’t agree more.