Opinion

Dear Editor, As a military retiree's choosing to live in American Samoa, we give up most of our retirement benefits, but we do have the small Troop Store available to us. However, it is also one of if not the most abused entities on this island. Last week, I drove in and the parking lot was full so...
US President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order prohibiting the entry into the United States of refugees for four months, and prohibiting entry into the United States of citizens of seven named countries. The New Zealand government has offered some criticism, and members of the...
Dear Editor, 2/2/17p.m. — I was approached and informed of an 8-month pregnant young lady from Apia who has been detained by the Immigration Office and kept isolated in the Territorial Correction Facility, who three weeks after her detainment, on 1/26/2017, delivered a healthy baby at LBJ Hospital...
Recently, American Samoa’s Congresswoman Aumua Amata wrote a response to current discussions revolving around the recent denial of American Samoa’s symbolic vote in the COTW (Committee of the Whole). To say the least, her response was discouraging. It reminded me of an old saying in Samoa: “Ua...
In Samoa News, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 issue, the article, “Report says territory’s population lives paycheck to paycheck”, mistakenly reported that the Household Income and Expenditures Survey (HIES) estimated “the population increase… (a gain of 383 persons everyday) or an annual growth rate of...
Dear Editor, Regrettably, your January 16 edition carried a very misleading headline on a story about the Committee of the Whole of the U.S. House of Representatives. The House did not specifically defeat the proposal to give territorial Members of Congress a vote in the Committee of the Whole. ...
THIS week, 20 states began implementing minimum wage increases that were passed during 2016. As the country waits to see how these increased wages this will affect the economy, the U.S. territories have already provided us with a grim example. After the 2007 Fair Minimum Wage Act passed, each of...
My first gong of 2017 — is short & simple — the election of Trump is dangerous and scary… GONG! We will need all the prayers we can get for the coming storm. My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to be a kinder more understanding human being, acknowledging my weaknesses, and praying that my...
Dear Editor, An immigrant family has been torn apart and their lives are now held in limbo while the wheels of justice turn. The pride of a village has been injured. Affected hurt clans, families and like-minded friends have closed ranks. (See SN LTE for details) Outside of these formidable human...
Dear Editor, December 15, 2016, an investigation through the CID-DPS, has been launched on allegations made against the governor’s Chief of Staff for sexual harassment of a domestic immigrant caretaker. These allegations have been ongoing since August 2016.  This exploitative situation also...

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