The system has been broke for a long time

Dear Editor, Re: Balance would be a mix of both lifestyles Some good points raised by Mr. Hartin. It’s a worry. There emerges a picture of a society imbued with culture and religiosity albeit, with a modern government that despite its “progress” and expediency in securing funding, is not remedying issues associated with growing population, resultant demands on infrastructures, unemployment...

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How wealthy countries shut down the poor

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Coconut Cluster responds This is how the wealthy countries shut down anything that the poor countries might become autonomous or competitive with. The W..TO will always help the rich countries.

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Not an isolated incident

Dear Editor, Re: Open letter to the Chairman of S.R.U It’s no wonder overseas-based Samoan players think twice about playing for Samoa. This is not an isolated incident.

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It’s nothing but a hoax

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa commits to address climate challenges Fear mongering has been used over and over again throughout history to justify the injustices governments used against it’s people.

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Please Samoa Rugby Union, bring a Psychologist!

Dear Editor, By now we should be done licking our wounds over our loss to Wales last Friday. It’s time once again to address the real issue plaguing our ever-beloved Manu Samoa. I say this in the most sincere way. However, we cannot and should not ignore the single most important weakness of the men in blue, both collectively and individually, their psychological makeup.

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I smell a rat

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa coconut oil Rape seed oil is also a product that Britain is producing that may have to compete with coconut oil. Hmmmmm interesting.

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It’s going to be a cracker

Dear Editor, Re: America’s Cup OTUSA had the faster boat for race 7&8 but made too many mistakes and the boat seems to have stability issues. Oracle is out practicing and by race time tomorrow, most of today’s problems will be well controlled.

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Alcohol issue

Re: Govt. zeros in on alcohol abuse AA has shown to possess a relatively low success rate. You should try to incorporate amino acids into your diet. Which has illustrated to diminish cravings. Associated with because the mind requires it is dopamine boost it gets from alcohol.

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Learning business skills

Re: Ex-Minister objects to street vendors plan It is an innovative idea and an idea that I pushed for last year on these comments pages. If kids don’t want to be in school, then if they want to continue being vendors, issue them with licenses and the only way they can continue being vendors is to make it compulsory for them to learn business skills at least 3 times a week.

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We’re fed up

Re: An open letter to the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union Time to call a spade a spade. If they’re not dodgy then at the very least they’re inept, unqualified and inexperienced.

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Balance would be a mix of both lifestyles

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial in the Sunday Samoan titled “Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?” Personally, I don’t see Samoa as an aspirational society.

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This is utter stupidity

Dear Editor, Re: Faumuina Liuga on child vendors and Joe Hollywood I just wish I can scream or cuss this man out for his stupidity. It is these kind of behavior and mindsets that create so many crimes and poverty. I was once a street vendor too just like Joe Hollywood.

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Offer them opportunities

Dear Editor, Re: Faumuina and street vendors Kids really want to leave school where they at least have a chance at achieving something in their lives for a decent future unlike their struggling parents to sell matches and q-tips, what a future! Are the teachers stimulating and encouraging them to learn, succeed and have choices?

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Jail system is a bad joke

Dear Editor, Re: Keep prisoners in prison This jail system is a bad joke! What the hell is wrong with you people, did you get hit with the stupid stick-maybe not enough! Who is letting these monsters out and “why”? The police escort needs jailing as well; it should be a crime for him to also assist in this.

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The reality

Re: P.M. on running Samoan rugby Mate your cultures and your Christian beliefs have got nothing to do with rugby at all. If that’s what you think rugby is all about then no wonder why your team is not up to the world standards. The reality is a lot of Samoan players are playing for other countries because they are paid good money to represents NZ, Australia and so on.

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Open your eyes

Re: What women want Actually it’s simple, women aren’t that needy. They get in there and just do it. Cooking and cleaning keep the mice and flies away, so the man can enjoy his hobby followed by romance.

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In response to “We are living in a time of prophesy”

Dear Editor, O lea la ua tau foliga mai ‘ua o gatasi le futia ma le umele’! I am glad to write this piece as a follow on note from my previous 2 pieces; 1. E leai se la’au e falala fua! –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 11 April 2016 and 2. ‘.. a lé o le Malamalama, o lé Savili e ala’ai ona falala le la’au! - SO issue 25 April 2016.

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In support of Faumuina Liuga

Dear Editor, Re: Ex-Minister objects to street vendors plan I am dumbfounded why the government is proposing such law as I myself like the Hon. Minister was a street vendor many years ago. The semantic of my pragmatic humble beginning plying street vendor to weave between office desks in down town Apia to sell any commodities to get money.

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How we can fix our rugby

Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Manu Samoa can only become successful if they align with the New Zealand rugby system. If I was running the Samoa Rugby Union, I will make an immediate SOS call to New Zealand Rugby Union for Help!!!

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Letter lacks in depth knowledge

Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Neat piece of sounds and looks clever but really lacks in-depth knowledge of the issues raised. The Sevens teams from NZ, Australia, England etc are predominantly made up of players that are not even regarded as top level players, they are around 3rd level and downwards and yet still gave our boys a hard time back then.

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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.


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


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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