Balance would be a mix of both lifestyles

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial in the Sunday Samoan titled “Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?” Personally, I don’t see Samoa as an aspirational society.

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This is utter stupidity

Dear Editor, Re: Faumuina Liuga on child vendors and Joe Hollywood I just wish I can scream or cuss this man out for his stupidity. It is these kind of behavior and mindsets that create so many crimes and poverty. I was once a street vendor too just like Joe Hollywood.

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Offer them opportunities

Dear Editor, Re: Faumuina and street vendors Kids really want to leave school where they at least have a chance at achieving something in their lives for a decent future unlike their struggling parents to sell matches and q-tips, what a future! Are the teachers stimulating and encouraging them to learn, succeed and have choices?

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Jail system is a bad joke

Dear Editor, Re: Keep prisoners in prison This jail system is a bad joke! What the hell is wrong with you people, did you get hit with the stupid stick-maybe not enough! Who is letting these monsters out and “why”? The police escort needs jailing as well; it should be a crime for him to also assist in this.

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The reality

Re: P.M. on running Samoan rugby Mate your cultures and your Christian beliefs have got nothing to do with rugby at all. If that’s what you think rugby is all about then no wonder why your team is not up to the world standards. The reality is a lot of Samoan players are playing for other countries because they are paid good money to represents NZ, Australia and so on.

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Open your eyes

Re: What women want Actually it’s simple, women aren’t that needy. They get in there and just do it. Cooking and cleaning keep the mice and flies away, so the man can enjoy his hobby followed by romance.

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In response to “We are living in a time of prophesy”

Dear Editor, O lea la ua tau foliga mai ‘ua o gatasi le futia ma le umele’! I am glad to write this piece as a follow on note from my previous 2 pieces; 1. E leai se la’au e falala fua! –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 11 April 2016 and 2. ‘.. a lé o le Malamalama, o lé Savili e ala’ai ona falala le la’au! - SO issue 25 April 2016.

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In support of Faumuina Liuga

Dear Editor, Re: Ex-Minister objects to street vendors plan I am dumbfounded why the government is proposing such law as I myself like the Hon. Minister was a street vendor many years ago. The semantic of my pragmatic humble beginning plying street vendor to weave between office desks in down town Apia to sell any commodities to get money.

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How we can fix our rugby

Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Manu Samoa can only become successful if they align with the New Zealand rugby system. If I was running the Samoa Rugby Union, I will make an immediate SOS call to New Zealand Rugby Union for Help!!!

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Letter lacks in depth knowledge

Dear Editor, Re: Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results Neat piece of writing...it sounds and looks clever but really lacks in-depth knowledge of the issues raised. The Sevens teams from NZ, Australia, England etc are predominantly made up of players that are not even regarded as top level players, they are around 3rd level and downwards and yet still gave our boys a hard time back then.

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About those talkfests

Dear Editor, Re: The challenges of our time I agree with this editorial on talkfesting and the most glaring examples are mainly in the government related initiatives. When one government official thinks about an issue, it is consideration. When two government officials consider the same issue, it is called a meeting.

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A few more facts

Dear Editor, I write in response to a letter titled “Time for some accountability in terms of our rugby results.” Here are some more facts. 1. The qualification series for the R.W.C. 2019 is still happening. Samoa is playing Fiji and Tonga over the coming weeks. Even if Samoa loses to both of them, they still have a chance to qualify for the RWC 2019 through a repechage series.

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Sustainable and fair wages

Dear Editor, Re: Minimum wage There is nothing wrong with paying people fair sustainable wage. The capitalist and the Marxist can live as one in this really elementary basic need. Market driven dynamics coupled with fair wages is a great way forward.

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About climate change

Dear Editor, Re: Climate change debate It is a complete disgrace when you come into a segment you do not understand and fail to achieve a first grade level of how molecules work. By your admission. You are dumb and cannot comprehend simple math and understand first grade science.

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Please keep prisoners in prison

Dear Editor, At the beginning of the month the country was informed of a man sentenced to jail for 16 years for the rape of a young woman during the 2016 Independence Holiday. It brings chills to me every time I think of this. I am here to share that this man was seen near a school just this week, with the escort of the police from the jail taking him there.

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It’s happening in your country

Dear Editor, Re: Police furious about baby sex case Okay, this happens in all societies and in Samoa since time began. It’s not new to Samoa. Incest and violation of our young and vulnerable is more common than we would like to ever imagine.

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A missed opportunity

Dear Editor, Re: Manu Samoa and Wales Excuse me I wish to take issue with the last line in this article. “The last clash between the two was at Cardiff Stadium in Wales where Manu Samoa lost 19-26.” Manu Samoa actually beat Wales the last time they played in 2012 in Cardiff.

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The greed of some parents

Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children The saddest part of this story is parents have become pimps. It is my point of view that these parents are no longer just parents during these so-called special events. They have become pimps by making their children sell goods throughout the week of these events.

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Time to bring back the old penalty

Dear Editor, Thank you Mr. Editor for your editorial about the need to stop exploiting our children. Ten years ago I wrote a research paper based on what happened in our shore. “We are not safe anymore” was based on the ongoing abuse of young boys and girls in families.

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What I really think

Dear Editor, Re: Stop exploiting our children “The point is that on the streets of Apia and all over Samoa every day and every night, there are children being forced to sell and beg from total strangers, putting their lives at risk. This is not normal. What do you think?”

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Editorial

Come on Samoa, we’re better than that!

Technology, especially the internet, is a wonderful tool. We don’t need to tell you how important they are. Suffice to say, they have transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general. Eventually he became successful in politics also and was elected governor of Tennessee.

Columns

Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Address to officially  open the 20th Pacific  Immigration Directors Conference;  Taumesina Island Resort

Samoa commits to address security challenges

I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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