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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What we can do

Re: How did our life of fa’alavelave become a source of pain? What is the biggest cost at a fa’alavelave? It is the pigs and cows that come in the refrigerated containers at the wholesalers and the abattoir in Apia. It is also the envelopes given out to every tom, dick, and harry. The simplest and easiest solution to cut costs is:

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Samoans can still reverse the situation

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t give what you can’t afford, Budget advisor cautions To be honest, there is nothing wrong with the Fa’asamoa. However there are ways to enjoy life at the same time enjoy the Fa’asamoa. Here is my observation with the Fa’asamoa nowadays.

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Airport at Tiavea makes sense

Dear Editor, Re: Now that P.M. Tuilaepa has spoken, what next? Well seeing that you’ve argued against, let me offer some balance. I really think there would be a riot if the contract were awarded to a foreign company as the money would likely be sent elsewhere when at least this way the contract is cheaper, jobs are offered to our own people and the money stays in Samoa.

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Don’t allow collectivism to silence the voice of individuals

Dear Editor Re: P.M. calls Olo a pencil pusher Surely before any major Government project of this kind is approved, a feasibility study is undertaken first to determine the need of a second airport and the suitability of the desired location or alternative locations.

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The N.U.S. and its $1.5 million in the bank.

I only now came across an item in the Samoa Observer about the NUS posting a $1.5 million in its bank account. Very nice was my initial thought, until I saw it is the result mainly of a hefty 60% increase in course fees since 1912 (with another 10% increase due this year).

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You’ve got to be joking, Olo Fiti

Dear Editor, As a compass rose has four points of degrees to indicate North, South, East, West, and so as an airport can certainly lay out towards any directions. Just because Faleolo International Airport is laid east to west does not mean every airport is built only for that direction.

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What really hurts us

Dear Editor, Great call Mr. Editor about Heather du Plessis-Allan’s leeches comment. That descendant of slave traders have been educated enough by Pacific scholars so it has been a very useful experience for her going forward.

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Airport project, Peseta and Tenders Board

Dear Editor, Re: Tenders Board defends decision Every bidder who is a Samoan company has people “inside the circle”. It is impossible not to in a small micro country like Samoa. The minister here, Peseta, should have divested himself of his shareholding to be “squeaky clean”, but at the end of the day, he is not a director of the company.

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A question about TV Bingo

Dear Editor, Re: Gambling control authority and TV Bingo Malo Tuatagaloa Alfred Schwalger, you are absolutely right. I also have a question for this former faletua.

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Recommendations for Samoa

Re: Changes to the Head of State role I don’t like these changes. It is Tuilaepa’s way of ushering in non-Tama-a-Aiga to the office of Head of State. Samoa is now a republic without even knowing it. We were not a monarchy but neither were we a republic.

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Editorial

Taking a breather on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has got the leadership of some Pacific Island nations excited since it was first proposed by China under President Xi Jinping in 2013. The Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious plan by China to link Asia, Europe and Africa with a network of ports, highways and railways and it is giving tens of billions of dollars in loans to countries, in a bid to build major infrastructure development projects in the various participating nations in central Asia, Europe and the Indo-Pacific region.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

No pain, no gain

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?

Columns

The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions 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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