About those talkfests

Dear Editor, Re: The challenges of our time I agree with this editorial on talkfesting and the most glaring examples are mainly in the government related initiatives. When one government official thinks about an issue, it is consideration. When two government officials consider the same issue, it is called a meeting.

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A few more facts

Dear Editor, I write in response to a letter titled “Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results.” Here are some more facts. 1. The qualification series for the R.W.C. 2019 is still happening. Samoa is playing Fiji and Tonga over the coming weeks. Even if Samoa loses to both of them, they still have a chance to qualify for the RWC 2019 through a repechage series.

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Sustainable and fair wages

Dear Editor, Re: Minimum wage There is nothing wrong with paying people fair sustainable wage. The capitalist and the Marxist can live as one in this really elementary basic need. Market driven dynamics coupled with fair wages is a great way forward.

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About climate change

Dear Editor, Re: Climate change debate It is a complete disgrace when you come into a segment you do not understand and fail to achieve a first grade level of how molecules work. By your admission. You are dumb and cannot comprehend simple math and understand first grade science.

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Please keep prisoners in prison

Dear Editor, At the beginning of the month the country was informed of a man sentenced to jail for 16 years for the rape of a young woman during the 2016 Independence Holiday. It brings chills to me every time I think of this. I am here to share that this man was seen near a school just this week, with the escort of the police from the jail taking him there.

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It’s happening in your country

Dear Editor, Re: Police furious about baby sex case Okay, this happens in all societies and in Samoa since time began. It’s not new to Samoa. Incest and violation of our young and vulnerable is more common than we would like to ever imagine.

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A missed opportunity

Dear Editor, Re: Manu Samoa and Wales Excuse me I wish to take issue with the last line in this article. “The last clash between the two was at Cardiff Stadium in Wales where Manu Samoa lost 19-26.” Manu Samoa actually beat Wales the last time they played in 2012 in Cardiff.

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The greed of some parents

Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children The saddest part of this story is parents have become pimps. It is my point of view that these parents are no longer just parents during these so-called special events. They have become pimps by making their children sell goods throughout the week of these events.

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Time to bring back the old penalty

Dear Editor, Thank you Mr. Editor for your editorial about the need to stop exploiting our children. Ten years ago I wrote a research paper based on what happened in our shore. “We are not safe anymore” was based on the ongoing abuse of young boys and girls in families.

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What I really think

Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children “The point is that on the streets of Apia and all over Samoa every day and every night, there are children being forced to sell and beg from total strangers, putting their lives at risk. This is not normal. What do you think?”

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The truth about the world economy

Dear Editor, Re: Why the minimum wage should be $8 A very good point about the minimum wage being raised to compensate for the use of land. Economics and the whole capitalist system is designed to fail and create debt, so no matter what the minimum wage is raising it will only create inflation of goods to cover the extra expense.

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Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results

Dear Editor, FACTS to date. · Non-qualification of the Manu Samoa for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. · The 78 - nil result against the All Blacks is a true reflection of the continuous decline in the performances of our Manu Samoa in the past few years.

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Foreign investment and land

Re: Land and money You cannot convert customary land to freehold land. It is forbidden under the Constitution. Therefore 80% of Samoa’s land cannot attract credit. There are tentative steps to try and obtain credit from leases but the banks remain largely unconvinced at this stage. In short, you know nothing as usual.

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An open letter to the management of Bluesky

Dear Mr. Abraham, At the outset I wish to express my serious annoyance at the behaviour your company seems to be engaging in. Before your company took over these services from Government, I had been a customer all my adult life. And this continued when your company took over until sometime a few months ago when I severed all services from your company. At the time, I had your land line, broad band and Moana TV services.

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Drought in Tufulele

Dear Editor, Just read in your Village Voice about a family in Tufulele whose water has been disconnected. Seems they were $1,200 in the arrears! Quite obviously this family made little, if any, attempt to pay their water bill for months and when it finally reached $1,200, the SWA disconnected it.

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Come on, who did it?

Dear Editor, So $50,000.00 tala is missing from the Samoa Land Corporation and no sign of forced entry? I thought they could obviously find out who did it if they just ask. Who was the last one with the keys to the vault?

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Not happy about table tennis tournament

Dear Editor, I am very disappointed with the way the Table Tennis Federation of Samoa under S.A.S.N.O.C runs the tournament during the Olympic Games Days on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of June last week. I believe you can do better President Fusi Coffin of the Table Tennis Federation of Samoa.

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Sad for young kids

Re: Police furious about new baby sex case What such a devastating story to hear from our homeland Samoa, it’s appalling to know that there are pedophiles within some of our own families in Samoa.

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Unbelievable

Re: Police furious about new baby sex case I have read about this type of stories in other countries but I never thought one day it will hit our shores. Where are we heading Samoa? This is truly sad.

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Keep up the great work

Re: Missing money and the S.L.C’s past Talofa Mata’afa Keni Lesa, having been in Samoa for last four weeks and following your column at every opportunity, I have to commend you on your watchdog and whistle-blower investigations and reports.

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Editorial

It’s time for some accountability

Now that we’ve had a bit more time to absorb and accept the bitter disappointment of Manu Samoa’s loss to a considerably weakened Wales team at Apia Park last weekend, it’s time to demand some accountability from the Manu Samoa in terms of our recent results. Yes it’s disappointing that from two test matches; we’ve had no win.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

The wrong map

Think a minute…Have you ever been lost? If you travel to another country for the first time, getting lost can be frustrating and discouraging. Imagine you have just arrived in London, England and want to go to a certain place in that great city. A map of London would show you how to get there.

Columns

Spare change?

Change is inevitable. It is encouraged, but often unwanted. You may embrace it or you may hate it, but the fact still remains that you have to and will continue to undergo the wonders of change.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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