Samoa Water Authority’s original sin

Dear Editor, The Samoa Water Authority has done one thing right; they published the names of some delinquent account holders not withstanding their social prominence. Well done, SWA! Maybe the Observer could give you a page once a month so you can list all your outstanding accounts complete with name, village and amount due.

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The Rock will not

Re: Should Seiuli back Super rugby team? Nope...He’s strictly NFL and NCAA. And looking at the anti-Americanism that is spreading throughout the world recently, I’d say that he’d be more prone to be defensive about compromising American sporting culture with Commonwealth of Nations Rugby and Rugby League.

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Thought provoking

Re: Christian principles, Samoan customs and “six million Jews” Interesting and definitely thought provoking. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, our current prophet Russel M. Nelson revealed in the last General Conference that we are not “Mormons”, we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ as that is the true name of the church as it was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1830.

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Get off the rocks!

Dear Editor Re: Campaign calls on the Rock Dream on. Seiyuli Dwayne Johnson will just see this as an empty, no-returns investment proposal, like hundreds others that he will have come across.

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A beautiful tribute it was indeed

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. condemns “beautiful tribute” comments These guys were in a funeral procession. Their cars are ‘muscle’ cars, meaning at whatever gear you are in and you press the gas pedal, the tyres squeal.

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Blessed are the lucky few

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Authority debtors Blessed are the lucky chosen few who have such privilege to qualify for the free handouts. Sorry are the underprivileged majority who struggle to make ends meet and fulfill their emphasis task of the bargain, to help carry Samoa over their shoulders in sun, wind and rain.

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Why such a team will not work

Dear Editor, Re: Campaign calls on the Rock I don’t think a team backed by NFL players and entertainers in the US of Pacific island heritage makes any sense. For one, the financial cost and burden to support a team continuously is not a trivial matter, and these sports stars and personalities would be asked to risk theirs and their family’s own financial futures in a venture they probably have only a passing interest in.

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How to get them to pay their bills

Dear Editor, Had it not for the Prime Minister’s insistence that the S.W.A. keep chasing their outstanding water bill debts, we would not find out who the smart individuals in this society are. I wish I have the ability to feel no shame about not paying for a service which I use.

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Thank the Government

Re: UK to step up its presence in Samoa Samoa shall thank the Prime Minister and my H.R.P.P. government for the progressive and positive politics it helps to develop our country into what it is of today.

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40 years of British American Tobacco in Samoa and the rise of N.C.D’s

Dear Editor, The British American Tobacco Company celebrated 40 years of its presence in Samoa recently and while there may have been debatable economic benefits to the country it is also important to highlight the negative health aspects of tobacco smoking in Samoa, which probably cancels the economic benefits.

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Let’s make this happen Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Pacific Games next year Let’s work hard Prime Minister and Team Samoa to prepare the country to host the Pacific Games next year. Keep going and make this another huge goal to be a successful one, just like the UN S.I.D.S. Conference in the past. This time around is way better.

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We’ve already got enough airports

Dear Editor, With regards to your editorial titled Corruption is also the misuse of generosity of others,” I say we don’t need another airport. There are three airports in Samoa already.... FALEOLO, FAGALII AND MAOTA you name it.

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Ministry of Revenue clarifies Clearance and Deferral scheme

Dear Editor, I refer to the above matter, which was reported in your Sunday paper on the 14 October 2018 and also as an editorial feature on the 18th October 2018. This is to provide a response on further clarifications sought from your paper on the subject matter.

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How to prepare

Re: Games athletes laud Samoa’s preparations I agree with where Samoa athletes can do their training while Samoa is getting ready for the Pacific Game next year. Overseas facilities can help prepare them for the Pacific Games.

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Great work from Parliamentary Committee

Dear Editor, Re: Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono I applaud the Parliamentary committee too. It does show that the parliament (H.R.P.P.-dominated legislative branch) is not a rubber-stamp for the H.R.P.P.-led executive branch.

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The right place to settle this mess

Dear Editor, Re: It is within his rights to sue S.R.U. The Court is the right forum to end this arduous and hideous saga for this son of Samoa. And I hope Fuimaono will take the matter to Court to have the closure once and for all to put it to rest.

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A natural occurrence

Re: Response to Penehuro Lefale The Climate Change phenomenon that has divided the world today is a natural occurrence cycle. The earth goes through this every 2000 years.

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Not good for Samoa

Re: Problem with coconuts That is very scary. The population of healthy coconuts from Samoa is now under threat by pests and diseases that got introduced to the region by whom?

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HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE SAMOAN BANANA GROWERS! A Gold Mine Waiting For You.

Dear Editor. Everybody enjoys eating a banana in any shape or form. Monkeys do too. Most of the Samoans never thought that what is left after you enjoy your banana can make you rich. No kidding! So, what is left, apart from the peels?

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Leo’o Mulitalo M.M.M.F. Pius writes

Dear Editor, Can’t help the urge on joining the well-wishers’ wishing Samoa Observer best wishes of Congratulations for a sustain service to our people in the past 40 years. Reminds me of the number of years God allows for His chosen people/village to wondered around in the desert while pilgrimage towards the Promised Land.

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Editorial

If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

Street Talk

Ake Moleli, 53

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Columns

Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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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