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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

“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.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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?

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.

Columns

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

“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!

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Orlando Huaman*

In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Tui Cable: These are exciting times

“Whilst providing affordable wholesale internet through the Tui-Samoa is important, extending access must go hand in hand with increasing digital literacy for women and men, girls and boys as well as those Samoans with disabilities” – P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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

Think a Minute

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.

Street Talk

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:

Lui Tamoto, 49

Saleaumua, Aleipata

To’afa Ualika, 38

Malie

Tuiava Faamausili, 64

Malie

Sauaga Niumata, 48

Aleisa

Folesi Solomona, 72

Tiavea

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