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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Think dialogue, humility and mutual respect

We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

Dear Editor, Interesting reading your editorial on the Prime Minister and comments about Samoa being a dictatorship. There are varying degrees of dictatorship and there are different types of dictators, the latter including Idi Amin, Mugabe and Saddam.

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands and the truth Rubbish. The L.T.R.A. 2008 is not unconstitutional at all. Stop reading rubbish online from people who have never once taken the matter to the Courts to test their stupid legal arguments before the Judges.

Columns

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Dr Alex Frame*

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Alexia Slaven

Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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Orlando Huaman*

Will Samoa ever be a self-reliant country?

This article will address relevant dependent habits. Bad habits that must be erased from our way of life and give rise to personal INITIATIVE on a grander scale.

Between the Lines

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

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