Guam -The Governor pays his respects to the Guam workforce in his Weekly Address and offers some conciliatory words in an effort to put the rhetoric surrounding the current budget impasse in perspective.
SEE the Governor’s Weekly Address HERE
He begins by praising the island’s public, private and military workforces saying “today is a celebration of hard work and sacrifice … a time … to appreciate the extraordinary things you do for Guam,” and concluding that on this Labor Day “we celebrate the labor of love that public servants, our men and women in uniform, and the private sector freely give to all of us.”
The Governor also acknowledges the current budget deadlock between his administration and the legislature saying “I know there has been much controversy surrounding your leadership and the future of your government …but I think that behind words like ‘budget battle’ and ‘balancing act,’ we lose sight.”
But he remarks as well that the rhetoric of the debate is part of the fee speech rights of our democracy and the goals for those involved in the debate are the same. “Though we may have different opinions on what actions we need to take to get there, no one can doubt that we are all fighting for the same thing: a stronger community for future generations to celebrate their accomplishments, and to do this as a community.”
READ the Governor’s Weekly Address below or HEAR it HERE >>> 9-11 govs labor day message.mp3 Labor of Love: A Weekly Address
By Eddie Baza Calvo
Happy Labor Day my fellow Guamanians,
Today is a celebration of hard work and sacrifice. It’s a time for each of us to not only spend a day with the families we work hard for, but also a time for to appreciate the extraordinary things you do for Guam.
And that’s what you all do: Extraordinary things for an extraordinary community. Small business owners rise before the sun to open their doors just so we can get a cup of coffee to start our day. Teachers stay up late in the evening grading papers just to pass the gift of knowledge to our students. Police officers work around the clock to keep our island safe. Housekeepers, store clerks, and restaurant employees show tourists the true Hafa Adai spirit. I could go on and on.
Everyone has a role. Everyone has a seat at the table. We all have opportunities. We all have a chance to contribute. We all want to make our lives better. That is what we are all doing today.
Yesterday we were joined by our partners in the military and the private sector during the government of Guam Labor Day Picnic. Indeed it was a celebration – not just for the work we do, but it was also a celebration of our island family – one people, one Guam.
As the GovGuam workforce celebrated the good work they do, I was inspired even more about our future. I had the privilege to meet some of my fellow public servants. I met their children and grandchildren. They shared their ideas; they spoke about their love for public service. And I was even more convinced that the Guamanian Dream is already coming true today. And we can make it all happen – together.
We all work hard and do what’s best for Guam. And though we may have different opinions on what actions we need to take to get there, no one can doubt that we are all fighting for the same thing: a stronger community for future generations to celebrate their accomplishments, and to do this as a community.
My fellow Guamanians, I know there has been much controversy surrounding your leadership and the future of your government. But I think that behind words like “budget battle” and “balancing act,” we lose site of the beauty of our democratic society. We’ve forgotten that we are protected by a nation built on the fundamental principals of liberty, the freedom of speech and the right to participate in your government. This is why Ray and I, and all of our colleagues at the legislature were elected – because we are willing to fight for what we believe is the best way to help, serve and lead this community.
And as I think about where we are today, this is exactly what we are doing. I truly believe that we are all fighting for the same thing: a more responsible government that meets its obligations on time and serves the people to the best of its ability.
I am certain that every elected official – Republican and Democrat – lies awake each night as I do, worried about the decisions we have to make and how we are going to make people’s lives better. Meeting my fellow government workers, I too see their concerned about the decisions they make, and how they can work harder to improve this island.
Today we celebrate the labor of love that public servants, our men and women in uniform, and the private sector freely give to all of us. Our people are good. All of us want to do the right thing. And I’m confident your leaders will fight hard to give you all the things you deserve. That’s the beauty of Guam.
Thank you. God bless Guam. And Happy Labor Day.