Don’t village mayors have rights as government employees too

Dear Editor, Interesting reading your editorial on the Prime Minister and comments about Samoa being a dictatorship. There are varying degrees of dictatorship and there are different types of dictators, the latter including Idi Amin, Mugabe and Saddam.

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A load of rubbish

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands and the truth Rubbish. The L.T.R.A. 2008 is not unconstitutional at all. Stop reading rubbish online from people who have never once taken the matter to the Courts to test their stupid legal arguments before the Judges.

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Why child labour exists in Samoa

Dear Editor I have remained tight lipped over these child labour reports (as reported in the Samoa Observer) of at least a years worth in the hope, that Stui and his cronies would have this child vendoring outlawed, and families given support to make ends meet.

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Blame the parents

Re: The issue of poverty Blame everyone else except the people who put that child there - his parents. You can blame the govt, the social charities, the police, the schools, the churches, but the number one teacher in someone’s life is their mother and father.

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Cyber surveillance

Re: Cyber security on the agenda When this exercise is finished, ‘someone’ will have a good idea of habits of the local IT people who have an idea of IPs, DNSs, ip4/6, ports , encapsulation, backdoors etc. etc. Network latency has doubled before one gets ‘outside the reef’ with the insertion of several devices in the route since O.L.P.

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The real problem

Re: Four year old street vendor The problem in my understanding all started from the mum when she was a young girl. She didn’t have a vision in life. The fact is, when she was sent to school she didn’t worry at all about her future.

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It’s all about control

Dear Editor Re: P.M. snubs Samoa Observer The Prime Minister’s approach against the Samoa Observer is one that is well planned, to gain favor and support from someone in the office which has the authority to control media outlet.

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Samoa no longer a democracy

Dear Editor, Re: Does sacking a village mayor justify being called a dictatorship He has been taking over more and more areas of Samoa putting the power in his hands and lessening the power the people have.

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The issue of poverty

Dear Editor, Re: A four-year-old street vendor Talofa e! This is not a good start to life is it? Only 4 years old and should be in school but instead forced to help provide for the family.

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Love is the answer

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s love My heart goes out to you Terry. You and your husband did an awesome job. I have four of my own. And trust a mother’s love for their children is like no other.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day

Dear Editor, Re: Time to demand better results from our pathetic Manu Sevens While the Manu Samoa Sevens team is going through a rebuild and restructure from previous management, coaches and players, I think it would be fare to say that your comments are a little harsh.

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Why Pastors should pay tax

Re: Pastors and taxes We need our faifeaus to pay their taxes so that they can contribute to the upkeep of modern infrastructures in Samoa. Taxes for the Romans were necessary to avoid persecutions, Temple taxes were necessary to enable the priests and Levites to perform their duties and maintain this magnificent building.

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Short response to Afamasaga’s long-winded piece

Dear Editor Re: Taxes, church, govt and Ned Afamasaga, you’re bound to win this round, again for wordiness rather than lucidity, reason or honesty in you defense of the practice of taxation.

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The direction Samoa is heading

Dear Editor Re: Govt. sacks Village Mayor Another evil method your government is using and undermining fa’asamoa. First they create a parliamentary system, which is not; it’s a slow motion system of a coup over the people.

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Useless exercise

Re: Facebook, Zuckerberg and Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s troubles I have traveled often to China in my business activities and initially found that many “normal” websites and social media were banned by the Government there.

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Manu Samoa Sevens

Re: Time to demand better results from pathetic Sevens Thank you Mr. Editor. I couldn’t agree more with your views. If this was a coach from Apia West or Apia, the Union would have sacked him already. Tietjens has had more than a year to work with this team.

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Crytocurrency and the world

Dear Editor Cryptocurrency is an orchestrated One World Order agenda to convert all of the world’s fiat currency into digital. There was an article written 30 years ago in 1978 by the Rothchild’s magazine called the Economist that predicted the year 2018 as the year that they will do the reset.

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Pau Mulitalo’s crime?

Re: Lawyer suspended This is just another of those evil violation committed by a leader and ignored by the community at large, that we as a community will eventually pay for it.

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Do the right thing

Re: Group advices against Facebook ban For your information Stui, bad things are happening in government everyday under your nose. If your Christian government adheres to principles of Democracy (good governance, transparency, accountability ) then why, why was/is there no justice for O.P.C Report 2010, S.R.U. Report 2012 etc?

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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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Editorial

Think safety first please everyone

It has been one of them weeks for Samoa. A rare one where we’ve hardly seen rays of the sunlight, which are synonymous with our tropical environment. Instead, it has been a week of heavy rain and downpours so that all we see in Samoa today are floods, potholes, mud and more mud.

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

No Parking

Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough. Now it’s time to relax, let the others do the work, and enjoy the ride.

Columns

Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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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