Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Enforce anti-littering law

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I am a sophomore at Saipan Southern High School. Last week I participated in the Beautify CNMI monthly cleanup of Garapan and was terribly frustrated with all the garbage I found in almost every corner. After spending 90 minutes under the hot sun, my partner and I filled up about four huge bags with trash. The majority of this trash consisted of beer bottles, paper plates, and cans-all things that could have easily been disposed of properly.

When I went home, I looked up some information about littering. I found that the CNMI has a Commonwealth Litter Control Act of 1989 (Public Law 6-37) that provides for a $500 fine for littering and that the Division of Environmental Quality, Mayor's Office, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Safety, Department of Public Health, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Coastal Resources Management, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Marianas Visitors Authority all employ litter control officers.

Knowing this information, I wonder how many litter tickets have been issued in the last 12 months?

If our Commonwealth Litter Control Act were enforced, we would have a cleaner island. A cleaner island would benefit tourism and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here.

I ask that the government enforce our litter laws so that people like me don't have to spend our weekends picking up other people's garbage. I also realize that the community and businesses are responsible and I ask that they stop littering and put pressure on those who do to stop.

Jacquelyn Johanna B. David
San Antonio, Saipan

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saipan Is Ours (1944 newsreel)

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(1) "The War on Two Fronts - Saipan Island: An American
task force moves in on this strategic (Japanese) island
base within near bomber range of Tokyo's front yard.
After four days of naval and air bombardment the Marines
take over, suffering losses three times those at Tarawa,
but (Japanese) dead are more than ours and
they lose 700 planes."

(2) Deweys Meet The Press - Chicago, Ill.: Governor Dewey,
Republican candidate for President, holds his first
conference stressing his approval of the platform
and denying he will resign his office as governor.
Mrs. Dewey also meets the newspapermen saying she will
make no speeches and leave campaigning to her

(3) Women At War - "Anzio, Italy: Answering General
Mark Clark's call for more WACS in Italy, a fresh
contingent arrives at this Italian port and settle
into their new life quickly. Canadian CWACS and nurses
are on the job, also, aiding doctors and surgeons in
front line hospitals while under constant fire."

(4) Victory on Cherbourg Peninsula - "Allied troops
complete the conquest of the Cherbourg peninsula as
reinforcements are flown in by air. 26,000 German
prisoners were taken by the allies who either captured
or destroyed the greater part of their
equipment." (partial newsreel)

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Picture of the day

(modified) stop sign, Capitol Hill, 2004.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Picture of the day

Taken from a balcony at Hotel Nikko, overlooking San Roque and part of Tanapag, late 2001.