The path to service is through authority

Dear Editor, O le alagaupu masani “O le Alai le Pule o le Tautua” o lo’o tumau pea ona laulauviviluai Samoa aemaise i lana aganu’u o le tu’u faasoloina o le pule e ala i suafa matai. Aepeita’iona o suiga o nisi o faigauaiaineii lea agaifanua, ua foliga mai ua ala ga tatau ona faaopoopo iai, pe suia fo’i, i le faaupuga faafeagai “O le Alai le Tautua o le Pule.” E iaini pine faamau e lagolagoina ai lea manatu ma suiga.

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O.L.P: An unqualified journalist on steroids

Malo Chief! If I could award you with a Victorian cross I would. Any government must justify their spending to eliminate distrust from the people. People matter and they can’t keep addressing people in the business world.

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Come on Samoa, show love!

Dear Editor, To Love:Are Samoans really 98% Christian? If you are then you should give this passage a chance. My Father always told me, ever since I was young, that we must all love one another. I cannot stress how many times he told me this everyday.

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Here we go again

Re: Team behind Samoa Airways Here we go again, it always amazes me how we Samoans never learn from our past mistakes. The old Polynesian went down because, as I understand it, many government officials were on the flights for free or for very low fares.

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Combustion generated energy

Re: Those trees are not invasive species It’s ridiculous to suggest deforestation for energy generation.

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My humble view on taxing of pastors

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial about taxing pastors. This is my perspective as someone who thinks we are a supposed to be a democratic country but also a very cultured country.

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You can’t win war on drugs

Dear Editor, Re: Dealing with drug addiction in Samoa You can never ever win the “War on Drugs.” Why? Because drugs are a matter of personal choice or free will.

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Embarrassment could’ve been avoided

Dear Editor, Below is a quote from the P.M earlier this month with respect to the Rugby Union. “We are bankrupt,” he declared. “In other words we are insolvent. It means the Union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play.”

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Their guilty minds

Re: Wife calls for investigation More death, more excuses and there would be more and more innocent victims of anger and brutally at the Tafaigata Jail.

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It’s not a secret

Re: Jeremy Dodson’s letter Mr Dodson. You were correct to talk about the disgusting abuse of money you saw. Everyone knows it’s true but the people who benefit have no repercussion so it’s business as usual.

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It’s all a show

Re: Samoa Airways winner at Mangere Can’t they just save all these money wasting on all these “launch” occasions? It’s all about the showoff showboat “fiailoa” ma “fiatagata” but figure out how to print out proper “boarding passes”

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Is this a modern-day slave trade?

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

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Those trees are not invasive species

Dear Editor, Re: Invasive species could be turned into renewable energy According to your article on a new project using local wood to generate electrical power, a short list of trees has been published as being invasive species.

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Jeremy Dodson: ‘Maybe I am the outside perspective that cares’

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the somewhat circus I have consequently created through the voicing of concern. I am saddened with how such a serious issue has turned into a media frenzy, creating a divide between athletes and officials.

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It’s time for change

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. rugby and Roman Coliseum How many countries in the world has their Prime Minister to be the chairman of another organization? Samoa rugby had been kindly funded by donations from our own people and as well as millions of dollars from other countries who want Samoa rugby to succeed.

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They should have sorted this out first

Dear Editor, Re: Issues with boarding passes These are the issues the management should have looked into before they launched. Now I cannot find Samoa Airways flights on a booking system.

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Provide proof or shut up

Dear Editor, Re: You are a lot better than that Rumours, rumours and more rumours of corruption but we have yet to see any hard proof.

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It is not a failed investment

Dear Editor, Re: Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office Your front page article yesterday with the caption “Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office” needs to be clarified further for your readers’ information.

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Missing P.M. Tuilaepa in Bonn

Dear Editor, Isn’t it ironic that P.M. Tuilaepa is not going to a meeting where the President is Frank Bainimarama? I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your story yesterday that while Bainimarama was the man in Germany, Tuilaepa was nowhere to be seen.

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The term ‘war on drugs’

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s war on drugs The war on drugs has been a huge failure worldwide because it is a health issue.

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Editorial

Getting past the gloom and doom

Apologies to our readers for our rather gloomy group of stories on Page 1 of today’s edition. It would be great to start the week with something more uplifting but you’ll need to flick over to Pages 2 and 3 and the rest of the paper to start to get yourself into that kind of mindset.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Who’s your hero?

Think a minute…One of the most famous Italians in the 20th century was Benito Mussolini, known to his people as Il Duce, which simply means The Leader. His charisma was almost like amovie star rather than a government leader, even though his charm was bathed in blood and violence.

Columns

FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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