Here is the letter (emphasis mine):
Letters to the editor: Chamberonomics XXVIIGood job, Ron. Now you just have to get the rest of the people on this island to understand that our common enemies are not each other, but underfunded public education, poor infrastructure, greedy and self serving politicians, poor land and water stewardship, lack of economic opportunity, alcoholism, poor diet, and a bloated government.
JANE Mack‘s “The myth of the lazy local” is a literary masterpiece that should be required reading in our local NMI, U.S., and world history classrooms.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. realized that the struggle in this world is a social economic one and neither skin tone nor ethnicity has any place in the discussion. Mack’s analysis of those principles and application to the CNMI is superb. The lack of representation for guest workers that union affiliation would improve is long overdue. The big business propaganda campaign that implies indigenous islanders are incapable of supplying a stable workforce due to work ethic and mental capabilities is ludicrous. The motivation factor is absolutely correct.
The struggles on Saipan facing Taotao Tana and Dekada members are strikingly similar. This has been poorly communicated to residents of our impoverished homestead areas.
I would also recommend this informative piece to be read at the Jan. 5, 2008 “chamber“ of commerce inauguration, HANMI leadership meetings, and for our long befuddled Legislature.
Puerto Rico, Saipan