Northern residents sound off on troop movement
by Sabrina Salas Matanane, KUAM News
Friday, December 07, 2007
The Civilian/Military Task Force held its last town meeting at the Dededo Mayor's Office. The series of meetings, held over the last three days, provided the latest information on the military plans to beef up its presence on Guam. It also allowed the community to provide their input on the matter.
Resident Anthony Santos told KUAM News, "As far as the meetings go, everyone did their homework to say a little bit to make it seem the meetings going along, but I really think that what these people turn their eyes to is a different purpose instead of cushioning the military here and making them feel free to come more about letting them know we have rights. We're people and they have to respect us before they come to our place."
Rose Taitano, from Yigo, also said, "I feel that our needs are not met fifty years ago [sic] and I don't think its going to be met this time around when the Marines are filling up our island. I don't think they're going get help. We're all hoping there will be no increase in the military, I believe it [the population is] going to be about 180,000 in another ten to fifteen years and the island can't hold that kind of population. It's such a small island."