In response to P.S. Jeffrey regarding ‘idle lands’

Dear Editor With due respect to Jeffrey and his typical H.R.P.P. worded rant about idle land in Samoa going to waste, due to inactivity? What rain shower did Jeffery come down on? Has Jeffery just been swept into Samoa via Cyclone Gita? It is absurd to even suggest, that families from abroad are hell bent on keeping their Samoan families living on Customary Land in poverty!

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The reality with debt

Re: You have been warned, Samoa! I mentioned this a couple of years back when expressing concern over the level of debt back then to the Chinese EXIMBANK. This state owned bank has been operating in Africa and the Indian Ocean for years and the modus operandi is always the same.

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Worst war criminal

Re: The sweat of success He’s been called lots of things, and most of them silly. The man was one of the worst war criminals of the 20th century, mowing down Sudanese tribesmen with machine guns during his youth, throwing the ANZACs at the Turks in WWI, using chemical weapons on the Arabs and Kurds after it, supporting Zionism...

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Fix the simple things

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers Driver is one factor. The other would be the competition of who has the best sounds on their bus. Public safety should be a priority over pride and entertainment - which is not what we’re seeing.

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Great work

Dear Editor, Re: After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer still there I applaud Gatoaitele Sano Malifa and the staff of the Samoa Observer. At times when the opposition was so weak, they could not even place the government’s feet in hot water.

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All intimidation

Re: P.M. orders A.G. The Prime Minister’s sinister rant was all about intimidation. Nothing about his response to counter the opposing school of thoughts prevalent in the community.

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Rational thinking and good governance

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers It is the habit of your love the P.M. to try to make others responsible for what he himself should be responsible for. This is just another example of him doing this.

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Take the drivers to task

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers Prime Minister Tuilaepa is correct in telling passengers to take the drivers to task. How many of you travel regularly by bus?

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A view from Down Under - On the Debate of whether the Clergy should be taxed or not*

My view is such that the priesthood in Samoa should not be taxed as now ordered by Government and proclaimed by them upon the housetops. Mr. Afamasaga Toleafoa Faamatala in his view as published in the 16th of April 2017 issue of this newspaper says he does not know but wishes the government law on the matter should be obeyed.

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No more excuses

Re: Prisoners’ lawyer intervenes Ia poo le a la se kala mai le koeaiga o Tialavea Tionisio Hunt e uiga i laga kama o Mr. Low risk prisoner Filipaina? What have you to say about your so-called low risk prisoner now?

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Idle customary lands

Re: Govt. and debts Nope. It is these noisy activists - hypocrites who live on freehold lands both in Apia and abroad - who cannot stomach their family members turning customary land into something which they can increase their own positions in life.

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It’s not ridiculous

Re: P.M. blames bus drivers I have to agree with the P.M. here. And also enabling the public to speak up is not that ridiculous suggestion. I don’t believe he is saying the passengers are to blame at all, merely pointing out that they don’t have to put up with irresponsible behaviour by selfish and arrogant drivers.

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You are wrong Pastor

Dear Editor, Re: Reverend Lale’s call I’m very disappointed with this Reverend’s comments of how the churches can fund the money to fill the hole the PM and his government spent on their own needs.

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Keep working Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Industry targets smart tourism $2.1billion tala that is equivalent of 1 billion USD. And yes, come 2019 we are coming to help the Tourism Industry of Samoa.

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Lesson number one is respect

Dear Editor, In response to Taula Victor Tyan’s letter titled “My, oh my what a speech,” I want to say that leaders in Samoa are not born leaders they become leaders through a careful selection process. Extended families appoint their leaders and bless their leaders whom we call our Matai.

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Your shallow noisy spouting

Dear Editor, Re: The Govt. and debts People with brains are actually assessing the situation from a higher platform than your shallow noisy spouting. Think a bit more than your immediate little world, and you'll find that there are far more family dispute cases relative to genealogy and properties and titles ownership sitting idle at the Land and Titles Court, than there are in the magistrate and supreme courts combined.

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Get a professional to fix it

Dear Editor, Re: Landslide at Tuaialamu It’s time to change the routes. Coastal roads are a bit dangerous for kids. Too close to houses with no protection barriers on the road.

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Food safety in flooding

Dear Editor, Handling and preparing food is always important in preventing foodborne illness. But the occurrence of a flood may cause damage that could increase the risk of food borne illness.

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The poor remains poor

Dear Editor, Re: The Govt. and debts Well the people with brains are arguing that only a few people will benefit from leasing of customary lands.

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I disagree

Re: How Church can help Govt. raise $2.7million fund With all due respect Mr. Reverend Ieremia, I totally disagree with the people of Samoa giving the government that money as you have said. If your church wants to help so be it but that’s NOT appropriate

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Editorial

Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

Samoa Observer pays tribute to Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

This is our tribute to the late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, the man who made it possible for the Samoa Observer to be born as a newspaper, and in doing so become the entity that it is today. On 16 February 2018, Mr. Marfleet passed away. He was 84.

Street Talk

Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

Columns

HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

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

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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