Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our people in and outside the Commonwealth. I just read the article of Ms. Tina Sablan concerning “Transparent Government and Empowered Citizens.” As a retired public servant and private citizen I am proud to congratulate Ms. Sablan for her courageous position to speak freely and encourage others to speak out. Yes, we must express our opinions, and perhaps recommendations and solutions to improve the services of our government. The government belongs to the people and the general public has the right to raise questions and right to know what is going on with their government. On the other hand, those who are entrusted with the power and authority to execute the delivery of public services must do so within the frame of laws and their fiduciary duties and responsibilities. They must not make the people their enemy, because both the U.S. and CNMI Constitution gave the people the authority to speak out and express their views. Again, congratulation to Ms. Sablan and continue what you are doing and must not fear anyone in our government, so long as you are not breaking the law!
Jose M. Castro