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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

Dear Editor, Re: Invasive species could be turned into renewable energy According to your article on a new project using local wood to generate electrical power, a short list of trees has been published as being invasive species.

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the somewhat circus I have consequently created through the voicing of concern. I am saddened with how such a serious issue has turned into a media frenzy, creating a divide between athletes and officials.

Columns

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Why we need Samoa Airways

Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.

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Lumepa Hald

“My soul is a flat tyre!”

“ My soul is a flat tyre,” writes one of my idealised writers. I giggle at the consequence of arriving at a shattered experience after such a long life. He died of old age. But I must remind myself sometimes of the inability of a human being we idolize to be perfect.

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Mika Kelekolio*

I am so sorry

Dear Samoan people, Peace Corps and anyone else who dislikes me and President Donald Trump. As you know, I have been investigated by the US States Department following my visit to your country last July to celebrate 50 years of Peace Corp work in Samoa. Pearce Corp was founded by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 100 years ago.

Between the Lines

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

YOU’RE THE BEST! Admiration and thanks to the school pupils, supervised by teachers, for manning the pedestrian crossings near schools and keeping their many fellow students and drivers safe on our roads.

DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

Street Talk

Should envelopes given to Cabinet Ministers be taxed?

The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Soi Vaifale Lalovi Lome Letoga 50.

Satalo Falealili

Falefia Taliaoa 23.

Vaitele

Derek Leota 21.

Vaivase

Sandra Laufilo 25.

Saleimoa

Taelega Faauma Aloi 50.

Fugalei

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