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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...
Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the letter to the editor in Friday’s paper — Sept. 22 — regarding the comments made by the editor at the end of the column. The suggestion that these drugs be made legal and taxed is not as far fetched as it may sound.  Many of the European countries have...
Dear Editor, I read today's article w/both astonishment and disbelief. Is our esteemed commish of public safety for real? Stiffer sentences he says?!  That’s all and well, were it not for the fact that he needs to clean his own house first and foremost. Is he even remotely aware that many of his...
Hello Conversationalists in American Samoa! It is my honor to be with you once again this week. Much thanks to Mr. Tom Drabble who was the main contributor to our column last week! I know there has been lots of discussion about what he suggested, and I look forward to hearing more from our readers...
Welcome back to The Conversation! Before we launch into the meat of this week's column, it's important that we first revisit our structure and framework, the pillars if you will, that are supporting and driving the focus of The Conversation. Once we as a community recognize a Challenge, that begins...
THE CONVERSATION   In speaking with a friend of mine who had spent the last month off island in Hawai’i and other places Stateside, I was welcoming him back.  I said "Welcome back to ... well, I'm not sure what to describe it as"... to which he replied with a smirk something that was rather...
Now that we have seen some of the differences between MediCARE and MediCAID, and what implications those differences have in terms of maintaining funding for the comprehensive healthcare of the residents of AS, I would like to dig a little deeper into that murky well of U.S. taxpayer dollars that...

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