As news professionals, it is the Journal’s responsibility to provide our readers with what we believe is the most pertinent business news at any given time. Yet many of you know that it is oftentimes our readers themselves who reach out to us with tips on what’s happening with their business or the businesses/business people around them. It can become a very fine line to balance between reporting what businesses want to hear and what we believe businesses need to hear.

All in all, at the Journal we have before and now again commit to always report what businesses in the region need to hear — to know about.

Sometimes our stories aim to reveal a discussion in the community and bring to light some of the important points that should be weighed. The story on Page 16 in this issue of the Journal was instigated by feedback a few months back by a regular reader of the Journal and its sister publications who wished to remain anonymous on the “Can’t be contained” article as published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Real Estate Journal. He said that it is his belief that container buildings such as the ones featured and others in the community are “extraordinarily ugly” and that he believes they are “detracting from the property value” in the surrounding areas. Referring to the structures as “trailer park buildings,” he believes that these establishments, specifically as businesses, are robbing Guam of real estate value in taxation and undeservingly competing against brick and motor businesses.

The reader expressed that he believes that Guam is a beautiful place, and that it is the community’s responsibility to keep it that way by opposing structures that take away from both the beauty of the island and the revenue that the government collects to do the same.

It’s important to hear the various points of views on subjects such as this, and we encourage readers to remain open to hearing others opinions, and to giving your own as well. We share this island we call home, for its good and its bad, and there’s no better way to enact progress than to challenge each other’s ideals.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Here’s to a year of progress in 2019. mbj