The truth about the world economy

Dear Editor, Re: Why the minimum wage should be $8 A very good point about the minimum wage being raised to compensate for the use of land. Economics and the whole capitalist system is designed to fail and create debt, so no matter what the minimum wage is raising it will only create inflation of goods to cover the extra expense.

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Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results

Dear Editor, FACTS to date. · Non-qualification of the Manu Samoa for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. · The 78 - nil result against the All Blacks is a true reflection of the continuous decline in the performances of our Manu Samoa in the past few years.

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Foreign investment and land

Re: Land and money You cannot convert customary land to freehold land. It is forbidden under the Constitution. Therefore 80% of Samoa’s land cannot attract credit. There are tentative steps to try and obtain credit from leases but the banks remain largely unconvinced at this stage. In short, you know nothing as usual.

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An open letter to the management of Bluesky

Dear Mr. Abraham, At the outset I wish to express my serious annoyance at the behaviour your company seems to be engaging in. Before your company took over these services from Government, I had been a customer all my adult life. And this continued when your company took over until sometime a few months ago when I severed all services from your company. At the time, I had your land line, broad band and Moana TV services.

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Drought in Tufulele

Dear Editor, Just read in your Village Voice about a family in Tufulele whose water has been disconnected. Seems they were $1,200 in the arrears! Quite obviously this family made little, if any, attempt to pay their water bill for months and when it finally reached $1,200, the SWA disconnected it.

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Come on, who did it?

Dear Editor, So $50,000.00 tala is missing from the Samoa Land Corporation and no sign of forced entry? I thought they could obviously find out who did it if they just ask. Who was the last one with the keys to the vault?

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Not happy about table tennis tournament

Dear Editor, I am very disappointed with the way the Table Tennis Federation of Samoa under S.A.S.N.O.C runs the tournament during the Olympic Games Days on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of June last week. I believe you can do better President Fusi Coffin of the Table Tennis Federation of Samoa.

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Sad for young kids

Re: Police furious about new baby sex case What such a devastating story to hear from our homeland Samoa, it’s appalling to know that there are pedophiles within some of our own families in Samoa.

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Unbelievable

Re: Police furious about new baby sex case I have read about this type of stories in other countries but I never thought one day it will hit our shores. Where are we heading Samoa? This is truly sad.

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Keep up the great work

Re: Missing money and the S.L.C’s past Talofa Mata’afa Keni Lesa, having been in Samoa for last four weeks and following your column at every opportunity, I have to commend you on your watchdog and whistle-blower investigations and reports.

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The fight for the Malietoa title

Dear Editor, It’s a real shame that there is so much animosity and infighting in this family, as it does not live up to the name of Malietoa. It comes from a place of lack, of hurt, of disharmony and attachment to aspirations of privilege and power that the title carries. This is the undoing and the downfall.

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What needs to be corrected

Dear Editor, Re: We are living at a time of prophesy You call out for just Protestant to wake up. What about other children of God? This is why these novice stats can’t be right. This is not Jesus you proclaim here, when you know something and you call just a group of people to be saved from destruction, you’re not a good Christian.

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A healthy discussion

Dear Editor, Re: Against the Sex Offenders registry This is a healthy discussion and I think you have really hit the nail on the head in addressing the problems associated with public access to S.O.Rs. Although authorised access to them do have their utility in providing information to the appropriate bodies e.g., police and correctional staff.

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Why your minimum wage should at least be $8

Dear Editor, Vai Autu, I’m going to tell you why I think the minimum wage in Samoa should be 8 tala or 10 tala per hour now before its too late. I will use me as an example. I am a white woman from a wealthy country.

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So much for forward thinking

Dear Editor, Re: Boys and girls deserve protection from sex offenders Just wait until boys, men, and fathers start becoming targets for sex offenses. Got to love how the current proposal only seeks protection for half a population.

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Advocating for Global justice

Re: Financial institutions that favour capitalists I have said on many occasions that you and I agree on things such as corporate media, corporate hegemony that lessens democracy for people, the colonization of indigenous people by white mans churches, and etc... where we disagree is on DJT being the solution.

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P.M.’s wrong prediction

Re: P.M. backs Manu against the All Blacks So who was the false prophet who has given this man false hopes for a win? There is no hope for our P.M. to hear the voice of reason.

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Solutions for our complex problems

Dear Editor, Re: The difference between wants and needs Simple Maths often can’t work solutions for complex problems. In a village household of say 10, if there are a couple of people earning $3 per hour and an alpha male with skills and experience earning double that, while the rest run the home and tend the plantations, there is an income of between $400 and $500 per week.

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So sad about this

Re: Cabinet endorses tax report It’s very sad to see our government going after these people that we Samoans called “Ao o faalupega” and “Ao o le Malo”. These are the people respected the most by our own culture and yet our own government wanted to go after the money donated by members of the church.

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Understanding Bitcoin

Re: Beware of con artists You do understand that Bitcoin, and Digital Currency as a whole, is not a scam, or a get rich quick scheme. It is no different than investing in the stock market, you win some trades and you lose some trades.

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Editorial

Come on Samoa, we’re better than that!

Technology, especially the internet, is a wonderful tool. We don’t need to tell you how important they are. Suffice to say, they have transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general. Eventually he became successful in politics also and was elected governor of Tennessee.

Columns

Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Address to officially  open the 20th Pacific  Immigration Directors Conference;  Taumesina Island Resort

Samoa commits to address security challenges

I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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