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Alexander Rheeney

Promoting tobacco products to the detriment of our health outcomes

It was only two weeks ago when the Government announced plans to introduce legislation to make it legal for an 18-year-old to sell alcohol. And just the other day we were alerted to another Government-sponsored legislation – which Parliament passed into law last month – that now gives a child 15-years or older the authority to sell cigarettes.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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.

Columns

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Lumepa Hald

The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Lagimalie (heavenly harmony) in peace, security and human development

There is a Samoan saying, “E le sili le toa e a’ea le olo, i le toa e pulea lona loto”, meaning, “he who overcomes the fort is no less courageous than he who overcomes his impulses”. This is linked to the biblical saying in Proverbs 16, verse 32.

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Nick Hurley

Time to reflect the past, celebrate shared achievements

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu. Naumai, haeremai. Tena koutou katoa

Between the Lines

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

So as he gratefully accepted a donation of boots from an Australian Good Samaritan, Prime Minister thanked Jo Mikarna for 3000 pairs, only to learn there were 4000.

A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

Think a Minute

Think a minute… James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

Street Talk

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:

Anesone Elama, 43

Saleimoa

Easter Nun Yan, 20

Vaoala

Fa’aa’e Faletaoga, 35

Saina

Iulio Ioane, 46

Salepoua’e

Meatuai Sefo, 35

Vaitele

Queenmary Maia’i, 21

Moamoa

Toalua Tauavae, 42

Siusega

Valma Tonu’u, 34

Fugalei

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