Samoan traditions are eroding

Dear Editor Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa? Samoa’s isolation in the heart of the Pacific has forged and maintained unique strong culture of sharing and family kinship in society for thousands of years, and this is the strength of any nation.

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You’ve got to help yourself Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa It’s easy to make statements about youth unemployment and poverty, but the reality is that many unemployed Samoans don’t want to work or want to do what employers require, like turning up each day.

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Where I begin to worry

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. talks up harbour development Every time Tuilaepa speaks about funding of any projects are secured, I start worrying about the future. Funds are secured?

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They are representatives of the Govt.

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa no longer a democracy The Pulenuu/Sui o le malo position has always been a paid position. It didn’t just become a paid position under Tuilaepa. The English translation of the word “mayor” easily confuses Samoans thinking in the palagi world and palagis like Wendy thinking like her normal uneducated self.

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The people who pay

Dear Editor, Re: Blame the parents You are correct that parents bear a huge responsibility over the well being of their children. But the government of today more than ever before contributed tremendously to the misery of families and country.

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The way to go

Re: Highway to success for farmers That is the important purpose of commercial farming, not to compete with the local farmers but help them out.

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Start a housing programme instead

Why do we need another wharf? Look at the Satitoa one. It would be nice if we could initiate some kind of housing programme

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Well done, Tui Atua!

I congratulate the Tama Aiga, le afioga ile Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese for his courage to stand up and boldly denounce L.T.R.A. 2008. He has made his position clear.

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Locals and aspirations

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

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Don’t village mayors have rights as government employees too

Dear Editor, Interesting reading your editorial on the Prime Minister and comments about Samoa being a dictatorship. There are varying degrees of dictatorship and there are different types of dictators, the latter including Idi Amin, Mugabe and Saddam.

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A load of rubbish

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands and the truth Rubbish. The L.T.R.A. 2008 is not unconstitutional at all. Stop reading rubbish online from people who have never once taken the matter to the Courts to test their stupid legal arguments before the Judges.

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Why child labour exists in Samoa

Dear Editor I have remained tight lipped over these child labour reports (as reported in the Samoa Observer) of at least a years worth in the hope, that Stui and his cronies would have this child vendoring outlawed, and families given support to make ends meet.

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Blame the parents

Re: The issue of poverty Blame everyone else except the people who put that child there - his parents. You can blame the govt, the social charities, the police, the schools, the churches, but the number one teacher in someone’s life is their mother and father.

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Cyber surveillance

Re: Cyber security on the agenda When this exercise is finished, ‘someone’ will have a good idea of habits of the local IT people who have an idea of IPs, DNSs, ip4/6, ports , encapsulation, backdoors etc. etc. Network latency has doubled before one gets ‘outside the reef’ with the insertion of several devices in the route since O.L.P.

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The real problem

Re: Four year old street vendor The problem in my understanding all started from the mum when she was a young girl. She didn’t have a vision in life. The fact is, when she was sent to school she didn’t worry at all about her future.

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It’s all about control

Dear Editor Re: P.M. snubs Samoa Observer The Prime Minister’s approach against the Samoa Observer is one that is well planned, to gain favor and support from someone in the office which has the authority to control media outlet.

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Samoa no longer a democracy

Dear Editor, Re: Does sacking a village mayor justify being called a dictatorship He has been taking over more and more areas of Samoa putting the power in his hands and lessening the power the people have.

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The issue of poverty

Dear Editor, Re: A four-year-old street vendor Talofa e! This is not a good start to life is it? Only 4 years old and should be in school but instead forced to help provide for the family.

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Love is the answer

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s love My heart goes out to you Terry. You and your husband did an awesome job. I have four of my own. And trust a mother’s love for their children is like no other.

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Rome wasn’t built in a day

Dear Editor, Re: Time to demand better results from our pathetic Manu Sevens While the Manu Samoa Sevens team is going through a rebuild and restructure from previous management, coaches and players, I think it would be fare to say that your comments are a little harsh.

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Editorial

Maybe P.M. Tuilaepa is just tired

Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s week in London would have done him a world of good. It was a timely break from the pressures of home. Anyone who lives in this country would understand that now and then; you need to get away from “the rock” for some fresh air. The petty politics and the personalities can certainly be stifling at times.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

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:

Think a Minute

Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

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

Between the Lines

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.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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