My humble view on taxing of pastors

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial about taxing pastors. This is my perspective as someone who thinks we are a supposed to be a democratic country but also a very cultured country.

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You can’t win war on drugs

Dear Editor, Re: Dealing with drug addiction in Samoa You can never ever win the “War on Drugs.” Why? Because drugs are a matter of personal choice or free will.

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Embarrassment could’ve been avoided

Dear Editor, Below is a quote from the P.M earlier this month with respect to the Rugby Union. “We are bankrupt,” he declared. “In other words we are insolvent. It means the Union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play.”

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Their guilty minds

Re: Wife calls for investigation More death, more excuses and there would be more and more innocent victims of anger and brutally at the Tafaigata Jail.

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It’s not a secret

Re: Jeremy Dodson’s letter Mr Dodson. You were correct to talk about the disgusting abuse of money you saw. Everyone knows it’s true but the people who benefit have no repercussion so it’s business as usual.

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It’s all a show

Re: Samoa Airways winner at Mangere Can’t they just save all these money wasting on all these “launch” occasions? It’s all about the showoff showboat “fiailoa” ma “fiatagata” but figure out how to print out proper “boarding passes”

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Is this a modern-day slave trade?

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.

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Those trees are not invasive species

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.

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Jeremy Dodson: ‘Maybe I am the outside perspective that cares’

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.

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It’s time for change

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. rugby and Roman Coliseum How many countries in the world has their Prime Minister to be the chairman of another organization? Samoa rugby had been kindly funded by donations from our own people and as well as millions of dollars from other countries who want Samoa rugby to succeed.

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They should have sorted this out first

Dear Editor, Re: Issues with boarding passes These are the issues the management should have looked into before they launched. Now I cannot find Samoa Airways flights on a booking system.

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Provide proof or shut up

Dear Editor, Re: You are a lot better than that Rumours, rumours and more rumours of corruption but we have yet to see any hard proof.

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It is not a failed investment

Dear Editor, Re: Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office Your front page article yesterday with the caption “Taxpayers to fork out more for $4.2m Office” needs to be clarified further for your readers’ information.

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Missing P.M. Tuilaepa in Bonn

Dear Editor, Isn’t it ironic that P.M. Tuilaepa is not going to a meeting where the President is Frank Bainimarama? I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your story yesterday that while Bainimarama was the man in Germany, Tuilaepa was nowhere to be seen.

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The term ‘war on drugs’

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s war on drugs The war on drugs has been a huge failure worldwide because it is a health issue.

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The Head of State and Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Head of State or Governor General? This is exactly what this P.M wanted when him and his H.R.P.P. passed a ridiculous bill to have the government appoint the new Head of State every five years.

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What makes you think this will last?

Dear Editor Re: P.M.’s tough message at Samoa Airways launch Lets see, if you can’t run the S.R.U. what makes you think you can run an airline?

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Why don’t we limit the Prime Minister’s term too?

Dear Editor, Re: PARLIAMAENT OF SAMOA-POSTS OF PRIME MINISTER/DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER-SHIP Now that the Bill had gone through for the scrutiny of the appropriate Parliament Committee, why not include the post of the Prime Minister/Deputy Prime Minister-ship to be now dealt with the same as that of the Head of State - 2 terms and/or 10 years max?

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You are a lot better than that

Dear Editor, Re: In response to athlete, Jeremy Dodson Elaine, you should not have blown that horn. You started by saying, “I wanted to say something when I read this person’s former letter, but was asked not to.” Elaine, you should have listened to whoever gave you that noble advise.

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Why Samoa Airways will fail

Re: Samoa Airways joy I think this airline business will make Samoa bankrupt within 3 years. Here are my reasons why: (1) You have to spend $millions buying/hiring/maintaining these planes and it will take many, many years before there is a return on investment if there is any. Samoa government will be bankrupt before this airline business will even make a single profit.

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Editorial

What’s going on at prison? It sure sounds like a death bed

And so once again, the death of another prisoner has come under scrutiny. It surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday under the headline “Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death.” At a quick glance, it has become almost normal to say ‘another one at the prison.’ Except it is not normal.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

Columns

SPEAKING UP FOR HEALTHY HABITS: Hinauri Petana.

Changing lives: Hinauri Petana’s life saving transformation

The Whole Foods, Plant-Based (W.F.P.B.) nutrition that M.E.T.I. is promoting is recommended for the prevention or the reversal of various chronic degenerative diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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