The thing with time

Re: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning! The wheel is the metaphor for time. As time is ticking, no one can stop the compounding power of time. You measured everything with time; your life, your work, your future, your past, everything.

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A critical march for Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: The protest march You know they would lose because the government passes laws to suit whatever they have in mind. Tuilaepa does whatever he wants with the Constitution.

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Nothing new in the treatment of Samoans in American Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Shocking breach of human rights This kind of treatment is not unusual from Amerika Samoa towards passengers on the inter-island ferry.

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You’re correct about teachers

Dear Editor, Re: Corporal punishment Don’t you worry Mr. Editor, the U.N. the sovereign ruler of Samoa will overrule our government with their child’s right and remove parental authority.

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Refreshing to see

Re: Criminal libel, what fantastic fun! It’s refreshing to say the least. You give the P.M. more credit than I think he deserves but that’s ok that we differ on that, I like what your saying.

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Keep digging

Re: Samoa Airways lease cost I can just smell financial problems with this new airline. The Samoan government should have taken the extra mile and researched it out the best way to proceed with the new airline.

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Samoa as a tax haven

Dear Editor, Congratulations Samoa. You have just been named as one of the 17 blacklisted E.U. countries for being an illegal tax haven aiding tax evasion. What kind of tax overhaul plans are in store for you to get off this blacklist?

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Troubled kids mirror of Samoa

Dear Editor, In response to Mata’afa’s editorial about corporal punishment, I want to say that these so-called troubled kids are a mirroring their surroundings. Violence won’t help. And the message the government sends by digging this up from the past is “Violence is the answer.”

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Call for a fundraising

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways lease cost Six months planning is not enough for such undertaking considering having an airline. They should have a public offering to raise more money to secure funding for the long run. $50 million to start out with is not bad, however you can always have a second offering if you need more.

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The one size fits all solution

Dear Editor In response to your editorial about corporal punishment, there is a one size that fits all solutions, it called spare the rod and spoiled the child. God doesn’t make mistakes. He knew the fix for our emotional problems, our social problems, spiritual and all sorts of problems when he made us in the first place.

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Critical thinking

Dear Editor Re: P.M. on protest march PS Jeffrey, your argument about legality is about the saddest thing you’ve come up with so far.

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Can somebody tell us

Re: Ask the P.M. Before the plane landed at Faleolo, Stui and Lautafi told the Samoa Observer and the country that the Samoa Airways does not need help from the govt. What now? Now, Stui and his govt again using our public money to pay and is paying US$500,000 fortnightly lease payments to Iceland with not even Samoa Airways making a “penny” so far. Now again Stui and his Samoa Airways C.E.O. is tick tack and passing the ball back and forth. Who has balls to stand up like a “true leader” and tell us the public and the country how much we are paying for the lease of the plane to Iceland, and how much we are spending on other expenses so far on this airline crazy idea? Samoa Airways is already in trouble before it makes a flight full of passengers. It’s crazy man! Only in Samoa! Fiaola

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Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. Part II

Dear Editor, Apart from the burden of systems as already explained in our first discussion, corruption and collusion are the other ones. They are real problems in government, businesses and other organisations.

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Hard but doable

Dear Editor Re: Ask the P.M. The plane is supposed to be a 767-800, not a 767-300. There is a huge difference between these planes, about 20 years, seating capacity and efficiency.

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Stui has a plan

Re: Ask the P.M. Don’t worry Samoa, Stui has the biggest brain in all of Samoa. If the Samoa Airways can’t afford the US$0.5million fortnightly lease he already has a plan B i.e. radiothons or foodstalls to raise some funds.

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The cost of the lease

Re: Ask the P.M. The Samoa Airways plane is a 737NG it’s fairly new. It is fitted with around 180 seats. An older plane still in wide use now is a 767 which is usually fitted with around 250 seats but can fly much further.

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No more excuses please prison officials

Dear Editor, Re: And here is the news Thank you so much Marj Moore and Samoa Observer for the nice editorial “And Here’s The News”.

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Symbolism and our existence

Dear Editor, Thank you Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi for your paper titled “Making the invisible visible” published in the Sunday Samoan. I’m always fascinated by the ways that every indigenous people have their own cultural belief systems fixated on their own demarcation center of land space, that are far apart from other indigenous people; but yet they have everything in common, hence ; “e pipi’i tia ae mamao ala.”

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Take it to Court

Dear Editor Re: Protest march, P.M’s response and customary land Why hasn’t anyone taken the matter to the Supreme Court then? For a declaratory judgment on whether the law is constitutional or not?

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Guilty by association

Re: People power against H.R.P.P. The H.R.P.P. and P.M. should at least be guilty by association then, aye? Well, I guess it’s good - and bad, for some - that Samoa does not have a military. Just imagine its role in all of this albeit fledgling and incubated political pandemonium if there was one.

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A sad reminder that not all is well in some corners of Samoa

As we move closer and closer towards Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to get caught in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the luxuries the season brings. Sometimes we take it for granted that everyone just revels in the mood of the season.

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.

Think a Minute

Determination dies hard

Think a minute…This is the true story of a young lady who told all of her friends she was going to be an actress. At the young age of 16 she went off to drama school in New York City. Unfortunately after only a short time the school sent a letter to her mother saying, “Please take your daughter home.


Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

Between the Lines


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.

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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