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THAT'S her local as well as her on-line nickname.  Liang-Rose.  She liked that nickname.  Liang-Rose, my wife.  Whenever she would send me an e-mail from California, it's Lian-Rose.  Her real name was Rosalia Tenorio Sablan. And even on Facebook, she would write to me, or to her friends, about her likes and dislikes.  It was still Liang-Rose.  She would write about her views on life as she experienced it.  She would write about our kids and the “grands” and how she loved them.  They were the joy and happiness in her life.  She would write to them and would ask them “how are they doing.”  Her visiting them is like visiting “Camelot.”  It was a joy seeing them. 

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I HAVE a dream that in my lifetime, Guam and the CNMI will unite to become One Marianas. Our region has such a unique history. The indigenous people of the Mariana Islands were significantly impacted by colonialism and globalization, the effects of which are still prevalent in today’s Mariana Islands society.

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I THINK back of the years you would sail to Saipan  which brings precious memories for our Carolinian community who prepared for a feast to celebrate your arrival.

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I WANT to thank Mr. Don Farrell for writing his letter to the editor, published Sept. 11, 2020 in Marianas Variety, in which he urged CNMI voters to ignore election-year slander.

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WE believe you. We are standing with you. We understand that recent news and the following reactions of the community have re-traumatized you. In the past few days, you have been questioned, judged, and silenced in ways that have been damaging to your healing and sense of self.

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FOR the sake of Edwin Propst, his family and the thousands of voters who have supported him since his first election, let me cast a little historical background on election-year slander politics in the Marianas.

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios are focused on the people of the Marianas, and this can be seen in the islands’ preventive measures against the spread of the  Covid-19 pandemic.

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IN response to the news article “More Community Members Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement,” I wholeheartedly agree with our community’s response to it.

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I WANT to commend the Covid-19 Task Force and all of the personnel associated with the testing of travelers that are arriving daily and at airport as well as those operating the quarantine facilities at the Kanoa Resort. 

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AS the CNMI House of Representatives has formed a special committee to take a closer look at the Governor’s financial expenditures, I could not help but look at the ascension possibilities if he is immediately removed from office. 

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AS an Asian-American student who has observed many incidents of racism in many different communities, I am writing to you to show great appreciation for the editorial  you have written regarding racism. (“Variations: Racism in the NMI,” June  19, 2020)

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AS Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has placed tourism at the forefront of his agenda for economic revival, I figured I would contribute to the endeavor by means of a marketing slogan. 

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IT was reported on May 25, 2020 that Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho found against me in Pangelinan v. Pangelinan, Civ. Action No. 17-0067, to have committed the “tort of abuse of process of an estate [case]” and the “tort of intentional interference with another’s performance of their own contract by tortuously [sic] interfering in the contractual relations between plaintiffs and Peak Development (CNMI) LLC,” without any specific finding of resulting damages not proven at trial.  

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FOR those Seabees now on Tinian who may have read about the CNMI Legislative Resolution castigating the United States military, please be assured that the majority of us on Tinian, especially we veterans, do not agree with the content or intent of the resolution.

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ALTHOUGH Faythe, I and other family members of Richard Jones are thousands of miles away and travel is so restricted even for those on Guam, we will all be there in spirit to comfort and support our family and friends in celebrating the life that Richard lived.

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IN today's world we all know someone in this small tight knit community facing and dealing with a life threatening medical condition such as cancer,  heart disease or any number of others.

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FIRST… Kudos to the governor and his Covid-19 task force for a job well done. To say that I do not always agree with the governor would be an understatement, but a job well done is a job well done.

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TO Ms Laila Y. Boyer:

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of your father, Abed E. Younis. On behalf of all the Palauan people throughout the Pacific region, please accept my sincerest condolences.

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I HAVE enjoyed reading recent accounts of the establishment of Saipan's first newspaper.  The best factual and historical account was the letter from Floyd Takeuchi in Hawaii which mentioned the Marianas Star that I started in 1970.  Now I would like to expand his account a bit because starting a newspaper in those days was no easy task. 

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MY thoughts on the Coronavirus or Covid 19 pandemic? It is just starting. We have not reached its peak yet. Take a look all around you. Take a look at what is happening to the world. It is just a matter of time until the next wave occurs. And the next. And the next. Unless we find the antidote.

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ON a busy Monday morning in January 1972, I was visited by a young Arab-Israeli man by the named of Abed Younis in my Micronesian Congressional Office in Chalan Kanoa. I welcomed Abed into my office and was profoundly pleased to meet such a man with a broad and happy smile and an outstretched arm in friendship. He greeted me with “Hafa Adai yan todo mauleg” in impeccable Chamorro. I offered him coffee, but he said that he was a tea man. Then he started to give me a biography of my life: college and law school education in Washington, D.C and my experience with the Trust Territory government as an assistant attorney general and now the junior senator for the Mariana Islands in the Congress of Micronesia. I asked him if he was writing a biography of me, and he immediately informed me he wanted to ask me a question on how he could permanently reside on Saipan. I looked at him and told him simply that the only option he had was to find and marry a Micronesian woman. A few months later, Abed took my advice to heart and he married a beautiful and loving young lady from Saipan who happened to be a relative of mine, Maria Paz Tudela Castro.

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I WAS deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Abed Younis. In an era when we’ve cheapened the noun “Hero” through overuse, Younis (as nearly everyone called him) was a true if unlikely media hero, one of the founding fathers of contemporary journalism in the Western Pacific.

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IT is with solemn sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the family of a man whose name is immediately associated with the most widely read newspaper in the Northern Marianas, Guam, and all over Micronesia. We mourn with the rest of the Marianas on the passing of Mr. Abed E. Younis, who brought the profession of journalism and news reporting to a new level by constantly improving Marianas Variety, a local newspaper that has informed and entertained the people of the Northern Marianas for over 48 years.

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