Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Democracy in Action

As I type this, dozens of students from Hopwood Junior High School, Koblerville Elementary, and San Antonio Elementary (and maybe some other schools) are attending the House of Representatives legislative session on Capital Hill. They are delivering over 200 hand written letters begging the Legislature to save our public education system in the CNMI.

The students are asking the lawmakers to come up with solutions to the problems at PSS. They are asking the public to email the Representatives to ask them to fund PSS so that it can function properly.

I support their cause.

Here are the emails:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Just copy and paste the addresses into your email.


Marianas Life said...

thank you angelo for your support.

Jeffrey C. Turbitt said...

It's so beyond staggering that in 2007 American school kids have to beg the legislature to keep the schools open.

I mean, it can't be just me sitting here in utter shock that theoretically responsible adults leading this island are too cowardly to either set a tax rate to keep basic services, like the schools, functioning properly or cut spending on nonsense to do the same. How did those people go on that junket to Hawaii, or hire that lobbyist, or Jesus Camacho and so on and so on and now talk about an "economic crisis?" How do they even look themselves in the mirror?

Angelo, I mean this seriously, you need to run in November. As does Tina Sablan and some others. There actually has to be a choice versus the same old same old for once. This isn't just the island way, or all the other casual brush offs for screwed up things, this is beyond sickening and it has to stop.

The Saipan Blogger said...

I can't run this cycle, nor do I think it would be a good idea for me to run.

I will explain later.

I can, however, make it easier or more difficult for certain people to get elected.

I will explain that later, too.

Jeffrey C. Turbitt said...

I've contemplated running myself for the reasons I suggested you run, but I'd have to take a leave from school during the campaign, and more importantly, I wonder if people are dissatisfied enough to vote for a white guy without an island name incapable of BSing them at all, who wouldn't get them a job in the bureaucracy or provide picnic tables and stuff. There are people who actually believed Fitial's spiel about eliminating the surcharge. And there are those against a minimum wage hike. Plus campaigns here are about nothing other than family name. I'd have to make it about issues, and that would be unprecedented in the CNMI. On the other hand, are things not bad enough to want something different. I doubt I'd do it.

The Saipan Blogger said...

You could run a campaign based on outrageious statements:

"I promise to outlaw diabetes"

"Unlike my opponent, I will never support the terrorists"

"I smoked marijuana, but I never exhaled"

Jeffrey C. Turbitt said...

The mar mar I'd have to wear would solve my follicle challenged head.