Opinion

Many of our families on Guam as well as in the Northern Marianas and American Samoa have family members who serve in the military or have served in the military for a big part of their adult lives. When the service to country is over, and they’ve returned home, and age catches up and they get ill,...
Dear Editor, It's been three months since the Independent Prosecutor Attorney David Vargas was appointed for one of the government cases involving the Governor’s Chief of Staff Fiu John Saelua. (See Samoa News 12/22/16) A case involving several allegations, including: 1- Sexual assaults of the...
Dear Editor, In response to Dr. Laumoli’s LTE, published in the Samoa News, on Oct. 12, 2017: I greatly appreciate the writer’s thoroughness and expertise in the medical field. I share his commitment to this priority, and his dedication to seeing the services from this important program available...
Dear Editor, On Sunday morning, October 01, 2017, some key sources from the mainstream media in the nation reported that Congress just allowed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. The story went on to say that if...
Today is a very special day. For thousands of children across Samoa, White Sunday is an occasion to behold. And rightly so. You see, it’s great to be able to celebrate our children now and then. And today is one of those days where the young ones are given the best of everything – including the...
The Sun is available to all for a limited time, those times are more or less equal with very few excuses for divide. Now imagine, if companies were in charge of the sun and they could control, how many hours of light, the intensity of the light, based on ones payment. This is where the analogy gets...
Welcome back to The Conversation. Happy Monday! This last week has been an interesting one with several challenges for our group of local leaders. Even more so challenging has this week been for those in our local community who are business owners and will be the ones most affected initially by...
Not that I think the public or media will ever get the full story of what’s going on with American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA): Where is it getting the money to pay for the Tui Cable connection? Where does it stand with its debt to ASH-Cable/ Bluesky Communications? Is it true that...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the article concerning the recent start of firearm training for our police officers. It seems that our Police Commissioner has pursued this with what I believe to be alarming zealousness. And for the life of me I cannot fathom the logic behind...
The Territory cries out for fast, dependable, reasonably priced Internet (and cell phone service). Utu Abe Malae (ASPA CEO) and Dr. Rosevonne Pato (President of ASCC) spoke eloquently to the Cabinet last week, sharing how the future in education, telemedicine and the “Smart Grid” are here now, if...

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