Opinion

Three-day weekend… choo…hooo…hooo! Been having a lot of “Are you kidding me?” moments lately. Here’s my Top Three: RAPI-SCAN FEES I don’t know if Customs is going to find more guns & drugs in cargo coming into the Territory, quite frankly I think there’s a 50-50 chance, and the Customs Canine...
Dear Editor, While the flash and flare of the opening ceremony for TBAS was displayed throughout American Samoa, Utu Abe Malae proves once again why he is a Political chameleon and RINO at best. First, yes Utu the people of American Samoa knows what FDIC entails, yet for some reason your...
Dear Editor,  I was happy to read in last Friday’s edition of Samoa News that a task force has been appointed to review DOH nurses salaries. I believe DOH nurses, as well as many other health workforce personnel, have long been under paid.  However, I would like to suggest that the task force, when...
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...

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