Can we all agree on a few things?
Can we all agree that nonresident workers are an important and integral part of our community, economy, and in many cases, families?
Can we all agree that it was wrong of Boni Sagana to tell Dekada members that a $100 membership would buy them a greencard long before there was any serious hope of getting them one*?
Can we all agree that it was wrong of Taotao Tano to tell Dekada to Go Home?
Can we all agree that anyone living on this island has the right to participate in our democracy by invoking their First Amendment rights?
Can we all agree that there were lots of Labor abuses in the past and that they still exist today, however that there are fewer now than in the past?
Can we all agree that not all nonresident workers have been faced with Labor abuses?
Can we all agree that some nonresident workers knowingly came here illegally and are abusing the system?
Can we all agree that there are racists on both sides?
Can we all agree that Mainland liberals calling these islands a “rogue territory” and constantly telling us that “Saipan sucks” is not helping matters much?
Can we all agree that protecting indigenous rights and culture is a worthy cause?
Can we all agree that people have different definitions of indigenous rights and culture?
Can we all agree that most of the people that moved here from somewhere else came here because the situation here is somehow preferable to the situation back at home?
Finally, can we all agree that the issues that are truly keeping all of us down, regardless of where we come from, are 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?
...or am I just taking crazy pills?
* We all can't agree on this one. See the comments section for discussion.