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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Church vs. State, what to do?

What we feared would happen one day in this country is unfolding before our very eyes. With Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration acquiring such political power over the years turning Parliament into a one-party state, they perhaps thought they are so powerful no one would ever dare to question their decision-making, let alone stand up to them.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, If there is one good thing about a one party state, it is that it has the political muscle to deal with institutions and individuals who are so used to privilege and special treatment that they think they are above the law.

Dear Editor, Re: Church defiant Well, if Rev. Vavatau feels so strongly about it, take the matter to Court and argue that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion is being breached by the government. I would love to see how he gets on when all the other churches in the country have no objection to this law.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. on church tax The logic behind taxation of pastors would have been funny if it wasn’t stupidly outrageous. The govt’s arrogance may eventually spread out to include the matai’s lafo in the norm of Samoan culture.

Columns

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Orlando Huaman*

The fastest way to find a job

As we all very much know, having a job is or must be an integral part of our everyday life. We all yearn for one. That is for sure. What we don’t know is, how do we go about getting “our” job. Period. That is the purpose of this article.

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Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

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Shinzo Abe

P.A.L.M. an unbroken stream that flows

My friends, the PALM8 Summit has now begun. May I ask the leaders of New Caledonia and French Polynesia to stand up?

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.

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect.

Street Talk

Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

Niko Temo

Saleufi

Atu Ioane

Letogo

Alefosio Feagaiga

Vailoa

Seufale Filipo Tauialo

Vaitele Fou

Alo Maleko

Vailoa

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