Baseless argument

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land This is why not a single one of those bush lawyers from S.S.I.G. or academics have the guts to take their land whinge to Court. In the 10 years that this L.T.R.A. 2008 has been law in Samoa, not a single case has gone before the courts.

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Just tell the truth

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land More untruths from a desperate government Section 32 is the only Registration Section in the L.T.R.A. 2008

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Vailima needs to be consistent for the U.S.A.

Dear Editor, Allow me to congratulate Vailima Breweries for their break through into the American market. But I also want to caution them. Remember the U.S.A. has one of the most stringent Foods and Drug Control in the world and quality must be consistent at all times, even under Coke Cola ownership.

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Valid questions that need answers

Dear Editor, I write in response to Vai Autu’s letter. “Anecdotes and stories” are all we have to go by because the C.E.O. of S.A. refuses to front up to us the public and answer these valid questions many of us are asking. And they are valid questions. Why are many Samoans asking these questions?

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There is no legally binding agreement

Dear Editor, Re: Water tanks alarm raised Leading with the bottom line. Legally, 1) There are no set guidelines indicating that families cannot sell the water tanks. THEIR WISHES - not binding in law

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What the Minister can do instead

Dear Editor, Re: Minister appeals for support Minister Sio needs to spend his time and energy figuring out why our national team(s) like the Rugby 7 team is not doing well, why there are issues at the Education like improving students performances/exam results, figure it out why money are disappearing from thieving staff of Ministry of Education, why/figure it out how to stop this (these) principal preying on the kids etc.

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The problems are obvious

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways need to be innovative Kono, the errors in managing the new S.A. are so obvious to the public. We don’t need really the Airlines C.E.O. or even the Government to explain much to us, but their secrecy and silence is silly.

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Take another look

Re: Samoa Airways teething problems Who lives in Lala land? It’s not me stupidly writing things about “the P.M. and his so called “comedy gold” when he’s spewing off idiotic analogies to avoid answering questions that he should be answering about just where the taxpayer money is.

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Some really bad choices

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways In business, just as in everything in life, it is all about choices. If you choose to repeat the same business mistakes others have made and expect a different result, you are the foolish one.

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They are only anecdotes and stories

Dear Editor, About the Samoa Airways debate, the P.M. is right about one thing, it is too early to tell the true state of financial affairs within Samoan Airways. Much has been said about passenger loadings, etc, etc but until the full financial statements are available after the end of the financial year, these are anecdotes and stories.

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Where are your spin doctors? Get them to do some work

Dear Editor, Re: I’m getting old, P.M. says Our Supreme leader has stated before that China only requires our vote in the UN and in return his H.R.P.P. government is granted concessional loans.

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How it works in Samoa today

Dear Editor, Re: Doctors row brewing In other countries, doctors are paid the highest public funded salaries but in Samoa H.R.P.P. M.Ps are paid the highest public funded salaries and they keep giving themselves bigger raises to go along with those money-stuffed envelopes that certain people keep giving them.

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Distorting the truth

Dear Editor, Re: Government, taxes and the church “As set out in my last piece on “Taxes, the Clergy and Government,” the institution of government is God ordained.” What a whopper! God did not ordain, sanction or approve of human government, which is to say humans ruling humans by force, violence and coercion.

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Not very wise

Dear Editor Re: Landing fees waiver A clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Instead of the Airline paying to use the Airport, transfer the loss to the S.A.A. and set a dangerous precedent for other (Chinese) airlines being enticed to stop here.

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Samoa Airways need to be innovative, new ideas

Dear Editor, I refer to your recent article and also the other letter to editors regarding Samoa Airways. It was the right move for Samoa to back its own national carrier, the timing was right and we need a change for our people – it was too expensive to fly here and no tourist would come here.

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The real issue is debt

Dear Editor, Re: Stupid, P.M. slams report We all want to take pride in our airline but I’m a realist not an idealist. The numbers doesn’t add up if you factor in all the costs associated with running the airline.

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They must know something we don’t

Dear Editor, Re: Stupid, P.M. slams Airline report As they were operating in November, they have to put in a company tax return by the end of this month for 2017. Since when has the P.M. been an experienced business manager? Certainly not in the past 20 years...

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Wake up to what is happening

Re: Salaries row brewing Samoa ala mai. Do you guys see the pattern here? 1st ... Samoa govt. taxed the faifeau. 2nd... mandatory voting.

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Rugby World Cup so mind-numbingly predictable

Dear Editor, The Rugby World Cup features twenty teams in a quadrennial battle for global supremacy, the ninth installment scheduled for Japan next year, but don’t expect too many surprises from an event which almost invariably goes according to the script.

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Reaping what you sow

Re: Stupid, P.M. slams Samoa Airways report If the P.M. had a history of transparency, and accountability and good governance then people, who are far from stupid, would also be able to determine whether the airline is doing well even during months of losses.

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Preying on love and generosity of others

It’s a tragedy when people prey on the generosity and the good-hearted nature of others. While it’s something we’d like not to happen, the reality is that it happens all the time. In some cases, it is very blunt too

Street Talk

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

Between the Lines


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.

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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