Suppressing the voice of dissent

Dear Editor, You should embrace the thriving democratic principles now showing in the Samoan political system. The right to dissent is one of the corner stones of democracy.

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Invite them to share their concerns

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. gives instruction on terrorist Are these people nuttas or just frustrated at having no freedom of speech often denied in Samoa? I haven’t seen the video in question.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s language

Dear Editor, When the Prime Minister of the country calls his people dogs, stupid, stinking pigs, uncircumcised horses, and threat to drop an atomic bomb on them, then this much is undeniable, the language he used is low, even worse it cannot be ignored.

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Getting those numbers correct

Dear Editor, “We all know that the voting system favours the HRPP” Rubbish. The fact that there are actually quite a few HRPP candidates per seat actually favours the opposition candidate.

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Thanks for the laughs Mr. Hollywood

Dear Editor, My friends at the makeki always find your letters Hollywood amusing and of great entertainment value. I would encourage you to write regularly because you are our only source of amusement every time we read your letters.

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Why Samoans held back from job promotions

It is very interesting how Samoans live in NZ pull out a race card. However, if you look at where you are, then you should ask some reality questions.

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The importance Samoa’s General Price Order

Dear Editor, In especially times of Economic strife where every cent does count it is perhaps wise to have regular reference to the General Price Order. Accessible on MCIL’s website, the price order could save one a couple of tala in making purchases for products considering it clearly lays out legally established maximum prices for products being sold on the shelves of shops, supermarkets etc in Samoa.

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A peaceful and functioning government beacon for all

Dear Editor, There is no denying the dysfunctional state of affairs in our beloved country of Samoa today. What is blatantly clear is the emotional roller coaster amongst our citizens, both here at home and abroad.

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This is absurd

Re: Threat to shoot P.M. unnecessary. It’s illegal and shameful We all know that the voting system in Samoa favours the HRPP so the idea of people coming to Samoa to vote is extremely senseless to say the least.

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What have you been doing?

Re: Tourists find Samoa’s roads appalling More than thirty years of HRPP and the roads are still dodgy… what are you all doing honourable Members of Parliament?

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Understanding the Prime Minister better

Dear Editor, I write regarding a letter to the editor about Talalei Pauga. The letter writer is correct when you say a lot educated people of Samoa and around the world support this guy.

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Two wrongs doesn’t make a right

Dear Editor, Here’s a scenario: What do you do if there’s a disagreement between you and your husband or wife? Do you disrespect him/her? I don’t think so! I’m sure you’ll talk it out as mature people. People with morals and virtue, which is respect of course to each other’s differences.

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People have different pain tolerance levels

Re: Threat to shoot the P.M. unnecessary With all due respect, more than thirty years of abuse and government misbehaving has reached its tolerance limits. Yes, we are individually endowed with different personality characteristics, albeit our pristine Samoan moral upbringings.

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A lot of hot air

Re: Threat to shoot the P.M. unnecessary The H.R.P.P. and the P.M. are elected democratically at every election, elections where 40% of Parliament is chucked out of office by the way. Those foreigners online who keep getting brainwashed and hurl insults, should put up or shut up.

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Why don’t we get China to fix the roads?

Dear Editor Re: Samoa’s poor roads To be fair, that west coast road is atrocious. There has been planning and consultations and more planning and more consultations about that road for years now and still nothing has been completed.

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P.M. is the king of belittling people

Dear Editor, Re: Such a terribly meaning statement is unbecoming of you It’s never a fair battle isn’t it? The Prime Minster used words such as “setting an atomic bomb on the petitions of some Savaii villages which he later defended as a figure of speech.

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It takes courage to report both sides

Dear Editor Re: Such a terribly meaning statement is unbecoming of you I applaud the Samoa Observer for being able to be observant and report both sides. I don’t always agree with the reported spin on certain topics but it takes a courageous paper to report both sides especially in this era of oppressive government censorship of free speech in Samoa as has become so evidently clear with the arrest of King Faipopo.

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Good on you La’auli Leuatea!

Dear Editor, Re: Total control of Samoa If the rules of the HRPP are to eject anyone who disagrees with the party (PM’s) line, then that is their right. Full marks to La’auli to stand up for what he believes; it is what is expected of a publically elected representative.

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Get Ma’a Nonu and Steven Luatua

Dear Editor, Re: Interest in the Manu Samoa It would be great to have Steven Luatua and Victor Vito in Samoa’s forward pack. Having Peter Saili, Christian Leali’ifano, Maa Nonu and Isaiah Toeava in the backline would be awesome.

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Ready to die for the cause? Why then did you chuck the pig’s head, dog food and ran?

Dear Editor, I write regarding your editorial titled: “P.M’s fear, pig head thrower and charge against King Faipopo. What a great fun.” Certainly fun to you and for me Sir but others might think not.

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Editorial

Remittances, Samoans abroad and the concept of tautua

Numbers don’t lie. If Samoa’s economy received $503.73 million in remittances from Samoans overseas last year, that is a massive contribution to the economy by any standard. Now let’s quickly take a look at the Government’s revenue collections during the past few years. In 2011, the Ministry of Revenue collected $420 million; it dropped to $377 million in 2012, and went up to $409 million in 2013. In 2014, it further increased to $421 million, $431 million in 2015 and for 2016 it was $485 million.

Street Talk

Anesone Elama, 43

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Think a Minute

The golden rule of Business

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.

Columns

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH METI: Otara Eteru Autagavaia.

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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