The issue of land at Tiavea and the taxing of church Ministers

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

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Revival of old sectarian divide?

Re: Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites The two pillars collided head on according to the article; Church and State, but if you look closely to the epic conflict, its the Protestants against the ruling Catholic P.M. Is this the revival of the old sectarian divide?

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Sort it out now

Re: Tialavea says Ministers should divest shares The House Standing Orders need to take care of this tumultuous concern it’s becoming louder and louder day by day. It is becoming far too common in this day and age in Samoa for people to suspect a conflict of interest emerges even if it’s a genuine bid especially when one holds public office.

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Your one eyed unbalanced editorial “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites”

Dear Sir, So you thought tax for church ministers is a “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites” as you had editorialised? So you think Mr. Editor the CCCS church ministers, who are earning very very high incomes, should continue to be treated differently from the rest of the taxpayers in Samoa, and give them an exceptional utmost above all else courtesy in the country?

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Give Ti’avea village a fair go

Dear Editor I read with interest the story titled “Govt. refuses to pay $5.58 million for Ti’avea land.” My interest antenna went up when I saw the Minister’s comments regarding the asking price for Tiavea’s land, which is being used for the airport.

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Man is supposed to be a good steward

Dear Editor, Re: It’s women who make things happen Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

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Important to be fair

Re: Church silent on govt. move Okay. It is one thing to introduce a new law and a new procedure but it’s another to ensure it is administered fairly and with respect for all people. Wasn’t this just introduced a year ago for Church Ministers?

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What’s the point?

Re: P.M. reacts to being called “happy faced islander” What’s the point in the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge? I wonder. The Pacific Islands have nothing in common with the Americas.

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It’s a tough life

Re: Mother says selling is not child labour Life is tough as always. But battlers like this woman and kids gives food for thought how to thrive and encounter negative reactions. But that is human nature.

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Let’s get serious about this

Re: Judge decries alcohol sale Charging the outlet and person who sold the liquor to an obviously intoxicated person with accessory to manslaughter will go a lot further in stopping this behaviour than signage would.

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A question of safety

Re: Tiavea Airport Is this proposed new airport a good idea? Only the Government will know, however any project like this one has potential to improve transport links in the country. In the end only the paying passengers will determine its success.

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Blinded by egos

Re: Now that the P.M. has spoken Well said Matā’afā Keni Lesa. Gets to show that these MPs are either too dumb to understand or blinded by their own egos. The P.M. must be consistent with his dealings with all public servants.

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Well done Samoa A

Re: Samoa A scores historical win over Argentina Nice. Either Samoa A made massive improvements since getting slaughtered last year by Argentina, or Argentina this year decided to field a weaker team. I hope it’s the former. If so, I wonder if Samoa’s super 9 competition helped improve local talent.

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What we can do

Re: How did our life of fa’alavelave become a source of pain? What is the biggest cost at a fa’alavelave? It is the pigs and cows that come in the refrigerated containers at the wholesalers and the abattoir in Apia. It is also the envelopes given out to every tom, dick, and harry. The simplest and easiest solution to cut costs is:

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Samoans can still reverse the situation

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t give what you can’t afford, Budget advisor cautions To be honest, there is nothing wrong with the Fa’asamoa. However there are ways to enjoy life at the same time enjoy the Fa’asamoa. Here is my observation with the Fa’asamoa nowadays.

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Airport at Tiavea makes sense

Dear Editor, Re: Now that P.M. Tuilaepa has spoken, what next? Well seeing that you’ve argued against, let me offer some balance. I really think there would be a riot if the contract were awarded to a foreign company as the money would likely be sent elsewhere when at least this way the contract is cheaper, jobs are offered to our own people and the money stays in Samoa.

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Don’t allow collectivism to silence the voice of individuals

Dear Editor Re: P.M. calls Olo a pencil pusher Surely before any major Government project of this kind is approved, a feasibility study is undertaken first to determine the need of a second airport and the suitability of the desired location or alternative locations.

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The N.U.S. and its $1.5 million in the bank.

I only now came across an item in the Samoa Observer about the NUS posting a $1.5 million in its bank account. Very nice was my initial thought, until I saw it is the result mainly of a hefty 60% increase in course fees since 1912 (with another 10% increase due this year).

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You’ve got to be joking, Olo Fiti

Dear Editor, As a compass rose has four points of degrees to indicate North, South, East, West, and so as an airport can certainly lay out towards any directions. Just because Faleolo International Airport is laid east to west does not mean every airport is built only for that direction.

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What really hurts us

Dear Editor, Great call Mr. Editor about Heather du Plessis-Allan’s leeches comment. That descendant of slave traders have been educated enough by Pacific scholars so it has been a very useful experience for her going forward.

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Editorial

Well done, Samoa A! Now why has not one of them made the Manu Samoa?

At long last there is some positive news on the rugby front. We are talking about Samoa A’s well deserved victory at the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo. The win is great for rugby in Samoa, especially for the controversy-prone Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) which desperately needed some positive news to break their way after what’s been unfolding publically lately.

Street Talk

Faaiuga Tusitala 46

Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

Goose or Gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving. I was saddened and surprised to learn that these innocent-looking creatures are not at all peaceful and kind when it comes to getting along with each other.

Columns

The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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