Letter to the Editor: My Dad, My hero. FERNY S. PERMAN, a true representative of the people

15 FEB 2017

permanAs I leave for college abroad, I can’t help but want to declare to Pohnpei and the FSM, a world of thanks & gratitude and my admiration to the man I call DAD, Ipa, my father, and Congressman Ferny S. Perman. Less than two short years ago, Pohnpei Election District 1 elected my dad, a political unknown compared to his colleagues, to be their representative in the Federated States of Micronesia’s Congress -- a mighty feat because it was only after his third attempt that he won.
From humble beginnings, my dad was born in Pohnrakied, Pohnpei in the summer of 1965 to Judy Shoniber Perman and the late Francisco Perman. He was raised in Mwalok, Sokehs. As a firstborn son, he bore many responsibilities at home with the farming, the clearing of the land, helping with his younger siblings, and his all-time favorite, fishing. At an incredibly young age, he was so fascinated about fishing, that his father gifted him with a locally-made canoe to experience the ocean and take on new adventures. An avid fisherman today, he developed his love of fishing in this canoe.

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Letter to the Editor: Former FSM President on Dual Citizenship act

My Fellow FSM Citizens:
I write this Open Letter to you to share my deep concern about the proposed amendment to Section 3 of Article III of our national constitution. This current provision of our national constitution requires that an FSM citizen who is also a citizen of another country should “register his intent to remain a citizen” of our country, the Federated States of Micronesia, and “renounce his citizenship of another nation” within 3 years of his 18th birthday. In plain English, it means that a minor who holds a dual citizenship of Federated States of Micronesia and the United States, for example, because he or she was born in the United States to parents who are both FSM citizens or one was FSM citizen must register his or her intent to remain FSM citizen before he or she reaches 21 years old. If he or she fails to register as FSM citizen he or she will no longer be FSM citizen, but he or she will remain as a FSM national. A national is a person who remains in FSM, but does not have the right to run for public office and participate in state and national election.

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Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to all the FSM Post Office Staff

JAN 2017

Many Kosraeans believe that FSM Post Office Postmaster General Ginger MIDA deserves some sort of Medal for the effort she made to ensure Christmas mail to Kosrae actually arrived before Christmas.
Because of loading limitations on United flights this festive season, mail and parcel delivery for many weeks has been reduced. Over 10,000 lbs of Christmas mail and parcels was being backlogged in other centers and unable to reach Kosrae.
So Postmaster General Ginger got on the phone, made numerous calls, pulled some strings and arranged a special flight to deliver mail to Kosrae, 2 days before Christmas. She also arranged for two Pohnpei FSM Post Office workers to come to Kosrae and assist local staff sort mail. There was so much backlogged mail, that workers stayed until 12 midnight on Friday December 23 and all day Saturday, just to sort mail to ensure everyone received their Chrismas Gifts.
However, if those good deeds by Postmaster General Ginger, Kosrae and Pohnpei Post Office Staff were not enough, a further surprise was waiting for Kosraeans who went to their local Post Office very late on Friday night. There was Ginger, sleeves rolled up and helping in the sorting of parcels. Congratulations to all the FSM Post Office Staff, in particular Postmaster General Ginger for their efforts to make Christmas a joyous time for everyone in Kosrae.
Timothy Fenlon

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