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It’s Christmas!

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ACCORDING to the popular song, Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Unfortunately the song neglects to mention that Christmas is also the most hectic time of the year. The stores, roads, and even post offices are bursting with people planning their Christmas celebrations and sending packages to loved ones.

It is very easy for the meaning of this special day to get lost among the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping and party planning.

Christmas is the story of Jesus, his family and their struggles as they face an uncertain world. Now, more than ever, this story rings true.

Today, more so than other days, our people need to believe in the hope and optimism of the Christmas story.

Unfortunately, poverty, unemployment, broken families and drug abuse stand in stark contrast to the presents, decorations and celebrations this Christmas season. These devastating social problems are a reality in our island community. However, Christmas is not a time to cover over our problems with tinsel and pretty bows. Rather, it is a holiday to reinvigorate ourselves with hope – a hope that even from the smallest of circumstances, the most difficult of origins, true happiness and peace can be achieved. For those who suffer, I pray this Christmas gives them hope and a rejuvenated spirit for a better future.

Truly, this Christmas season has been a source of hope and courage for me, especially as countless island residents have approached me with their problems, their fears and their desire for a better life. As your senator, I take my responsibility to our island family very seriously.

Indeed, it is difficult to hear people tell me that our government is broken; that it doesn’t take the needs of the people it serves to heart. This cannot continue. I will do my best to bring the Christmas spirit of courage and generosity into our government all year long.

Wishing you tidings of comfort and joy, Guam. Merry Christmas!

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