Factoids and assumptions vs. facts and truth

Dear Editor, Re: An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers A.S’s open letter to Church Ministers of E.F.K.S. about tax is sadly a letter about dishonoring of God, God’s commandments and God’s law. It is just about more productions of factoids and assumptions produced from the Minister of Revenue’s mistake.

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It’s hypocritical

Re: Government and Church Ministers tax law threat Well done, Minister Tialavea! Not giving into the bullying and the threats is the mark of a courageous minister. A weak-minded minister would be thinking about the next election and be too afraid to rock the boat.

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Great work

Re: Samoan Medical and Anti-Doping Agency leads the way in the Pacific Well done to all involved. But this isn’t the first in the Pacific. We trained 168 medical volunteers for the 2015 Pacific Games through Sports Medicine Australia and HP Sport PNG.

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An awful mess

Re: China, U.S.A. and tariff law How your President has achieved so much with his MAGA agenda is unbelievable. He’s getting over 90% of negative press, he’s being derided and ridiculed by the entertainment industry, academia, his own party and now coming to light the Intelligence Community especially the F.B.I. an D.O.J. seeming to ex/implode.

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What Brazil and Manu Samoa share

Re: Brazil held to a draw Neymar really is a waste of space. He is either still injured or simply getting too old now. He was next to useless in that match this morning. He got dispossessed so many times, I ran out of fingers to count.

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Indigenous wisdom keepers

Re: Tui Atua’s paper in Fiji Great article. The indigenous wisdom keepers who were our forefathers understood how nature plays a major role in our existence as Samoan people through our rituals and chants that co-inside and similar with that in the version of the Bible.

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China, U.S.A. and tariff war

Dear Editor, Re: China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish The Chinese house of cards will crumble if they will go toe to toe with the US in a tariff war.

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F.B.I., O.L.P. and the government

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. threatened with lawsuit over O.L.P. If the F.B.I. was involved or is currently involved, then there’s the window of opportunity for the U.S. to investigate “money laundering” and “tax haven” in Samoa.

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This argument about taxes

Re: You can’t tax the alofa This is one of the most baffling arguments I keep hearing over and over and it just doesn’t make any sense. Everything you spend your money on is double taxed.

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It’s an irrelevant argument

Dear Editor Re: Editorial on Sogi issue He has absolutely no legal right whatsoever to be “seised of” his estate. He has no fee-simple estate because the land he is on he paid rent to the government for. How can you argue he is “seised of” his estate when he paid rent?

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It’s called double dipping

Dear Editor, Re: You can’t tax the alofa Double dipping I would say. I get paid after tax and I donate my contribution to my faifeau as alofa. Why should they have to pay tax again?

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Do you think it’s fair?

Re: Minister issues final warning That is what they call tax rebates. Sanitarium is a huge food manufacturing plant for the Seventh Day Adventist, despite it being a manufacturer that generated products for sale, Sanitarium is still classed as charity and is not subjected to taxation.

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Have all the options about old Court House been exhausted?

Dear Editor, You invited comments on the apparent intention of S.I.F.A. to demolish the old Courthouse and to replace it with a building to house a hotel among other things. (Editorial - Observer 11/06/2018). I was a member (not a Trustee) of the Apia Courthouse Trust for about two years, during which time the Trust tried very hard to try and raise funds to restore the old Courthouse.

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You can’t tax the alofa

Dear Editor, Re: Minister issues final warning Why is the government targeting church ministers? Don’t churches pay taxes and those who work in their headquarters? Alofa oe whatever they call its something that people gave to these people as a gift or love. Church ministers should pay taxes if they were paid by the church headquarter but my understanding by the look these ministers are unpaid workers they work for.

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There is no need for a Police state

Dear Editor, I write in relation to Tofaeono’s letter regarding the issue of - Arming Police to protect themselves. Arming the Police to protect themselves is the consequent logic of a Government that is becoming a Police State and is following the wisdom of worldly government.

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The difference

Re: Ex-Indian Cabinet Minister There is no doubt that there is much corruption between India’s government and the elites. This is a well-known fact. The big difference it seems though between corrupt officials in India and corrupt officials in Samoa is that in India when they are caught, they resign. On another matter, I want to say that if you lived on land for 100 years and it was gifted to you it is yours.

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The Sogi land case

Re: Take away your emotions "That kind of evidence is allowed in the Lands and Titles Court for matters to do with customary land." It applies to both if the land is located in a country that isn't considered part of the west because it’s independent. "However, for any other type of land, freehold or government land, the western law applies because those types of land are western concepts."

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Where is the P.S.A. Credit Union?

Talofa my fellow P.S.A. Credit Union members. I just want to use this forum to check with the P.S.A. President and her board members of the whereabouts of the above mentioned union is? My fortnightly premium was stopped some few weeks ago because of some doubts within me and the way the staff running the union were dealing with the money we put in.

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When you take scriptures out of context

Dear Editor, In response to your story titled “Minister issues final warning to church,” I want to point out that E.F.K.S’s hierarchy is drawn from - (1 Corinthians 12:28) “And God has appointed these in church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (Colossians 1:18) “And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

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Western Samoa’s old Court House – Lest we forget

Dear Editor, The history of Samoa’s struggle for freedom was something that every “true” Samoan should learn by heart and should be very proud of. Samoa’s path to independence had hurt a lot of people and many unsung heroes even gave up their lives for the cause. The then NZ government’s colonial and militaristic approach in governing the Samoa people at the time was comparable to the apartheid era of South Africa, though to a lesser extent.

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Editorial

P.M.’s obsession with O.L.P.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P. hit a new level last week when he reportedly named two members of the public as people behind the infamous blog. He apparently coughed up the names during his weekly programme with Talamua Media, which immediately posted a story on its website.

Street Talk

Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Think a Minute

“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.

Columns

FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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