M a n y f a c t o r s e n t e r i n t o t h e e d u c a t i o n a l a c h i e v e m e n t s o f K w a j a l e i n s c h o o l s Many factors enter into the educational achievements of Kwajalein schools. F o r m o r e s e e P a g e 6 For more, see Page 6. ( F i l e p h o t o ) (File photo) www.smdc.army.mil/KWAJ/Hourglass/hourglass.html
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 2 The Kwajalein Hourglass is named for the insignia of the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division, which liberated the island from the forces of Imperial Japan on Feb. 4, 1944. The Kwajalein Hourglass is an authorized publication for military personnel, federal employees, contractor workers and their families assigned to U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll. Contents of The Hourglass are not necessarily T h e K w a j a l e i n H o u r g l a s s The Kwajalein Hourglass of cial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or USAKA. It is published Saturdays in accordance with Army Regulation 360-1 and using a network printer by Kwajalein Range Services editorial staff. P.O. Box 23, APO AP 96555 Phone: Defense Switching Network 254-3539; Local phone: 53539 Printed circulation:1,500 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCommanding Of cer......Col. Stevenson ReedPublic Affairs Of cer (acting)............Bert JonesEditor......................................Nell Drumheller Graphics Designer..........................Dan Adler Reporter..............................................JJ Klein commentary Next election about more than terrorism See ELECTION, Page 12On Dec. 27, the day after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan, a well-known commentator for a certain news network used the occasion to remark that Americans need to remember the next presidential election is all about terrorism. He went on to say that the next election wasnÂ’t about the economy, healthcare, education, or the sinking dollar. Oh no, he claimed, itÂ’s about terrorism. After all, he said, the same people who killed Bhutto, who many people feel might have installed a moderate, democratic government in Pakistan, are the same people who want to come to America and kill us. OK, thatÂ’s one opinion. I can only say that particular commentator must not have been paying attention the past few years. Nobody would deny terrorism is a major threat. But itÂ’s the same as tornadoes, hurricanes, res, and other natural disasters are a threat. WeÂ’re going to be living with the possibility of terrorism just as we live with the possibility of natural disasters. We should try to be well prepared for an act of terrorism just as we try to be well prepared for natural disasters and deal with situations as they arise. But to say the next presidential election is more about terrorism than an economy teetering on the verge of recession, massive federal de cits, the healthcare crisis, massive trade de cits, the housing bubble, a Medicare system going broke, the looming Social Security crisis, borrowing billions of dollars from foreign countries to nance our debt, having our money called a Â‘worthless scrap of paper,Â’ by the Iranian president, the sorry state of our educational system, illegal immigration, and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is beyond asinine. If there was ever an election that was about all those things, this is it folks. Maybe IÂ’m just a sel sh person. IÂ’ll be 60 in a few months and IÂ’d sure like to know that Social Security and Medicare are going to be there in six years Â— which would be my retirement age Â— especially since IÂ’ve been paying into it all my life. I donÂ’t think that should be too much to ask. I really have to say I worry a heck of a lot more about keeping a job until I can retire (if I can retire) and having healthcare when I do, than I ever worry about terrorists killing me.Thinking about terrorism doesnÂ’t keep me awake at night Â— but thinking about a scenario in which IÂ’d have to decide whether I eat or buy medicine when IÂ’m retired keeps me up sometimes. ThereÂ’s lots of things that have been going on in our country for several years now that I donÂ’t like. The middle class in America is shrinking and keeps getting pounded with higher prices for most everything. Because of the housing bubble and subprime loans, the biggest investment most people will ever have is dropping in value all over the country. Home foreclosures are at an all-time high and so are bankruptcies. I donÂ’t know about you, but I still have a problem with how our Â‘energy policyÂ’ was in uenced by the oil companies. I think it pretty much says, Â‘letÂ’s use more oil and give billions in tax cuts to the oil industry.Â’ IÂ’m upset with how the Medicare Prescription Drug Bene t Plan was put together by drug companies and dozens of insurance companies (with the provision that the U.S. government canÂ’t negotiate for lower drug prices or import cheaper drugs from say . Canada). IÂ’m not happy that U.S. companies get tax breaks and incentives for sending our jobs to foreign countries. I certainly donÂ’t like it that some contractors in Iraq got caught red-handed overcharging the U.S. government by billions of dollars, and, pretty much, nothing happened to them. IÂ’m not thrilled that the credit card debt reform act was greatly in uenced by credit card companies. HereÂ’s a clue folks Â— the reform doesnÂ’t help consumers struggling with credit card debt.ItÂ’s sad that several coal miners have been killed in recent years while working in unsafe mines at the same time the budget for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration was being cut to the bone. I donÂ’t like the ongoing assault on labor unions and the chipping away at workerÂ’s bene ts in recent years.In the Â‘land of plenty,Â’ there are 37 million people living below the poverty line and 40 million people without health insurance. ItÂ’s not so hard to imagine being among them if you lost
The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 3See IRAQ, Page 4 Petraeus: Iraq surge strategy working, but hard challenges remain in country By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press ServiceAs the troop surge in Iraq approaches its one-year anniversary, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said heÂ’s buoyed by successes made and momentum built, but recognizes the job is far from over.Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told the Pentagon Channel the new strategy in Iraq Â— with more coalition and Iraqi troops helping quell violence in and around Baghdad and operations that promote closer cooperation with the Iraqi population Â— has helped stabilize once-violent areas. President Bush announced the strategy during a Jan. 10, 2007 televised speech to the nation. The plan included more than 20,000 additional U.S. troops on the ground in Baghdad and Anbar province, increased responsibility for the Iraqi government and Iraqi security forces, and more diplomatic and economic initiatives. Strolling a Baghdad street considered too dangerous to navigate just a year ago, Petraeus noted the contrast to last year, when shops and schools were closed, playgrounds were still, and many facilities were without electricity. Â“And today, we now nd those features here, and we are able to stroll along and even to eat some Iraqi bread,Â” he said. Â“The security has been a result, certainly, of more coalition and Iraqi forces,Â” he said. Â“But itÂ’s also the employment of those forces.