Show better leadership

Re: Climate change Being in Australia, I hang my head in shame at the inaction of our nation. Really - it is the responsibility of adults around the world to provision for the next generation. When I say ‘next generation’ I don’t just mean humans - I mean all young.

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Legacy left behind

Re: Church recklessness building This is the legacy of the previous administration of the church. It was led by a man who claimed to be very intelligent. Yet he was very high minded and thought he is the smartest person in the world.

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Land leased questions

Re: Land and Court ruling Ahem I’m a little confused here! So how does a lease granted under the Alienation of Customary Land Act 1965 end up as public land? According to Justice Tafaoimalo “Leases granted over customary land fall within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as they operate as leases of public land”.

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It’s not just sex

Re: Sex education Minister Loau Sio, do you really think Samoan parents will have the fortitude to educate their children about sex awareness. It’s not all about just the act of sex but everything that has to do with the subject.

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Let’s be matured about this

Re: Remember who you are There needs to be responsibilism if not accountabilism, if there were such terms, to describe the accountability a nation and its culture has in the forming and raising of its children, let alone the creation of them by way of sexual intimacy. How was the Minister conceived?

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Share the Christmas spirit, “Buy Samoan local, think global” like the “Asian Tigers.” Part II

Dear Editor, Allow me to continue. Let’s start with Taiwan. Taiwan shares a similar story to Korea, although at least in economic terms its origins are marginally less humble.

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Share the Christmas spirit, “Buy Samoan local, think global” like the “Asian Tigers”

Dear Editor, The other day I came across this kid near EPC.This kid has consistently been there selling popcorn and other small stuff for as long as I can recall. He always approaches vehicles in a very polite expectant way trying to sale his merchandise.

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The situation at Asau

Re: About the Asau wharf editorial Absolutely agree with the article regarding deepening port in Savaii. Similar situations are in Vanuatu where the government is having difficulty with repayments to the Chinese lenders, Sri Lanka government has already defaulted in their loan and now the Chinese government controls the deep port for 99 years.

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Faceless ghosts

Re: The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told Please. Don’t act all sanctimonious about “gutless, faceless, ghosts”, when all of Samoa knows that your newspaper has benefited tremendously from those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” over the years in feeding you their stories, and from what you are not able to publish legally, the information of those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” always finds their way into the editorials hidden by “opinion” and generalisations.

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Samoa approaches a disastrous imbalance

It is a sad story no matter how many fiafia events there may be. One of the last remaining island habitats existing for thousands of years in conformity with mother earth, is losing its balance within 200 years of European arrival.

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Trade wars lead to real war

Re: China demands release Interesting arrest if Trump was not aware of it. Especially interesting as it happened while he was dining with Chinese president Xi.

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Remember who you are

Re: Minister slams door on sex education call I am sick to death of these over educated people who either, did not know the warning pen by the late, or, had known and completely went against Lemalu Tate Simi encomiums:

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The stigma we carry

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa We as an ethnic group carry a stigma with the outside world from NZ, Australia and in the US. To them, we ethic Samoans, are dumb people. The prime minister and PS Jeffrey here are prime examples.

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Don’t forget the lies

Re: New colonialism that feeds on greed “The colonialists came with guns and weapons. That’s not happening anymore. Today, they are offering finances, funding and lots of loans that we will not be able to pay. They are shooting us down with their ideals, values and rules.”

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You know the lawyers

Re: P.M. Tuilaepa should tell us these lawyers Of course it’s a widely held knowledge who the lawyers are. You know them Mr. Editor; the very same information I sent to the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa I sent you also.

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Hating ourselves

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa Another racist letter to the Samoa Observer about the Chinese. This Asipau writer straining with every scrape of the empty barrel to try and differentiate and isolate the newer Chinese migrants as some “other” to be feared; to be despised; to be suspicious of, and ultimately to be de-humanised.

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Unchristian, not Samoan and unconstitutional

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. charges pastors The EFKS, through her Fono Tele, represents the Cultural- Spiritual Twin Foundations of the Modern Samoa which gave Modern Samoa it’s Constitution and the Founding Vision for the Independent State of Samoa- Samoa shall always be Founded in God, the God of the Christian Faith.

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What are you talking about?

Dear Editor, Re: Aid expert downplays debt trap This so-called Aid expert won’t be around to help when Samoa is absolutely broke and have no ways of raising money to pay the “interest” of the 1$billion loan.

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Let them be run by a private enterprise

Dear Editor Re: Govt. in control of airline finances As is the case the world over, airlines are generally the domain of private enterprise. The same should apply in Samoa.

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Chinese influence in Samoa

Dear Editor Re: P.M. praises Chinese migrants’ work ethic There is no denying early labor immigrant Chinese contributions and influence in Samoa.

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Editorial

Theft, organised crime and the need to protect ourselves from criminals

The story titled “Thieves steal $15,000 worth of red palms” published on page 2 of yesterday’s Samoa Observer is dreadful. Not only are the actions of the culprit or culprits downright shocking, the idea that they have robbed a hard-working woman—not once but twice—tells a sad story.

Street Talk

Aiatia Notoa, 20

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

Think a Minute

Power Shortage

Think a minute…Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to break a bad habit? You determined to finally make that needed change, but after just a few weeks you were back to your same old habits. So you think to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I did not do it!”

Columns

“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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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