Monday, December 17, 2007

Kudos to Ron Hodges

Ron Hodges finally wrote a Letter to the Editor to make his grandchildren proud. Instead of calling for anarchy and mayhem, he correctly points out that Taotao Tano and Dekada have more in common, and more common enemies, than they think.

Here is the letter (emphasis mine):
Letters to the editor: Chamberonomics XXVII

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.

RON HODGES

Puerto Rico, Saipan
Good 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.

9 comments:

saipanboonieman said...

are you sure he wasnt being satirical. anyone can plainly see he meant it as satire.

Ron Hodges said...

The comment "This has been poorly communicated to residents of our impoverished homestead areas" is close to a quote I heard the evening after the Unity March in Godfathers from an "educated" young local male of unknown sexual preference who has returned from the evil mainland to save our island from left wing forces of anarchy and Covenant intervention activists.

For f&%ks sake Angelo...put this sentiment(below)in the newspaper, not on the blog for Jeff and Brad to needle and draw cartoons of.

"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" Angelo Villagomez

Must you jump on the alcohol bandwagon with my wife and Bateman? I never wrote any articles about the sins of Miller Lite. We have union workers and their families that depend on heavy usage from the tropic regions...and did you think about the struggling bar owner when you penned that...haven't they suffered enough? It is all about world economics.

Jeff said...

The blogs are the 21st century Ron. There are a lot more people than Brad and I reading them.

Those sentiments have also been expressed by me and others:

http://turbittj.blogspot.com/2007/04/new-cnmi-lobbyist-aka-back-to-future.html

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Did he just call me gay?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

...and Jeff is right, a lot of people read these blogs. I average about 200-500 unique visitors per day.

saipanboonieman said...

no, i think he called you "of unknown sexual preference".

see, i told you he meant it as satire....

dekada lawyer said...

You wrote, "Taotao Tano and Dekada have more in common, and more common enemies, than they think." In the last part you have an error. To be correct, it needs to read "than Taotao Tano presently seems to think."

Dekada has never been in opposition to "locals" and has always been pro-worker. Our analysis and agenda has always been to benefit the CNMI as a whole by addressing the fundamental inequities that cause economic and political dysfunction. We stated this very clearly in the June 19, 2005 Saipan Tribune.

Earlier this year there was a meeting between Greg Cruz and his wife on behalf of Taotao Tano, at least half a dozen Dekada officers, and myself, in my conference room, at Mr. Cruz's request. This was a very cordial and positive meeting, with lively discussion and exchange of views. We discussed extensively, and believed Mr. and Mrs. Cruz appreciated, how we understood and respected the interests of the taotao tano, how we supported all workers, the economics and benefits to the taotao tano of our position, and how our interests were harmonious.

Later Mr. Cruz was asking Mr. Sagana for Dekada to formally join in their protests against CUC rates. Mr. Sagana told him the organization could not formally join in, but individual members could participate and Dekada would be happy to pass information on planned events to the members and supporters. This was something we had also explained to him at our meeting. Soon after, Taotao Tano put on their "Dekada go home" roadside demonstration.

Since then, Taotao Tano seems to have become increasingly vitriolic and anti-alien, even to the point of attempting to slur representative-elect Tina Sablan's character for her support of a movement that has brought to together people from all segments of the community united in a common cause to correct the failures of leadership, do what is right, and change the direction of the CNMI in a way that will benefit all. The aspirations of the Unity Movement are, in my assessment, supported by a solid majority of the adult population of the islands. They are certainly supported by Dekada, which is proud to be a part of this movement.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Hey Ron, not to sound like Ambrose Bennett, but I've been saying this for some time:

See my The Comeback Kid post from July 2007.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I say the same thing here in Lunch with Wendy, dated July 2007 (see last paragraph).