Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

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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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Editorial

“We have to apply common sense. This was my decision although it is not in line with the law” – Minister Tialavea

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 14 October 2018, the headline read: “Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms.” The story referred to a Government policy that allows certain companies to pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront.

Street Talk

Epi Fania 35

Calls for Samoa A players to be included in the Manu Samoa

“The Samoa A has been crowned winners of the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay. But none of the players are in the Manu Samoa team for the Northern Hemisphere tour end of this year. Talaia Mika* asked members of the public if Samoa A players should be included in the Manu Samoa squad. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Columns

TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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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