Opinion

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known as the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) passed in Congress (on March 31, 2017) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repealed.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...
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...

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