Â” Petraeus credited the U.S. troop surge, along with an additional 110,000 Iraqi soldiers and police, with providing critical manpower needed to rout insurgents. But another vital part of the formula was the new strategy in which the troops began living among the people they were securing. This presence helped gain the trust and con dence of the Iraqi people, and ultimately, their support as well, he said. They began Â‘turning in the bad guys in their midst Â— pointing out the weapons caches or identifying improvised explosive devices, and ultimately volunteering to help with security as neighborhood watches, concerned local citizens and so forth,Â” he said. Petraeus called the outcome a classic example of perspiration meeting opportunity. Â“And a lot of our leaders would like to think that is what happened over the course of this past year, that they were ready for certain situations and when they saw opportunities, they were willing to take risks,Â” he said. In taking those risks, leaders knew their higher chain of command was willing to underwrite the risks and that the Iraqis were willing to take them, too, he said. Â“And the fact is that they took them, together with their Iraqi partners,Â” he said. Petraeus credited the Iraqis who Â“have courageously stood and fought,Â” suffering losses two to three times higher than those of the United States. Â“They are putting it all on the line, just as our troopers and our leaders,Â” he said. Â“And it has been very gratifying, actually, to see the results of all this over time.Â” But Petraeus was quick to say the ght has not been won. Al Qaeda continues to be Â“public enemy No. 1 in Iraq,Â” and although most of its forces may have been ushed out of Baghdad and Anbar province, Â“they remain very potent,Â” he said. Â“LetÂ’s not forget that al Qaeda in Iraq is still intent on reigniting ethno-sectarian violence, on carrying out acts of horri c violence, of damaging the infrastructure and killing innocent Iraqis and going after us,Â” he said. Their indiscriminate violence, particularly against Iraqi citizens, has back red on the extremists, Petraeus said. Â“That is, of course, what has turned the Sunni Arab population against al Qaeda (in) Iraq over the course of the last year,Â” he said. Â“That is what has made their job more dif cult and has led different neighborhoods to reject them over time, as they have seen that al Qaeda has brought them nothing but literally death, destruction and oppression.Â” But al Qaeda isnÂ’t the only Sgt. Sam Talley talks to young Iraqi men as he passes out wanted posters during a patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 30. Talley is attached to the U.S. ArmyÂ’s Tactical Psychological Operation Detachment 1400. (DoD photo by Spc. Kieran Cuddihy)
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 4U.S. calls Hormuz incident reckless IRAQ from Page 3challenge to stability, the general said. He pointed to a broad range of other enemies: militia extremists; Â‘special groupsÂ’ trained, funded and equipped by Iran; and criminal elements, among them. Â“There are many, many challenges,Â” he said. Â“Obviously the challenges are to build on the gains in security, to try to turn situations that are still transitory or tenuous into a degree that has more performance . (and) is more self-sustaining.Â” That involved more than just security, he said. It involves reviving local economies, getting markets going again, restoring schools and helping the government ministries develop Â— efforts Petraeus said require U.S. security forces to work hand in hand not just with their Iraqi counterparts in the army and police, but also their ministry and embassy partners. All that will take time, he emphasized. Petraeus said he recognizes the timetables many people want to attach to the mission in Iraq, but he tries not to worry about Â“all the clocks that are running out there.Â” Â“Our job is to try to speed up the progress in Iraq as much as we can with our Iraqi counterparts,Â” he said. Petraeus said he hopes that will help others Â“to see that there is progress, to see that there is hope, and decide to continue to support what is really a very, very important endeavor for the United States . for all the countries of the coalition . and of course, (for) Iraq and the region.Â” Petraeus said he believes the coalition and Iraqis can sustain the progress made under the surge, even as the drawdown continues. With one brigade combat team and a Marine expeditionary unit already gone without being replaced, and four more BCTs and two Marine battalions to leave by late July, Petraeus said, he believes thereÂ’s Â‘a solid planÂ’ to maintain the momentum they helped to build. But heÂ’s quick to say, Â“there will be more tough moments . and bad daysÂ” as the coalition and Iraqis continue to pursue extremists and prevent them from establishing new safe havens. Â“There are some tough enemies out there, and innumerable obstacles and challenges,Â” he said. Â“So it will not be easy, but we believe that we can indeed continue to build on what we have accomplished so far.Â” Petraeus said he and many of his fellow commanders Â“have sworn off words like Â‘optimismÂ’ or Â‘pessimismÂ’Â” to describe the Iraq mission. Â“We just use the word Â‘realism,Â’Â” he said. Â“And reality is that Iraq is very hard. It is going to remain very hard, and it is going to take determination, assistance, additional resources, additional time and occasionally, sheer force of will.Â” As military leaders continue focusing on the mission, Petraeus emphasized the importance of relationships in achieving common goals in Iraq. Â“Relationships are what this is all about. I think, in truth, relationships are what everything is all about, whether our own home life or international relations,Â” he said. By Jim GramoneAmerican Forces Press ServiceIranian of cials called the buzzing by ve Revolutionary Guard speedboats of three U.S. Navy ships Â‘normal,Â’ but American of cials insist the behavior was reckless and needlessly provocative. The Iranian boats charged at the three warships Sunday as they transited the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. President George W. Bush commented on the Iranian provocation during a short news conference at the White House today. Â“My message to the Iranians is simple: They shouldnÂ’t have done what they did,Â” Bush said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman called the Iranian action irresponsible and reckless. The Iranian armed speedboats charged at the USS Port Royal USS Hopper and USS Ingraham as they steamed in international waters. One of the Iranian boats dropped boxes into the water in the path of one of the U.S. ships and radioed to the American vessels that they would explode. Â“I found the action by the Iranians quite troubling actually, and a matter of real concern,Â” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday in California. Â“This is a very volatile area, and the risk of an incident escalating is real. I think that it is a reminder that there is a very unpredictable government in Tehran. And it would be nice to see the Iranian government disavow this action and say that it wonÂ’t happen again.