Ausen T. Lambert: Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Editor:
The component units or commonly known to ordinary citizens as public corporations are essentially created by laws of the primary governments, in the case of the FSM, they are the local, state and national governments purposely to assist in providing necessary services to the general public or the people. It is the people that we, the component units and the primary government officials and employees, are in office to serve and we are answerable to them. The component units are established in a way to operate independently to make money and free from the influence of politics. The revenues generated, aside from the expense of their general operations, should be used to maximize their services and at the same time make sure that the costs of the services are not burdensome to the people.


Now, look around us and see if this is actually happening. Is this what you are seeing? Are the revenues generated basically benefiting you? In terms of costs of services, are they reasonable? These corporations have statutory authorities to impose charges that can indirectly affect the costs of goods that we depend on to live and raise our families every day. Their luxurious expenditures can also impinge on the services to the people they serve.
Did you know that the State of Pohnpei has the strictest law regarding driving government vehicles? The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Justice and the Speaker are the allowable operators of government vehicles 24 hours and 7 days a week. The Associate Justices, the Vice- Speaker, the Floor leader, the members of the Pohnpei Legislature and the members of the Cabinet can only drive government vehicles during government working hours. I think the bottom line is crystal clear and that is prudently a cost-saving-measure. Can you imagine the employees of the component units of the Pohnpei State Government driving their office vehicles 24/7? The simple query here is the moral judgment employed as the underlying principle to arrive at this point. By the way, I am not implying it is wrong.
I am not raising this issue alleging anyone of wrong doing. I am simply raising it in the hopes that we collectively think about it and if there is room for improvement, why not, share what you have in mind. Or straightforwardly, remedy it in a soundly and practical approach.
Ausen T. Lambert