Prisoners will live better than hard-working Samoans

Dear Editor Why is the government spending $20 million on a prison when families are working hard but still struggling to have the basic necessities to life? It’s hard enough to have food and running water to bath ourselves and our children and to have electricity.

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The true state of play in Samoa

Dear Editor Thank you Fiu Mataese for your wonderful contribution on the issue of customary lands. Our independent State of Samoa has been Corporatized by the International bankers of the world; A.D.B., I.M.F., World Bank AIIB etc. under the watchful eye of the UN.

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Love is indeed the answer

Dear Editor Re: A mother’s love Wow. You are right on track young lady. That’s the only answer and the only way forward. Love.

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The truth about the alienation of customary lands

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands, protests and democracy in a one-party state Thank you for your editorial. Much has been said and debated about the controversial L.T.R.A. 2008 Legislation. But let me first quote our Constitution regarding Samoa lands that was written by our founding fathers.

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They have nothing

Dear Editor, Fiu’s article on customary land They got nothing. All they have is the weight of Prime Minister Tuilaepa, who has declared that no customary lands are being sold....therefore the protections against Alienation of Customary Lands are intact.

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Samoa is superpower

Dear Editor, Re: What did the lawyers do to upset Tuilaepa? If you need to look at exorbitant spending on useless infrastructure, Samoa is indeed a world power.

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Where is our M.P. Peseta Vaifou Tevaga?

Dear Editor While the government and critics strongly debate the issue of customary lands, I can hardly hear the voice of our representative in Parliament regarding this matter. For your information, people of Faasaleleaga #4 didn’t vote for you to go there to just sit and remain silent with Tuilaepas’ hands over your shoulders.

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Thank you, Samoa!

Dear Editor As a frequent visitor to Samoa I would like to express my delight and relief at the vast reduction in the dog population. Having been attacked a couple of years ago I have steadfastly avoided walking anywhere in Apia.

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Cryptocurrency a tricky subject

Dear Editor Re: Samoa has entered unchartered waters You bring some valid points and good rebuttal to the original piece. I take a similar position, albeit from a somewhat different angle. The government’s position, lie so many, may come from a limited amount of information on cryptocurrency, in general.

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Samoa has been divinely appointed

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands, protests and democracy in a one-party state We often here the saying; “O Samoa ole atunu’u ua uma ona tofi, po’o Samoa ole atunu’u na tofia e le Atua.” The traditional saying that everyone understood is relevant to the saying; “Ua tala tau Tonga, ae tala tofi Samoa.” But I think there is a deeper meaning than that.

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It’s different

Re: Use your real name Exposing “corruption” in the government is not the same as “criticism”. You don’t need a name to make that message credible and that is the Truth in a nutshell.

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In response to Afamasaga Tole’afoa’s column

Afamasaga M. F. Toleafoa, I thank you for responding. “Pure fabrication and distortion.” I won’t accuse you of anything quite so malevolent, but merely of misunderstanding the words spoken by Jesus and reported by Luke. I will again quote from Luke, Ch. 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

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Samoa has entered unchartered waters

Dear Editor Re: Re: Central Bank cracks down on “One Coin” scheme I am writing referring to this article above. I think it is imperative to know that cryptocurrency will make its way to Samoa and your Central Bank may find itself a competition because cryptocurrency can operate independently of a Central Bank.

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Two wrongs don’t make it right

Re: P.M. laughs at village threat The P.M. is said to have done many things wrong, none of those things I completely know of but I do believe in the majority of them. But in this case, the punishment wasn’t over the top. What the Luatuanu’u people did was dangerous to the public and very risky for themselves.

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He’s not listening

Re: Church and Govt. It sounds like the P.M. is one of those who want Samoa to be like other nations that measure their economic growth by their G.D.P., rather than how wealth is distributed equitably.

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Church, Government and Romans 13:1-6. Part II

Dear Editor, So, given all the information as explained in the first part of my letter yesterday, I do believe, we can now draw a conclusion about the truth in (Romans 13:1-6). The truth is that the governing authorities in (Romans 13:1-6) are referring to the servants of God in the government of God at Church.

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Use your real name

Re: P.M. denies $1million claim One thing I will say about Maua Faleauto and others who criticise the government relentlessly out in the open from social media and elsewhere is that at least they do so with their real names and faces.

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The truth

Re: Political correctness gone mad Mr. Editor, the truth is never easy to take, it hurts, and bearer of truth will never be popular, they’ll be hated and called names, all because their accusers are angry and offended. Politically correctness is opposite of truth.

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Church government and Romans 13:1-6

Dear Editor, The first point that I would like to start this discussion with in relation to Paul’s teachings in (Romans 13:1-6) is about the heart and the origin of the church of Christ and Christianity. The heart and the origin of the Church of Christ and Christianity is Israel but not Rome or any other nation of the world.

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These changes

Re: Changes to Electoral laws and constituencies Every Member of Parliament is chosen by their traditional district. I’m still waiting for the reason why this government is trying to destroy our foundation, the Culture our custom and tradition.

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Editorial

Think dialogue, humility and mutual respect

We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines

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

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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