Senator Tester, in recent hearings, sat and threw out a handful of questions, really didn't listen to the answers and when he made his points (through the way he asked questions) created a negative and false image of the Islands -- he suggested that the CNMI was an island filled with organized crime, a high drug using population and a community which supports abuse of women abroad.
I looked at statistics and if you look into the actual numbers -- the state Tester represents has HIGHER numbers of crime in every category in comparison to the CNMI. Before he bashes the good people of the CNMI, he should actually worry about the state he was elected to serve. Feel free to compare Tester's State's crime rate http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/mtcrimn.htm with ours http://www.cjpa.gov.mp/Statistics/2004CriminalArrestOffenses/tabid/56/Default.aspx
He likes to demonize the CNMI so he can continue to raise money from his liberal groups.
Let me set the record straight. The people of the CNMI are a good people. We don't ask the US for entitlements or complain that we need more. We have pride in our community and work hard for ourselves and for our families.
A strong majority of our community is Catholic -- and if Tester and the rest of his liberal friends understood anything about God and our faith -- good Catholic Island women aren't easily disrespected by men-- we run the home. :-) Our Islands are far from being abusive to women -- I'm curious of the statistics in Tester's home state with regard to abuse of women (feel free to compare crime stats above).
Tourism is one of our largest industries. One thing that Tester fails to mention is that most of the people who visit are families. That's right -- mothers and fathers with their children. Most of the families who visit are Asian -- maybe Tester has a problem with Asians. Maybe Tester has a problem with Islanders -- I'm not too sure (I think he really has an issue that we are Catholics).
Many of our biggest resorts cater to families with wonderful amenities for children -- below you will see links to two of my favorites. The wonderful thing is that our Islands are much more affordable for families than most resorts in the US. We enjoy the laughter of children on our beaches and the warmth of the families who visit.
Senator Tester would rather attack our Islands with lies. He would rather attack those who invest in our hard work and the wonderful Asian communities who visit.
We're thousands of miles away and he probably could not find us on a map easily, yet Tester speaks as if he knows our Islands. He is sooooooo far from the truth, but he is the type to say anything despite the problems in his own back yard and for more $$$$$$$ from his liberal friends.
My hope is that US legislators find the truth and support the hard working, God loving people of the CNMI and share appreciation to the families who visit our humble Islands.