Guam - While senators were critical of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo's State of the Island Address, delivered this morning, Governor Eddie Calvo sympathized with the challenges she faces in the nation's capitol and the complications she must face in Congress in moving legislation through.
He did stress the importance of the Joint Guam/CNMI Visa Waiver Program and inclusion of China and Russia in it. The governor said with tourism numbers falling by 30% from Japan, Guam needs what he called a "parole visa waiver" for tourists from the two countries.
He added that it is important to resolve the issue of war reparations, compact impact and political status. But it was the congresswoman's closing remarks that he felt was most compelling, in which Bordallo said, "The main message of all of it, it's important that we work as Team Guam. Agree on certain areas of mutual consensus but even if we have areas of disagreement, that it's done in a manner that is courteous and respectful in line with what the Chamorro spirit is all about.
"And as we project a face and a voice to the government, the Government of Japan or any outside entity, it's a united front. I think that's a really important message that she put forward and it's a message that I believe in, as well."