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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Take away your emotions

Re: I ask P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt. to dig a hole and throw us all in there “But say for argument sake that we are to take this ruling and apply it our history, genealogies and life of Samoans in general, where does that leave us with the stories passed down from generation to generation?”

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Arming the Police to protect themselves

Dear Editor, How the dynamic of life has slowly rattling and unfolding from year to year into the fast transformation pace of weeks into days, that is before our very eyes! The fast speed of violent recurrence is almost getting us caught not able to cope with the substances that are so foreign, and were portrayed only on the big screen and television, but into actions of reality we are now experiencing.

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An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers

Dear E.F.K.S. Faifeaus who don’t want to pay tax, I urge you to read the Word of God, which the Holy Spirit inspired men to write for us. It is the manual for life and relevant to us for today. The God I know and have a relationship with - The God of the Bible - is Almighty, all powerful, all wise. All knowing, loving, kind, compassionate and very rich - to name a little of who He is.

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Actions, services and the mirror in the Bible

Dear Editor, As has been stated in my previous letter next to this one, I will be focusing mainly on “actions” and “services” as well as the “truth” behind actions and services on a separate discussion in the near future. This is the one that I have prepared for that purpose. The study about behavior from “words” is already discussed in the previous letter. The outcome as you have already aware about is not good.

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Ministry of Finance corrects report on Education budget

Dear Editor, I refer to the headline in the Samoa Observer on 30th May 2018, which states “Education Budget Cut, Games get $11 million” I would like to clarify that the reference to the education budget being cut is incorrect.

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Very sad and dangerous for Samoa

Dear Editor, Referring to the Chief Editor’s editorial entitled “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa, can I simply say- Yes “He should know.” The problem is He doesn’t know, and the most worrying problem is He thinks He knows!

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Taxes, church and history

Re: “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa. The rationale for the church not to pay taxes extend way back when Church and State were of the same entity. Now, the employees (faifeaus) of the ‘system’ has to pay taxes but the returns created by church assets which is a Corporation should never be touched because its the fundamental right granted by his ‘cousin’ the govt. for political and economical control of humanity.

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Arrogance, pride

Re: “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa. Beloved Samoa --- you have lost your way and have been found wanting in the sight of the Lord. Your arrogance, pride and haughtiness are coming home to roost, and you’ll suffer the consequences of your self- righteousness.

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Sogi decision is very harsh

Dear Editor, Re: Court dismisses land claim Who is the legal counsel for the plaintiff? Why wouldn’t they have advised their client to for a start, get the land in question surveyed?

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A ridiculous claim from start to finish

Dear Editor, Re: Court dimisses Sogi land claim So are you saying that under the N.Z. administration where British common law applies, you can get arrested one week and have a trial and be sentenced to death the very next week? The whole claim from start to finish was completely ridiculous.

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Brave and courageous

Re: Minister issues final warning Well said, Minister Tialavea! It is a brave and courageous Minister to stand up to the bullying by the largest denomination in the country - the E.F.K.S. No other church in the country has objected to this law. Just the E.F.K.S.

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Violent too

Re: Filipino soap opera Great insight, well said and how true! Just adding to that, it’s curious how love and affection is censored on Samoan TV while violence isn’t. TV/media is social programming.

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Two time frames

Re: Sogi land case It’s hard to criticize the judgment based on the testimony of Mr. Tokuma. But there is definitely two different time frames that the Court has to consider, things under colonial rule weren’t as slow and methodical as it is today especially if there had always been unrest in the colony.

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Filipino soap opera et al are the culprits of Samoa’s violence

To all Filipino soap opera lovers, with regret, I have to voice out this concern before it becomes a permanent stain in our society. I am afraid for Samoa and its people as it is almost on the brink of moral decay. If this trend continues further we will be permanently stained by foreign ideologies introduce through entertainments. Our land of a safe paradise will become a land of drama-laden paradise.

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They can afford tax

Re: Church and govt. tax I agree with BenV's comments. Put the government’s accountability on other issues aside, and lets look at this particular matter for what it is. In all fairness, Faifeau's should pay tax. Why?

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Don’t arm the police

Re: Arming the Police force As a Samoan living overseas, arming the police is not going to help keep the peace but create more problems or even kill innocent people. Where are the high chiefs, village council and the parents of these trouble kids, they should be ashamed of themselves.

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What Jesus did do

Dear Editor, Re: Tax, churches and the Bible Actually, Jesus did not tell anyone to give their dinarii to brutal Caesar the violent Roman Empire. Consider the sequence carefully, and it is exactly the same in three Gospels’ versions of the incident, Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 20.

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It’s got to start from the very top

Dear Editor Re: Tupou suspension should be the template for all players and officials Yeah let’s be fair on ensuring that the punishment is handed down to all, from the corporate box section of the Samoan Rugby union to the players. The players have been again crucified to make an example of by the Board but the root of the problem flows right from the top.

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Editorial

P.M.’s obsession with O.L.P.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P. hit a new level last week when he reportedly named two members of the public as people behind the infamous blog. He apparently coughed up the names during his weekly programme with Talamua Media, which immediately posted a story on its website.

Street Talk

Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Think a Minute

“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.

Columns

FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

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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