I decided it was time to retire my old closing signature:
Senator Tony De Brum, Marianas Variety, 25 Jun 07
Tony supported the signing of the LUA and it has been signed.
The quote at the bottom of this entry, where US Ambassador Campbell defines the biggest issues facing the RMI as our nations' relationship moves forward, is a worthy replacement.
Hopefully, more Marshallese may begin to consider the future of the RMI if the "speak out not / change not" approach to governance continues to be the norm.
“I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
Raising the level of education and health of the Marshall Islands have always been the biggest issues. It is a pity that the well being of the Marshall Islands as a whole was held hostage by a small group of landowners trying to squeeze as much money as possible through the renting out of their land. The LUA was a major distraction that took attention away from the things all Marshallese could have benefited and not just a very small minority.
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ssssssssssssssssss, just be quiet guys. This might be another information gathering. We all know that no nation in the world incluing the US treat education and health as top priorty/issues to deal with. Afterall, we all (black, yellow, red, brown, etc.) need education to know the what, why, how, and where life leads us. But even if we know these, we are stuck if we are not healthy. sssssssssssssssssssssssI've said before, and am saying it again, be silent......let's not argue with mr.pettittm and Boom......we've got informant, spies, traitor, reporter, among our mist. In what ways the welbeing of the marshall islands as a whole is put to hostage when the kwajalein landowners signed the rental agreement for the use of their land? By signing off the LUA the landowners commited their lands and not land in mejit, aur, ailinglaplap, arno, utrik, or any other lands throughout the marshall islands. It is the lands in kwajalein only that is put to hostage, no other lands, are there? If the hostage situation is referred to the people of kwajalein as a whole, then yes the hostage proposition is absolutely correct, but as i said before,sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssjust be quiet guys. It is the same guys here.
I actually thought the LUA was signed so landowners get their money and the US gets to use the land. No hostage issue there.
The attention on this LUA distracted from work that is under the Compact which are to improve the health and education of all Marshallese and not just financially benefit the very few.
>>>...well being of the Marshall Islands as a whole was held hostage by a small group of landowners...>>>
That is about the most EXAGGERATED statement I have read on this forum in a long time.
Give me one specific example how your well-being, as a Marshallese citizen, was held hostage.
And a specific example of how the "Marshall Islands as a whole" was ever held hostage over these past seven years and prevented from doing whatever they needed to do or wanted to do.
"Promoting more information disclosure by the public service, rather than secrecy which may allow corruption to be hidden" - from Nitijela UN Workshop Outcomes Statement, Feb. 17, 2011
As a citizen, I would have been better served me if my government did not have to also deal with an LUA and the issues that went with it since it has nothing to do with my quality of life. There were/are other pressing issues that could have used more attention from government.
Specific example: Compact of Free Association. As long as we continue to rely on another sovereign country for help in our economy, social services, and stability, we can never do what we need or want...unless it falls in line with the terms and conditions of the Compact agreement. We gripe about the Compact monies having so many strings attached yet here we are waiting for Compact and federal funds to help with what we should do for ourselves.
mr. boom man, I hope you know what hostage means because if you are a marshallese from aur atoll, the signing of the LUA for lands in kwajalein does not in any way hold your land in aur atoll hostage whatsoever. Do whatever you want to do on your land, and for as long as you want to do. the LUA, for your information, deals with the lands in kwajalein atoll period. I agree with yokwenet/aenet that your hostage statement is the most exaggerated statement ever read on this forum. But like I said before, sssssssssssssshhhhh just be quiet guysssssssshhhssssshhhh. so funny man...
oohhh come on mr. boom. I'm done with you on this hostage thing, you know. I think you are confused and lost. Get your thoughts together and I sure will be more than happy to discuss with you further. Yeah your right, let's move on to another topic, and let's not dwell on this "hostage" thing.
Yes, let's move on folks.
The US Ambassador bring up a good point. Now that the LUA is out of the way, now what? What's the RMI plan to improve things for everyone? What's the plan to create jobs, to improve education, to raise health levels, to tackle social problems?
RMI leaders are darn-lucky that Marshallese are not revolting and rioting like they are in the Middle East.
Does the President have plan? Does the Cabinet and Nitijela have plans? Does anyone have a clue what the future will be for the Marshallese people?
It seem like our leaders are really good at "komatte" and "kajjidede" and "jambo" and "komman kojak" these days. But they have no real talents or clear idea of where to take their country.
Like the song says, ta ne kwoj mad-jake? Kotak aelon kein ad... eien madmod.
In other words, wake up, stand up, open your eyes, pay attention, and let's get a move on.
(the sad reality is these words mean nothing to incompetent, illiterate, and ill-minded leaders!)
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