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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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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Maybe P.M. Tuilaepa is just tired

Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s week in London would have done him a world of good. It was a timely break from the pressures of home. Anyone who lives in this country would understand that now and then; you need to get away from “the rock” for some fresh air. The petty politics and the personalities can certainly be stifling at times.

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

Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

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

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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