Monday, June 16, 2008


Dear Friends,

We would like to invite you all to join us tonight, Tuesday, June 17, 6PM, at the multi-purpose building in Susupe for a community forum on CUC.

The bottom line is, we are several years away from an alternative source of energy. Whether it be wind, waves, geothermal, solar, or nuclear power, the CNMI won't be harnessing alternative power to run our utilities anytime soon.

So what do we do in the meantime? What are some things our leaders must do to save more businesses from closing because of outrageous utilities costs? What can residents do to keep their power on?

We don't have definitive answers for these and other questions regarding our utilities. But we do have suggestions. We also have a short list of reasonable demands with potential consequences.

There are pessimists and critics out there who scoff at the notion of ordinary citizens coming together. Some have said all we will do is talk, and that nothing will be accomplished by this forum. For those who are frustrated, angry, and have lost faith in anything good coming our way, I want to tell you something that was told to me by a loving parent: "God only helps those who help themselves."

We can sit around and complain and accomplish nothing, or we can come together as ordinary citizens and make extraordinary things happen. As an ordinary citizen, I ask that you join us.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 483-7361 or e-mail me at

Ed Propst
Concerned Citizen

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