Is this a modern-day slave trade?

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

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Those trees are not invasive species

Dear Editor, Re: Invasive species could be turned into renewable energy According to your article on a new project using local wood to generate electrical power, a short list of trees has been published as being invasive species.

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Jeremy Dodson: ‘Maybe I am the outside perspective that cares’

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the somewhat circus I have consequently created through the voicing of concern. I am saddened with how such a serious issue has turned into a media frenzy, creating a divide between athletes and officials.

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It’s time for change

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. rugby and Roman Coliseum How many countries in the world has their Prime Minister to be the chairman of another organization? Samoa rugby had been kindly funded by donations from our own people and as well as millions of dollars from other countries who want Samoa rugby to succeed.

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They should have sorted this out first

Dear Editor, Re: Issues with boarding passes These are the issues the management should have looked into before they launched. Now I cannot find Samoa Airways flights on a booking system.

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Provide proof or shut up

Dear Editor, Re: You are a lot better than that Rumours, rumours and more rumours of corruption but we have yet to see any hard proof.

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It is not a failed investment

Dear Editor, Re: Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office Your front page article yesterday with the caption “Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office” needs to be clarified further for your readers’ information.

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Missing P.M. Tuilaepa in Bonn

Dear Editor, Isn’t it ironic that P.M. Tuilaepa is not going to a meeting where the President is Frank Bainimarama? I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your story yesterday that while Bainimarama was the man in Germany, Tuilaepa was nowhere to be seen.

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The term ‘war on drugs’

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s war on drugs The war on drugs has been a huge failure worldwide because it is a health issue.

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The Head of State and Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Head of State or Governor General? This is exactly what this P.M wanted when him and his H.R.P.P. passed a ridiculous bill to have the government appoint the new Head of State every five years.

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What makes you think this will last?

Dear Editor Re: P.M.’s tough message at Samoa Airways launch Lets see, if you can’t run the S.R.U. what makes you think you can run an airline?

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Why don’t we limit the Prime Minister’s term too?

Dear Editor, Re: PARLIAMAENT OF SAMOA-POSTS OF PRIME MINISTER/DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER-SHIP Now that the Bill had gone through for the scrutiny of the appropriate Parliament Committee, why not include the post of the Prime Minister/Deputy Prime Minister-ship to be now dealt with the same as that of the Head of State - 2 terms and/or 10 years max?

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You are a lot better than that

Dear Editor, Re: In response to athlete, Jeremy Dodson Elaine, you should not have blown that horn. You started by saying, “I wanted to say something when I read this person’s former letter, but was asked not to.” Elaine, you should have listened to whoever gave you that noble advise.

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Why Samoa Airways will fail

Re: Samoa Airways joy I think this airline business will make Samoa bankrupt within 3 years. Here are my reasons why: (1) You have to spend $millions buying/hiring/maintaining these planes and it will take many, many years before there is a return on investment if there is any. Samoa government will be bankrupt before this airline business will even make a single profit.

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The Rise of the Samoan rugby

Dear Editor, Another weekend of non-stop rugby action, another weekend of electrifying rugby treat for all rugby fans but us, the Samoan rugby fans. A little consolation is when the Toa Samoa fought back against the Scotland to settle for a draw, which means they will make it to Rugby League World Cup Quarterfinal by default. If you see this as a win so be it, as for me, I keep it real—the 13s boys did not play to their potentials.

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In response to comments from Minister of Justice Faaolesa

Dear Editor, Talofa and greetings. With great respect I feel a great urgency to reply to a segment of your story titled “Tension in the halls of justice” published on the Sunday Samoan mentioning my father High Chief Seumanutafa Tiavolo of Apia.

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In response to athlete, Jeremy Dodson

Dear Editor, I wanted to say something when I read this person’s former letter, but was asked not to. However, why should I keep silent when he sees fit to spill out any rubbish he feels like?

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Samoa at a new low

Dear Editor Re: The best thing that could happen this weekend I just completed watching the exhausting game which resulted in a painful draw between Toa Samoa and the Braveheart Scots. I was hoping to watch a much improved Toa but all I saw was the worst performance from the whole team.

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S.R.U. should be separate from government

Dear Editor Re: World Rugby, S.R.U. disagree Detailed explanation is required from the Samoa Rugby Union of where the £7 million (24 million Samoan Tala) received from World Rugby if they are to be believed for years 2015 and up to 2019 went.

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Market dictates the price

Dear Editor Re: The truth about airlines and competition Politics is always the weakest link, no denying. There are even further factors against this venture that are yet to be scripted and I will not mention them in this public forum in that it may disadvantage our position.

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Editorial

Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

Street Talk

Should envelopes given to Cabinet Ministers be taxed?

The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

Columns

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Distinguished guests flying the first flight out on Samoa Airways departing from Faleolo Airport to Auckland, New Zealand yesterday are welcomed at the Airport.

Why we need Samoa Airways

Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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