Â” But Iranian of cials have not been so forthcoming. Iranian senior Revolutionary Guards commander Ali Reza Tangsiri told the Mehr news agency that Iran has the right to ask any ships to identify themselves upon entering or leaving the Persian Gulf. Â“It is a basic responsibility of patrolling units of the Revolutionary Guards to take necessary interception measures toward any vessels entering into the waters of the Persian Gulf,Â” Tangsiri said. The U.S. ships followed well-established procedures during the incident, Whitman said, adding it was fortunate that the Iranian boats peeled off before the U.S. ships had to escalate to the next level. Â“Do these incidents give us the opportunity to re ect, reevaluate, readjust? They always do,Â” Whitman said. Â“But I donÂ’t know of any speci c measures that were deemed to be inadequate in this case.Â” Navy public affairs of cials said there are video recordings of the incident. S t r a i t o f Strait of H o r m u z Hormuz
The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 5 Eating raw shell sh can cause illness or deathTaking care Raw or undercooked oysters and clams can be especially dangerous to eat. by Valerie Bazar, RNKwajalein HospitalWhile oysters are not routinely consumed on Kwajalein, I thought an article of interest was in order for those of you who travel to the Gulf of Mexico during your vacation time. Every year millions of Americans consume raw molluscan shell sh, especially oysters and clams. For some people, however, eating raw or undercooked molluscan shell sh can cause serious illness or death from Vibrio vulni cus. The prime carriers of Vibrio vulni cus are raw oysters (94 percent), cooked oysters (four percent), and raw shell sh other than oysters (two percent). Every year in the United States, 200 cases of Vibrio vulni cus are reported to the Center of Disease Control, half of those cases reported are from the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Vibrio vulni cus is considered one of the most lethal bacterium inhabiting salt water. Vibrio vulni cus is not the result of fecal or chemical pollution of marine waters, but occurs naturally in warm, coastal areas. Warm waters and warm ambient air temperatures speed reproduction of the bacterium Vibrio vulni cus.Healthy people are not at risk of serious infection from Vibrio vulni cus. Healthy persons may develop gastroenteritis after ingestion of food containing Vibrio vulni cus, experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Persons with gastroenteritis may require hospitalization, but usually make a full recovery.You are at a high risk of serious illness from Vibrio vulni cus if you are a heavy drinker or have any form of liver disease (hepatitis, cirrhosis or cancer), diabetes, iron overload disease (hemochromatosis), have a peptic ulcer, have had gastric bypass, or are immunode cient (chronic renal failure, hemolytic anemia, receiving chemotherapy or radiation for cancer treatment, or HIV/AIDS. Those at risk may become ill after consuming raw or undercooked shell sh that have Vibrio vulni cus concentrated in their tissues. Illness strikes when the bacterium enter the stomach and multiply, then invade the bloodstream via the digestive track. High risk persons can also become infected when cuts, burns, or sores come into contact with seawater containing Vibrio vulni cus. Shucked oysters: Â• Boil or simmer for at least three minutes or until edges curl Â• Fry at 375 degrees F for at least three minutes Â• Broil three inches from the heat for three minutes Â• Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes A key message for persons at high risk: never eat raw oysters. There is no safe time of year to eat oysters, even months without an R. Â• Never swim or wade in seawater when you have sores or open wounds Â• Follow these cooking tips for oysters in the shell: Â• Cook live oysters or clams in small pots so those in the middle are cooked thoroughly Â• Boiling: after the shells open, boil live oysters or clams for another three ve minutes Â• Steaming: In a pot that is already steaming, cook live oysters or clams for another four-nine minutes If you nd yourself in the vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico, take this advice: for oysters Safety tips
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 6Kwajalein schools maintain academic success due to involvement of island leadership and community.By Nell DrumhellerEditorÂ“The size of the school here makes it hard for people to fade into the background. Thus, students that might otherwise get lost in the shuf e end up nding more of a voice,Â” Tyler Shields, a 1995 graduate of Kwajalein High School said. Shields spent all twelve years of his early education on Kwajalein where both of his parents work as teachers. Class room size is a common denominator for the success or failure of students internationally and both teachers and Kwaj alumni recognize it as a one of the keys to what makes Kwajalein schools unique and effective. Kwajalein Schools Superintendent Al Robinson said there are approximately 350 students in the system, kindergarten through grade 12. Due to the transient nature of this community, less than 25 percent stay for a full 12 years, but those who are here for their last year of high school typically go on to college. A full 95 percent graduate with 87 percent going on to higher education. ItÂ’s an interesting statistic considering the relaxed life-style evoked from island living. Robinson attributed the success rate to Â“Small classes, very high expectations, parental support, high quality staff, and few if any discipline problems allow us all to focus on student achievement, and not be distracted by other things.Â” A University of Michigan study on schools identi ed the long-term deterioration of quality education in the United States relating directly to class size beginning in elementary school. It said that overcrowding was epidemic and could lead to U.S. students not being able to succeed in higher education or against young people from other countries. Kwajalein doesnÂ’t have that problem and the results are evident in the standardized tests the young people take each year. In a schoolby-school, by grade level comparison Kwajalein students fared well against stateside counterparts with the Iowa Basic Education Skills tests in 2007. The third grade scored in the 95th percentile; the fourth grade in the 97th percentile; the fth grade in the 98th percentile; the sixth in the 89th percentile; the seventh in the 96th percentile; the eighth in the 82nd percentile; the ninth in the 90th percentile and the tenth in the 86th percentile. Consistently, Kwajalein students preparing for higher education outscore U.S. studentÂ’s national average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Â“In the Spring of 2007 our average SAT score was 1698, compared with a national average of 1511,Â” Robinson said. Test scores show one side of how students are doing on Kwajalein. Perhaps a better re ection of the school system is in the lives graduates live after leaving the island. Â“I went to school here from 1978 to 1984, from 7th through 12th grade,Â” said Janis Murillo, a 1984 graduate of Kwajalein High School and now the Mission Technical director for Kwajalein Range Services Plans and Operations. She returned to Kwajalein in August to live a simpler life with fewer bills and because Kwajalein is Â“a safe, fun place for the kids.