Saturday, February 24, 2007

I missed the 3rd Public Forum & the Youth Summit...

I missed the 3rd public forum. I was planning to go, but my mom decided to drag me along to the Ash Wednesday mass. No complaints here though, 'cause I am a pretty religious person.

I also missed the Youth Summit. Now, that was something that I really wanted to go to. In fact, I was supposed to go. According to my friend, Rachel Reyes, who is the Marianas High School representative for the Youth Congress, the presidents and vice presidents of our school's organizations were supposed to be our school's representatives at the Youth Summit this year. However, Juan Pinaula, Leangie Sablan, and Mark Nuique apparently had something else in mind.

Instead of Juanette and I going to the youth summit (since we're Student Council President and Vice President), a single group of friends attended. I was furious when I saw the list of people who were excused to go the Youth Summit, because pretty much all the names on that list were the names of students who could care less about what had to be discussed at the Youth Summit. Those students went just to skip two days of school, and after it ended, they probably didn't retain any of the information.

This really irks me because I could have gone and actually learned some valuable things, but because as usual, my peers put their social lives before business, I was not selected to attend. I know Juanette really wanted to go, too. She looked kind of disappointed when I was talking to her about the Youth Summit on Thursday.

I'm starting to believe that what Tina Sablan said is true--that too much money is wasted on the Youth Congress. Why do I believe this, you ask? Because the Youth Congress elections are just another popularity contest (most elections involving teenagers are), and many of the people who run (or in many cases, those who actually win) are just looking for "another thing that looks good on college apps." These are people that we do NOT need in Youth Congress. These people get paid for sitting on their asses doing nothing! I ran for Youth Congress last year but I unfortunately lost to a write-in candidate.

This is yet another flaw of the Youth Congress election process. Write-in candidates should not even exist. The whole option of being a write-in candidate makes actually filling out the application for candidacy a waste of time. I mean, if you can sign up as a candidate at the very last minute, then what's the use of taking the time to fill out an application and get 50 signatures? Also, this whole system of write-in candidates allows for complete "nobodies" to run, giving people who are only interested in self-improvement and development a chance to win the election.

I know that previous Youth Congresses have done a great job, and they have implemented many programs that help our community. However, I cannot say the same about this year's Youth Congress. Now, I'm not saying that everyone in this year's Youth Congress is useless; what I'm saying is that many of them ran just for the sake of running. We need more people who actually care about the youth and our community to run for Youth Congress next year. We need people who actually want something to happen. If more people who actually had a dream for the CNMI and a way to make that dream a reality ran for Youth Congress and won, the Youth Congress would improve 100%. We need change.

6 comments:

The Saipan Blogger said...

Tell Juanette that Angelo says hi

CNMI Blogger said...

K.R.,

I chair the House Judiciary and Governmental Operations (JGO) Committee, and the Youth Congress is under the JGO's jurisdiction. I'm sorry to hear that you and Juanette were unable to make the Summit meeting. I hope you'll be there at the next one, and the one after that.

Your points about the weaknesses in our Youth Congress Election laws are well taken. I noticed several flaws with the election set-up myself this last election. I decided then that the laws need to be amended to make the elections more practical and to fix what needed to be fixed.

I would welcome your help in amending the Youth Congress Election Laws so that they are much more practical. My committee recently reported out the amendments to the general election laws and the legal counsel assigned to JGO and agreed last year that we would do a similar overhaul of the Youth Congress Election laws. Now would be as good a time as any to work with us (and members of the Youth Congress) to strengthen such laws.

I also want to say to you that although it can get really frustrating, I would like to urge you to continue voicing your opinions and fighting the good fight. You don't have to wait until tomorrow to lead our community. You're already doing a fine job of that TODAY. Just keep doing it.

My door is always open. It's the first door on your right as you enter the lobby of the House. Feel free to drop by.

Take care.

Rep. Cinta M. Kaipat
cnmiservant@cintakaipat.com
664-8974 (o)
www.beautifycnmi.com
www.cnmiblog.com

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Leangie Lynn said...

k.r.,
hello. this is leangie sablan. i know we are friends and all that stuff and i hope that this comment does not get in the way of our friendship cause it has grown throughout our high school years. anyway, i just read what you posted up and i am very very disappointed in yo. you dont understand. i mean you seem to think that juan and myself were involved with the youth summit thing and im sorry to hear that but maybe you should've spoken to the people who were actually appointed to get the students that wanted to be involved. there were people who wanted to go and those people that did go were actively involved with ALL the activities that were going on. they should what they had learned and talked about thing that they didnt understand while they were there at the summit. the youth congress thought that it was a very successful youth summit and so do i! i hope that next time before you decide to put use my name one the web you would have the decency to ask me about the situation. and i apologize again that you could not attend the youth summit. and remember that i do not want our friendship to change. and i guess now i had to say what i felt towards what you had done.
-Former Youth Senator, Leangie DLG. Sablan

Leangie Lynn said...

k.r.,
hello. this is leangie sablan. i know we are friends and all that stuff and i hope that this comment does not get in the way of our friendship cause it has grown throughout our high school years. anyway, i just read what you posted up and i am very very disappointed in yo. you dont understand. i mean you seem to think that juan and myself were involved with the youth summit thing and im sorry to hear that but maybe you should've spoken to the people who were actually appointed to get the students that wanted to be involved. there were people who wanted to go and those people that did go were actively involved with ALL the activities that were going on. they should what they had learned and talked about thing that they didnt understand while they were there at the summit. the youth congress thought that it was a very successful youth summit and so do i! i hope that next time before you decide to put use my name one the web you would have the decency to ask me about the situation. and i apologize again that you could not attend the youth summit. and remember that i do not want our friendship to change. and i guess now i had to say what i felt towards what you had done.
-Former Youth Senator, Leangie DLG. Sablan

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