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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Your one eyed unbalanced editorial “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites”

Dear Sir, So you thought tax for church ministers is a “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites” as you had editorialised? So you think Mr. Editor the CCCS church ministers, who are earning very very high incomes, should continue to be treated differently from the rest of the taxpayers in Samoa, and give them an exceptional utmost above all else courtesy in the country?

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Give Ti’avea village a fair go

Dear Editor I read with interest the story titled “Govt. refuses to pay $5.58 million for Ti’avea land.” My interest antenna went up when I saw the Minister’s comments regarding the asking price for Tiavea’s land, which is being used for the airport.

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Man is supposed to be a good steward

Dear Editor, Re: It’s women who make things happen Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

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Important to be fair

Re: Church silent on govt. move Okay. It is one thing to introduce a new law and a new procedure but it’s another to ensure it is administered fairly and with respect for all people. Wasn’t this just introduced a year ago for Church Ministers?

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What’s the point?

Re: P.M. reacts to being called “happy faced islander” What’s the point in the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge? I wonder. The Pacific Islands have nothing in common with the Americas.

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Editorial

Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono

Let’s talk about fairness. The principle implies that everyone is treated equally and that all members of the community, regardless of who they are, get the same treatment. Imagine the day that happens on the planet, wouldn’t it be a wonderful world to live in? Unfortunately, that is not the case and probably never will be, not in Samoa or anywhere else for that matter.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Think a Minute

Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech

Columns

TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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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