- Written by Terry Arthur
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Speaker's Address of 11-9-12
Buenas yan Hafa Adai
The election is over. The people of Guam have spoken. For those who took the time to vote, thank you.
As Speaker, I and my colleagues feel the loss of four noble and hardworking colleagues: Senator Judi Guthertz, Senator Adolpho Palacios Sr., Senator Sam Mabini and Senator ManaSilva Taijeron. Thank you for serving the people of Guam. You will be missed.
To my colleagues who were re-elected- welcome back. And we have five incoming senators: Mike San Nicolas, Brandt McCreadie, Mike Limtiaco, Tommy Morrison, and Frank Aguon Jr. Congratulations and welcome! We look forward to working with you as this body has always done in the past, to continue to find solutions for our people. Let us come together, so that we can work together, for the common good of thisisland.
I would also like to thank our hard working staff at the Guam Legislature who are loyal and true. Thank you.
For me, this election was very humbling and caused me to go back to reflect on why I wanted to become a public servant.
My father used to tell me,” In politics, you can’t please everyone; and so, it’s your job to work for the greater good and not for the selfish interests of one.”
I’ve taken my father’s philosophy to heart and have always been guided by his wisdom.
The Guam Legislature is the voice of the people. You elected us to tackle the issues of the day and find solutions so that the quality of life for each and every one of you will be better. I want you to know that this mandate has not diminished.
We are a body of 15 minds--and yet, we manage to put aside our differences and work together tofind common ground so that you, the people of Guam- will always be the benefactors of our hard work.
This is a crucial moment for our island. The China visa waiver program is expected to happen soon, which will bring more tourists to our shores, and the military buildup is upon us. Both ventures promise to strengthen our economy by providing more jobs for our people, more opportunities for our small businesses, and lively growth in our construction and real estate industries.
Un Dankulu na Si Yu’os Ma’ase, Maraming Salamat Po and Thank you all, again, for putting your faith and trust in us. You have given us another opportunity to serve you.
I intend to do the best job I can for you in the upcoming legislature in keeping the interests of our island and our people first and in building up Guam as a great place to live, work and play for the benefit our future generations.