After a thorough scientific investigation I have concluded that the black butterflies are male and the brown butterflies are female...because the black butterflies are always chasing the brown butterflies...The baby goat that lives next to us is getting much bigger, and becoming a much better lawn mower!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
There continues to be a lot of construction going on, and perhaps a new road or two!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
And here is Tinian's pride and joy--at least it is nowdays--the new power plant that was built to accomodate the casinos that would be built on Tinian. It produces 20 megawatts of power. Tinian uses about 5 megawatts right now. However, with three more casinos either started or in the planning, it will be put to good use. In the meantime, all we can say is: Saipan, eat your heart out!
The military is again visiting the island with more frequency, preparing for who knows what?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saipan Tribune August 23, 2008
After losing doctor, Tinian health center holds firm
By Stefan SebastianBusiness Editor
TINIAN-After the resignation of the Tinian Health Center’s only doctor, its staff here have risen to the challenge of keeping the center in operation and are able to provide the treatment the island’s people need, a leading center official said in an interview Friday.
In July, Dr. Ronaldo Toledo resigned his post at the health center, the primary healthcare provider on Tinian, leaving it without a full-time doctor. The center is now searching for someone to replace him but Department of Public Health officials have said the loss of Toledo at the center will not diminish the level of its service.
Without a doctor, however, the burden of caring for Tinian’s sick has shifted onto the shoulders of its physician assistant, Terri Clawson, the center’s staff and its nurse practitioner.
"There’s an increased burden," said Clawson, after evaluating three patients in rapid succession. Yet the health center, she added, is still able to care for the public even after Toledo’s departure.
"It’s not a catastrophe. Our patients are being treated and treated appropriately.
"Physicians assistants, she noted, are trained in complex disciplines like surgery and internal medicine. Moreover, she said, a consultation with off-island doctors is a phone call away.
"We have every ability to call Saipan," said Clawson. "We’re fully functional. We’re seeing patients in the emergency room and we’re treating them."
Majority of the roughly 20 patients Clawson sees each day, including the seriously ill, she added, can receive the treatment they need on Tinian without any need to send them to Saipan. Yet some cases do require off-island attention, such as those requiring a ventilator-a tool the health center does not have-or certain bone fractures.
"It’s not an automatic decision that they go to Saipan," she said. "That decision is made based on what the resources are here to treat them.
"Transporting patients off Tinian requires either an airlift by helicopter or sending them on the inter-island ferry, she noted, a prospect that sometimes requires the center to keep a patient stable for long periods in order to get them aboard. And airlifts have become more complicated recently, she added, due to federal regulations that can restrict helicopter flights to Tinian at night. But in life-threatening emergencies, exceptions to those rules can be granted, she said.
Alexander Gorman, legal counsel for the Department of Public Health, said previously that doctors from Saipan would continue to go to Tinian Friday through Sunday until a replacement is found.
That history is always reflected in the terrible cost of the war that was brought to this island. Thousands of Japanese soldiers and civilians leapt to their deaths out of fear--fear of what the Americans would do to them when they arrived. Nothing the American soldiers said could reverse the propaganda that had been drummed into them by their leaders. Their fear pushed away any real sense of judgment, and it lead to their deaths.
Of course, that fear and belief in the terrors awaiting them by the hands of the Americans was not without reason... not because the Americans did those things, but because the Japanese had watched how their own leaders treated the American prisoners and the Chinese, and others under their control-- beheading contests, raping and wholesale slaughter of civilians, and brutality almost unimaginable today. After watching their own leaders do these things to their enemies, and even to them, it was not hard for them to believe they would be treated the same way by the Americans.
Fear always destroys judgment, it clouds reason and blocks the mind from being able to see the truth clearly. It is why political parties always bring fear into their platforms--it motivates people to act, and blinds them in ways to prevent them from making clear judgments. ALL political parties use fear as a motivator: fear of our enemies in the war on terror, fear of getting ill without health care, fear of losing your job without a safety net, fear of losing one's business through taxation and bureaucracy, etc. The list is endless. And by focusing on the fear of loss, we often completely lose the solution to the problems we are facing.
Fear is one of Satan's greatest tools. In the premortal life he used fear to draw one-third of God's children to his side: telling them that if they sided with him he would guarantee that they all returned to heaven; while by following the Savior's plan, there was no guarantee! Many would be lost forever and never make it back to God's presence. Placed in that way, it seemed an easy choice: why not be guaranteed a place in heaven? But, of course, fear took away their reason, and they were no longer able to see that the Savior's plan was right, and Satan's plan was doomed to failure. Nothing much has changed...