A serious Constitutional crisis in our country

Dear Editor, When we have people mentioned in the Constitution to establish Acts and set up rules of laws and procedures according to the truth in the Constitution but they have something else in mind completely different from the truth in the Constitution to form a new basis of our rules of law and a new constitution of our country, then that means, we are dealing with a major problem with our Constitution in our Parliament and our government.

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Morals, faith and leadership

Re: The letter than made a former Head of State cry I respond in sincerest respect and honor that once we did have a Samoa that was in communication with each other and Trust never failed. After reading this letter it too has brought tears to my eyes.

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Wrong term

Re: Village hire, Govt. fires Wrong Term - isn’t it more appropriate for all villages to change this term “pulenu’u” that refers to the Govt employee in the village, to a more appropriate term such as, “so’o’upu a le nu’u”?

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Did the former Head of State really cry?

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

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There is no ambiguity

Dear Editor, I write in reference to the address by the former Head of State. I can’t see an ambiguity. This ambiguity argument is all about letting both the P.M., A.G. and the former Head of State off the hook as if all that occurred was innocent and they were all motivated by virtue and determined to put the interests of the people of Samoa first.

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A ceremonial role

Re: The letter that made former Head of State cry He signed the law because it was his Constitutional duty to do so. The law was passed by the democratically-elected Parliament of Samoa (the People’s House).

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Torrens system is to make the register conclusive

Dear Editor, I write in response to Petelo’s Suaniu’s letter titled “A load of rubbish.” Well speak of the devil, its Stui’s rubbish boy. Petelo, the L.T.R.A. 2008 is unconstitutional when H.R.P.P. government decided to skip an important directive in our Constitution.

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Highly unlikely

Re: Where is the love? Good point, but I highly doubt this government would be bothered to create a law or a change to the Constitution to reflect this. That would be about restoring democracy.

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Village hire, Govt. fires

Re: Don’t village mayors have rights too? “If the village mayors are employees of the government, what rights do they have as employees and where are these rights articulated?” They have no right whatsoever, when they are sacked they must accept.

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Samoan traditions are eroding

Dear Editor Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa? Samoa’s isolation in the heart of the Pacific has forged and maintained unique strong culture of sharing and family kinship in society for thousands of years, and this is the strength of any nation.

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You’ve got to help yourself Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa It’s easy to make statements about youth unemployment and poverty, but the reality is that many unemployed Samoans don’t want to work or want to do what employers require, like turning up each day.

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Where I begin to worry

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. talks up harbour development Every time Tuilaepa speaks about funding of any projects are secured, I start worrying about the future. Funds are secured?

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They are representatives of the Govt.

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa no longer a democracy The Pulenuu/Sui o le malo position has always been a paid position. It didn’t just become a paid position under Tuilaepa. The English translation of the word “mayor” easily confuses Samoans thinking in the palagi world and palagis like Wendy thinking like her normal uneducated self.

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The people who pay

Dear Editor, Re: Blame the parents You are correct that parents bear a huge responsibility over the well being of their children. But the government of today more than ever before contributed tremendously to the misery of families and country.

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The way to go

Re: Highway to success for farmers That is the important purpose of commercial farming, not to compete with the local farmers but help them out.

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Start a housing programme instead

Why do we need another wharf? Look at the Satitoa one. It would be nice if we could initiate some kind of housing programme

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Well done, Tui Atua!

I congratulate the Tama Aiga, le afioga ile Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese for his courage to stand up and boldly denounce L.T.R.A. 2008. He has made his position clear.

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Locals and aspirations

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

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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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Editorial

Mana’s legacy of strength, courage and advocacy

The passing of Manamea Apelu-Schwalger on Sunday was a tremendously sad moment for this nation. It was especially sad for her family, close friends, the Samoa Cancer Society and cancer patients – here and abroad - who had looked up to her as a role model since she stood up to become the face of the battle against this deadly sickness.

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

Decide your destiny

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl watching him said, “My daddy has a special brush like that to clean his car too.” The man responded, “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

Columns

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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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