Great work

Re: Samoan Medical and Anti-Doping Agency leads the way in the Pacific Well done to all involved. But this isn’t the first in the Pacific. We trained 168 medical volunteers for the 2015 Pacific Games through Sports Medicine Australia and HP Sport PNG.

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An awful mess

Re: China, U.S.A. and tariff law How your President has achieved so much with his MAGA agenda is unbelievable. He’s getting over 90% of negative press, he’s being derided and ridiculed by the entertainment industry, academia, his own party and now coming to light the Intelligence Community especially the F.B.I. an D.O.J. seeming to ex/implode.

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What Brazil and Manu Samoa share

Re: Brazil held to a draw Neymar really is a waste of space. He is either still injured or simply getting too old now. He was next to useless in that match this morning. He got dispossessed so many times, I ran out of fingers to count.

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Indigenous wisdom keepers

Re: Tui Atua’s paper in Fiji Great article. The indigenous wisdom keepers who were our forefathers understood how nature plays a major role in our existence as Samoan people through our rituals and chants that co-inside and similar with that in the version of the Bible.

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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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Editorial

Why is Money Laundering Bill being rushed? Does it have anything to do with a certain E.U. blacklist?

Come to think of it, the verbal sparring between the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, former Speaker Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Parliament was really unnecessary. As senior leaders of the country, it wasn’t a good look at all.

Street Talk

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Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

Columns

To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

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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