Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011

Society of People

By Fuana Tmarsel

A good friend of mine, after having read my article titled “Welfare Queens and Kings, remarked, “you must hate this administration and this and that person.” Actually, I don’t. However, as a Palauan concerned for the present and the future of this nation and people, I am sometimes flustered by the undertakings of our leadership and am moved to present another perspective for consideration of readers. Other times I feel to voice the mumbled dismay of those with whom I may find solidarity or highlight their actions for people’s review as is fitting.

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January 29, 2011

Counting Palau’s Blessings

By Jackson Henry

A wise man once said, “Count your blessing by smiles, not fears. Count your age by friends, not years”. This is a simple reminder of the good things that we have here on our little island paradise to count our blessings, not our failures. Because we all live in a hustle and bustle world with often times over bearing cultural demands and stressful money woes, it is easy to overlook our blessings. 

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January 27, 2011

The Power of Choice

By Santy Asanuma

But what are the deciding elements of that choice? I believe in Jesus Christ as the truth, the way, and the life and I thank God for his divine creation in making me a Palauan. Now I choose to make these beliefs the foundation of any choice that I will make in everything in my life including a senator that I will vote for in February to replace the late Senator Ada. That is the power of choice I want to exercise without hesitations.

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January 26, 2011

Trade Offices Will Improve Palau’s Investment Opportunities Abroad

By Jackson Henry

“Trade, not aid”, is the advise of Economists, as world leaders tackle poverty and crumbling economic institutions in the Third World countries. After 50 years, many aid nations have not lifted themselves up economically from their boost straps. UN reports indicate that many have become more dependent on foreign grants, despite abundance of natural resources that can be exploited for export purposes.

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January 24, 2011

Ideas for cutting spending

By Kambes Kesolei

From the Office of the President’s January 17 press release: “During Tuesday’s meeting, ministers took turns identifying critical services and potential areas where savings can be made. In the words of one Minister, “…This will require hard decisions and sacrifices…but at the end of the day, it will lead to a more efficient and less wasteful government. We have to do this because it is the right thing to do. The President has said we must live within our means and we all support this initiative…”

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January 17, 2011

God is Good

By Fuana Tmarsel

I was searching the Internet when I chanced upon a blog narrative on religion in America and its place in politics. One of the blogger was evidently outraged about religious influence upon America’s public policy and had written down something to the effect that Christianity and faith should be eliminated from public discourse and public policy as it deprives people of their human rights and contributes to the ongoing hostility amongst cultures and peoples.

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January 14, 2011

Fisking Palau (Mrebek Er Belau)

By Santy Asanuma

I would like to begin the year by stating facts and statements describing ourselves and what we have on hand as Palauans before we trek into another set of 365 days that we conveniently call year as if it were to guarantee productiveness on our part. Then I would fisk each fact or statement and you are welcome to add you own.

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January 12, 2011

The New Year Brings High Hopes for Palau

By Jackson Henry

The inspiration of the new year is the greatest time for us in Palau to make a fresh start in fulfilling those unfulfilled dreams with vigor and enthusiasm. It is a time to face the future with high hopes, optimism and renewed spirit. New year celebrations is man’s oldest celebration dating back to the ancient Babylonians some 4,000 years ago.

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January 10, 2011

Blessings and Sorrows

By Fuana Tmarsel

Survey of the past year reveals many blessings and few lamentations. For me, loss of my mother in the early part of the year was of considerable sorrow. The plans I had became nugatory, especially returning to her home each day with only memories but without the voice, pictures without the smiles and the things without the person.  Everything seemed to have lost its tenor. They say grief that accompanies loss of a child or spouse is even more cutting  – I can’t imagine how that must be. Only I know God gives grace in times of sorrow and although death and dying are plaintive memories for the living; they are indeed inescapable part of life and will come to pass in all our lives.

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January 7, 2011

Melliolt A Rengul (Windy Heart)

By Santy Asanuma

Tribute to Senator Ada

Melliolt a rengul implies ignorance, direct refusal to take responsibility, and one who deliberately shuns (chemiis) away from hard work. Another very descriptive Palauan expression that I have not heard being used in recent years to describe a behavior that at one time in the past looked upon as a negative character to have. However, current trend is showing that we as society beginning to tolerate such insolence (diak el dolodau).

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January 5, 2011

Fighting Poverty With Minimum Wage

By Jackson Henry

Minimum Wage (MW) discussions easily spin heads these days because they command the amount of disposable cash in the hands of the working class folks. For private employers, MW is like the glass half-full-half-empty scenario. It depends on one’s disposition. For the politicians, MW depends on which party you belong. In the US, Democrats want to increase MW while the Republicans want to cap it or eliminate it, preferring the free market forces to set wage standards. There is no one affirmative conclusion as to the real effects of MW in any economies worldwide. 

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January 4, 2011

A Le Ko Kau 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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January 3, 2011

Wish List for 2011

By Kambes Kesolei

The year 2011 has arrived. And with it the promise of a new start! We face hard choices and challenges on multiple fronts. With 2010 gone gaining us another year of experience and much wiser outlook, we can change our actions to bring positive results. The new year allows us to improve from our past actions and move toward an encouraging Palauan experience for all citizens.

I wish…

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January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A kuureng ra Becheserrak el mui ra budech ma beltikereng el mer kau ma telungalek er kau.

Kambes