“Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” Ministers’ taxes, attire, care and the irony of the E.F.K.S.

Dear Editor, When the E.F.K.S. meets every year, at Malua for the annual Fono Tele it is, in acknowledgement of the Death of Jesus and his Resurrection. It is always that time of reflection and contemplation and making whole. So the E.F.K.S. again meets this year.

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What should be done to the pastors

Dear Editor, Re: Church, Govt. tax dispute deepens Line up every single faifeau who hasn’t paid their taxes by 30 June 2018 and serve them notices of default. Send them to jail if they don’t pay next year. These people are only men.

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Don’t justify their stupidity

Dear Editor, I write regarding your headline article “Associate Minister rejects reports.” I seriously am flummoxed every time I see matured human beings reacting to the sporadic gutless faceless homogenous ghosts spitting from behind the comfort of the pall.

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Learn from what happened, Associate Minister!

Dear Editor, Re: Associate Minister rejects reports Can I suggest to you Sooalo Mene that after the government 8 hours of work, park the government car at home... get in your personal car and do whatever you want. How many times have we seen government workers abuse the government vehicles for personal purposes?

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Issue with the Manu Samoa

Re: Manu Samoa team No Kahn Fotuali’i, no Kieran Fonotia (who was quite loud on twitter the other week), no Tim Nanai-Williams. Despite those big names out, our backline is still good but Tusi Pisi is getting old and stale. What has happened to James So’oialo?

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Public figure and fight in public

Dear Editor Interesting story on the front page yesterday. In the story, the Associate Minister said: “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.” The Associate Minister admitted that there was a disagreement between him and his wife.

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What a waste of money

Dear Editor, Re: $30million health costs under the gun Who cares what structures you ended up with if you can’t provide basic medical care and ongoing support to the daily working conditions?

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Poverty and risking customary lands

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands It appears that the government is smartly driving our people into poverty when they become desperate enough then it makes it easy for the government to sell their Trojan Horse plan, and as Nafanua said, the whole world is now speaking the same language of sustainable development and we are all in it for a rude awakening.

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A working system

Re: An utter waste of public monies A perfectly configured running system will greatly enhance the performance of those who are guided by its procedures and greatly magnify the benefits for the intended recipients.

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Samoans will still have to pay

Dear Editor, Re: Aid galore in Samoa It is too easy for the authorities to call their increasing debt to China “Aid”, but when they get called out on this, they then call it “Concessionary Loans”, but in fact the concessions are:

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Something doesn’t make sense

Dear Editor, Re: Justice dismisses lawsuit over name Interesting ruling, I was quite convinced that the ruling was fair, as this posting couldn’t possibly post the whole proceedings of the case, but after delivering the verdict, then “Justice Tafaoimalo urged the parties to make peace as they are after all a family.” and supported by both defense lawyers.

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Independent state of Samoa?

Dear Editor, Re: Aid galore Samoa They are chipping away on the first two letters that defined Samoa since 1962. The INdependent state of Samoa, would eventually become the overly dependent state of Samoa.

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Love won

Dear Editor, Re: Love remains one of the most powerful forces for change This wedding brought up some hateful, racist sentiments from white commentators regarding the marriage of Prince Harry to Ms. Markle.

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The Royals

Dear Editor, Re: Love remains one of the most powerful forces for change The British Royal Family survives mainly because it is a huge tourist industry. Today they are harmless, but historically they were an integral part of the British Empire’s monstrous crimes.

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World Rugby picture

Re: Not all idiots are fools There is a picture on the World Rugby site of the expanded council meeting for the first time, and guess what: It is almost exclusively white. This in spite of the fact 30% of the players at the last World Cup were of Pacific Island origin.

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Quite moving

Re: Royal wedding Quite moving seeing Meghan Markle and her mother riding towards Windsor Castle down what they call “the Long Walk” with tens of thousands of flag waving people lining the route.

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Who are you talking to?

So in other words, if you say the same words then it’s not pathetic, insulting, or offensive. But if say them, then it’s pathetic, insulting, and offensive? Man, you sound like our dumocrat Party.

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The idea of a Pacific team

Dear Editor, I think the idea of a New Zealand funded Pacific team has been blown well out of proportion by certain sections of the NZ media. It was an idea for a feasibility study funded by the last (outgoing) NZ government.

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The difference between free and hate speech

Dear Editor, Re: Standing up for Folau No Fili, when someone of his stature stands up and pontificates on the sinfulness of an alternative lifestyle of an already marginalized group of people, it is hate speech not free speech as all the Christians who also hate people who live an alternative lifestyle are arguing is his right.

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Sir Gordon Tietjens, where art thou?

Dear Editor, A few months ago, I found out an unusual arrangement between S.R.U. and the genius-of-a-coach in Sir Gordon Tietjens. Apparently, S.R.U. leadership agreed to have Sir Tietjens coach our beloved Sevens team from a distance, very distant!

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Editorial

Without soil, without land, we have absolutely nothing

And so Samoa is celebrating the importance of the soil this week. Since Monday, the Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and their partners have been drilling home the message that “without soil, without land (there is) no life.”

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

Give to live

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying: “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving is not a sacrifice, it is an investment. We actually get back much more than we give.

Columns

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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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