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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...
Dear Editor, DHSS needs urgent expansion of their shelters. Their current situation is demanding it. With the increase of resident young adults suffering from domestic and sexual violence, battered women with children, homeless, abandoned, underage pregnancy, clients held in custody due to...
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, We are American Samoa residents, who want to come home, but are not able to.  Not without a lot of careful planning because the local government has closed our home borders citing safety concerns over the COVID pandemic. We know it is being worked out and as our leaders have noted, we...

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