I was also interested to learn that Dhimal has a daughter living on Saipan:
Babitra is the eldest of four children. Her mother is a plain housewife. The youngest is only in 8th grade. Except for Babitra, all the children and their mother are staying in Duhabi-4 Sunsari, Nepal.Did she really just say that she was supporting her unemployed father in Saipan and her mother and three siblings in Nepal on $3.05 an hour. How the hell is that possible?
She said that, although her father had encountered many Labor problems on Saipan, he still managed to support the family financially.
Babitra had already finished her second year in college in Nepal when her father arranged for her to come to Saipan in 2005. She started work at 99 Cents five months ago and became the breadwinner in the family when Dhimal became jobless for a year.
She goes on to say that she wishes she could get some help from the community or the government. I believe Pam Brown is soliciting donations for Buddhi Lal Dhimal, but since I don't know Pam, I'm not going to endorse sending her money.
On a completely unrelated topic, what is up with CNMI Letter to the Editor (LTE) writers spelling out words in all capital letters? Is this some sort of literary device that they don't teach in Mainland schools? WTF?
I honestly love the Editorial page in both newspapers, they provide daily entertainment, but I really wish they would install some ground rules. Here, let me make a few suggestions (I'm not going to include using proper grammar in the suggestions, that should be a given):
- Limit the number of times you can submit an LTE in a year. Dr. Tudor has one today and he had one yesterday. Ambrose Bennett has one almost every other day. Most newspapers have a 60 day cooler period. If your letter gets published, you have to wait 60 days before they'll publish you again. We could cut that down to 30 or 15 days, because honestly, the people that write letter after letter after letter, don't really have anything to say. You might as well fill those pages with pictures of Britney Spears.
- Only accept letters from real people. Holani Smith does not exist. There is no such place as Nudibranch, KY. Don't publish letters from people that don't exist. If people don't want to attach their names to their letters, then let them publish their letters on the Internet.
- For Christ's sake, have a word limit. Most newspapers limit letters to 250 words or so. Sometimes they allow especially good or notable writers to submit a longer letter, but only on special occasions. Nobody reads those long diatribes against, well, who knows? Like I said, nobody reads them. You might as well fill your pages with pictures of Paris Hilton.
- Don't publish letters from crazy people. Do I really need to explain why? Do you need help figuring out who the crazy people are?
- Don't publish a letter after the other newspaper publishes it. Your readers, OK, well mostly me, hate reading the same letter a day or two after we read it in the other paper. If the other paper publishes it first, they win. Throw it out.
There, that's a good start. There may or there may not be more. Maybe this should become a regular feature? Five suggestions from the Saipan Blogger? What do you think?