C.C.C.S. ministers must pay tax

Dear Editor It is beyond belief that the C.C.C.S. Ministers and the church somehow believed they should be exempt from paying the alofa tax. Jesus was not paid for his work or ministry so if you want to talk biblical then take a leaf out of Jesus’ example.

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Well done, Faumuina Wayne Fong!

Dear Editor, Re: I’m not a sifi Wonderful to hear some real exchange of taofi ma manatu being exchanged on the floor of the Fono. This is refreshing and long over due.

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Authority of the Samoan language

Dear Editor Re: Tui Atua’s piece in Fiji Tui Atua Tupua is the best of the best when it comes to the Samoan language and understanding Samoan mythology. He is the authority of the Samoan language and myths intellectually.

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About President Donald Trump

Dear Editor, Re: President Trump’s moves President Trump is an alleged sexual predator, has not paid his due business tax for years, a racist xenophobe who engages in racist politics, a climate-change denier despite most scientists (you know, the actual experts) in the world who confirm that climate change is real, and someone who suspiciously and steadfastly refuses to criticise Vladimir Putin - the authoritarian elected dictator of Russia, who has clamped down on media freedom and murdered political opponents.

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Opening the Games on a Sunday

Dear Editor, Re: Pacific Games open on Sunday Why on a Sunday? The Pacific Nations also observe the Sundays in their respective countries, and Samoa as a Christian nation according to their Constitution opt to use the Sunday to open their games?

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Little knowledge

Re: Factoids and Assumptions vs facts and truth. Thanks Nanai M. L. Nofoaiga for another helpful, enlightening piece for public reading.

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How to track O.L.P.

Re: P.M’s obsession with O.L.P. Obsessed alright! But then what O.L.P. writes given the context of our society/culture is dynamite no wonder the P.M’s obsession.

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Factoids and assumptions vs. facts and truth

Dear Editor, Re: An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers A.S’s open letter to Church Ministers of E.F.K.S. about tax is sadly a letter about dishonoring of God, God’s commandments and God’s law. It is just about more productions of factoids and assumptions produced from the Minister of Revenue’s mistake.

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It’s hypocritical

Re: Government and Church Ministers tax law threat Well done, Minister Tialavea! Not giving into the bullying and the threats is the mark of a courageous minister. A weak-minded minister would be thinking about the next election and be too afraid to rock the boat.

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Great work

Re: Samoan Medical and Anti-Doping Agency leads the way in the Pacific Well done to all involved. But this isn’t the first in the Pacific. We trained 168 medical volunteers for the 2015 Pacific Games through Sports Medicine Australia and HP Sport PNG.

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An awful mess

Re: China, U.S.A. and tariff law How your President has achieved so much with his MAGA agenda is unbelievable. He’s getting over 90% of negative press, he’s being derided and ridiculed by the entertainment industry, academia, his own party and now coming to light the Intelligence Community especially the F.B.I. an D.O.J. seeming to ex/implode.

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What Brazil and Manu Samoa share

Re: Brazil held to a draw Neymar really is a waste of space. He is either still injured or simply getting too old now. He was next to useless in that match this morning. He got dispossessed so many times, I ran out of fingers to count.

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Indigenous wisdom keepers

Re: Tui Atua’s paper in Fiji Great article. The indigenous wisdom keepers who were our forefathers understood how nature plays a major role in our existence as Samoan people through our rituals and chants that co-inside and similar with that in the version of the Bible.

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China, U.S.A. and tariff war

Dear Editor, Re: China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish The Chinese house of cards will crumble if they will go toe to toe with the US in a tariff war.

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F.B.I., O.L.P. and the government

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. threatened with lawsuit over O.L.P. If the F.B.I. was involved or is currently involved, then there’s the window of opportunity for the U.S. to investigate “money laundering” and “tax haven” in Samoa.

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This argument about taxes

Re: You can’t tax the alofa This is one of the most baffling arguments I keep hearing over and over and it just doesn’t make any sense. Everything you spend your money on is double taxed.

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It’s an irrelevant argument

Dear Editor Re: Editorial on Sogi issue He has absolutely no legal right whatsoever to be “seised of” his estate. He has no fee-simple estate because the land he is on he paid rent to the government for. How can you argue he is “seised of” his estate when he paid rent?

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It’s called double dipping

Dear Editor, Re: You can’t tax the alofa Double dipping I would say. I get paid after tax and I donate my contribution to my faifeau as alofa. Why should they have to pay tax again?

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Do you think it’s fair?

Re: Minister issues final warning That is what they call tax rebates. Sanitarium is a huge food manufacturing plant for the Seventh Day Adventist, despite it being a manufacturer that generated products for sale, Sanitarium is still classed as charity and is not subjected to taxation.

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Have all the options about old Court House been exhausted?

Dear Editor, You invited comments on the apparent intention of S.I.F.A. to demolish the old Courthouse and to replace it with a building to house a hotel among other things. (Editorial - Observer 11/06/2018). I was a member (not a Trustee) of the Apia Courthouse Trust for about two years, during which time the Trust tried very hard to try and raise funds to restore the old Courthouse.

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Editorial

Budget, aid, cost of handouts

And so the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s 2018/19 Budget tabled in Parliament two weeks ago was passed last night. Guided by the theme “The Right Path,” the passing of the budget will no doubt come as music to the ears of Government bodies and businesses whom the Government owes money to.

Street Talk

Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part lI)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.”

Columns

Recognise, encourage and stimulate exports

I am honored and humbled to present the opening remarks at this very important event, the Samoa Exports Awards 2018.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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