Progressive people

Re: New Airport at Tiavea Give the Americans a chance to drop off their shopping and show off some Benjamin’s as they travel through or stop in Upolu by giving them easier access. Aleipata is facing American Samoa so it makes sense to have a route directly to and fro.

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Waste of money

Re: Tiavea Airport There is no need for this airport. The one at Fagali’i is in town and it’s affordable if you are catching a taxi. The thinking behind this is not logical at all.

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“It only takes one dead fly”

Dear Editor, We took a group of visitors from overseas on a sightseeing tour of Upolu on Friday a week ago. Our visitors had been here for a week on business and were to leave that weekend. We started out from Apia and took the road that runs through the Aleisa farmlands, then Lefaga (without diverting to the coast), then Safata, Siumu, Falealili with a stop at Aga Hotel for lunch.

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Samoan rugby laughing stock of the world

The Samoa Rugby Union has become the official laughing stock of world rugby, for those who give a hoot. For the great majority, who cares? It’s just another strange, incompetent bad joke of a day at the Samoa Rugby Union office.

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Learn from Malaysia

Re: Samoa, China agree to further cooperation Subjecting Samoa’s freedom for China’s economic developments in Samoa can be detrimental down the road as they inject more money to finance these projects that we don’t need.

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Re: Alcohol bill could lead to business losses

Oh, its becoming a common excuse now for Govt. Ministries to say they're short staff if ever they were asked a question and didn't have an answer for it. Why? Are they freezing hiring staff members these days now? Or are they cutting cost on the labour force?

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Supporters of our airline

Re: Why I think you’re talking rubbish again Anyway, the church communities in both N.Z. and Australia are traditionally known supporters of our airline. Any publicity campaigns to promote the airline overseas are best sell through the church communities and thence the traveling public.

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Wrong tree

Re: The Church and its responsibility Ah, you are barking up the wrong tree if you expect the likes of the E.F.K.S., the Methodists, AOGs and other protestant churches to care about “works”. “Faith through works” is a Catholic thing.

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The real problem

Re: Helicopter owners owes govt. I figured that was wrong with this helicopter. The reason why the government is holding the helicopter for tax payment that the owner owed to the government of Samoa.

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Why I think you’re talking rubbish. Again

Dear Editor Re: Living needs Rubbish again. Nobody is making judgment is whether you eat elegi or T-bone steak at home every other day. The same counter to those moronic arguments that if one wants to change policies then maybe they ought to go to Parliament instead of pulpit.

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Lacking sympathy for people fooled by cryptocurreny scams

Dear Editor, Re: Cryptocurrency scams Authorities all over the world have been cracking down on the multi-billion dollar, multi-national pseudo-cryptocurrency scam, Onecoin/ OneLife Network, from Bulgaria. China has arrested 119 Onecoin promoters and in June prosecuted 98 of those (33 are now serving 3 to 5 years IN PRISON for Ponzi/ pyramid fraud). In total, around 150 Onecoin scam promoters have been arrested in 8 countries on 3 continents.

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The church and its responsibility

Dear Editor Re: Church honours their pledge to help Photographer Penina Momoiseā, who took some stunning photos of churches in Samoa, marvel at their grandeur in “contrast to the simple fales that people live in” (Coconet tv). Penina’s observation is not unlike that expressed by many first-time visitors to the islands. We’re truly a nation obsessed with church-building.

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Rubbish

Re: A true man of God Rubbish. It’s not the church’s money, it’s my money, already being taxed and I’m giving it to the church or faifeau fully aware that he’s going to use it for his keeping. That’s why the Levites didn’t get an inheritance of the land.

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Living needs

Re: It’s a free will offering Something like $300 a week would meet most faifeau “living needs”, not $2000 like some faifeau in some congregations get. Others get the latest model SUVs presented to them. It’s excessive and quite obscene given the living standards of many of the people featured in “village voice” every week.

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Understanding the legal challenge against the L.T.R.A. 2008

Dear Editor, I will not hide in the shadow of the tree. Let the truth be out and right be done. Transparency International stated on 19 August 2016 that `Grand Corruption occurs when: A public official or other person deprives a particular social group or substantial part of the population of a State of a fundamental right’

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A true man of God

Re: E.F.K.S. leaders questioned I am going to write this as simply as I can. What a true man of God Leta’a is! I give all glory to God for his children’s righteousness that stand out from the rest and are not of this world.

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It’s a free will offering

Re: Church tax issue Alofa is not a wage or salary. It is a member’s own free will to give support for the living needs of their spiritual fathers.

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He tamed the mosquito and swallowed the camel

Dear Editor, The cash-strapped Samoa Rugby Union, “undernourished, hungry journalists” and professional politicians; as you had editorialised. Vorge Bainimarama and his cousin Stui is like the warm cousie-bro relationship between the two hottest political elements in the world, Donald the Trump and Jung Un the Kim.

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In memory of Hans Joe Keil

Dear Editor, I have worked with Joe for over 30 years and would like to express my appreciation for his quiet attentive presence in our work together. Joe was the first Samoan pilot to fly a turbojet aircraft in commercial operations in Samoa he was also the first local turbine captain and it was with great pride in 1975 that we flew the first all Samoan crewed flight.

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Sataoa Primary teacher says sorry

Dear Editor, With respect, I crave space in your Newspaper to record my unreserved apology to the C.E.O. of M.E.S.C., Afioga Afamasaga Dr. Kaloline Afamasaga Fuata’i, A.C.E.O. (School Operations), Susuga Perenise, and the School Inspector for Safata Lefaga, Afioga Matagi Erwin, for the manner in which a grievance against our School Principal was handled.

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Editorial

Let’s give changes at the Rugby Union a chance

And so the Manu Samoa has new Coach. Last week, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) announced the appointment of Steve Jackson as the man to take the national team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, barring a disaster of epic proportion of course.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

Power play

Think a minute…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.

Columns

E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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