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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Letter to the Editor: Petrol Prices

Dear Editor:
Did you know that the FSM Petroleum Corporation has twice reduced its prices for the petroleum products it sold to the Gas Stations?
The first reduction was 15 cents and the subsequent one was equally in similar amount translating to a 30 cents overall reduction. In doing such a generous approach, the FSM Petroleum Corporation respectfully challenged management of the pump stations to pass on the same rate reduction to the customers which is the general public or all of us. This is the advantage of our five governments in the nation owning the corporation. I thank you PetroCorp for such an act living up to your resolute obligation. This corporation has a role in making sure that the price of its services is not burdensome to the people as I pointed out in my previous letter to you as published in the newspaper. It is an obligation for all our public corporations’ long unforgotten purpose to undertake to benefit the people they serve. The plea of our FSM Corporation to the pump stations is to reduce their prices by the same amount it sold to them was an unprecedented or unheard tradition of business dealings. The challenge made by our corporation to the managements of the pump stations to reduce their prices at the same amount is presumably a strong indication that the pump stations are making tremendous profits. Otherwise such challenge would not be a feasible business practice imposed externally. The prices of a gallon of gasoline at the pump stations then were $3.95 to $4.00 inclusive of their markups.

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Opinion Editorial: Moana: a view from Micronesia

moanaBy: Emelihter Kihleng - DEC 2016
Pohnpei Cinemas has been packed since Disney’s Moana opened on November 22 selling out more shows than the most recent Star Wars movie. I would know, as I’ve been to watch Moana twice, once on the Sunday morning of opening week and again this past Friday night. The film will have already made well over $100 million by the time this goes to print. It is no surprise that Moana is another “Disney Princess” blockbuster.
Pacific Islander academics were quick to criticize the film for the ways it continues to colonize our minds with manufactured feel good storylines and characters that are often culturally appropriated, and seek only to make Disney more money at the expense of our misrepresented indigenous Pacific cultures and peoples (scholars Teresia Teaiwa, Tēvita ʻŌ. Kaʻili and others have critiqued the film). They are right! Disney is a corporation that spends billions (yes, billions) of dollars on advertising alone; their main aim is to entertain and make a profit, not to be culturally sensitive. We in the Pacific are just as susceptible to Disney’s seduction as everyone else, and in the case of Moana, even more so because it is supposed to represent us.

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