An open letter to leaders of Samoa

Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.

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What might have happened with the Tiavea project

Dear Editor The sale of goods and services are largely governed by the laws of supply and demand but for the sale of land the rules are slightly different. In this instance the sale price is often determined not by what the market is prepared to offer but by what the seller is willing to accept.

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Stream of benefits and net present value

Dear Editor, Re: The issue of land at Ti’avea I was trying to find the best way to respond to this letter until this old lady at the makeki whispered in my ear, tell him about stream of benefits and net present value.

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Great work

Re: Banana breakthrough for Samoa Keep up the hard work that you do for Samoa and especially your families. You should be proud of your work and keep going. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your export goals.

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Apply same rule to everyone

Re: Editorial on customs duty issue I was wondering why the Minister couldn’t disclose the companies and how often they use this route? Because that will tell us if they are cash strapped and not some multi million dollar warehouse.

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Waste of money

Re: P.M. on cryptocurrency If you want to invest, invest in real estate is the way to go, not so much people living in Samoa but some of us are living in Australia and NZ, too many of our people are wasting a lot of money in casino and with expensive cars.

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Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

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The issue of land at Tiavea and the taxing of church Ministers

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

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Revival of old sectarian divide?

Re: Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites The two pillars collided head on according to the article; Church and State, but if you look closely to the epic conflict, its the Protestants against the ruling Catholic P.M. Is this the revival of the old sectarian divide?

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Sort it out now

Re: Tialavea says Ministers should divest shares The House Standing Orders need to take care of this tumultuous concern it’s becoming louder and louder day by day. It is becoming far too common in this day and age in Samoa for people to suspect a conflict of interest emerges even if it’s a genuine bid especially when one holds public office.

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Your one eyed unbalanced editorial “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites”

Dear Sir, So you thought tax for church ministers is a “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites” as you had editorialised? So you think Mr. Editor the CCCS church ministers, who are earning very very high incomes, should continue to be treated differently from the rest of the taxpayers in Samoa, and give them an exceptional utmost above all else courtesy in the country?

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Give Ti’avea village a fair go

Dear Editor I read with interest the story titled “Govt. refuses to pay $5.58 million for Ti’avea land.” My interest antenna went up when I saw the Minister’s comments regarding the asking price for Tiavea’s land, which is being used for the airport.

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Man is supposed to be a good steward

Dear Editor, Re: It’s women who make things happen Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

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Important to be fair

Re: Church silent on govt. move Okay. It is one thing to introduce a new law and a new procedure but it’s another to ensure it is administered fairly and with respect for all people. Wasn’t this just introduced a year ago for Church Ministers?

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What’s the point?

Re: P.M. reacts to being called “happy faced islander” What’s the point in the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge? I wonder. The Pacific Islands have nothing in common with the Americas.

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It’s a tough life

Re: Mother says selling is not child labour Life is tough as always. But battlers like this woman and kids gives food for thought how to thrive and encounter negative reactions. But that is human nature.

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Let’s get serious about this

Re: Judge decries alcohol sale Charging the outlet and person who sold the liquor to an obviously intoxicated person with accessory to manslaughter will go a lot further in stopping this behaviour than signage would.

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A question of safety

Re: Tiavea Airport Is this proposed new airport a good idea? Only the Government will know, however any project like this one has potential to improve transport links in the country. In the end only the paying passengers will determine its success.

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Blinded by egos

Re: Now that the P.M. has spoken Well said Matā’afā Keni Lesa. Gets to show that these MPs are either too dumb to understand or blinded by their own egos. The P.M. must be consistent with his dealings with all public servants.

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Well done Samoa A

Re: Samoa A scores historical win over Argentina Nice. Either Samoa A made massive improvements since getting slaughtered last year by Argentina, or Argentina this year decided to field a weaker team. I hope it’s the former. If so, I wonder if Samoa’s super 9 competition helped improve local talent.

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Editorial

Time for P.M. to introduce law to deal with Ministers’ private business interests

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued an impassioned plea to Members of Parliament, particularly Cabinet Ministers and Associate Ministers. In light of recent controversies involving Cabinet Ministers and their business interests, Tuilaepa’s call was quite simple. He wants them to stay far away from their family businesses, telling them to focus on their public duties instead.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Think a Minute

Family Fallout

Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.

Columns

CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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