Babies don’t belong in jail cells

It’s impossible to ignore it. The idea that a mother is sharing a custody cell with her two-month-old baby over a debt she has not been able to pay is chilling.

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How silly politics ruined Ele’s moment

In the end, it was a simple low-key ceremony. It probably best described the incredibly humble champion that Tapueleele Opeloge of Vaoala is.

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Safety of the public paramount

Our nation’s threshold to tolerate irresponsible bus – and to an extent taxi - drivers is intriguing. We put up with them everyday on the road and even on occasions where their stupidity costs lives, it seems that it has become the norm for us to accept that this is the reality in Samoa.

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Much to be excited about in sports

Sports has been a hot topic this past week in Samoa. There was our national sports body the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.), holding their A.G.M. as well as the election of office holders for the next four years.

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Taxing church pastors and the evil called bureaucratic corruption

Much has been said about the government’s expressed intention to tax pastors of all church denominations around Samoa; however, so far no firm decision has been made.

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Success and hard work

Two stories highlighted on the pages of your newspaper this week are a must read. They should inspire us all about what we can achieve through hard work, dedication and perseverance.

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Don’t lose sight of the big picture

Sometimes when we become so hung up with the daily grind and when we are overwhelmed by the multiple challenges of life, we lose sight of the bigger picture. That much is undeniable.

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Better communication could’ve done the trick

The truth is simple enough. No one would say no to faster and cheaper Internet connection as promised by the Tui Samoa Cable. Beautiful stuff.

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Thinking about love and compassion

Everyday after we read the Village Voice section of this newspaper, these words immediately come to mind. Love, mercy and compassion.

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Another move about political control on the horizon

A story titled “Govt. moves to change law for Cabinet to appoint A.C.E.Os” published two weeks ago on the pages of this newspaper raised some very interesting question. We believe they are worth revisiting.

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Admitting the obvious

At last one of the most important reports has been completed, launched and will next come under the scrutiny of Cabinet.

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Despite all that, Samoa is still law-abiding, peaceful and free

Why is it that every time we’re thinking about the term bureaucratic corruption, the first name that comes to mind is that of the late lawyer and Member of Parliament, Dr. Asiata A.V. Sale’imoa Va’ai?

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Time to stop the needless waste of precious lives

Two months, two deaths, similar circumstances. But this is just the tip of the iceberg folks! The fact is there are many more problems out there escaping the radar and under reported in relation to the abuse of alcohol in this country.

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Never a dull moment in paradise

There is no such thing as a sleepy Samoa. While the pace of life in this slice of paradise is certainly slower than other places near and far, there is definitely never a dull moment.

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Another blunder? Or is it desperation?

The government’s announcement that the Overseas Medical Referral Programme (O.M.R.P.) has now been extended to India – with the likelihood of New Zealand being totally excluded - would without a doubt raise eyebrows.

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Why dispute between First Solar and the government matters

The simmering dispute between First Solar and the government is a complex matter. And one thing is crystal clear; it’s a tough, tough situation for the government.

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Every day life in beautiful Samoa

The contradictions are real. And so are the outcomes. How can Samoa be so beautiful when you look in from the outside and yet it’s full of problems?

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The importance of two sene

There seems to be a few favourite strategies used by our government when there is bad news on the horizon.

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The irony with the government, the church and those taxes

Oh the irony of all ironies. Barely a month after the church in Samoa praised the government ever so highly for making Samoa a Christian nation; the government has turned around and given the church the boot.

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What conflict of interest? Surely not in Samoa, not in paradise!

Conflict of interest seems to be the phrase of the moment. You see with the recent controversy about conflicts of interest in different government bodies, we are reminded about an interesting episode involving the former leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Palusalue Faapo II and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

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Letters to the Editor

Do what we are doing

Dear Editor Re: Of God, Grace and Christianity The L.D.S. Church has an open canon (Bible, BoM, Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) and Pearl of Great Price) unlike Christian churches that believe only in - and inerrancy of - the Bible which is also closed.

Street Talk

Malia Tili, 27

Is it really necessary to find ‘O LE PALEMIA’?

The name of the person known as ‘O le Palemia’ has been cause for conjecture on social media for weeks. With the police now involved in a search, Ilia L Likou asked the people on the street whether they thought it was worth the effort. Here are their thoughts:

Think a Minute

Learning to love

Think a minute…about love. It makes the world go around, right? The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be much going around! Most of us know that to love and be loved is what life is all about.

Columns

ANZAC: Lest we forget!

Today, 25 April 2017, marks 102 years since the landing of thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli and the birth of the term ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

The righteous thing The Ministry of Revenue is not the most popular of government Ministries right now. That’s for sure.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The fire burnt low in the hearth but the servant women made no move to add fuel to it.

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