What we can do

Re: How did our life of fa’alavelave become a source of pain? What is the biggest cost at a fa’alavelave? It is the pigs and cows that come in the refrigerated containers at the wholesalers and the abattoir in Apia. It is also the envelopes given out to every tom, dick, and harry. The simplest and easiest solution to cut costs is:

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Samoans can still reverse the situation

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t give what you can’t afford, Budget advisor cautions To be honest, there is nothing wrong with the Fa’asamoa. However there are ways to enjoy life at the same time enjoy the Fa’asamoa. Here is my observation with the Fa’asamoa nowadays.

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Airport at Tiavea makes sense

Dear Editor, Re: Now that P.M. Tuilaepa has spoken, what next? Well seeing that you’ve argued against, let me offer some balance. I really think there would be a riot if the contract were awarded to a foreign company as the money would likely be sent elsewhere when at least this way the contract is cheaper, jobs are offered to our own people and the money stays in Samoa.

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Don’t allow collectivism to silence the voice of individuals

Dear Editor Re: P.M. calls Olo a pencil pusher Surely before any major Government project of this kind is approved, a feasibility study is undertaken first to determine the need of a second airport and the suitability of the desired location or alternative locations.

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The N.U.S. and its $1.5 million in the bank.

I only now came across an item in the Samoa Observer about the NUS posting a $1.5 million in its bank account. Very nice was my initial thought, until I saw it is the result mainly of a hefty 60% increase in course fees since 1912 (with another 10% increase due this year).

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You’ve got to be joking, Olo Fiti

Dear Editor, As a compass rose has four points of degrees to indicate North, South, East, West, and so as an airport can certainly lay out towards any directions. Just because Faleolo International Airport is laid east to west does not mean every airport is built only for that direction.

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What really hurts us

Dear Editor, Great call Mr. Editor about Heather du Plessis-Allan’s leeches comment. That descendant of slave traders have been educated enough by Pacific scholars so it has been a very useful experience for her going forward.

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Airport project, Peseta and Tenders Board

Dear Editor, Re: Tenders Board defends decision Every bidder who is a Samoan company has people “inside the circle”. It is impossible not to in a small micro country like Samoa. The minister here, Peseta, should have divested himself of his shareholding to be “squeaky clean”, but at the end of the day, he is not a director of the company.

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A question about TV Bingo

Dear Editor, Re: Gambling control authority and TV Bingo Malo Tuatagaloa Alfred Schwalger, you are absolutely right. I also have a question for this former faletua.

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Recommendations for Samoa

Re: Changes to the Head of State role I don’t like these changes. It is Tuilaepa’s way of ushering in non-Tama-a-Aiga to the office of Head of State. Samoa is now a republic without even knowing it. We were not a monarchy but neither were we a republic.

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Re: P.M. urges Ministers to stay away from business Does the P.M. really need to advise his minsters and associate ministers to do the right thing? Really, either they are ignorant or they are uneducated (a favourite description of the P.M’s).

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What a wise man would do

Dear Editor Re: Olo on Faleolo Airport and Peseta’s response If you ask our navigator forefathers about this Ti’avea madness; they would laugh and laugh and laugh and then say; the son of Lepa and his friends have no knowledge about wind shifts, wind shear, wind dips, wind bending even wind tunneling as the terrain is mountainous.

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Gambling Control Authority and TV Bingo

Dear Editor The Gambling Control Authority postulating that parents should make sure their children under the age of 21 are not allowed to gamble is ironic especially in light of the same Authority allowing TV 1 to bring gambling into the homes of Samoa through TV Bingo.

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Drugs in Samoa, avoidance and secrecy

Dear Editor Allow me to share my views on a couple of issues featured in your newspaper recently. Firstly, concerning the story titled “Samoa could get in a drug War.” I would to suggest that Samoa being the next designated targets of these cartels is nothing new to the public of Samoa.

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Get the Police involved

Re: How exactly have these multi-million -tala projects improved lives? The Ministry of Revenue has an outstanding debt of $87.6 million in the 2014-2015 financial years. Nobody knows why.

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A bottomless pit

Re: How exactly have these multi-million -tala projects improved lives? Good question you’ve posed. Why services and prices are not getting better and cheaper. Take solar energy for instance. When solar farm was launch, the P.M. said there will be a reduction in diesel fuel of about a million tala a month (his keynote).

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What the government is really good at

Dear Editor, Interesting editorial about Samoa yesterday. I fail to understand where this faith in government comes from. Are the citizens of Samoa so steered by their education from government teachers? Government is a provider from whom recipients cannot easily fire nor can easily shift market share away from.

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About the cost of the Mulifanua Stake Centre

Dear Editor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not normally disclose financial information regarding Church facilities. However, it should be noted that the cost of the Mulifanua Stake Centre quoted in the Samoa Observer on Sunday 30 September was grossly exaggerated.

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Open letter to the General Manager and management of E.P.C.

On the 1st October, your Corporation increased the cost of electricity to all consumers and different rates are applied to domestic, non-domestic users, commercial. What we would also like to know what rates you are charging government and the politicians. I raised this matter because I spent a lot of unnecessary time to correct mistakes in your newly adopted system, which took them almost 3 hours to correct the problem.

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Help the helpless

Re: Lawyer calls for review of judgment debt About time, malo Su’a! Where’s the justice in locking up people who took that small amount in addition interest of whatever percent yet after those eight weeks you come back and still have to pay such amount.

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Time for P.M. to introduce law to deal with Ministers’ private business interests

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued an impassioned plea to Members of Parliament, particularly Cabinet Ministers and Associate Ministers. In light of recent controversies involving Cabinet Ministers and their business interests, Tuilaepa’s call was quite simple. He wants them to stay far away from their family businesses, telling them to focus on their public duties instead.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.


CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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