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Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa

So who is the ‘Father of the Nation’ today?

On Friday last week, when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told Parliament: “I am not the ‘Father of the Nation’,” right away we sensed the feeling, that he’d known all along he had done enough for this country, so that it was now time for him to think about stepping out.

Letters to the Editor

Re: Parliament handbook It appears to me that this Cabinet Handbook 2011, was tailor made to clear the pathway for the L.T.R.A. 2008 to sail through without any oppositions in government.

Re: NZ urged to change law I disagree with the policy for the fact it is humiliating and disrespectful. New Zealand being the Nation to blame for many of our people’s deaths in War and in Peace.

Re: La’auli Alan Grey What a great man. A Samoan man, had a Samoan heart, and died in Samoa.


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Afamasaga M. F. Toleafoa

Taxes, the Church and Government. Part IV

We continue our comment on “Taxes, the Church and Government” with a response to Ned Netterville’s “Distorting the truth” Letter of Friday, 16 March.

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Dr. Walter Vermeulen

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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Orlando Huaman*

About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

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.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…We all like to save time—especially since life is so short. So the sooner we learn good shortcuts to living well, the sooner we will enjoy life at its best.

Street Talk

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57


Vili Vili, 57


Katalina Tuasivi, 62


Mika Eliapo, 24


Carol Bilbo, 64


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