Guam – Crime is the focus of Governor Eddie Calvo’s Weekly Address this week which is entitled “The good guys, and the bad guys.”
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The good guys, and the bad guys
By Eddie Baza Calvo
My fellow Guamanians,
This address is meant for the good guys who don’t get recognition. I also have a message for the bad guys today. I’m not going to bore you with the standard government-speak. Yes, we are hiring more police officers and getting more police cars. But the solutions include more than just the police.
I want to tell you a story that’s not on the news. A young man named TJ Balajadia and his friends from Yona started a softball team. They started this team to bring in young Yona kids who don’t have it so good. They’ve taken these kids under their wing. They’re keeping these kids away from drugs and violence.
Count the number of kids who’ve joined this softball team. Chances are, they won’t grow up to lead a life of crime. TJ Balajadia and his friends are making a difference. So are many other people I haven’t met, whose stories we all don’t know…because the good guys don’t make it to the news all the time. That’s because it would be impossible to fit the everyday heroic deeds of Guamanians into a 30-minute block on primetime, or the 40 pages of a newspaper.
But, my fellow Guamanians, we outnumber the bad guys 200 to 1. For every one person who steals or assaults, there are 200 who are providing for their families…sacrificing for their friends…praying…working…respecting…and loving. It’s that one bad apple among the 200, who terrorizes the security of everyone else.
So, to the criminals and those of you thinking of doing something wrong, I have a message for you. I truly hope you hear this, or at least someone tells you about this. It doesn’t make us happy that we have to pursue you…arrest you…prosecute you… and throw you in jail. As a matter of fact, that costs all of us a lot of money and time to bring justice to you and your victims. I’m hoping that before these things come to pass, that you drop your plans for whatever crime you’re thinking of committing.
I understand that some of you may not have a conscience, and therefore, this appeal is meaningless to you. Just know that we will catch you and we will stop you from hurting any more people.
But for those of you, down on your luck, with a conscience that is waning…I’m appealing to you. Think about how you are hurting others. Think about how you’re hurting yourselves, your family, and your friends. Think about the life you can lead with just a little bit of opportunity. It’s not hard. You can come to my office and we can help to set you on a good path to school, work, even housing. We can find the help you need if you’re depressed, or you’re hooked on drugs. I’m a firm believer in second chances. I’m not here to judge you. I want you to succeed and to be a good, contributing citizen.
I believe in the goodness in your heart, and so do many other people.
God bless you all, and God bless Guam.and other diseases caused by smoking and tobacco use. Governor Felix Camacho signed PL 30-80 in February 2010.