Politicians and what they do

Dear Editor We all know that politics is a career for people who are not fond of the truth. These guys are professionals at what they do and over the years they’ve learnt that the media will rap today and tomorrow it’s different topic so they’ll a different story tomorrow on tomorrow’s issues because they know today’s issues are gonna flow under the bridge of troubled waters, tomorrow.

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Manu Meredith has a point

Dear Editor Re: Businessman issues response Meredith certainly has a reason to be suspicious. How on earth could these business people be business people if they are selling their product at a price lower than the taxes they have to pay on an item?

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We need to make a choice

Dear Editor Re: Greed poisons the mind, destroys great intention It is true that greed poisons the mind but we as a Samoan culture and country have allowed this mental disease to fester within our systems.

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A great misconception

Dear Editor Re: P.M. unfazed by online attacker There is a great misconception that Samoans don’t like to defame. There is no need to educate people using the technology but education on how to properly address their concerns in a respectful manner is what is needed.

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The best renovation

Dear Editor Re: McDonald’s renovation The best renovation for this franchise is its removal from the landscape and the culture and vernacular of food in Samoa!

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Keep our distance

Dear Editor Re: How Indonesia can help Samoa Whilst I am ambivalent on the West Papua issue, this is simply a clear and barely disguised Indonesian attempt to bribe the Samoan government to remain silent on West Papua. Indonesia has already split the Melanesian spearhead group in a similar way.

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‘Enough already,’ said God

Dear Editor, I’ve been reading a lot lately about our Prime Minister talking about his divine whispers and secret communications with God. When I came across the following piece, I thought I’d share it with your readers because it seems like Tuilaepa is not the only one.

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Up to date but not available

Dear Editor Re: Audit Office rejects false reports Did you not read the statement? They cannot be released (the latest ones from 2015 onwards) until parliament has passed them. However, the Audit Office has filed all reports to FY 2016 to parliament. They are all up to date.

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Whatever happened …?

Dear Editor Re: P.M. unfazed by online attacker “When we have people who can track down people who are doing these sorts of things, it will be a disincentive for them to continue,” he said.“

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Our only Hope!

Dear Editor Re: Tough road ahead for Fuimaono Fuimaono Tafua was my rugby coach around 25 years ago for the Moamoa team.

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Coach Tafua and the language irony

Dear Editor, First of all, a hearty congratulations to Fuimaono Dicky Tafua. Ia manuia tele ou faiva! A few years ago during the Manu woes in one of its campaigns and therefore the onset of the present Manu coach malaise, Tafua was the coach then and was on the verge of being - if had not already been - replaced.

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Issues with Fuimaono

Re: Chairman backs Fuimaono’s return 1. I like Fuimaono, but he was bought back to save the 7s team and it failed. He was sacked for the British guy. Similar reasons were advanced when he was reappointed.

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Rugby and Chinese

Re: Fuimaono as Manu Samoa coach Best choice. Manu Samoa at the peak and height of its success in the past was when a Samoa speaking coach held the fort such as Su’a Schuster and Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

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Is there a link between sad Samoan songs and suicide?

Dear Editor, Last Sunday (10 September 2017) marked the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s fundamental theme “take a minute, change a life” would no doubt be instrumental in salvaging some of those who seem to find themselves in the quicksand of depression and suicide.

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Tipping the bus boy

RE: Conflicts and tipping The Minister is correct for the most part. But the following quoted text is a problem. You wondered how the illegal weapons smuggled into the country when company prepaid for their containers with knowledge that it will not be searched, then it’s easy to smuggle illegal paraphernalia and things of that nature into the country.

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The banks win

RE: What about a live debate You got that right. Banks win every time because the laws protect the banks over people. Look what happened in the U.S. The banks got bailed out with taxpayer money after the mortgage scams they were pulling.

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The “tifference”

Dear Editor, Re: Tips vs bribery I love the Minister’s explanation of the difference between tipping and bribery. I am now comforted by the knowledge that most of the fat cats around Apia have grown obese, not from bribery but, from tipping.

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About Torrens system and customary land

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. slams bush lawyers And how did the Prime Minister know so much about the Land Registration Act?” “I have been thoroughly briefed by the Attorney General,” he said.

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The banks always win

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. slams bush lawyers Give it up Tuilaepa. You don’t have to be a lawyer to know that if you lease land and if the banks have an interest because they hold a mortgage on the land that the bank takes over the land if the leasee defaults.

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What about a live debate?

RE: P.M. slams bush lawyers It will be nice for the bush lawyers to challenge the PM to a debate on TV and have a media person, or a neutral lawyer, to moderate the debate. That way the P.M. doesn’t have control.

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Bomb threat, world crisis and the power of prayers

We know technology has reduced the world to the size of a global village. But not many of us really believe how small that village has become and how this could actually have such a real and profound impact on everyone – including the isolated populations in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Rejection gives direction

Think a minute…James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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