Great work from Parliamentary Committee

Dear Editor, Re: Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono I applaud the Parliamentary committee too. It does show that the parliament (H.R.P.P.-dominated legislative branch) is not a rubber-stamp for the H.R.P.P.-led executive branch.

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The right place to settle this mess

Dear Editor, Re: It is within his rights to sue S.R.U. The Court is the right forum to end this arduous and hideous saga for this son of Samoa. And I hope Fuimaono will take the matter to Court to have the closure once and for all to put it to rest.

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A natural occurrence

Re: Response to Penehuro Lefale The Climate Change phenomenon that has divided the world today is a natural occurrence cycle. The earth goes through this every 2000 years.

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Not good for Samoa

Re: Problem with coconuts That is very scary. The population of healthy coconuts from Samoa is now under threat by pests and diseases that got introduced to the region by whom?

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HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE SAMOAN BANANA GROWERS! A Gold Mine Waiting For You.

Dear Editor. Everybody enjoys eating a banana in any shape or form. Monkeys do too. Most of the Samoans never thought that what is left after you enjoy your banana can make you rich. No kidding! So, what is left, apart from the peels?

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Leo’o Mulitalo M.M.M.F. Pius writes

Dear Editor, Can’t help the urge on joining the well-wishers’ wishing Samoa Observer best wishes of Congratulations for a sustain service to our people in the past 40 years. Reminds me of the number of years God allows for His chosen people/village to wondered around in the desert while pilgrimage towards the Promised Land.

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Tiavea middle of nowhere

Re: Stream of benefits and net present value The problem with NPV and stream of benefits is that it is quite impossible to foresee into the future the stream of benefits that an airport in the bush will bring.

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Not the first time

Re: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua The Samoa Rugby Union did the same thing to Aveau Niko Palamo when they removed him as head coach of the Manu Samoa, when Niko Palamo has had a much better record than that of Michael Jones.

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Hoping for cheaper internet

Re: Internet speeds open local job prospects This is a fantastic direction and support led by government. The potential to be unlocked using I.C.T. is not limited to these types of operations and I hope the government lets the private sector share some of the reins on where this industry could be headed for the future.

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More exposure needed

Re: Samoa A Samoa needs more time to develop local talent. Going on tour, as well as competing in tournaments is key. A schoolboy’s team should go on tour and should also have an annual competition involving Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, etc.

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An open letter to leaders of Samoa

Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.

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What might have happened with the Tiavea project

Dear Editor The sale of goods and services are largely governed by the laws of supply and demand but for the sale of land the rules are slightly different. In this instance the sale price is often determined not by what the market is prepared to offer but by what the seller is willing to accept.

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Stream of benefits and net present value

Dear Editor, Re: The issue of land at Ti’avea I was trying to find the best way to respond to this letter until this old lady at the makeki whispered in my ear, tell him about stream of benefits and net present value.

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Great work

Re: Banana breakthrough for Samoa Keep up the hard work that you do for Samoa and especially your families. You should be proud of your work and keep going. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your export goals.

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Apply same rule to everyone

Re: Editorial on customs duty issue I was wondering why the Minister couldn’t disclose the companies and how often they use this route? Because that will tell us if they are cash strapped and not some multi million dollar warehouse.

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Waste of money

Re: P.M. on cryptocurrency If you want to invest, invest in real estate is the way to go, not so much people living in Samoa but some of us are living in Australia and NZ, too many of our people are wasting a lot of money in casino and with expensive cars.

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Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

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The issue of land at Tiavea and the taxing of church Ministers

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

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Revival of old sectarian divide?

Re: Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites The two pillars collided head on according to the article; Church and State, but if you look closely to the epic conflict, its the Protestants against the ruling Catholic P.M. Is this the revival of the old sectarian divide?

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Sort it out now

Re: Tialavea says Ministers should divest shares The House Standing Orders need to take care of this tumultuous concern it’s becoming louder and louder day by day. It is becoming far too common in this day and age in Samoa for people to suspect a conflict of interest emerges even if it’s a genuine bid especially when one holds public office.

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Editorial

Chequebook diplomacy, promise of millions and the reality

All eyes are on Papua New Guinea this weekend as it hosts what is arguably one of the biggest meetings a Pacific nation would have to accommodate in recent memory, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A.P.E.C.) Summit.

Street Talk

Aotoa Peter, 33

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last. In fact, neither did Mary’s second marriage, nor even her third.

Columns

It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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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