Dear Editor, O lea la ua tau foliga mai ‘ua o gatasi le futia ma le umele’! I am glad to write this piece as a follow on note from my previous 2 pieces; 1. E leai se la’au e falala fua! –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 11 April 2016 and 2. ‘.. a lé o le Malamalama, o lé Savili e ala’ai ona falala le la’au! - SO issue 25 April 2016.
Dear Editor, Re: Ex-Minister objects to street vendors plan I am dumbfounded why the government is proposing such law as I myself like the Hon. Minister was a street vendor many years ago. The semantic of my pragmatic humble beginning plying street vendor to weave between office desks in down town Apia to sell any commodities to get money.
Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Manu Samoa can only become successful if they align with the New Zealand rugby system. If I was running the Samoa Rugby Union, I will make an immediate SOS call to New Zealand Rugby Union for Help!!!
Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Neat piece of writing...it sounds and looks clever but really lacks in-depth knowledge of the issues raised. The Sevens teams from NZ, Australia, England etc are predominantly made up of players that are not even regarded as top level players, they are around 3rd level and downwards and yet still gave our boys a hard time back then.
Dear Editor, Re: The challenges of our time I agree with this editorial on talkfesting and the most glaring examples are mainly in the government related initiatives. When one government official thinks about an issue, it is consideration. When two government officials consider the same issue, it is called a meeting.
Dear Editor, I write in response to a letter titled “Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results.” Here are some more facts. 1. The qualification series for the R.W.C. 2019 is still happening. Samoa is playing Fiji and Tonga over the coming weeks. Even if Samoa loses to both of them, they still have a chance to qualify for the RWC 2019 through a repechage series.
Dear Editor, Re: Minimum wage There is nothing wrong with paying people fair sustainable wage. The capitalist and the Marxist can live as one in this really elementary basic need. Market driven dynamics coupled with fair wages is a great way forward.
Dear Editor, Re: Climate change debate It is a complete disgrace when you come into a segment you do not understand and fail to achieve a first grade level of how molecules work. By your admission. You are dumb and cannot comprehend simple math and understand first grade science.
Dear Editor, At the beginning of the month the country was informed of a man sentenced to jail for 16 years for the rape of a young woman during the 2016 Independence Holiday. It brings chills to me every time I think of this. I am here to share that this man was seen near a school just this week, with the escort of the police from the jail taking him there.
Dear Editor, Re: Police furious about baby sex case Okay, this happens in all societies and in Samoa since time began. It’s not new to Samoa. Incest and violation of our young and vulnerable is more common than we would like to ever imagine.
Dear Editor, Re: Manu Samoa and Wales Excuse me I wish to take issue with the last line in this article. “The last clash between the two was at Cardiff Stadium in Wales where Manu Samoa lost 19-26.” Manu Samoa actually beat Wales the last time they played in 2012 in Cardiff.
Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children The saddest part of this story is parents have become pimps. It is my point of view that these parents are no longer just parents during these so-called special events. They have become pimps by making their children sell goods throughout the week of these events.
Dear Editor, Thank you Mr. Editor for your editorial about the need to stop exploiting our children. Ten years ago I wrote a research paper based on what happened in our shore. “We are not safe anymore” was based on the ongoing abuse of young boys and girls in families.
Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children “The point is that on the streets of Apia and all over Samoa every day and every night, there are children being forced to sell and beg from total strangers, putting their lives at risk. This is not normal. What do you think?”
Dear Editor, Re: Why the minimum wage should be $8 A very good point about the minimum wage being raised to compensate for the use of land. Economics and the whole capitalist system is designed to fail and create debt, so no matter what the minimum wage is raising it will only create inflation of goods to cover the extra expense.
Dear Editor, FACTS to date. · Non-qualification of the Manu Samoa for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. · The 78 - nil result against the All Blacks is a true reflection of the continuous decline in the performances of our Manu Samoa in the past few years.
Re: Land and money You cannot convert customary land to freehold land. It is forbidden under the Constitution. Therefore 80% of Samoa’s land cannot attract credit. There are tentative steps to try and obtain credit from leases but the banks remain largely unconvinced at this stage. In short, you know nothing as usual.
Dear Mr. Abraham, At the outset I wish to express my serious annoyance at the behaviour your company seems to be engaging in. Before your company took over these services from Government, I had been a customer all my adult life. And this continued when your company took over until sometime a few months ago when I severed all services from your company. At the time, I had your land line, broad band and Moana TV services.
Dear Editor, Just read in your Village Voice about a family in Tufulele whose water has been disconnected. Seems they were $1,200 in the arrears! Quite obviously this family made little, if any, attempt to pay their water bill for months and when it finally reached $1,200, the SWA disconnected it.
It’s difficult to ignore some of the developments we see around us today. In Samoa, we see so many able-bodied men and women who are unemployed sitting around doing absolutely nothing. They congregate on street corners late at night and at all sorts of hours.
The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.
I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.
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