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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You can’t tax the alofa

Dear Editor, Re: Minister issues final warning Why is the government targeting church ministers? Don’t churches pay taxes and those who work in their headquarters? Alofa oe whatever they call its something that people gave to these people as a gift or love. Church ministers should pay taxes if they were paid by the church headquarter but my understanding by the look these ministers are unpaid workers they work for.

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There is no need for a Police state

Dear Editor, I write in relation to Tofaeono’s letter regarding the issue of - Arming Police to protect themselves. Arming the Police to protect themselves is the consequent logic of a Government that is becoming a Police State and is following the wisdom of worldly government.

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The difference

Re: Ex-Indian Cabinet Minister There is no doubt that there is much corruption between India’s government and the elites. This is a well-known fact. The big difference it seems though between corrupt officials in India and corrupt officials in Samoa is that in India when they are caught, they resign. On another matter, I want to say that if you lived on land for 100 years and it was gifted to you it is yours.

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The Sogi land case

Re: Take away your emotions "That kind of evidence is allowed in the Lands and Titles Court for matters to do with customary land." It applies to both if the land is located in a country that isn't considered part of the west because it’s independent. "However, for any other type of land, freehold or government land, the western law applies because those types of land are western concepts."

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Where is the P.S.A. Credit Union?

Talofa my fellow P.S.A. Credit Union members. I just want to use this forum to check with the P.S.A. President and her board members of the whereabouts of the above mentioned union is? My fortnightly premium was stopped some few weeks ago because of some doubts within me and the way the staff running the union were dealing with the money we put in.

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When you take scriptures out of context

Dear Editor, In response to your story titled “Minister issues final warning to church,” I want to point out that E.F.K.S’s hierarchy is drawn from - (1 Corinthians 12:28) “And God has appointed these in church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (Colossians 1:18) “And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

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Western Samoa’s old Court House – Lest we forget

Dear Editor, The history of Samoa’s struggle for freedom was something that every “true” Samoan should learn by heart and should be very proud of. Samoa’s path to independence had hurt a lot of people and many unsung heroes even gave up their lives for the cause. The then NZ government’s colonial and militaristic approach in governing the Samoa people at the time was comparable to the apartheid era of South Africa, though to a lesser extent.

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Don’t insult them, they’re Samoans

Dear Ediotr, Re: Nanai family at Sogi Your tone is a bit brash and obnoxious, “...these guys are descended from Melanesian labourers, so they cannot argue customary land arguments...” Mr. Tokuma’s mother is Samoan. Besides, what does it matter if part of his heritage is Melanesian?

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It’s all a business model

Re: Minister issues final warning to church Samoans are no different to the Jews...they assess the laws of Roman to find ways to prosecute Jesus. Same thing here...using the Lord’s name in vain to prove the change in the law, but nope Jesus didn’t ask Samoa to make the faifeaus aofa’alupega...the Samoans did, they placed them there and now they are getting tired of seeing faifeaus well off, Tialavea is now seeking to take the money from the church to meet their Revenue targets.

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Take away your emotions

Re: I ask P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt. to dig a hole and throw us all in there “But say for argument sake that we are to take this ruling and apply it our history, genealogies and life of Samoans in general, where does that leave us with the stories passed down from generation to generation?”

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Arming the Police to protect themselves

Dear Editor, How the dynamic of life has slowly rattling and unfolding from year to year into the fast transformation pace of weeks into days, that is before our very eyes! The fast speed of violent recurrence is almost getting us caught not able to cope with the substances that are so foreign, and were portrayed only on the big screen and television, but into actions of reality we are now experiencing.

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An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers

Dear E.F.K.S. Faifeaus who don’t want to pay tax, I urge you to read the Word of God, which the Holy Spirit inspired men to write for us. It is the manual for life and relevant to us for today. The God I know and have a relationship with - The God of the Bible - is Almighty, all powerful, all wise. All knowing, loving, kind, compassionate and very rich - to name a little of who He is.

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Actions, services and the mirror in the Bible

Dear Editor, As has been stated in my previous letter next to this one, I will be focusing mainly on “actions” and “services” as well as the “truth” behind actions and services on a separate discussion in the near future. This is the one that I have prepared for that purpose. The study about behavior from “words” is already discussed in the previous letter. The outcome as you have already aware about is not good.

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Editorial

What Baby Miracle’s life told us

Now and then, people come along and things happen near us we can’t quite work out, let alone explain. You see it’s natural for us as mere mortals to always try to rationalise, reason and figure out everything that happens near us. It’s just the way we were created.

Street Talk

Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

“Good directions”

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

Columns

“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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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