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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Desperation knows no boundaries

The front-page story titled “No poverty in Samoa? Check out the children at Tafaigata landfill” is another sad reminder about the chilling reality for some of the poorest people in this country today.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Audit Office rejects false reports Did you not read the statement? They cannot be released (the latest ones from 2015 onwards) until parliament has passed them. However, the Audit Office has filed all reports to FY 2016 to parliament. They are all up to date.

Dear Editor, I’ve been reading a lot lately about our Prime Minister talking about his divine whispers and secret communications with God. When I came across the following piece, I thought I’d share it with your readers because it seems like Tuilaepa is not the only one.

Dear Editor Re: P.M. unfazed by online attacker “When we have people who can track down people who are doing these sorts of things, it will be a disincentive for them to continue,” he said.“

Columns

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Jorim-Paul Phillips

The truth behind the ‘Bio-Bag’.

It’s no secret that plastic is bad for the environment and unfortunately for us, we consume far more than we should. From plastic food wrappers to plastic buckets, it can be safe to say that plastic plays a big part of our everyday lives.

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Lumepa Hald

We are as a song, “a slow dying flower”

My soul lurks in the dark shadows of Lalomanu trees, after the sun had long gone. But the child I miss is the goddess of the breeze.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

“Together we can make a beginning”

Leaders of the Pacific; Ministers of Cabinet and Parliament; Distinguished Delegates; Ladies and Gentlemen, This week has been a long journey for us all; with each day’s dialogue, we have learnt to make a beginning as one collective; stewards of the Blue Pacific.

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’!

LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.

Street Talk

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:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Afega

Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

Afega/Nu’u Fou

Pearlynn Brown

Malie

Peleti Aso, 36

Faleasiu

Saili Talimasealii, 51

Utualii

Seufale Filipo Foaluga

Vaitele-fou

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