Opinion

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to an article you recently ran titled, “What happened to the trophy and monetary gift for LHS Val?”  I understand that since you originally printed the article, an update was added to your Facebook page, indicating that there was “no response from the family...
The front page story that was published in our May 31 edition about the new DOH scholarships inadvertently stated that the funding came from the World Health Organization (WHO). Instead, the money came from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a total of $5,000 was awarded to the Tobacco/...
In the story, “Court upholds three felony sex charges against Okense Alo” — published on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Samoa News failed to mention that Okesene Alo came before the court on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, charged with thirteen counts of sexual related offenses, of which only three were upheld,...
Dear Editor, This year’s Flag Day theme “Tupulaga Mo Taeao” sends a strong message to the youth of Amerika Samoa of how precious they are and why we as leaders need to mold and prepare them for the task ahead and embrace the future.  FAAFETAI ma FAAMALO to the youth of EFKAS, Catholic, and...
Dear Editor, Commissioner of Public Safety Le’i Sonny Thompson is on a mission and reiterates the need to restore the “respect and trust in our police officers”(SN 4/4/17).  I am confident that this also includes the investigative process for every case that is presented by a victim who is seeking...
Dear Honorable Governor, Is it really morally ethical, justified, fair, and honorable to cut the 10 hours from the minimum wage earners? Governor, Please DO NOT CUT the 10 hours from those workers. I am appealing to you Leaders of American Samoa Government to do your decision with LOVE. Alofa ile...
In this post I respond to an American who is struggling with the Samoan Sense of Entitlement whereby her Samoan husband of 29 years is caught out by having to cough up cash for his parents back home. It’s a vital subject touching on cross-cultural differences; human greed, misunderstanding and God...
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known as the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) passed in Congress (on March 31, 2017) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed.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...

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