Keep researching the benefits

Dear Editor, Re: Let the deaths of the two babies not be in vain This is an excellent editorial and I thank the Editor for his open-minded and caring attitude! The M.M.R. vaccine has been implicated in deaths and long-term disabilities since its release in the late 1980’s.

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The truth, church

Re: Essential reading for Samoa That is not correct and it borders falsehood. There is one Church that was founded by Christ and that is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith. Rome is where Peter (Cephas/Rock) died, being Crucified upside down.

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E.F.K.S., stand your ground

Dear Editor, In observing the Headline of the Samoa Observer Wednesday 4th July 2018, there I could see the photo of the Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt in his beautiful floral shirt pink and yellow in colour for the first time.

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About the church, Government and taxes

Dear Editor, I am a Samoan resident who’s been visiting this country for nearly fifty years. This year I have found myself extremely disappointed with the quality of the debate in your columns about the tightening of tax treatment of alofa for faifeaus.

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Why you were paying taxes

Dear Editor Re: Methodist Pastor says it’s a moral duty to pay taxes Talofa e Reverend Vaiao Eteuati, now you are supporting the H.R.P.P.

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What belongs to Caesar and God

Dear Editor, Re: Observing the dichotomy of Taxes and God The real question is, what belongs to Caesar and what to God. Jesus did not tell anyone to give their dinarii to brutal Caesar and his violent Roman Empire.

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This is sad

Re: Guns, drugs and paradise we call Samoa Most of those guns were smuggled into the country by those in the Govt. the Faipules, the Ministers, the Business owners. It shows us how bad that Ministry which deals with our Airports and wharf.

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Essential reading for Samoans

Dear Editor, The piece by Nanai titled “Ideology and Constitution of Samoa” is essential reading for any Samoan who honours the Cultural-Theological Founding Vision of Modern Samoa, her Independent Political State, and her Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of Samoa.

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Reverend Vavatau, matai do pay taxes

Dear Editor, I write regarding your article title “Church secretary cautions against colonial mindset”. I am baffled why Reverend Vavatau dabs into the colonial trap set up by the honourable prime minister of Samoa.

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When the church stops all alofa

Dear Editor, Re: Church ready to face consequences Another interesting point Rev. Vavatau mentioned in the same interview is the possibility that the church might stop the alofas for faifeaus. What will be taxed if this happens?

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Handling claims of corruption

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blasts small-minded people Tuilaepa said when claims of wrongdoing surface, they have policies to deal with them. “We carry out an investigation and then we await the outcome of that investigation.”

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In support of the Govt. over tax

Dear Editor Re: Church ready to face the consequences How shameful is this subject. Of course all ministers are going to agree to pay no taxes because it’s more money in their pockets. No hard feelings but has anyone noticed how fat all the ministers are becoming?

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Poisoning of dogs cruel and criminal

Dear Editor, There is a cruel and heart-breaking epidemic happening in Samoa. The epidemic is dog poisoning, which has long been a permanent, niggling stain upon Samoa’s portrayed friendly and happy-go-lucky image. Even more sinister is that these dog poisonings are usually linked to subsequent breaking, entering and theft.

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A threat on faifeaus is a threat on every Samoan

Dear Editor, What did we say Samoa? This government has become so desperate its now threatening its own people. The devil has stripped his suit and exposed his dirty, smelly undergarments and it aint pretty. Their ugliness has now been exposed for all to see.

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Try stopping it

Re: Govt. looks to minimise flood vulnerability Instead of “alleviating” the floods, how about “stopping” them altogether? “Alleviating” means it will still flood but instead of damages costing $200 million, it’ll cost $100 million. What kind of objective is that?

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The day of judgment is coming

Dear Editor, Re: Defiant church ministers could lose personal assets Let’s read what Tialavea is saying: “After 14 days of no response, another assessment will be issued with an additional 10 per cent on top. After that the Government will go to their bank accounts and seize their savings.

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Ideology and the Constitution of Samoa

Dear Editor, I would like to share my views in response to your story titled “Govt. firm on tax law.” Without a doubt, we are in the next stage of the new tax law from the H.R.P.P.’s ideology, their absolute regime; the Cabinet Handbook 2011.

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Train your teachers well

Dear Editor, Re: Judge says we’re going backwards Justice Vui Clarence Nelson’s article in your edition Thurs 5 July questioning Government’s decision to allow “reasonable force” at the discretion of teachers, needs to be further clarified with a practical context.

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What doesn’t make sense to me

Dear Editor, Re: Issues in Samoa today Let’s see, Stui is an economist, accountant, financier, administrator, P.M., leader of H.R.P.P. etc and yes, I’m a nobody working as a casual worker doing odd jobs so I’m ordinary and unremarkable.

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Impressive Manu Samoa

Re: Germany ready for Manu Samoa I was really impressed with the Samoan scrum. That was where I knew the Germans would target the Manu [because it is where Samoa usually loses matches (in the set piece - scrums, lineouts, kick-offs)], but the Samoa forward pack really stood up and dominated at scrum time.

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“I am innocent,” Cabinet Minister, La’aulialemalietoa, said then. How about today? Please let us know.

On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday, the story titled Politician files $10 million lawsuit, was published. Filed by the Member of Parliament from the constituency of Gagaifomauga No. 3, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, the suit targeted his former business colleague and fellow politician, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.

Street Talk

Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Think a Minute

Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Jammed doors at Faleolo Airport This is a true story. So apparently a Samoa Airways Flight, OL 732, arrived last week and the auto doors at the Faleolo Airport’s arrival area were jammed.

Sunday Reading

Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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