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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

A hero? Villain? And is it late?

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s decision to break his silence on fears about the alienation of customary lands and Samoa’s land laws will gain him some friends and probably more enemies. That much is undeniable.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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.

Columns

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Dr Alex Frame*

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Alexia Slaven

Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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Orlando Huaman*

Will Samoa ever be a self-reliant country?

This article will address relevant dependent habits. Bad habits that must be erased from our way of life and give rise to personal INITIATIVE on a grander scale.

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…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!

Street Talk

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:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

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