Time for new political movement

Dear Editor Re: Typical of a one party state The voters at grassroot level don’t seem to know either that the very candidate they are voting for are those that are undermining their livelihoods.

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In remembrance of their sacrifice

Dear Editor, Re: Commemorating ANZAC in Samoa Hearing that bugle sound “The Last Post” at dawn break always brings tears to my eyes. It’s not just about remembering our fallen brave ANZAC soldiers. It’s about remembering that they fought and died for our freedom.

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The way to go

Re: Farewell, Manamea! I like the way the Bahai faith conducts funerals. People must be buried within 2-3 days of death. Here, Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, was buried one day after death according to Bahai beliefs. I like this. Simple, no hassles, no fuss.

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Court absence explained

Re: Chief Justice expresses concern Samoa’s accredited Mediators have legal accountancy and other careers. Mediation in the L.T.C. is fairly new and also important to alleviating work of the Court. Everyone is given the opportunity to object.

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A homage to war

Re: Why we shouldn’t forget ANZAC It is an inescapable truth that the commemoration of ANZAC Day is a homage to war, violence, the pointless sacrifice of youth, and the greed of imperial masters. WWI was the culmination of the Great Game, the European scramble for colonies, the British defending their imperial possessions from the rising power of Germany.

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Tui Atua should be the leader of Samoa

Dear Editor Re: Tofaeono says “I would never follow a weak leader who cries.” When 20 children were murdered at Newtown in a U.S. elementary school, President Obama while speaking to America on the media blinked and paused perhaps trying to fight back tears.

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Why the Head of State had to sign

Dear Editor, Re: Letter that made former Head of State cry Samoa’s system is pretty much exactly the same as the British system. The Head of State in Samoa is equivalent to the Queen in the UK.

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L.T.R.A. and former Head of State

Dear Editor, Whatever the previous Head of State’s motives and the timing of his speech, one thing is clear, his views has had a significant impact on the L.T.R.A. debate. We can be cynical and describe his speech as grandstanding by somebody who is no longer constrained by the protocols of the head of state office.

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Drugs disaster

Re: $60,000 drug bust I hope the people responsible for bringing these drugs into Samoa receive the highest penalties possible. For a country with such a small population it will be (probably already is) a disaster to see these types of drugs filter down to our most precious - our children.

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The cause

Re: Olo calls out P.M. Tuilaepa Agree with you Olo, even the Prime Minister has many loaves of bread titles. If he earned them titles he should know what a matai is, and what his responsibilities are, to counsel, advice and keep the peace.

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A serious Constitutional crisis in our country

Dear Editor, When we have people mentioned in the Constitution to establish Acts and set up rules of laws and procedures according to the truth in the Constitution but they have something else in mind completely different from the truth in the Constitution to form a new basis of our rules of law and a new constitution of our country, then that means, we are dealing with a major problem with our Constitution in our Parliament and our government.

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Morals, faith and leadership

Re: The letter than made a former Head of State cry I respond in sincerest respect and honor that once we did have a Samoa that was in communication with each other and Trust never failed. After reading this letter it too has brought tears to my eyes.

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Wrong term

Re: Village hire, Govt. fires Wrong Term - isn’t it more appropriate for all villages to change this term “pulenu’u” that refers to the Govt employee in the village, to a more appropriate term such as, “so’o’upu a le nu’u”?

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Did the former Head of State really cry?

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

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There is no ambiguity

Dear Editor, I write in reference to the address by the former Head of State. I can’t see an ambiguity. This ambiguity argument is all about letting both the P.M., A.G. and the former Head of State off the hook as if all that occurred was innocent and they were all motivated by virtue and determined to put the interests of the people of Samoa first.

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A ceremonial role

Re: The letter that made former Head of State cry He signed the law because it was his Constitutional duty to do so. The law was passed by the democratically-elected Parliament of Samoa (the People’s House).

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Torrens system is to make the register conclusive

Dear Editor, I write in response to Petelo’s Suaniu’s letter titled “A load of rubbish.” Well speak of the devil, its Stui’s rubbish boy. Petelo, the L.T.R.A. 2008 is unconstitutional when H.R.P.P. government decided to skip an important directive in our Constitution.

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Highly unlikely

Re: Where is the love? Good point, but I highly doubt this government would be bothered to create a law or a change to the Constitution to reflect this. That would be about restoring democracy.

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Village hire, Govt. fires

Re: Don’t village mayors have rights too? “If the village mayors are employees of the government, what rights do they have as employees and where are these rights articulated?” They have no right whatsoever, when they are sacked they must accept.

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Samoan traditions are eroding

Dear Editor Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa? Samoa’s isolation in the heart of the Pacific has forged and maintained unique strong culture of sharing and family kinship in society for thousands of years, and this is the strength of any nation.

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Editorial

God blesses people who are prepared to work

When we talk about hardship, struggles and poverty, an element that is often lost in the debate is that there are people who are doing their absolute best to try and get out of it. We think they deserve credit and a mention for their efforts. Today we want to pay tribute to their hard work, whatever it is that they do.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Problems mean progress

Think a minute…What’s your problem? Not all problems are bad. In fact, certain kinds of problems mean you are successful and making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with a small hardware store.

Columns

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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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