Samoa and our Christianity state

Greetings to you dear brethren once again and to our dear Editor, Following on from my last letter (The 100th anniversary of the visitation by the Immaculate Conception –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 19 September 2017) where I posed various concerns and am fairly interested to learn of a response from Elder Meliula Fata [Area 70] in due course otherwise.

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Why countries remain poor

Dear Editor, Why are poor countries poor? In his book ` The Undercover Economist, published by Little, Brown in 2006 (reprinted four times in 2006) Hbk ISBN 0 316 732931; C format ISBN 0 316 731 161, Tim Harford explains why the ordinary people in poor countries are trapped in poverty.

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Timely reminder

Dear Editor, Re: “At the end of day, S.L.C. paid $490,000 for an expensive broken down elevator” A timely reminder sir. Well written piece of why so many people doubt the honesty of the P.M.

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Expand Apia Park

Dear Editor, Re: Rugby Union’s debt They need to build a bigger stadium. 8,000 capacity Apia Park is never going to make any money unless they charge $500 per person for a test match.

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Speak and remove doubt

Re: H.R.P.P. rift emerges Seeing Leala Rimoni Aiafi’s comments about what’s happening in the H.R.P.P. reminds me of the saying: “If you hadn’t opened your mouth we wouldn’t have known you were stupid.”

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P.M.’s successor a legitimate question

Dear Editor Re: H.R.P.P rift emerges Politicians are power hungry. This is a problem Faumuina has rightly highlighted. But who will lead after Tuilaepa is a very valid concern. Fiame is a very experienced politician well capable.

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Shut up and be damned

Re: M.P. blasts Minister Are you telling me to shut up and allow these people to continue to abuse power? That is why the corruption is prevalent and perpetuated.

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What I liked about church

Re: Desperate parents resort to borrow Interesting. There is so much history involved in all this. The other fellow who writes on here Mustafa from Turkey is also so interesting to read because of his knowledge of history re Islam and Christianity. All so fascinating but hardly divine.

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The contradictions of the world

Dear Editor, Re: The govt. is broke The world bank structural adjustment programmes (S.A.P.) in the 80’s brought economies of many developing countries around the globe virtually to their knees.

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More meetings

Re: Another meeting in Apia There are more and more meetings held in Samoa from these different entities that has nothing to do with our sovereignty of whatsoever. So who is dictating policies in our supposedly independent state? These are the type of questions we need to ask ourselves when we see things happening out of the ordinary.

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Catholic Church and Muslims

Re: Re-writing history Don Quixote was really about the stupidity of the Catholic Church in expelling the Muslims and Jews. Under Islamic rule Spain had become the most advanced nation in Europe and the innovations the Moors introduced in terms of science, art and philosophy and so on would become the basis of the European rennaisance.

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Great letter Terry

Dear Editor Re: An open letter to Members of Parliament You have absolutely nailed it on the head, Terry Dunleavy. The P.M. and Passport Chief have got it wrong.

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You’re wrong about North Korea

Dear Editor Re: Monster from the North America bombed them in the 1950s, killing about two million and flattening everything in sight, so they have a bomb to defend themselves from this happening again.

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A very common factor

Dear Editor Re: Deadliest attack in Somalia The recent history of Somalia is very similar to that of other currently war-torn nations in the region with a heavy dose of American interference, brutality and exploitation.

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Honour and respect where it is due

Dear Editor Re: An open letter to Samoa’s Parliament Faafetai tele lava, lelei fai mai, upu lelei, faʻamasinoga sili.

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When will our people wake up?

Dear Editor Re: Acting P.M. on Pacific Blue Thank you Maua for deciphering the illegal scheme this govt. has perpetrated on the Samoan people. There is no question whatsoever of the magnitude of deception orchestrated to undermine the removal of our customary land and denying future generations their rights to their family land.

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Customary land

Dear Editor Re: Acting P.M. Tialavea on Blue Pacific You are correct Leituala. In 1998 the PM agreed to the break up of Customary land and its securitization with the Asian Development Bank.

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Re-writing history in our own colour and Don Quixote

Dear Editor, But for the top shelf price tag of the two latest biographies of Samoan political figures, Prime Minister Tuilaepa S Malielegaoi and Taisi Olaf Nelson, I would by now, be the proud owner of copies of both. But I’m not so sure now, thanks to the views of Professor Fui Leapai Soo of our national university about Samoan history written by white men.

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They can’t get it together

Re: One more athlete speaks up I feel sorry for you Paea and your son Tapasu and probably there are many more who are yet to come up to the fore.

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Hold your head high

Re: Union faces legal threat I feel for Theresa Passi and many, many others for experiencing three months in Samoa Rugby Union hell. She and many others are victims of the Samoa Rugby Union parasitic and predatory machine.

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Editorial

Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes

And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Think a Minute

Shortcuts to paradise

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.

Columns

Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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