Â” Murillo graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in psychology in 1988. Â“College was hard, but I was well-prepared,Â” she said. Cheryle Maxwell is a classmate of Murillo and a recent returnee to Kwajalein. Â“Kwajalein presents a unique environment to grow up in,Â” Maxwell said. Â“Because of the small community and location itÂ’s safe, affordable and stress free. Growing up on Kwajalein presented me with opportunities to play sports, recreate and develop lasting friendships. Things were accessible so it was easy to get involved and stay active.Â” Maxwell came back to Kwajalein last year and now provides Quality and Project Management for Logistics for KRS. Â“Living on Kwajalein provided me with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I spent time with people I either wouldnÂ’t have had the opportunity to meet or wouldnÂ’tÂ’ have considered spending time with in the states,Â” Maxwell added. Maxwell admitted that the personalized attention allowed due to the small class size t her learning needs. A couple of those teachers who made a difference in Maxwell, Shields and MurilloÂ’s lives are Bonnie Oyamot and Dick Shields. Oyamot has been here for 35 years. Dick (with wife Cheryl) began their careers on Kwajalein in 1983. Â“I guess that makes this a Â“silver jubileeÂ” year,Â” Dick said. Â“IÂ’ve been lucky enough to teach second generation students and to work with former students who Success of Kwajalein schools due to teachers, parents, community
The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 7certs, NHS inductions, etc.Â” Davis said the one limiting factor for students on Kwajalein is slow Internet connectivity. Â“ItÂ’s frustrating when I go into the computer lab with the students to research or to use a program on the internet and nd that the network is down.Â” Dick said he gets frustrated with the transient quality of this community. Â“Just when I have helped a student gain real competence on an instrument, so the student can really contribute to the musical organization, the studentÂ’s family PCSÂ’s.Â” Robinson said one of the possible negatives of growing up on Kwajalein could also be considered a positive attribute, that of a safe and secure environment. Â“Sometimes the transition back into life in the States can be dif cult,Â” Robinson said. Another 1984 graduate, Thomas Cardillo, remembered, Â“We PCSÂ’d in the middle of my junior year and I nished high school in California. The transition in the middle of a year was tough but it was a good opportunity to see stateside life.Â” Cardillo is now the Sensor Lead of the Worthy and has been on Kwajalein since 2004, Â“this time around.Â” Maxwell said she left Kwajalein after graduation with a plan to attend college, Â“I attended college for a year directly out of high school, then I returned to Kwajalein for summer vacation and decided to work for a year rather then returning to the states. Living and working on Kwajalein was much more appealing then living in a cold climate on limited funds. I didnÂ’t t in very well in college and missed my close knit island friendships.Â” Tyler [Shields] is a software engineer and returned to Kwajalein seven years ago, Â“Moving to the states, you become a very little sh in a very large pond.Â” He continued his education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Â“I t in well enough. Case Western is pocketprotector central, so it wasnÂ’t quite like Animal House.Â” He spent one year there before transferring to the University of California San Diego.Â” My experiences on Kwaj were a great conversation starter.Â” He added, Â“Academically, it would have been dif cult to nd a better school. Sure, Kwaj High is small; but the individual attention really mattered. However, in college, it took awhile to learn how to handle just have returned as teachers,Â” Oyamot said. She said several factors entice her to come back for one more year each year. They include Â“Great young people; continual administrative support allowing me to focus on high quality education and performances from my students; awesome parental partnerships and support with my Â“expect-a-lotÂ” philosophy and program; small classes allowing me to give more individual attention to my students and the air of friendliness and caring in the school of ces, corridors, and classrooms, put there by staff and students who take personal pride in our school systemÂ’s successes.Â” Oyamot teaches Algebra 1 and 2 and Trigonometry. Â“During my tenure, IÂ’ve taught various English classes, FORTRAN, and almost all the math courses.Â” She added, Â“I thoroughly enjoy working with and developing the math talents of our students. The challenge lies in enticing them to expand their intellectual interests, to maximize their potential, and to put the uncommon touch on even the most common task.Â” The Shields keep music alive on Kwajalein. Â“ItÂ’s a wonderful place to teach music, without all the distractions of a music program in the states, like fund raising and competitions,Â” Dick said and added, Â“ItÂ’s great making music with my wife, Cheryl and the community is very supportive and appreciative of the arts.Â” None of these three teachers see leaving in their immediate future, with Dick joking about his planned departure date, Â“IÂ’m not dead yet.Â” Christi Davis is a relatively new teacher on Kwajalein. She teaches seventh grade geography; ninth grade World History II and 10th grade U.S. History I and hopes to stay on Kwajalein Â“as long as there is a job for me.Â” She described her experiences teaching here, Â“I really love the close proximity of everything it allows me to t more into the day and is conducive to developing good relationships with students. For example, I am more available to help students both before and after school since I have 5 minute long commute compared to my 45 to 60 minute commute back in the states. Also, not having a long commute allows me to support my students by having more time to watch games, band and choir conbeing a name on a class roster.Â” Murillo said the transition wasnÂ’t too dif cult, Â“It wasnÂ’t hard to get used to the Â“real worldÂ” again, and in fact, as a teenager, it was kind of exciting. Kwaj Kids have an added bene t in that they have a great conversation starter. Answering the commonly-asked Â— Â“Where are you from? Â— generally makes talking to new people easier.