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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Mana’s legacy of strength, courage and advocacy

The passing of Manamea Apelu-Schwalger on Sunday was a tremendously sad moment for this nation. It was especially sad for her family, close friends, the Samoa Cancer Society and cancer patients – here and abroad - who had looked up to her as a role model since she stood up to become the face of the battle against this deadly sickness.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

Dear Editor, I write in reference to the address by the former Head of State. I can’t see an ambiguity. This ambiguity argument is all about letting both the P.M., A.G. and the former Head of State off the hook as if all that occurred was innocent and they were all motivated by virtue and determined to put the interests of the people of Samoa first.

Re: The letter that made former Head of State cry He signed the law because it was his Constitutional duty to do so. The law was passed by the democratically-elected Parliament of Samoa (the People’s House).

Columns

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Dr Alex Frame*

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Alexia Slaven

Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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Orlando Huaman*

Will Samoa ever be a self-reliant country?

This article will address relevant dependent habits. Bad habits that must be erased from our way of life and give rise to personal INITIATIVE on a grander scale.

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…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl watching him said, “My daddy has a special brush like that to clean his car too.” The man responded, “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

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