Romans 13:1-7, Sacred Cow or White Elephant?

Faafetai tele Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa for your editorial ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s’. Matthew 22:21 that was published online on November 18, 2017.

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Listen to the people

Dear Editor Re: The issue of customary lands I think you see things as many others are starting to see them. Also according to some people there have been cases where attempts have been made they just are not publicized.

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Are our interests being upheld?

Dear Editor Re: In response to Siaosi Siomia There only needs to be the appearance that these things you bring up are happening to disqualify this person.

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Marching in support

Re: Chairman rejects report Sister marches are taking place all over the world in support of this march. Indigenous people are sick of having their lands taken from them.

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Thank you Audit Office for responding

Re: In response to Siaosi Siomia Fa’afetai tali mai:(1) Is your Audit office 100% independent (not influenced at all) by the H.R.P.P. Government? (2) Are there any sensitive information leaked from your department to other government departments or directly to P.M.? Is there communications going on between your office and P.M.’s office?

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The issue of customary lands

Re: Questions about the idea of leasing customary land My reading of Section 102 prevents the transfer of ownership of customary land causing alienation, basically, control of the land stays in the family.

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All the way from Aopo

Dear Editor Re: Girl from Vaimauga tops Again another kid from that little known and drought ridden village of Aopo is making the people who never know where in Samoa this little community is located becoming more curious about why it continues to produce some of the finest and brightest students these days.

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Education system and critical thinkers

Dear Editor Re: Critical thinking Just to be clear though when I say the parochial education system in Samoa will only turn out brainwashed people who cannot think critically I mean this in a general sense.

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In response to Siaosi Siomia

Dear Editor Re: The question of conflict of interest Talofa Siaosi Siomia, Here is the official response of the Audit Office to your question:

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Questions about the idea of leasing out of Customary land

Dear Editor, I refer to an article of Samoa Observer of 09/12/2017 (A.G rejects land threat) regarding the Attorney General’s rejection of land threat. There is something important that was overlooked by the Attorney General in the Article 102 of the Constitution in relation to the idea of “leasing”.

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A very interesting twist

Dear Editor Re: Namualuulu Alama Ieremia’s new role I read very careful between the lines here. This was the coach that had mixed result with our boys and had been appointed by World Rugby, the colonial executive power running this conglomerate business.

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Who do you believe?

Dear Editor Re: Advocate maintains land is under threat Hmmm. Who should we believe? An honorable Matai who works tirelessly for the common good of the Samoan people for their ability to hang onto their customary lands, or the P.M. who ridicules his people, calls them stupid, blames mothers for child poverty, oversees S.I.F.A., the unaccountable non transparent Samoan financial institution?

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The question is conflict of interest

Re: Controller and Chief Auditor explains We are not accusing you “Controller and Auditor-General” of cooking the books. What we are accusing you is a conflict of interest.

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In response to the A.G.’s assurance

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your story A.G. rejects land threat on the Sunday Samoan. Do any of you notice that he confirms that customary Land leases are registered under the L.T.R.A. 2008?

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Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Dear Editor Re: The solution to Samoan rugby’s woes If an addicted gambler shows no sign of stopping or at the very least finally admits to their affliction, whereby they admit they are no longer in control of their ability to manage their finances, are we to suddenly curry favour for them and gather together to re-finance their habit?

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I sure hope it works Samoa

Dear Editor Re: P.M. quiet on budget for Samoa Airways The P.M. says Polynesian Airlines have secured a lease for a 737 from Icelandair and also says Samoa Airways intends to expand its fleet to a bigger and faster jet in the future.

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The Mau protest march and future

Dear Editor, If someone has the same thought that I have that Samoa is heading to the wrong direction then this discussion could be a helpful message for that person. Samoa really needs help right now and therefore right now is the good chance and the right time to start figuring out what our beliefs are and why we believe our beliefs in order to change the direction of Samoa to a better one.

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Show us the proof

Dear Editor Re: P.M. says Poly debt is paid Yeah right Stui? Where is the proof? Give us the numbers and receipts?

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Money is always clean

Re: Samoa, tax haven and dirty money Money is always clean - to swipe all as undeserving to pay as less taxes in high tax jurisdiction is tomfoolery.

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Where rugby comes from

Re: Rugby problems Rugby emerged from the elite public schools in Britain almost two centuries ago, and remains primarily the sport of the privileged classes today.

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Editorial

He who laughs first laughs last!

Has it ever occurred to you that our Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is perhaps the most written about and photographed individual, whose mugshot has been appearing quite consistently, on the front pages of the Samoa Observer over the years all the way to today?

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.

Think a Minute

Courageous compassion

Think a minute…In 2007 an amazing woman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but sadly then died at the age of 98. Her name was Irena Sendler from Warsaw, Poland. During World War II Irena worked as a plumbing and sewer specialist in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.

Columns

Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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.

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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