Archive for October, 2012

October 29, 2012

Political Dynasties And The People’s Opportunity For Participation

By Jackson M. Henry —-

“A law each day keeps the tyrants away”, once said Klaus Van Buren, a vigilant political analyst who raised the consciousness of American voters who were indoctrinated by cults of political personalities. The cults vote to keep certain families in succession for top political jobs. Keeping a succession of rulers in the same family lines is referred to as a dynasty. The Russians call them, Oligarchs.

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October 27, 2012

President’s Three Big Challenges

Tia Belau Editorial, October 25, 2012 —-

President Johnson Toribiong has mounted a spirited campaign for a second term since the result of the primary election made it clear that the race for the top office of the land was not as close as many predicted.

The president and vice president and red clad supporters are ubiquitous in neighborhood around the island reaching out to each families out there asking for four more years.

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October 27, 2012

The Significance of Law in Running a Society and Instances when the Rule of Law is Compromised

By Masami Andreas —-

Note: Masami Andreas is a Mindszenty Seniors Sociology Student. His article was published under Santy Asanuma’s Ngarker Olbechel column in Tia Belau. 

In a sociological meaning, law is a type of norm that is formally defined and reflects the values of society. The law is, like other norms, enforced by internal or external means a method known as social control. The law and its enforcer, the government is one mean of external social control. When laws are created in a society the law generally reflects the values, social standards and mores of the society. The laws are very important as they serve to protect the social stability in a society.

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October 22, 2012

Palau for Jesus

 

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. This is a familiar Bible verse for many of us. We have heard it enough, both in and outside the church. Some of us have memorized it, without much effort. Similarly, most of us have heard so much about God’s love, that we have become immune to its intensity. He loves us so much, he gave His Son to die in our place.  This is an immense expression of love, yet we seldom reflect upon it.

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October 21, 2012

A Nation Making Progress

By Kambes Kesolei —-

While I have recently been accused on this page of having overly rosy colored glasses when it comes to appraising the development of our young constitutional republic, yet we can scarcely perceive just how much progress have been made on all aspect of our society.

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October 18, 2012

Logistical Support Is Key To Growing Palau’s Economy

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Any corporate CEO or even a head of state knows well that no project can be completed nor any mission successfully accomplished without logistical support. In the business world, logistics involves the delivery of goods or service to clients with precision quantity and quality in the best possible time. Timeliness is the very heart of logistics. Thus, the commonly heard phrase, “better late than never”, does not belong in the 21st century world of logistics.

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October 18, 2012

Political Blocs Taking Shape This Election

Tia Belau Editorial, October 15, 2012 —-

Is a new political paradigm emerging?

The result of Palau’s primary election may portend a possible political alignment in Palau – and a likely watershed moment in our political history, where politics began organically to shift away from being about an individual’s own desire to run for public office to a more collective approach of a group-aligned candidate.

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October 15, 2012

Palauans Should Vote For Candidates Who Are Skilled In Filling Our Nation’s Purse

By Jackson Henry —-

Miners agree that to find a piece of gold nugget, you need to level the whole mountain down. But it is the only way to mine for gold.

Voting in Palau is analogous to gold mining because, to find a grain of truth, the voters need to shift through the mountains of propaganda and overwhelming political clutters.

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October 15, 2012

Who…must throw the Stone?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

We live and learn and perhaps that is the benefit of getting old – learning a lot of things about many things. Unfortunately, there aren’t any perfect people in the world, so we either hear the good things, or the negative things they supposedly have done. Unfortunately, too many of us would rather live with the lie than search for truth, giving opportunity for the fabulists to heap lies about themselves and about others.

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October 13, 2012

Ngerngellecheluu (voice back; echo)

By Santy Asanuma —-

(rerun from Whatanow 7/3/2003 to show that we have not moved much)

Alii M,

Many of us in our 30’s and up were told in our younger days that echo was created by some kind of a special bird in Palau. It might as well be because most of the echo is gone today, especially in Koror. I also remember a story by one elder (“rubak”) that echo is made by ghostly patriarchs (“a rebladk”), who are quietly resting, to remind us that Palau belongs to the gods (“mle ktekodel el beluu le ng blurir a rechelid”). Anywhere in Koror there used to be echo. And so we believed these explanations. As a matter of fact, we were told not to make too much noise in the community (“beluu”) because we might disturb the gods from their sleep and anger them. I guess it is too late by the looks of what we have done and are still doing to Koror today. And by looking at the mess we are in today: political fruit salad at best and at worst. Lawmaking by OEK lately is very much like the weather these days because there is no telling the weather from morning to evening in one day. Nobody really knows the way if you watch our leaders on television or listen to them on radio for national direction. Land Court, Labor, Banking, and Sin Tax Laws are just few examples of how lost our leaders are. There is too much noise from all the talking. Maybe the patriarchs have taken the echo and moved on to quieter pastures.

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October 9, 2012

Time For Another Debate

Tia Belau Editorial, October 11, 2012 —-

With the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the November 6 general election now decided, it is time the voters see the candidates move to a more substantive policy discussions – another debate worthy of this country.

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October 5, 2012

Primary Election by the Numbers

Tia Belau Editorial, October 4, 2012 —-

Primary election is done and over with. The only remaining thing left to do is certification of the results which is next week on October 10.

While all attention is on the results – their candidates, hamlets, states; they want to know how their prediction matches up with actual total from the tabulation committee, so here are some of the numbers breakdowns for your perusal.

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October 2, 2012

Palau’s Middle Class Carry A Big Load

By Jackson Henry —-

One of America’s most admired economic miracles is its creation of a large middle class. It is them who shoulder the bulk of America’s taxes and their spending habits keeps money circulating around which helps bolster the US economy. However, politicians often times downplay the importance of the middle class folks. It is no wonder why President Obama said, “Romney does not understand the heavy load the middle class is carrying”.

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