Opinion

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...
A friend of mine suffered an unimaginable loss the other day. His oldest son murdered his wife and younger son. The older son then killed himself. In a matter of seconds his family was gone and his life was changed forever. I can't even begin to comprehend a loss such as that. How do you even begin...
Refusing to accept the unacceptable is the motto for this age. Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. Every year, too many women, men and boys are sexually assaulted and abused. This is an offense to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. It is...
Dear Editor, My name is Caroline Schuster and I am writing in the hope that Samoa News would publish information about one of the greatest students here at Missouri Valley College. Missouri Valley College, located in Marshall, Missouri is a four-year college that fosters great diversity among...

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