Â” Robinson said that the combination of small class room size and parent involvement prepare most of the students for whatever they have to face, but especially get them ready for more education. Â“They [the students] can actively participate in a rigorous college prep program that will prepare them to attend any four year school they choose to aspire to. Â“Because of the small size and ease of communication, parents can have as much contact with staff as they desire. Also, the safety of Kwajalein eases many parents concerns. Again, our situation allows parents, students and staff to focus directly on learning, with few distractions.Â” Murillo said her youthful experiences on Kwajalein provided a path back to the island so her children could have the same lifestyle. Â“Growing up out here was fabulous! ThatÂ’s one of the reasons IÂ’m back with my kids. Now that my kids are getting older, I started noticing places they hang out, like movie theater parking lots, and realized how lucky we had it, to hang out at the beach, and to be able to go whenever and wherever we wanted because we all had our own Â“wheelsÂ” and our parents didnÂ’t have to worry about us so much.Â” Oyamot summed up her experiences on Kwajalein, Â“Among the top of the list would certainly be the strong sense of extended family the Kwaj community shows and the fact that education time is quality time for our young adults.Â” Â“We are in the process of implementing a Â“continuous improvementÂ” model of school improvement, and if I could I would make the change instantaneous,Â” Robinson said. Â“Other than that, there really is nothing I would change. ItÂ’s an amazing system that I feel blessed to be a part of. Â“I hope everyone has an understanding on how great a school system they have here and we will continue to improve and move forward in terms of making it even better.Â”
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 8 Dental Clinic Central Registration Tuesday Â– Friday 6 a.m. Â– 12:30 p.m.; 2:30 Â– 6 p.m. Saturday 6 a.m. Â– 12:30 p.m.; 2:30 Â– 5 p.m. Child Development Center Tuesday Â– Friday 6:15 a.m. Â– 6 p.m. Saturday.....6:15 a.m. Â– 4 p.m. School Age Services Tuesday......Friday 6:15 a.m. Â– 6 p.m. Saturday.....6:15 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. (Starts Wednesday) Youth Services Tuesday-Friday.....3 Â– 8 p.m. Saturday......3 Â– 10 p.m. Sunday........4 Â– 10 p.m. (Starts Wednesday)Child and Youth Services Community ActivitiesAdministration Tuesday Â– Saturday 7:30 a.m. Â– 4:30 p.m. Adult Pool no change Adult Recreation Center Tuesday-Friday....5-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m. Â– midnight Monday....... noon Â– 10 p.m. Bowling Center Monday-Tuesday,..............closed Wednesday-Friday............3-9 p.m. Saturday Â– Sunday............1-9 p.m. Corlett Recreation Center /Activities Center no change Family Pool Tuesday..........closed Wednesday-Friday.......3:30 Â– 6 p.m. Sunday-Monday 11 a.m. Â– 6 p.m. Gear Locker not open on daily basis Â— call 53331 for details Golf Course no change Hobby Shop no change Ivey Gym 24/7 with cipher lock Â— call 53331 for details Library Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.......closed Wednesday.....9-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m. Friday.........1-6 p.m. Monday......1-6 p.m. Post Of ce no change Religious Services Of ce Monday......closed Tuesday -Saturday 7:30 a.m. Â– 4:30 p.m. Sunday.......closed for services in chapel Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Staffed 6:30 a.m. Â– 5:30 p.m. Appointments 7 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday . .closed Media ServicesTV and Entertainment Guide printing/distribution....Friday Hourglass printing/distribution.................................prior to 4:30 p.m.,Friday Deadline for Hourglass submissions.......................noon, WednesdaysRetail ServicesBeauty Salon Sunday, Wednesday-Thursday closed (TBA/January) Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Saturday........9 a.m. Â– 8 p.m. DVD Depot no change GimbleÂ’s Sunday.........10 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. Monday........ 10 a.m. Â– 4 p.m. Tuesday Â– Friday......11 a.m. Â– 12:30 p.m.; 3-7 p.m. Saturday......11 a.m. Â– 12:30 p.m.; 3-6:30 p.m. Laundry Sunday-Monday closed Friday Tuesday Â– Friday.....11 a.m. Â– 1 p.m.; 2 Â– 6 p.m. Saturday........9 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. MacyÂ’s and MacyÂ’s West Sunday and Wednesday closed Monday............9 a.m. Â– 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday....11 a.m. Â– 1 p.m.; 2 Â– 7 p.m. Saturday.......9 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. Surfway Sunday.........closed Monday........10 a.m. Â– 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. Â– 1 p.m.; 2 Â– 7 p.m. Thursday.......closed Saturday.......11 a.m. Â– 1 p.m.; 2 Â– 6:30 p.m. Ten-Ten no change K w a j a l e i n h o u r s Kwajalein hours o f o p e r a t i o n of operation Eleven servicemembers die in Global War on Terror Kwajalein Power Plant monthly fuel usage November, 2006November, 2007 December, 2006 December, 2007November, 2006 470,017 gallons November, 2007 406,907 gallons December, 2006 468,367 gallons December, 2007 427,549 gallons Spc. Joshua R. Anderson 24, of Jordan, Minn., died Jan 2 in Kamasia, Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Maseth 24, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died in Baghdad on Jan. 2 of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky. Sgt. Shawn F. Hill 37, of Wellford, S.C., died Jan. 2 in Khowst Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 218th Infantry Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, Rock Hill, S.C. Two Soldiers died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms re during combat operations. Both were assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Killed were: Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted 37, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Capt. Thomas J. Casey 32, of Albuquerque, N.M. Petty Of cer Second Class Menelek M. Brown 24, of Roswell, N.M., was declared dead Jan. 4 after apparently going overboard from USS Hopper in the Arabian Sea Jan. 3. Navy aircraft and ships conducted an extensive search but did not locate him. USS Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Cpl. Jason F. Lemke 30, of West Allis, Wis., died Saturday in Ibrahim Al Adham, Iraq of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. Spc. James D. Gudridge 20, of Carthage, N.Y., died Sunday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. Pfc. Timothy R. Hanson 23, of Kenosha, Wis., died Monday in Salmon Pak, Iraq of wounds suffered from small arms re. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. Two soldiers died Monday of wounds suffered when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Laghar Juy, Afghanistan. Killed were: Maj. Michael L. Green 36, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who died in Laghar Juy, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany and Sgt. James K. Healy 25, of Hesperia, Calif., who died at Jalalabad Air eld, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 703rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment, Fort Knox, Ky.
