Getting past the gloom and doom

Apologies to our readers for our rather gloomy group of stories on Page 1 of today’s edition. It would be great to start the week with something more uplifting but you’ll need to flick over to Pages 2 and 3 and the rest of the paper to start to get yourself into that kind of mindset.

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“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”. Matthew 22:21.

Something that is so rare we believe it’d never happened before in this country actually happened yesterday morning. It did when while glancing across the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, right there was that headline, saying: “Pay your taxes, P.M. tells Church Ministers.”

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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.

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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.

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Let the past be Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s guide; Polynesian Airlines then, Samoa Airways today!

Let’s face it. The launching on Monday of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s pride and joy, his government’s new airline company called Samoa Airways, had somehow managed to stir back to life all those fond memories that we’d thought, had been buried permanently away.

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The one amendment they should make that will solve all our problems

Here’s an idea. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government just can’t stop meddling with the once sacred office of the Head of State, they should come up with one supreme law to end all madness.

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A new era for Samoa

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. After all the talk and the excitement of the past few days, with Samoa Airways inaugural flight from Faleolo International Airport to Auckland this morning, a new era has started for Samoa.

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Where’s the fairness?

So, in the rugby sense, are we on the road to redemption? Can we dare believe that after improved performances from our Manu Samoa 15’s in Scotland and 7’s team at the Oceania tournament at the weekend?

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What happens when “Ole Palemia” is found? Will he be thrown in the dungeon as they did in the U.K. some 700 years ago?

And so finally, it looks as if Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has had enough of the “Online Hacker” who’s been gleefully calling himself, “Ole Palemia”. Indeed, it looks as if he’s made up his mind that “Ole Palemia” would be tracked down, and then when he’s found he would be severely punished, and be shown who exactly is the boss here.

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The best thing that could happen this weekend

We know it’s hard to be positive. What with the Samoa Rugby Union declaring itself bankrupt, reducing this once proud rugby nation to the butt of ridicule and jokes from all over the world, it’s not a good time for many of us.

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Change, new ideas perhaps?

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. One of the worst kept secrets in Samoa has finally been let out of the bag. It happened on Tuesday afternoon during an interview between this newspaper and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.).

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Matters of interest, private citizen and the line often blurred, abused

The front-page story on the Sunday Samoan titled “Tension in the halls of Justice” was certainly an interesting read. Not just because of the people involved but there are legitimate questions that must be asked in relation to the scenario at hand.

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Stop pretending that things are okay. Clearly they are not

Think about this for a moment. Judging from the number of serious crimes reported in small Samoa, something is terribly amiss somewhere. The truth is that people talk so much about progress and how far we’ve come as a country, which is true to an extent.

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Will cattle, pigs and food for faifeau be taxed too?

An interesting story jumped out for attention on page 3 of the Weekend Observer of 4 November 2017. Titled “P.M. deflects criticisms of taxing envelopes for pastors,” we say it was unusual for the simple reason that P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is not one to dodge anything.

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If it’s out of your control, don’t worry

Saturday night’s earthquake was a not-so-gentle reminder of how much we are at the mercy of nature. At 6.7 on the Richter scale it was not the biggest ‘quake we have experienced but while it was happening, it certainly felt like the longest

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Criminal Libel, ‘Ghost writers’ and “Ole Palemia”! What fantastic fun?

Across the front page of the Samoa Observer on 3 November 2017, the story titled “Govt. brings back Criminal Libel law in hunt for ‘Ghost writers’,” was published. Down below, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is quoted as having said, his government is reviving this law so that it can use it to hunt down some jokers whom he describe as ‘Ghost writers’, one of whom is “Ole Palemia” (The Prime Minister).

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Go on Toa Samoa, you’ve got this!

Put it this way. If we were able to control how other people behave, it would have been nice to just let the Tongan fans go crazy. Sure they can burn our flags, taunt us, challenge our people to a noisy parade and they can say whatever they like. Let them be.

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Why we need to pay attention to the alert from Ministry of Health

Everyone should take notice. And we mean everyone. With the heavy rain settling in and the onset of the wet season, we need your attention for a moment. It could save your life and that of people close to you. We cannot afford to be complacent.

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Disgraceful behaviour nonsense we don’t need

Being patriotic is one thing. Being stupid is quite another. And when it comes to burning another nation’s flag of freedom under the guise of patriotism; that is definitely beyond stupid.

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Such a cruel, inconsiderate decision

Oh how gullible we are! Just when we started to think the government has finally got it right by allowing free flowing competition among airlines – if and when Samoa Airways eventually hits the skies in 13 days – we get a reality check chucked in our faces.

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Letters to the Editor

Put off

Dear Editor Re: Lack of flights devastate prolific visitor to Samoa I was travelling to Samoa with Jo Mikarna on her next trip.. Knowing little of this country until she shared her experiences..

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

Who’s your hero?

Think a minute…One of the most famous Italians in the 20th century was Benito Mussolini, known to his people as Il Duce, which simply means The Leader. His charisma was almost like amovie star rather than a government leader, even though his charm was bathed in blood and violence.

Columns

FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

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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