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“STATISTS” believe in intentional, directed, top-down “persuasion” (outright coercion, if need be) based on a plan conceived by virtuous, wise leaders in close consultation with experts. Many politicians on the left and the right are statists.

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KUDOS to Kilili, as the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 just gave the CNMI a great opportunity to take a big step in addressing the “Federal Workforce Transition Requirement” that we can’t ignore.  The CNMI is still virtually doing the same things we were doing in the past to transition our workforce, which is a scatter-brain effort with no real system-wide (systemic) plan. We were just fortunate that the late Mr. Pellegrino started the Trade Institute that was a start but we need a Systemic Plan led by the CNMI Government & PSS to address the entire workforce transitioning. We’re almost two years-in since the mandate to transition our workforce and the Torres Administration has yet to come up with a Systemic Plan. It also seems me that PSS doesn’t want to listen or even discuss the Program but hopefully this Federally Funded Apprenticeship Program will give rise for the Torres Administration or the next Legislature & PSS to seriously reconsider the Public Service Program given there is nothing else in the works.

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(District Court for the NMI) — With sadness and admiration for a long and accomplished life, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands announces that Alfred Laureta, the first District Judge of the court, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2020 at the age of 96 in Kauai, Hawaii. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were at his bedside. Judge Laureta was known for his deep love of his family and his unassuming, humble nature even as he blazed a trail for Filipino-Americans in the legal profession.

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