The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 9 Religious Services Catholic Saturday Mass, 5:30 p.m., in the small chapel. Sunday Mass, 9:15 a.m., in the main chapel. Mass on Roi is at 12:30 p.m., in Roi chapel. Protestant Sunday 8 and 10:45 a.m., on Kwaj and Roi-Namur service at 4 p.m.Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Latter-Day Saints 10 a.m., Sunday, in Corlett Recreation Center, Room 3. Baptist 9:40 a.m., Sunday, in elementary school music room. Church of Christ 10 a.m., Sunday, in Quarters 442-A. HELP WANTED Sunday Carved top round Herb-broiled chicken Eggs Benedict Grill: Brunch station openLunchMonday Pork chops Lemon basil chicken Three-cheese pasta Grill: Brunch station openWednesday Greek chicken breast SautÂŽed liver and onions Nairagi provencal Grill: Cheese sandwich Thursday Burritos/tacos Beef tamales Nacho chips/cheese Grill: ChimichangasJan. 18 Meatloaf Chicken cordon bleu Macaroni/cheese Grill: BLTCaf PacificDinnerSaturdayGrilled short ribs Broiled fajita chicken Tex-Mex stir-frySundayBarbecued pork butt Chicken supreme Tofu with Napa cabbageMondayGrilled minute steak Turkey cordon bleu Pork peapod stir-fryTuesdayKwaj fried chicken Broiled ono Chinese beefThursdayPot roast with gravy Chicken adobo Beer-battered codWednesdayCarved London broil Whole roast chicken Ratatouille casseroleTonightBuild-your-own pizza Breaded pork chops Chicken stewSaturday Braised turkey Drumettes in gravy Cornmeal fried cat sh Grill: Taco barTuesday Italian pasta bar Italian baked chicken Tortellini a la vodka Grill: Philly steak wrap KRS has the following job openings. For contract hire positions, call Sheri Hendrix, 256-890-8710. For all others, call Donna English, 51300. Full job descriptions and requirements for contract openings are located online at www.krsjv.com. Job descriptions for other openings are located at Human Resources, Building 700. NEED EXTRA money? KRS employment applications are continually accepted for all Community Services departments and the Human Resources temporary pool for casual positions. Some examples of these positions are: sport of cials, scorekeepers, delivery drivers, lifeguards, catering/dining room workers, medical of ce receptionists, temporary of ce support, etc. For more information, call the KRS HR Of ce at 54916. ON ISLAND HIRES AC&R TECHNICIANS I, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Reqs. K050009 and K050010 CARPENTER II, full-time, Kwaj Ops, HR Req. K050158 CARPENTER III, full-time, Kwaj Ops, HR Req. K050047 GENERAL MAINTENANCE I, full-time, Marine Department, HR Req. K050160 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II, full-time, Meck Operations, HR Req. K050150 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050038 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR IV, full-time, Solid Waste, HR Req. K050155 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Solid Waste Mgmt., HR Req. K050112 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Meck Operations, HR Req. K050144 MECHANIC II, full-time, Roi Power Plant, HR Req. K050183 MEDICAL OFFICE RECEPTIONIST, full-time, HR Req. K050388. PLUMBER/PIPEFITTER II, full-time, Utilities, HR Req. K050040 PETROLEUM, OIL and LUBE TECHNICIAN, fulltime, Supply/Fuel Farm, HR Req. K050385. RAMP WORKER I, full-time position, Air eld Ops, HR Req. K050251 RETAIL ASSOCIATE III, GimbleÂ’s, full-time, HR Req. K050291 SHEETMETAL WORKER II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050011 STYLIST, casual position, HR Req. K050275 SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, casual positions, on-call TOOL ROOM ATTENDANT I, full-time position, Roi Operations, HR Req. K050137 TRAFFIC AGENT I, part-time, Air eld Ops, HR Req. K050181 TRAFFIC AGENT, full-time, Air eld Ops, HR Req. K050250 WAREHOUSEMAN I, full-time, Roi Supply, HR Req. K050322 (Ennubirr residents apply to William Lewis) CONTRACT HIRES (A) accompanied (U) unaccompanied Even numbered requisitions=CMSI Odd numbered requisitions=KRS AC&R TECHNICIAN II and III, four positions, HR Reqs. 031378, 031454, 031604, 031508 and 031530 U AC & R TECHNICIAN IV, HR Req. 031522 U ACCOUNTANT II, HR Req. 032083 U ACCOUNTING CLERK III, HR Req. 032097 and 032099. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE LEAD, HR Req. 032095. ALCOR TRANSMITTER FIELD ENGINEER II, HR Req. 032063 U ALCOR/MMW LEAD RECEIVER ENGINEER, HR Req. 032069 A APPLIANCE REPAIR TECHNICIAN IV, HR Req. 031528. AUTO BODY SHOP LEAD, HR 031502 UAUTO BODY TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 031508 UCALIBRATION REPAIR TECHNICIAN II, HR Req. 032055CARPENTER IV, HR Reqs. 031524 and 031442 U CDC INSTRUCTOR, HR Req. 032019 U CHIEF ENGINEER, HR Req. 032049 U COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN II, III, HR Reqs. 031941, 031967 and 031883 U COMPUTER OPERATOR II, HR Req. 031955 U COMSEC TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 031957 U CYS TECHNOLOGY LAB LEAD, HR Req. 031831 U DESIGNER/PLANNER IV, HR Req. 031308 U DISPATCHER, HR Req. 031540 U DRAFTER II, HR Req. 031486 U DRIVER II, HR Req. 031117 ELECTRICIAN II, III and IV LEAD, HR Reqs. 031224, 031210, 031332, 031408, 031412, 031570, 031504, 031304, 031380, 031414, 031578 and 031580 U ELECTRICIAN LEAD, HR Req. 031448 U ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN I, II, III, HR Reqs. 031719, 031825, 032147, 031959, 031743 and 031931 U ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER,SCIENTIST II, HR Req. 032159 U EQUIPMENT REPAIR TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 032101 A FIELD ENGINEER I and II, HR Reqs. 031867 and 031753 A
