Lesson number one is respect

Dear Editor, In response to Taula Victor Tyan’s letter titled “My, oh my what a speech,” I want to say that leaders in Samoa are not born leaders they become leaders through a careful selection process. Extended families appoint their leaders and bless their leaders whom we call our Matai.

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Your shallow noisy spouting

Dear Editor, Re: The Govt. and debts People with brains are actually assessing the situation from a higher platform than your shallow noisy spouting. Think a bit more than your immediate little world, and you'll find that there are far more family dispute cases relative to genealogy and properties and titles ownership sitting idle at the Land and Titles Court, than there are in the magistrate and supreme courts combined.

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Get a professional to fix it

Dear Editor, Re: Landslide at Tuaialamu It’s time to change the routes. Coastal roads are a bit dangerous for kids. Too close to houses with no protection barriers on the road.

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Food safety in flooding

Dear Editor, Handling and preparing food is always important in preventing foodborne illness. But the occurrence of a flood may cause damage that could increase the risk of food borne illness.

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The poor remains poor

Dear Editor, Re: The Govt. and debts Well the people with brains are arguing that only a few people will benefit from leasing of customary lands.

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I disagree

Re: How Church can help Govt. raise $2.7million fund With all due respect Mr. Reverend Ieremia, I totally disagree with the people of Samoa giving the government that money as you have said. If your church wants to help so be it but that’s NOT appropriate

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Enslaving people

Re: How Church can help Govt. raise $2.7million fund Church and state, the perfect union in enslaving the people. We took upon ourselves and accept the sheep mentality not to question anything but to go along with anything the two entities tells us.

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A nation of uneducated citizens

Re: Child slavery slammed If this continues, you will have a nation of uneducated citizens that will resolve to continue this practice for generations to come.

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The problem of child slavery

Dear Editor, Re: Child slavery slammed Nicely done. “And yes people are attracted to small children and that is why parents use their children because people tend to feel sorry for the children.” You got a point there.

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A prayer for all

Dear Editor, Some years back, I came across this prayer by Pope John XXIII delivered as an open apology to the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel, with regards to the Crucifixion of Jesus. I quote below:

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Stopping adding insult to injury

Dear Editor, Re: U.S. Ambassador Brown comes bearing 5 computers, two printers and a long list. That was some list U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown trotted out last week about what great things America First is doing in Samoa.

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Teaching them how to fish

Re: Govt. and debt Some villages are leasing out some of the families’ lands for business ventures, i.e. the village of Salelologa that leased out their land to a timber mill company.

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The roots lead to village life

Dear Editor, Re: Progress means better C.E.O’s I couldn’t agree more with Mr Huaman. Although problems with underperforming C.E.O’s and A.C.E.O’s could be put down to the blind leading the blind, I would expand on Mr. Huaman’s hypothesis that Samoa is facing a crisis of the dumb making the not so dumb ‘’dumber.’’

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Hats off to E.P.C

Dear Editor, Re: E.P.C’s work during cyclone What a service! I salute you all, the Board and the management, C.E.O. and the E.P.C. What a great job and a great effort you are doing for our people.

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My oh my, what a speech!

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. tells Directors to listen more, speak less Oh My Lordy, a P.M. with degrees and now a recent Doctorate bestowal and his comments are so babyish and bordering farcical. As much as you have done a lot for Samoa, I do remember you too partake in more talk and Less listening.

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The real point

Dear Editor, Re: The Govt. and debt Really is that all you got from Ropati’s post? I think his point was not whether the money the government receives is a loan or a grant but what they do with it.

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A project with disastrous consequences

Dear Editor, The H.R.P.P. have been in power for over 30+ years and yet they don’t have an answer to the continuous floods in Apia when we have a lot of rain or cyclones. I don’t think they have managed to fix even one of the affected areas.

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Families should be prepared

Dear Editor, Re: Health fears after Gita Very sad it happened but I do not understand when locals say they aren’t prepared for such disasters when Samoa has cyclone season from Nov to March? Families need to consider their welfare and undertake storm preparations starting April to Oct so come storm season, they’re prepared.

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Be proactive and stay alert

Re: We could’ve been better prepared To be honest, this is why people live in Samoa must cleanup their properties constantly all year round. To eliminate problems like this one. Even creeks and rivers so the water can flow freely where they are suppose to go through.

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Can’t stop Mother Nature

Dear Editor, Re: We could’ve been better prepared Samoa is an Island ...we attract vicious weather developments at certain times of the year...at least we get warnings.

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Ghostwriters and the priorities for P.M. Tuilaepa’s administration

Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa. It appears that he and his Government are obsessed with these Ghostwriters and what they are saying in their faceless blogs and social media pages.

Street Talk

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Love for All Seasons (Part 2)

Think a minute…Recently a couple who had been married 72 years died together in the hospital. After a car accident they were put in beds beside each other, so they continually held each other’s hand.


“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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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