The real issue here

Dear Editor Re: In response to P.S. Jeffrey regarding ‘idle lands’ Rather than crucify Jeffrey for his emotive outburst, perhaps we can dissect the issues, which is at the heart of the emotion spillover. If we consider land as an asset (according to my one unit of economics at a local institute), then it is the job of family members under the guidance of the family Sa’o to manage that asset in the best possible way.

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When you avoid the question

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa should have free education Hahahaha se malo! As usual, you deflect from answering the actual question which was where in the 2017-2018 budget does it show the Samoa School Fees Grant Scheme funding?

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O.L.P and government work

Dear Editor, Re: Ghostwriters and priorities for government So on the one hand, this editorial hopes the people behind O.L.P are caught. However, on the other hand, this editorial does not believe the government should lift a finger to try and catch them saying it is a waste of time.

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Be transparent and do your job

Dear Editor Re: Ghostwriters and the priorities for P.M. Tuilaepa’s administration I concur and agree wholeheartedly on this article! Why waste time on a ‘ghost?’ Do your job you have been voted in to do!

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The benefits of the Tui Samoa Cable

Dear Editor, I commend the Government on the Tui Samoa Cable and for pushing through the increased internet capacity for Samoa, it is much needed and has the potential to open up Samoan internet facilities to first world class.

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A losing situation for Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: When Cyclone Gita exposes more than it should Interesting editorial I thought. Smart people learn from their mistakes, like after Evan the T.A.T.T.E. building was damaged and engineers were called in to assess.

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Thank you Samoans abroad

Dear Editor, Re: The reality with debt It’s the resilience of families overseas through Remittance and donor nations that’s keeping the government and economy ticking.

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Thank you so much

Dear Editor, I wish to thank Muagutu Joe and Patsy Ah Ching, Muliaga Jean Malifa, Masoe Norman Wetzell and Mr. Francis Graig. During Cyclone Gita, we lost everything in its path, two vehicles, tools equipments and a Green house.

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Questionable bidding process

Dear Editor, On two separate vehicle tenders advertised by a certain High Commission office in Samoa, I bid on their cars and both times I was outbid just marginally and by marginally I mean obviously marginally, the first tender in November 2017 I was outbid by $50tala the second tender in February 2018 (this month yes) I was again outbid by $150.

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So sad for family

Re: Toddler’s tragic death probed If I’m not mistaken this would be the second time this kind of incidents has happened in Samoa. “It’s alleged that he suffocated due to the lack of air.”

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All these laws

Re: Ex-cop cries foul It appears that every legislation passed into law and amendment to the Constitution are for the protection of government not for the people and an effort to deflect criticisms. Even elections laws were made to protect the government from being defeated.

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Why now?

Re: Former Head of State worries about customary land Tui Atua Tupua, you did not do your job. You knew it was not a good law. You were in Parliament and you should know.

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Flash cars, Samoa Airways and the economy

Dear Editor, We were on our way to the airport to pick up some friends and we saw the expensive fancy SUV Land Cruiser the ministers and Stui were driving on their way to Apia from Savai’i.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P.

Dear Editor, The P.M’s obsession with O.L.P is growing closer to lunacy. Does the P.M. have ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ that he’s paranoid will be exposed or has he just been in power so long that he can’t comprehend the idea of anyone challenging his thinking?

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China’s global intentions and debt

Dear Editor, Thank you Mata’afa for your editorial titled “You have been warned, Samoa!” China is a powerhouse of the modern era.

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Empty noises

Re: Idle customary lands I give this empty shell of a brain, Mr. Jeffery, the thumbs up for continuing the educational dialog of L.T.R.A. 2008.

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It breaks my heart

Re: Water challenge for Samalaeulu family This breaks my heart. This lady can help others using her nursing skills. We need more people like this.

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In response to P.S. Jeffrey regarding ‘idle lands’

Dear Editor With due respect to Jeffrey and his typical H.R.P.P. worded rant about idle land in Samoa going to waste, due to inactivity? What rain shower did Jeffery come down on? Has Jeffery just been swept into Samoa via Cyclone Gita? It is absurd to even suggest, that families from abroad are hell bent on keeping their Samoan families living on Customary Land in poverty!

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The reality with debt

Re: You have been warned, Samoa! I mentioned this a couple of years back when expressing concern over the level of debt back then to the Chinese EXIMBANK. This state owned bank has been operating in Africa and the Indian Ocean for years and the modus operandi is always the same.

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Worst war criminal

Re: The sweat of success He’s been called lots of things, and most of them silly. The man was one of the worst war criminals of the 20th century, mowing down Sudanese tribesmen with machine guns during his youth, throwing the ANZACs at the Turks in WWI, using chemical weapons on the Arabs and Kurds after it, supporting Zionism...

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Editorial

“They call it economic success, I call it a disaster” – Pei Tauiliili

There is no denying this simple fact. While life in Samoa is not exactly problem free, it must be said that it is better than most places - near and far. We don’t have to look far. Following the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita, when we look across to the plight of our brothers, sisters and families in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can only be grateful.

Street Talk

Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

Columns

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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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