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 10 FIRE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 031428 U FIREFIGHTER, HR Reqs. 031268, 031312, 031316, 031544, 031554, 031430, 031318, 031556 and 031558 U HARBOR CONTROLLER, HR Req. 031568 U HARDWARE ENGINEER I and II, HR Reqs. 032005, 031897, 031979, 031149 and 032065 A HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC III, HR Req. 031572 UHELP DESK TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 032109 UHOUSING INSPECT/EST/MAINT SPECIALIST, HR Req. 031390 U HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST IV, HR Req. 032103 U KEAMS FUNCTIONAL ANALYST, HR Req. 032121 A KWAJALEIN POWER PLANT, OPERATOR ELECTRIC, HR Req. 031494 U KWAJALEIN SUPPORT RADAR LEAD, HR Req. 032139 A LEAD ELECTRICIAN, HR Req. 031586 U LEAD FIRE INSPECTOR, HR Req. 031424 U LEAD MECHANINC, Small Boat Marina, HR Req. 032135 U LEAD WELDER, HR 031198 U LICENSED MARINER I, HR Req. 031456 U LINE COOK, HR Req. 032155 UMAINTENANCE SPECIALIST, HR Req. 031484 UMAINTENANCE SPECIALIST, MECK, HR Req. 031386 U MANAGER, INVENTORY CONTROL, HR Req. 031542 MANAGER,KWAJ OPERATIONS, HR Req. 031468 A MANAGER, NETWORK OPERATIONS, HR Req. 032115 A MATE, 500T, HR Req. 031526 U MDN NETWORK ENGINEER, HR Req. 032029 U MECHANIC III, IV, HR Reqs. 031432, 031488, 031246 and 031474 U MECHANICAL ENGINEER III, HR Reqs. 031512 and 031566 U MECK POWER PLANT MECHANIC III, HR Req. 031462 U MECK POWER PLANT SUPERVISOR, HR Req. 031598 U MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST, HR Req. 032015 U MISSION TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HR Req. 031991 A NETWORK ENGINEER III, HR Req. 031167 ANETWORK ENGINEER IIIÂ–MO, HR Req. 031855 A OPERATOR, SPACE SURVEILLANCE, HR Req. 031137 U OPTICS HARDWARE ENGINEER I, HR Req. 032153 U PAINTER III, HR Req. 031366 and 031472 U PHYSICIAN, SURGEON, HR Req. 031901 A PLANT TECHNICIAN II, III, HR Reqs. 031947 and 031643 U PLUMBER PIPEFITTER III and IV, HR Req. 031354 and 031548 U PRODUCTION CONTROL CLERK III, HR Req. 031420 U PROGRAMMER/ ANALYST-SUPPLY and MAINT, HR Req. 031841 A PROJECT CONTROLS ENGINEER II, HR Req. 032133 U PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL LEAD, HR Req. 032163 U PUBLIC INTERNET SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, HR Req. 031763 U PROPERTY SPECIALIST I, HR Req. 031875 U RADAR ENGINEER III, HR Req. 031961 A RADAR TECHNICIAN II and III, HR Reqs. 031943 and 031717 U ROI POWER PLANT ELECTRICIAN, HR Req. 031220 U SAFETY SPECIALIST IV, HR Req. 032047 ASERVER ADMINISTRATOR III, HR Req. 032085 A SHEETMETAL WORKER III, HR Reqs. 031446 and 031422 U SHIFT SUPERVISOR, CAFE ROI, HR Req. 032125 U SOFTWARE COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST, HR Req. 032089 SOFTWARE ENGINEER, HR Req. 031975 A SOFTWARE ENGINEER III, HR Req. 032073 A SOTWARE ENGINEER IV, HR Req. 031951 A STEVEDORE CHIEF, HR Req. 031574 A SUBCONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR, HR Req. 031851 U SUPERVISOR BODY VP&P, HR Req. 031510 A SUPERVISOR, HAZARDOUS WASTE, HR REq. 031582 U SUPERVISOR, IMAGING, HR Req. 032151 A SUPERVISOR, PLUMBING SHOP, HR Req. 031594 U SUPERVISOR, POL SERVICES, HR Req. 031592 U SUPERVISOR, RANGE TELECOM, HR Req. 032067 A SUPERVISOR WAREHOUSING, HR Req. 031532 U SUPERVISOR CONFIGURATION AND DATA, HR Req. 031821 A SUPERVISOR LIGHT VEHICLE/SCOOTER, HR Req. 031196 A SYSTEMS ENGINEER I, III and IV, HR. Reqs. 031749, 031965, 031963, 032143 and 031011 A SYSTEMS ENGINEER IV, HR Req. 032165 UTELEMENTRY ENGINEER III, HR Req. 031723 ATRADEX OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, HR Req. 032157 U TRADEX RADAR FIELD ENGINEERRECEIVERS, HR Req. 032061 U TRADEX TRANSMITTER ENGINEER, HR Req. 032081 A TRAFFIC AGENT I AND II, HR Reqs. 031560 and 031552 U TRANSMITTER HARDWARE ENGINEER, HR Req. 032145 U WAREHOUSEMEN LEAD, HR Reqs. 031600 and 031564 UWATER PLANT ELECTRICAL AND INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN, HR Req. 031562 UWATER PLANT OPERATOR III, HR Req. 030826 UUnderstanding Six Sigma: Six Sigma is a standard problem-solving methodology that can be applied to any process to eliminate the root cause of defects and associated costs. This methodology is called the DMAIC model, which stands for de ning, measuring, analyzing, and improving the problem, then controlling the improvements so they become innate in the process. It also features a methodology for designing new processes that better serve the customer needs and potentially generate new revenues (Design for Six Sigma). CHANGE IN KWAJALEIN HOSPITAL BILLING PRACTICE FOR LABORATORY SERVICES: Kwajalein Hospital has billed for all laboratory tests, whether performed on island or to Diagnostic Laboratory Services in Honolulu. DLS will now le claims for their services directly to your insurance carrier. With this change, you may receive two separate bills for lab tests performed Â— one from Kwajalein Hospital for tests performed here, and one from DLS, if tests were performed off-island. When you need the services of Kwajalein Hospital laboratory, feel free to ask any questions about billing.
