Opinion

Dear Editor, Everything could have been in complete chaos for American Samoa and the territories had the right-wing Republican's new healthcare bill known as the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) passed in Congress (on March 31, 2017) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed.  We must thank God for...
Dear Editor, In all my years of services to our people and country, I have come to expect a high degree of good judgment and integrity from the respectful body of decision makers as we rely on their wisdom to solve problems and maintain peace to the parties involved. I don’t intend to dwell on what...
[Editor’s Note: The following letters, in English & Samoan, were written by Mauga Tasi Asuega, Paramount Chief of Maoputasi County, in his capacity as a descendant of one of the signatories (Mauga-Pago Pago) of the 1900 Deed of Cession for Tutuila and Aunu‘u, Samoa News has reprinted the...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to further clarify the “quarterly apportionment” issue to ensure that Samoa News and the public understand, and are not quick to say the FONO is the only branch overspending its budget by 3% of its 25% apportionment of its total budget as reported on February...
To the editor: I am pleased to see that Judy Payes' devotion to the community has been recognized. I would like to point out another aspect of her life there. When I was at Samoana High in the late 60s and her family lived at the south end of "Penicillin Row" on Utulei Beach, she was "a lean, mean...
Dear Editor, My name is William Spitzenberg II. I am 12 years old and am a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 392. I am writing this letter to pass off one of the requirements for my Communications merit badge. I would just like to talk to you about my pervious concrete science project that...
In yesterday’s Samoa News story headlined “Homeland Security, Justice Department reviews foreign purchase of Bluesky.” it stated that the “72.6% of ATH’s shares is held by the government owned Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF)”. Samoa News should point out that it used the term, “government owned...
Dear Editor,  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a former Representative of Tualauta District that has worked hard to address this very issue of flooding, I do not appreciate the reference to the murky, dirty and disgusting flood waters in front of the LDS Ottoville...
In yesterday’s Samoa News front page story, headlined “ASG 1st quarter report — Fono only branch overspending its budget”, the Legislative Financial Officer (LFO) Talalemotu Mauga took issue with the headline, saying that using the words “overspending its budget” - regarding the Fono was incorrect...
Home for me is New Zealand. My parents, both born and bred in Samoa, settled here when their eldest child, my older sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. The move ensured Saleima received clinical care not available in Samoa. It also meant living here and raising her, and eventually...

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