Issues with Fuimaono

Re: Chairman backs Fuimaono’s return 1. I like Fuimaono, but he was bought back to save the 7s team and it failed. He was sacked for the British guy. Similar reasons were advanced when he was reappointed.

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Rugby and Chinese

Re: Fuimaono as Manu Samoa coach Best choice. Manu Samoa at the peak and height of its success in the past was when a Samoa speaking coach held the fort such as Su’a Schuster and Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

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Is there a link between sad Samoan songs and suicide?

Dear Editor, Last Sunday (10 September 2017) marked the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s fundamental theme “take a minute, change a life” would no doubt be instrumental in salvaging some of those who seem to find themselves in the quicksand of depression and suicide.

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Tipping the bus boy

RE: Conflicts and tipping The Minister is correct for the most part. But the following quoted text is a problem. You wondered how the illegal weapons smuggled into the country when company prepaid for their containers with knowledge that it will not be searched, then it’s easy to smuggle illegal paraphernalia and things of that nature into the country.

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The banks win

RE: What about a live debate You got that right. Banks win every time because the laws protect the banks over people. Look what happened in the U.S. The banks got bailed out with taxpayer money after the mortgage scams they were pulling.

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The “tifference”

Dear Editor, Re: Tips vs bribery I love the Minister’s explanation of the difference between tipping and bribery. I am now comforted by the knowledge that most of the fat cats around Apia have grown obese, not from bribery but, from tipping.

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About Torrens system and customary land

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. slams bush lawyers And how did the Prime Minister know so much about the Land Registration Act?” “I have been thoroughly briefed by the Attorney General,” he said.

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The banks always win

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. slams bush lawyers Give it up Tuilaepa. You don’t have to be a lawyer to know that if you lease land and if the banks have an interest because they hold a mortgage on the land that the bank takes over the land if the leasee defaults.

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What about a live debate?

RE: P.M. slams bush lawyers It will be nice for the bush lawyers to challenge the PM to a debate on TV and have a media person, or a neutral lawyer, to moderate the debate. That way the P.M. doesn’t have control.

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There’s no assurance

RE: We live in such a cold world “Tell me that something like this will never ever happen in Samoa. Please!” I’m afraid no one could give you such assurance that this will not happened in our little paradise.

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Produce the list of complaints

RE: Minister defends decision Exactly my thoughts. Still smells like a rat to me.

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The obesity epidemic in the Pacific

Dear Editor, Being obese is not only ugly, it is plain unhealthy. Period. According to the W.H.O. there are more than 1.2 billion overweight adults in the world. At least 410 million are considered obese.

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Nice flattering words

Dear Editor, I quote from your editorial about Tuilaepa yesterday: “As for Tuilaepa, it is undisputed that he has a reputation in the Pacific as one of the strongest and more reliable leaders of his time.

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Great thought provoking read

Dear Editor, Re: Customary land and climate change Thank you Steve for your self-provoking thoughts. It’s quite fascinating to me when I tried to peak through the thin layer of understanding about the marvelous works of wonder that our creator or the divine presence of the Universe as some people call God has manifested his creation with such awe and amazement.

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Freedom and equality

Dear Editor, Re: Please read history Concerning the Americans and what they did to the natives of the land as well as Australians to the indigenous, well that page of history is long gone! It determines where we stand today and a lesson to us all. Those wounds have been long stitched.

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A true leader

Dear Editor, Re: P.M’s leadership hailed A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

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Colonialism and systems of the world

Dear Editor, The topic of colonialism is an interesting one I find. I want to point out a few areas that need clarity before the punters start smashing the ping pong ball around the tables.

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It’s about individuals and God

Dear Editor, Thank you Afamasaga Toleafoa for a very interesting article on Sunday observance in Samoa. Yes, the Sabbath is not like other days. The Creator God actually blessed and sanctified the seventh day, not the first day, Sunday.

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It just doesn’t make sense

Dear Editor, Re: Medical report on prisoner The next question then; who hung the kid? And the injuries on his dead body; where did they come from?

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Wishing Olo Fiti the best

Dear Editor, Re: Olo Fiti’s fight I write in support of Olo Fiti. Having read his letter, that is a very nice explanation Mr. Olo Fiti, Are you being setup to fail by getting robbed of business profits?

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One more reminder to protect our young girls

Every parent who has a girl child at school – including in colleges and tertiary education – should read Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren’s comments on page 3 of the Samoa Observer yesterday.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Think a minute…Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does that kind, honest person who does the right thing get fired from his job? And why does that evil crook become rich and get away with lying and cheating?


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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