The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 Grace Sherwood Library hours of operation, effective Jan. 16. When volunteers are trained, Grace Sherwood Library will have additional hours. If you would like to volunteer, call Amy Hansen, 53331. Monday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday Closed Wednesday 9-11am and 1-6 p.m. Thursday Closed Friday 1-6 p.m. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed 11 WATER PLANT OPERATOR IV, HR Req. 031590 UWATER TREATMENT TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 031516 U WELDER IV, HR Reqs. 031444 and 030834 U U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll OFFICE AUTOMATION ASSISTANTS, GS0326-6. Temporary position not to exceed two years. The employee provides clerical support to ensure ef cient of ce operations. The employee accomplishes various duties to provide essentialof ce automation support and production. The employee performs a variety of assignments using the advanced functions of various database software packages. The employee prepares varied documents with complex formats using the advanced functions of word processing, desktop publishing, and other software types. The employee performs systems maintenance functions for electronic mail systems. The employee performs a variety of assignments using the advanced functions of one or more spreadsheet software packages. Performs a variety of secretarial and other clerical and administrative functions, using judgment to answer recurring questions and resolve problems. Apply at
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 12ELECTION, from PAGE 2 Saturday 7:08 a.m./6:47 p.m. 10:29 a.m./10:47 p.m. 6:28 a.m., 3.6Â’ 12:29 a.m., 0.5Â’ 6:37 p.m., 4.6Â’ 12:19 p.m., 0.2Â’ Sunday 7:08 a.m./6:47 p.m. 11:10 a.m./11:37 p.m 7:03 a.m., 3.6Â’ 1:01 a.m., 0.4Â’ 6:37 p.m., 4.6Â’ 12:56 p.m., 0.0Â’ Monday 7:08 a.m./6:47 p.m. 11:53 a.m./. 7:43 a.m., 3.5Â’ 1:36 a.m., 0.2Â’ 7:50 p.m., 3.8Â’ 1:39 p.m., 0.3Â’ Tuesday 7:08 a.m./6:49 p.m. 12:38 p.m./12:29 a.m. 8:31 a.m., 3.4Â’ 2:14 a.m., 0.1Â’ 8:37 p.m., 3.3Â’ 2:32 p.m., 0.7Â’ Wednesday 7:08 a.m./6:49 p.m. 1:27 p.m./1:24 a.m. 9:33 a.m., 3.2Â’ 3:01a.m., 0.4Â’ 9:43 p.m., 2.7Â’ 3:49 p.m., 1.0Â’ Thursday 7:08 a.m./6:49 p.m. 2:22 p.m./2:23 a.m. 11:02 a.m., 3.2Â’ 4:05 a.m., 0.7Â’ 11:35 p.m., 2.3Â’ 5:50 p.m., 1.1Â’ Jan. 18 7:08 a.m./6:49 p.m. 3:22 p.m./3:26 a.m. 12:45 a.m., 3.4Â’ 5:41 a.m., 0.9Â’ 7:44 p.m., 0.7Â’ Weather courtesy of RTS WeatherSaturday: Partly sunny, 40 percent showers. Winds: NE at 17-22 knots. Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 80 percent showers. Winds: NE at 16-21 knots. Monday: Partly cloudy, 70 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 17-22 knots. Tuesday: Partly sunny, 40 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 16-20 knots. Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 30 percent showers. Winds: NE 15-20 knots. Thursday: Sunny, 10 percent showers. Winds: NE at 15-20 knots. Jan. 18: Mostly sunny, 10 percent showers. Winds: NE at 15-20 knots. Annual total: 1.20 inches Annual deviation: -.45 inchesCall 54700 for updated forecasts or visit www.rts-wx.com. Sun rise/set Moon rise/set High Tide Low TideSun Â Moon Â Tides your job is it? I donÂ’t like it when I see a major bridge falling into a river in Minnesota and steam pipes blowing up a street in New York City. It scares me that some of our power grids are more than 100 years old and weÂ’ve been warned repeatedly theyÂ’re about ready to collapse. IÂ’m not thrilled that the government has relaxed or done away with environmental and safety standards and has allowed mergers of corporations that almost violate anti-trust laws. ItÂ’s disheartening to me that I can walk into the biggest discount store chain in the world and canÂ’t nd anything for sale thatÂ’s made in America. ItÂ’s a wake-up call when a Brookings Institution economics scholar, Martin Mayer, makes the statement that, Â“My children and your children are going to spend their lives working for foreigners because we have placed so many of our assets in foreign hands.Â” More of our assets will be owned by foreign interests as China gets richer exporting goods to us, and Middle Eastern countries rake in oil pro ts and take advantage of the falling dollar. We are nancing our own demise. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said, Â“If we let this continue to grow, we will not be in control of our own economic destiny as we have been in the past.Â” ThatÂ’s why I got a little annoyed when I read that a merger between Huawei, a Chinese company, and the American communications company 3Com Corporation, is in the works. I guess it doesnÂ’t bother anyone that Huawei is said to be closely aligned with the Chinese military and that 3Com Corporation has sensitive contracts with the U.S. government. Well, no problem there, huh? The time for turning a blind eye to foreign lobbyists running amok in Washington D.C., and the selling of America has long since passed. Then, of course, oil keeps hovering around the $100 a barrel mark.For the past 60 or so years, the price of oil has been xed to the U.S. dollar because our currency was the most valuable and stable in the world. Well now Â— due to the sinking dollar Â— the price of oil may switch to the Euro or another currency, which would make it costlier than ever for Americans.And speaking of oil companies and other corporations, there is so much wealth and power in the hands of such a select few that I believe we have returned to the time of the Robber Barons that I read about in history books when I was a boy. If you donÂ’t think so Â— consider that the average pay for some chief executive of cers of American companies last year was 369 times the average pay of an American worker. When I look at young children and teenagers and think about their future, I wonder if they will inherit an America that is still a great nation and the land of opportunity Â— or will it be a nation that is broke and owned by foreigners? To be honest, I donÂ’t know why anyone in their right mind would want to be president right now. The next president will inherit so many monumental problems, itÂ’s staggering. But hey, the next election is all about terrorism, right? Maybe it is in that commentatorÂ’s world, but not in mine, nor, I think, in the world of millions of Americans just trying to get by every day. I hope the next president realizes that while terrorism is a great threat, some of the other problems facing America are even greater threats. I hope this November, voters realize that too. (EditorÂ’s note: Some information for this commentary came from articles by Peter Dreier of the Huf ngton Post and Victoria McGrane of The Politico). KWAJ BINGO at the Paci c Club is Jan. 19. Card sales at 6:30 p.m. Play begins at 7:30 p.m. Blackout at 58 numbers with an $1,100 jackpot. Windfall completion at 26 numbers with a $1,000 prize. At this time and until further notice, all tobacco products including cigarettes and chewing tobacco is banned from the LCM ferry operations between Ebeye, Kwajalein, Third Island, and Roi-Namur. Also included in this instruction is the prohibition of the use of betel nut. These products may be transported between islands on the ferry system, but no use of these produce will be allowed while loading, transiting, or disembarking the vessel. Passengers are requested to report any violation of this instruction to the captain for further information.Use of tobacco products banned on all ferry operationsMust be 21. No cell phones allowed. Bring K-badge.