Letter: We can overcome our greatest challenges | Opinion

What has outgoing Attorney General Leevin Camacho been up to for the past four years? I believe he was trying to find the root causes of our problems and then seek and implement solutions.

Now let him work with all the resources he has gathered and give him our support so that we can change for the better and have a safer community – not only for us, but for our children and their future.

Candidates vying for Guam’s Office of the Attorney General answer questions and share their views with students and others attending a debating forum held in the lecture hall of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from the University of Guam on October 28, 2022. left, former Attorney General Douglas Moylan; incumbent Leevin Camacho and write-in nominee Peter Santos. Haewon Bang, a resident of Mangilao, writes that he used common sense when voting in this election.

No one can fix everything overnight. Our community is like a tree. When there are rotten roots, they must be cut. Otherwise, the rot will spread and the tree will die.

However, we will also save what we can and take care of the parts that need nurturing and nurturing.

No one can save us except ourselves. If we don’t work together, another four years will be wasted. More taxpayers’ money will be wasted.

Who would be to blame? Nobody but us. It is our choice. Let’s be wise decision makers, let’s choose wisely. Now is the time to get involved and do the right thing.

We need fresh eyes and minds like AG Camacho. We need our younger generation to lead our community instead of brainwashing voters with hateful and unnecessary information.

Let’s use common sense. Don’t be persuaded by anyone but your own reasonable thoughts. Aside from our enlightened and informed minds, we cannot hide the fact that we need adequate funding.

We will need money to build new facilities, new clinics and hire more professionals to deal with the problems of those less fortunate. AG Camacho acquires funds for systems for compiling toxicological data and enlists specialists to help in these areas.

We will also need to be able to provide appropriate treatment. We only have two psychiatrists on the island. A doctor is fully booked until February next year.

These are examples of the many shortages that need to be filled, as well as the many problems that can be solved – but not by short-sighted quick fixes, but by educating everyone about the social factors that foster crime.

And then we need to coordinate strategies to tackle those causes – it takes more than one person or group for all of us.

This is what AG Camacho and others have tried to encourage and promote. Let’s stay on track and overcome these issues that have devastated our community. History of drug abuse – war on drugs, harsh punishments don’t work.

Drug use and the problems it causes span the history of our world. Anyone can research the 19th century Opium Wars between China and Britain.

The natural herbs used in Chinese medicine for the past five thousand years were powerful enough to kill people. They range from poisonous mushrooms to aconite (aconite) and belladonna (nightshade).

They have even been used as a remedy for certain diseases that western medicine could not. These drugs are useful today when used with care and responsible advice.

When used haphazardly it is called abuse and one can easily become addicted. To this day, the wars on drugs continue all over the world. It’s not just a problem in Guam, but nationwide and even in South Korea. South Korea does not allow anyone to use marijuana, methamphetamine, or magic mushrooms (mushrooms).

If caught using one of these drugs, that person will be sentenced to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The South Korean government’s new Drug Task Force was established to prevent the importation of illicit drugs.

Can the government really block those who want to smuggle drugs? Preferably not. They might be able to reduce the amount illegally imported, but not stop it altogether.

When President Nixon launched his war on drugs in the 1970s, it quickly caught on around the world. But even with all these countries and governments waging this war, it has proven unwinnable. The international drug trade continues.

We need to redirect and focus our resources and efforts on treating this issue as a health issue and addressing it through rights-based measures. The decades-long “global war on drugs” has had devastating consequences.

It’s up to us to stop seeking harsh punishment and instead support and promote policies that address the root causes so that we can finally win this war, perhaps not globally, but globally. less here at home.

Young criminals — they need our help, not retaliation.

Why are we only talking about adult criminals? What about the younger generation? When it comes to our young people who commit crimes, what do we do with them? Do we lock them too? Should we now build another facility to contain minors because they are potential criminals?

Let’s not just devote ourselves to harsh prosecution and imprisonment. We must do more in terms of prevention and care for the victims, who are for the most part our sons and daughters.

Once we lose sight of that, what will become of our future? Let’s have an open mind and think out loud. In order to make our community safer, imprisoning or detaining our young people is not the only answer.

Prevention, education and demonstration of what drugs might do to their brain, body and emotions can reveal how drugs can ruin their life, but ultimately also save their life.

Let’s stop being bystanders, pretending it’s not. We want to feel safe wherever we go, not just at home. We should have safer streets where everyone can jog and we should be able to enjoy our sunny parks and beautiful beaches.

We should walk comfortably through our malls, shop at our grocery stores, and laugh with friends at an outdoor cafe without having to worry about criminals snatching our bags or attacking us from behind for consuming so much food. alcohol or drugs.

We can all do something to help kids stay away from drugs and crime. For example, parents can stay informed about the different types of drugs on the market, to which their children may be exposed.

And when it comes to talking to them about drugs, be positive and help them achieve goals and purpose in life. Young people can change and turn towards goals and achievements if we are there to help and encourage them.

Let’s be open and honest about drugs and addiction – their lives and ours depend on it.

second chances

Feeling safe at home at night is not all I expect from a GA. I also want to feel safe during the day. But if we lock up all criminals, especially first-time offenders or those who commit minor crimes, without giving them a second chance, what will happen to their families?

Many victims are the young children, mothers and grandmothers of those who commit crimes. But many of these criminals are malleable, forgivable human beings who can be given a little hope. At one time, they too were loved by a mother, adored by their teachers, and perhaps even bearers of a bright future.

What went wrong? Was it peer pressure? Was it an abusive father or mother? As reasonable as most of us are, do we have the right to take away a second chance? Nobody is perfect.

Every day we all make mistakes and we mostly learn from them. We will not severely punish our children if they answer us or do not finish their homework. We won’t take our anger out on them either.

Young children are frustrated, stressed and have their own feelings. Sometimes they don’t know how to express themselves, so they just rebel against adults. What are we doing?

We ask our kids what’s going on, why aren’t they doing their homework; we ask what is going on at school. Maybe there are bullies in their classrooms; maybe they need more time; maybe they want more love and attention – maybe talking to their parents isn’t really a bad thing.

It’s their way of showing their opinion. We parents are the mirror of our own children. Instead of punishing them, we need to listen and deepen our conversations to locate issues and find answers.

“When we want we can.” The hardest part is finding and detecting the problems. Once we’ve gotten this far and have answers, we can connect with them and have real, meaningful impacts in their lives.

We are strong. We can overcome our greatest challenges.

Look around you. Too often we find a lot of crime and hate. This is the reality of our environment and of life on our island.

I am sure we can create a better future. We are strong.

Please don’t be discouraged by anyone. We all need to wake up and help our children and each other, not just ourselves, but especially our children.

We are CHmoru. We are Filipinos. We are Chinese. We are Chuukais. We are Korean. We are Indians. We are a community of many cultures and people. Together we are strong. We are a proud people.

We will get through tough times without having to be rough or bully.

Be considerate of your children, protect them, love them and nurture them so that they feel enough motherly love and don’t think of stealing and hurting other human beings, especially young children , babies and helpless animals.

As the great Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Often love is crucified and buried in a grave, but in the long run it rises up and redeems even that which crucifies it.” Only love will bring us together to defeat the greatest things that can destroy us.

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