P7 Dear Gabby by M. Gabby Keith I wrote my opinion of Rita Elementary School in the paper two weeks ago. Evidently, it stirred up a nest of sleeping sweethearts, because one individual wrote an unsigned letter to me. As my wife and I translate most of the letter to you, you can see for yourself — he’s a real sweetheart (and a teacher at RES, so he says). He struts off by calling me an outlaw and not an educator, which is part true. I was once an outlaw, but I’ve paid my debt according to the federal courts of the United States. He tells me that I’ve got white skin. Well, I’ll buy that. I’ve tried to hide it — in fact I’m even taking consoling from Ben Barry.
The letters states that I should not be here at all, that I’m not fit for Marshallese custom, that these are not my islands, not my people. This individual is quite a name caller. Called me an outlaw several times, a glory be to heaven, a stupid millionaire. That, I have to say, I could live with. After he’s finished with me, the name calling continues with my two daughters being the victims (they attend RES).
I paid over $400 in taxes during the last quarter of 1973. Kinda hard for me to stomach what I got for it. In conclusion, he tells me I must get permission from RES headquarters before I write about the system again. Well, “hand in there, stud, it’s a possibility.” To me this guy sounds like a communist — and making a “last ditch” effort to save his job. I’m seriously thinking of removing my two daughters from RES. I think the system is a lost cause.
P22 Alik predicts bill 176’s failure During the Nitijela session Friday, Senator Alee Alik from Mili talked about bill 176 that will appropriate 20 percent of the general fund to local governments. Alik told fellow legislators: “The bill as you already understand won’t survive. Some of you will kill it because you may say it is not really important and it’s not your concern.”
P23 COM/CMI board of regents meets The College of Micronesia-Majuro is now the College of the Marshall Islands and there is a competition for a new logo. The board met in Majuro recently: Francis Matsutaro, MOC president; Russell Edwards, hospital administrator, Paul Gallen, president CCM Pohnpei, Hilda Heine-Jetnil, president COM now CMI, Damien Sohl rector, board of regents, Irene Nieland, director, school of nursing, and Dr. Sengeru Singeo, chancellor, COM.
P3 Record rains wreck RMI’s dry season The Majuro airport reservoir is overflowing with rain water. “We’ve got so much water, we don’t know what to do with it,” said Majuro Water and Sewer Company manager Hackney Takju. With torrential rains buffeting the capital for days on end, MWSC has had to pump millions of gallons off the airport catchment and into the lagoon to prevent runway flooding. Meanwhile, water has been on daily, an unusual occurrence for the dry season. For the record, Majuro received 23.83 inches of rain in January, including more than 10 inches over a 24-hour period, more than triple the average for January.
P4 Kessai’s Cabinet shows up in force for CMI exchange College of the Marshall Islands students and teachers were treated to a fact finding visit by President Kessai Note and his entire Cabinet Wednesday. The history-making visit included a series of presentations by CMI staff on key issues at the college and a tour of facilities.
P6 No double dribbles allowed Marshall Islands Basketball Federation member Alber Alik presented a certificate of recognition to Ministry of Internal Affairs Sports and Recreation staff for their support of men’s and women’s basketball development. Receiving the certificate were Sports head Charles Abraham, Secretary Frederick deBrum, Anton Atlaia, Ronnie Lakabung and William Ring.
P20 Off with their heads The tops of the electric poles in the downtown area were cut off and removed by Marshalls Energy Company, following completion of the laying of underground cables from the old power plant area to past Kirt Pinho’s.