Opinion

The buzz in the community is from Facebook postings — some by people who don’t use the name they were given by their mommy or daddy, others by people willing to get out there and stand by their words, others just gossip mongers… The thing is: People are beginning to think these FB postings are...
A short gong this week —I’m tired and need another 3-day weekend —fast.   Hey  — I remember the good ole days — when going to cast my vote was FUN — as well as me exercising my right and doing my civic duty. I got to smile at everyone, as I ran the gauntlet of tents — and depending what time I went...
Dear Editor, I appreciate Mr. Dave Haleck’s response to my media response to Mr. Sanitoa’s political comments on their [Faoa & Sanitoa gubernatorial team] radio talk show last week.  While I respect Mr. Haleck’s point of view, I wish that Mr. Haleck did not try to interpret Mr. Sanitoa’s...
Dear Editor, Because our name was mentioned in a story today (Friday, Sept. 16, 2016) regarding Senate President Pro Temp Senator Laolagi Savali Vaeao taking issue with Representative Larry Sanitoa’s comments on the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), I feel compelled to respond. First,...
Every ten years the US Census Bureau conducts a survey on the entire population of the United States. Included in the census count is the "unorganized" and "unincorporated" US Territory of American Samoa, This also includes Samoans living in the continental United States, When it comes to the...
One of the main vehicles of communicating in our community is now social media — Facebook, YouTube, Messaging, Twitter and websites seem to be the vehicles of choice for us. I’m not much for FB or YT… and I tend to stick with our own website: samoanews.com — just old school of me — but when I...
Dear Editor, To: Samoa Counsel General (Hon. Auseugaefa Va'asatia Poloma Komiti) (Ref. Samoa News article dated August 4th, 2016, Page 1&2) Subject: “Non- Samoa Passports Expiring in Less then 6 months, not valid for travel to Samoa” 1. Page 1, Para 2, Line 3 — “effective Sept. 1 this year, all...
California’s fisheries provide healthy, sustainable food, but that could change under a dangerous new proposal being circulated, until recently, behind closed doors at the Legislature. California’s fishing community – more than 40 harbors, chambers of commerce, seafood processors and recreational...
Dear Editor: Our present administration was elected on a" People First" platform but that was put on a backburner while they're agenda seemed to change to hiring as many voters as they possibly could including their political opponents to secure this election. To gain control of the Retirement Fund...
Seeking closure for an untimely violent death of your child is a path no parent should be forced to travel upon. A young woman died of fatal injuries sustained May 30, 2016. It was alleged she jumped out from a moving vehicle driven by her spouse. Apparently alcohol was involved. Pending...

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