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Dear Editor,  A fundamental reality of the revenue proposals being proposed by the Lolo administration is that they are DESIGNED and INTENDED to raise an extra, additional $25 million for ASG in 2020 compared to the money that would be raised if the proposals were not enacted.   They are not a...
Welcome back to The Conversation! It's great to be back with you. There is so much to discuss regarding our current topic, the OMV registration error, and what is currently being done to address it. Fortunately this first challenge is strongly connected to the next topic: the upcoming taxes and...
It’s a matter of trust — in the case of why the veto override amendment that is once again on the Fono agenda, is bound again for failure. Currently, two senators have proposed a measure that would give the Fono the authority to override the governor’s veto of legislation that’s been approved by...
The United States must begin to live up to its promise to adequately reimburse Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa for expenses related to regional migrants. Every year, the federal government allocates $30 million for compact-impact reimbursements, with Guam getting the...
Dear Editor, Congratulations to the Appointment of the Independent Prosecutor — 7/28/2017 — It is our hope that the Independent Prosecutor Mr. David Vargas will consider the entire scenario of the law-breaking acts committed against the victims. The victim accused Chief of Staff, Fiu J. Saelua of...
(Editor’s Note: President Donald Trump announced last Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces. The twitter decision came without a plan in place to implement it. And, has left active transgender military members...
  Kia Ora / Talofa, From New Zealand: We recently attended the Tuato’o reunion in American Samoa, and sadly I did not get the chance to express my thoughts about the event whilst there and hope to do it this way. Our daughter Sofia had been to AS before and her mum Josephine Tuato’o was raised by...
Conversationalists in American Samoa, I am just blown away by the response that has rippled through the community in direct response to our first Conversation here. In less than 21 days, positive changes that should help all involved have already occurred. Friday, June 30th marks the day when "The...
Status Update On OMV — People have reported registration renewal fees have been $41 at the OMV. Huge win for the public! However, with regard to the issuance of refunds, at this point there is no update other than to say, “The ball is in the court" of the OMV, DPS, and perhaps the AG's office as...
The Samoa News phones were ringing off the hook last Friday, after our new column, “The Conversation” was published for the first time. Readers were directly responding to the Office Motor Vehicles’ employees hanging up on them when they called to ask how the could get a refund from the overcharge...

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