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It doesn't have to be either or (traditional or elected). The problem is the way our government is structured. Our President is both Head of Gov. and Head of State. If we take after a parliamentary system, we could have a better balance of power and harmony between both leadership. The way it is now doesn't work! We are a democratic state with deep cultural roots. We pretty much practice most of our traditions. We cannot eliminate our traditional leaders because they stand for our values and traditions as Palauans. To eradicate them is to simply let go of what makes us Palauans. They symbolize our unique culture before colonialism. If we organize our government differently, maybe we could reach some kind of understanding not just between traditional and elected leaders but with the people.
Commented Oct 25, 2009 on Open Thread LXXVIII at okedyulabeluu
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i really enjoy reading this blog. conscientious palauans who are concerned about their country come here to share ideas and engage in an intellectual dialogue. it really irritates me to read stuff like ELTUUL NGIMS' comment, if you're interested in bullshiting, they have myspace for that. so please don't bother coming in here if you don't have anything good to bring to the table or just aren't interested in these kind of topics.
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can someone explain the significance of this new postal code? i'm not very knowledgable with the mailing system, especially with only one post office. i know there must be a good reason for it, i just don't know what.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2007 on 96939 at okedyulabeluu
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that's the thing about us palauans; we tend to favor someone with wealth and prestige. thinking that if they're able to get there, then perhaps they can get us there. we are so easy to figure out, we see power in money. that's why i'm voting for Chin. he's just like one of us. he'll represent our needs better than someone who sits in his office most of the time, with no effort of mingling with the common people.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2007 on Chin to unveil running mate at okedyulabeluu
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It is HOT in here! I agree with ulimang, i don't think we should vote for a man who built a law firm, what does that prove other than he's a good business man and a successful lawyer. why do we ridicule someone who takes the time to attend all funerals and ngasch? doesn't that say a lot about his values, doesn't that say that he's one of us and he empathizes with us? why do we need a man who's successful rather than one who roams between us? do we like him because he has all the worldly comforts society has to offer? do we think if we vote someone like that we'll get our share of fortune? A good leader has to be a good follower, one who understands the rest of us who are not so well off, he'll see reality as we see it. I think it's good that we see him all the time at funerals, at least our kids know who the man is and what he looks like, not some superior person that we rarely see. so ask yourselves whether you want some guy who owns a successful law firm or someone who spends his time out there with the rest of us, learning about us and finding out what it is that we need; updating his knowledge on our people, because someone may know the entire book but if they don't seek to update what they know, it doesn't do them any good; because knowledge changes all the time. that's just my opinion
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2007 on Chin to unveil running mate at okedyulabeluu
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i too was a supporter of Seid, but not anymore. However i do agree with him on one thing, Santy is just further spliting the senate apart. now is certainly not the time to fight, they should be busy mending all these grap that's been going on and assuring the public that our government will get back on track. i think that santy's letter was unnecessary. again there are bigger problems to worry about right now.
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