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Opinion

Dear Editor,   I have been following the Samoa election and post elections with great interest and concern. With multiple perspectives judging the actions surrounding the controversies, the most compelling perspective I found personally moving was delivered unequivocally from a sermon by the...
Dear Editor, It hurts when we see the name of our family, village, district or country in the news for something bad that has happened. As a person, I know I have to be upfront with myself about the natural bias I have when it comes to my judgment on any of these things as it relates to me. I pray...
Early this week on Monday – when the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Head of State’s decision to declare the dissolution of the 9 April General Election results – there was a paragraph on the second last page of the 28-page judgement. The paragraph was dedicated to the Office of...
Dear Editor, In my 85 years I have seen the American Flag honored and in some cases, abused, but never more so than right here in American Samoa these past years. Each and every time the President or the Governor has ordered the flags to half mast, it is a shameful fiasco, full mast at ASTCA, 1/2...
Dear Editor, At the end of the dreadful year 2020, the repatriation process of getting American Samoan residents back home began since the borders closed in April 2020. When this process first started, the stranded residents of American Samoa (AS) residing in the mainland, were informed at the...
 In response to Japan’s announcement that it would begin dumping nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is appealing to Japan to hold off from discharging nuclear waste from the Fukushima power plant that was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011....
We have long known that whatever the state of the economy or the weather, the Open-Borders types argue that there is a need for more foreign workers. Flood or drought, boom or bust, we "need" more of them they say. Ten million or more Americans out work because of the virus? They argue we need more...
Dear Editor, Our Chief Justice publicly declared at a High Court hearing on March 31, 2021: " I'm $5,000 an hour if you want to talk to me privately" Is this True? Respectful Questions: 1) Why was this openly said by the Chief Justice at a Court Hearing? 2) Can a Chief Justice be legally given $5,...
Honorable Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga Honorable Lieutenant Governor Eleasalo Ale ASG 2021 COVID-19 Task Force Stranded lives matter and we are very grateful that your administration is braver than the Lolo Administration, as is shown in your efforts to bring stranded American Samoan residents home...
Dear Editor, First time offender vs. first time raped. The Public Defender loves to play the ‘ First time offenders card’, which describes the defendant who has no previous criminal record. (But has a trail of unreported sexual misconducts with same victim.) So how do you put back to normal a child...

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