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Should be a Common Wealth

Opinion Editorials:

Letters to the Editor:

Oct 23 2015: Mental illness. JEANNE H. RAYPHAND
RECENTLY my granddaughter pointed to a person walking along the road and said with disgust, “That person is an ice-head.” I asked what made her think that. Did she talk to the person? And she replied, “No, but that’s what everybody says.”read more.

Oct 22 2015: With dignity. Greg Borja
October was proclaimed Behavioral Health Awareness Month and on Oct. 10, 2015, it was celebrated as World Mental Health Day. This year the theme of is “Dignity.” Webster’s defines dignity as “the quality of being worthy of honor or respect.”read more.

June 17 2015: Student Safety First. GREG BORJA
This is a time in which we look at the overall safety of our students when it comes to planning for natural disasters, technology, infrastructure, man-made disasters, biological awareness, physical well-being, and student culture and climate. We must also take into consideration our students with disabilities when developing our plans to address these areas.read more.

June 16 2015: Ice has no place in our paradise. Thomas M. Thornburgh
WHEN I first arrived on Saipan in 1991, and found out about ice or methamphetamines. I was surprised that it cost so much, maybe a hundred dollars for ice the size of a grain of rice, according to someone who tried, but failed to sell it to me.read more.

May 08 2015: Icehole Zombies. Jim Rayphand
SOME years ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” providing tips to survive a zombie invasion as a “fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness.”read more.

>April 09 2015: Hot Dog Walk & Quiz Nite 4. Thomas M. Thornburgh
The Autism Society of the CNMI is having two big events this month to promote the awareness and inclusion of people with autism in the CNMI.read more.

>April 07 2015: Our people with autism in the CNMI. Thomas M. Thornburgh
Since 2008, I have been working closely with folks from the Autism Society of the CNMI, better known as, ASCNMI.read more.

April 07 2015:‘Strong heart’—somewhere outside of Charlottesville, VA. Jim Rayphand
In remembrance of my “Older Brother,” Pastor Wichep, who succumbed to cancer recently—half a world away from his island home, Lukunor. And, in honor of the countless people who have lost their lives to cancer.read more.

March 19 2015: Your health insurance rights under COBRA. Jeanne Rayphand
It has come to our attention that government employees enrolled in the group health plan are not being given notice of their rights under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA.read more.

March 12, 2015: Deadlines. JEANNE RAYPHAND
Most people are familiar with statutes of limitations, which set time limits for bringing a civil action in court. See 7 C.M.C. § 2501 et seq. For example, a civil action for assault and battery must be commenced within two years after the cause of action accrues.read more.


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