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February 11, 2013

Ongesang Ra Belau (Kick Palauans Out)

By Santy Asanuma —-

“The Palauans are not qualified or good enough to do work for our tourism industry” as both Palauans and non-Palauans openly insist to justify bringing in more foreigners to do various jobs in the industry including boat and bus operators. This social injustice (chilbirukel el tekoi) reminds me of a book that I read as a young school boy titled The Last of Mohicans. I have never felt so moved by someone else’s struggle to seek his right to life and dignity; and therefore, compelled to fight against all odds to reclaim his place in his own land. Alas, the last warrior for the Mohicans died.

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February 11, 2013

Wishing you Love on Valentine’s Day

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, so here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentine! With that, I thought it would be appropriate to explore the idea of love. Not only romantic love, but love in general. Love is defined as having intense feeling of deep affection. Love is not infatuation and it is not lust though lust and infatuation may contain the same element of intense feeling of affection. Love endures. It is patient and kind even when it is not rewarded. Love forgives and does not keep record of wrongs. Lust, on the other hand, is fleeting and infatuation is short-lived. Lust, like infatuation, is impatient and may turn sour when unrequited. One of my favorite quotes about love is from H. Jackson Brown Jr. author of Life’s Little Instruction Book. He said, sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. This is special because true love is able to see and appreciate the beauty within a person and seeks happiness for that person, whether or not they reciprocate.

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