Respect is earned

Re: P.M. deserves respect If only all of you speaking for the PM would know what we know. Yes, respect is needed, but when the leader loses the trust, honor, and faith of his people then he doesn’t deserve respect!

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Such a terribly meaning statement is unbecoming of you

Dear Editor, Your editorial in the 27th January 2019 Sunday Samoan which included among other things your front page article, “Editor rejects P.M’s claim,” seems to criticize the Prime Minister for not verbally answering your paper’s questions.

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People voted you in

Re: P.M. adamant Laauli sacked himself People voted you all ladies and gentlemen into Parliament. But then the party leadership, nearly all but one, fooled you into pledging allegiance to form this one big nonsense of a party.

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Total control of Samoa

Re: P.M. adamant La’auli sacked himself Only a fascist, totalitarian, and a Leninist type of govt. does this. Total control of the country.

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Go back to our Samoan ways

Re: Teachers get powers to use reasonable force This is what made everybody who grew up in Samoa what they are today. Ask a CEO or a doctor, accountant or an engineer his time at the school and he/she will tell you those were the days you get punished cleaning the drainage or footpath or grass cutting on the school field for breaking school rules.

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Party politics

Re: P.M. adamant La’auli sacked himself It is what it is when it is a one-party Parliament. HRPP can do whatever they like. The only solution is to have more parties that contest in the election, and for individual MPs to decide when standing for the election, do I want to run for HRPP, as an individual, or start my own Party?

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Rule of law and the correct interpretation of it

Dear Editor, Re: The Lefaga decision and what it means In response to Maua Faleauto. It is easy to spin a story when key elements are omitted or quoted out of context.

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Pathetic response

Re: Govt. asked to explain The Minister should at least say something like, “Oh the octopus jumped out from the sea and grabbed the briefcase with the money during the handover.”

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Show me legislation

Re: Land decision Show me in the legislation where Torrens title is mentioned or where Customary lands are converted to Public or Freehold title. It simply does not exist, no matter how you interpret it.

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Economy needs long-term investment

Dear Editor, The comments on the Capital Gains Tax (CPG) that I made in yesterday’s Samoa Observer in the story titled “Capital gains taxes worry private sector” was made in the context of Samoa being a member of the WTO. Which has limited our policy space for revenue generation.

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Grow some thick skin to weather the storm

Dear Editor, I write regarding the story titled “P.M. says written responses “special treatment” Samoa Observer and the reporter must understand the stark contrast of the independent and personal decision made by the honourable Prime Minister of Samoa.

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We’re not really serious about getting rid of plastics

Dear Editor Nobody really seems to be serious about getting rid of plastic. As soon as a ban is introduced on one item, some clown will come up with something else.

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How China became a big player in Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s debt The traditional sources of loans and aids were actually the main problem with their inability to trust the Samoan government to manage the granted funds.

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Democracy? I think not

Re: Editorial on pulenuu and La’auli You are so on point! That Pulenu’u in Nofoali’i is also absolutely right! The Government is trying to master and remote control the people of Samoa.

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Read and understand the legislation first

Dear Editor, Re: The Lefaga land decision and what it means Maua, read and understand the legislation thoroughly then you’ll know there is no distortion of facts about customary lands. I beg you to do your due diligence before adding your two cents.

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Their legacy

Re: Samoa’s debt The traditional sources of loans and aids were actually the main problem with their inability to trust the Samoan government to manage the granted funds.

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Stop this fake news

In response to Maua’s rubbish regarding Lefaga’s decision: 1. You argue that a lease by virtue of it being transferred into the trust of the government who acts on behalf of the customary landowners thus alienates the customary land permanently (ie: turns a leasehold title into a fee-simple title).

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Another concerned parent writes

Dear Editor, Re: Education system I too am an angry parent who has been sending my son to what is supposed to be the best school in Savaii, only to be bitterly disappointed with what can only be described as corrupt practices designed to make substandard and lazy teachers look good at the expense of their students education.

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Reformed Ministry of Health needs to return to basics

Dear Editor, Re: NHS/MOH Merger It has been been an interesting week. Parliament passed the MOH Act to merge the NHS & MOH (again) and your issue of 29th Jan and 2nd Feb highlighted alcohol and cancer as major health issues.

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Shipping C.E.O’s explanation not good enough

Dear Editor, P.S. Jeffrey you are an ignorant nincompoop. Firstly, if you had read the letter properly you would have noticed that the incident in question related to government vehicles returning from Savaii after the fa’alavelave – not on their way there.

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Remittances, Samoans abroad and the concept of tautua

Numbers don’t lie. If Samoa’s economy received $503.73 million in remittances from Samoans overseas last year, that is a massive contribution to the economy by any standard. Now let’s quickly take a look at the Government’s revenue collections during the past few years. In 2011, the Ministry of Revenue collected $420 million; it dropped to $377 million in 2012, and went up to $409 million in 2013. In 2014, it further increased to $421 million, $431 million in 2015 and for 2016 it was $485 million.

Street Talk

Anesone Elama, 43

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Think a Minute

The golden rule of Business

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.



Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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