Mama’s Boys

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert. But it was actually a group of six women who programmed the computer and made this complex machine work.

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Marriage in debt

Think a minute…Remember the wonderful promises you made on your wedding day? “I promise to always love you, care for you, respect and cherish you, through everything we face in life, whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy.”

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Lucky You (Part lI)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.”

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Lucky You (Part I)

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.

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“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.

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“Let it be”

Think a minute…There once was a village that had a very wise old man who gave the people answers to their problems. One day a farmer came to him and said: “Wise man, my donkey has died and I have no animal to help me in the fields.

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“Good directions”

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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“A sinking ship”

Think a minute…Imagine we are on a large ship out on the ocean. The captain knows that there is a hole in the boat and we’re sinking, but he does not tell us passengers. Instead, he invites us all to go up to first class. All the beer and liquor is free. We’re allowed to party and do basically anything we want on the ship. Naturally, we passengers are loving our freedom.

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“Make someone happy”

Think a minute…There were two very sick men who shared a room in a hospital. The man whose bed was by the window was allowed to sit up for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But the other man, who was not able to sit up, spent all his time laying flat on his back. The two men talked for several hours each day.

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“Use It or Lose It”

Think a minute…Have you ever owned something quite valuable and useful, yet you ended up not using it much? There’s a story about a preacher who was talking with the owner of a factory that made soap. The soap maker said to the preacher: “This message about Jesus Christ that you preach cannot be very good, because there are still many bad people around.”

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Temper Your Temper

Think a minute…There’s a story about a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he got angry and lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into the fence! But over the next few weeks, as the boy was learning to control his temper, the number of nails he hammered each day gradually became fewer. Soon the boy discovered that it was easier to hold his temper than hammer nails into the fence.

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“Win with words”

Think a minute…A famous man said, “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. Words are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges—or heal hearts.” It just depends on how you use them: as a weapon to hurt or a tool to help. Our tongue really does have the power of life and death.

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“The Truth Hurts”

Think a minute…Henri Latour was the greatest detective in France during the 19th century. He was a mastermind at finding evidence and clues, then fitting it all together to find the criminal and bring him to justice. But mysteriously, this living legend’s career suddenly ended.

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How to debate with your mate

Think a minute…A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet? Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!” But this marriage counselor advises every couple that if they have a healthy, honest relationship, soon or later they will definitely have a fight and conflict.

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How to right wrongs

Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors of the 19th century. He became world-famous for his performances in Shakespearean plays. Edwin’s two brothers, John and Junius, were also actors, but they were not as talented as Edwin.

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“An empty egg”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy named Philip. Philip was 9 years old in a class of 8-year-olds. The kids in his class were mean and unkind to Philip. They would not talk to him or let him play with them. Philip suffered from a disease called Downs Syndrome, so his face looked a little different and his thinking and talking were slower than the other children’s.

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Natural High

Think a minute…Imagine a drug that not only made you feel good, but was good for you. And best of all, it was free! A former drug addict named William Burroughs says: “Every feeling you get on drugs you can get without drugs.” People who get high on marijuana often say they are able to laugh at anything.

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Father and Friend

Think a minute…Not long ago I watched a television interview with a man named Kuklinski who is in prison as a “hit man” for organized crime, also known as the Mafia. He tortured and killed more than 100 people. He was interviewed by a psychologist who explained that a major part of the reason Kuklinski became a murderer was the kind of parents who raised him.

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Run to your fear

Think a minute…My younger son used to have a fear of fast roller coasters. Those thrill rides at amusement parks that race up, down and around a track. But a few years ago my son decided he was going to ride it no matter how afraid he felt. He of course wanted to sit next to Dad on the roller coaster as he forced himself to take this wild ride.

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“More than rules”

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us. We need them to keep us inside so we won’t break out and hurt ourselves or others. We have rules at home, at work, at school, in sports, and for driving on the road.

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Editorial

Church tax not about theology, E.F.K.S. or whatever. It’s about money

And so once more, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has issued a veiled threat to the E.F.K.S. Church in connection to the ongoing dispute over the taxing of the alofa received by Church Ministers.

Letters to the Editor

E.F.K.S. gives reasons for clergy not paying taxes

Dear Editor, Finally, the E.F.K.S. church gives in writing the reasons for refusing to have its church ministers pay income tax. Here are a few brief responses to some of the reasons given and to the church’s General Secretary’s comments about his own beliefs and actions on the subject.

Street Talk

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Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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