Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Stop the Presses

I almost fell out of my chair today. Bruce Bateman expressed genuine sympathy for the poor in his column. Olive, was Bruce typing after a few mojitos? Am I and Bree and others having some small influence on the big softy? It really didn't even merge into some anti-government statement, though he did segue into something that I think is sensible as a solution: a casino on Saipan. Good job Bruce. This is your first column I 100 percent agree with. Watch out for lightning.

"In a discussion with a candidate for public office recently, an amazing fact was revealed to me. The candidate has been canvassing door-to-door for some time and has entered and talked with more than 500 households representing more than 3000 CNMI residents. What he has found is astounding. He estimates that on average, one household in three in his election district is without electric power and by default, also without water because they cannot afford to pay. He said in some poorer neighborhoods the number is much higher, up to 90 percent without utilitiesPlease bear in mind this is not a controlled, scientific survey, but a dedicated house by house straw poll. Even though we can't deduce from these findings that all of Saipan or all of the CNMI is in such dire straights, we can and should be aghast that such deprivation exists anywhere in our Commonwealth."

5 comments:

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Busted. It may be a too close proximity to the liberal left or the radical right or the waning moon. Next thing you know I'll be kissing babies and patting puppies on the head.

I will look seriously into rewriting some portion of the column, Jeff. There must be something wrong with it if you agree 100%. (:-))

Thanks for reading Sour Grapes, and thanks for the kind words.

Rick said...

I thought a segway was some kind of scooter. You know, the kind W falls off of. Maybe you meant "segue" as we used to say in radio. :-)

Jeff said...

Thanks Rick. Wrote it in a rush and didn't know the spelling anyway.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I'm looking forward to column #1 tomorrow.

Jeff said...

It's designed to confuse. That will be my only clue. Ha Ha.