Thursday, May 10, 2007

It's not just business, it's personal!

The Zoning Board met two days ago right across the street from Garapan School. I should say, right under our noses. I got an email saying they were meeting, but I didn't really put two and two together. Ironically, the last time the issue of SELLING G.E.S. OUT came about, I was celebrating Education Day with my teachers. Two days ago we were celebrating National Teacher Day. Creepy huh? Oh yes! SELLING G.E.S. OUT, yes, I heard that there were legislators there ( I vote in precinct one and I work in a precinct 3 school district) who were very vocal about there not being any need for a school in the middle of the tourist district. Ahem, the question posed, as I heard it paraphrased was, "Does the school in the Garapan zone really need to be there?" And the answer from our legislators was a resounding "No." There was one particular Congressman who was pretty adamant that G.E.S. would be better used to entice tourists.

Never mind the children. Local children do not need a beautiful environment, the trees at G.E.S. should shade tourists. Our children do not need a large sports field to play on, hey, health education is over-rated. Let's F$@*%# take paradise away from the snotty nosed kids and build a freakin' mall in it's place. YEAH! Let's build a great big mall! OOOOH -OOOOOH! I know! Let's expand the freakin' prostitute strip. OH Shhhhhh Boni, don't say that. Don't get hysterical now, this is not an Education Administration remember, this is an Economy Administration. Okay, I got it. Loud and clear.

In other un-f@#$%^ believable news: GCA gets an extension on their lease and a reduction in their rent that is already almost next to nothing. Six million dollars gets taken away from the public schools, the lease on GCA gets extended and the rental decreased?


Saipan Writer said...

You need a wider audience for this comment.

It's nearly perfect --except I would advise that you don't dilute the basic argument by arguing about GCA--that's a different issue-important, and I agree with you on it, too, but different. And it alienates some who might otherwise agree with you.

Garapan school and HJHS--both have been on the target list for "development." Someone forgot that development starts with our children, so by having these schools where they are there's already great development in place.

Saipan Writer said...

Oops-reading to fast. I skipped over that "in other un-f@#..." part. The GCA lease is a separate complaint.

Who gave them the extension? And why was the rent reduced? Why isn't that place being targeted for development? (It's beautiful, too.)

Jeffrey C. Turbitt said...

What they are trying to do at GES, and what they've been trying since I've been here and longer, is sad. Fortunately GES has you to fight for them. Good work here bonnie.

Jeffrey C. Turbitt said...

I agree on the wider audience comment.