In response to Diana Pai

Dear Editor, Let me reply in short Diana Pai as obviously you are of Chinese descendant. 1. You may have notice you’re allowed to say anything you wan to say free of charge. You don’t get to go to prison for disagreeing. 2. Most of the foreign exchange we are getting from our aigas overseas or earn through the little and limited trade our poor country is earning is being remitted to China to keep the Chinese businesses operating in the country.

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Not one family left the church because of the project

Dear Editor I wish to correct a misinterpretation/misquote by your reporter in an article titled “Magiagi church dedicates $500,000 Pastor’s house” in the Sunday Samoan. Your story said that: While there was success in terms of raising funds, Tupuivao revealed that there were many who could not put up with the pressure of the project and left.

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Confusion in Samoa

Re: Confucius institute in Samoa We are a Christian Nation, Confucius ideologies are different, and mostly oppose Christian values. This is like establishing a new church in Samoa from a different approach. How smart is that for the Chinese Govt. to use these developments confuse our Govt/HRPP and our people.

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Why airport at Tiavea is necessary

Dear Editor, Re: Waste of money Faleolo inter-Samoa flights - They flew the American Samoan airlines from Faleolo because the aircraft were too big to land at Fagali’i. Polynesian airlines eventually re-opened Fagali’i as their planes were the perfect size for the runway there.

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Yes like Malaysia

Re: Like Malaysia Yes, Samoa is definitely going to become the next Malaysia or even Indonesia, the most racist against Chinese ethnicity in the Pacific. Taking money from China and discriminate against Chinese ethnic, borrowed debts for 5 years and now asking the debt to be written off?

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The contract

Re: Progressive people Who gets the contract to install the runway equipment will indicate which way this project will go. If a company with a name like Chinese Railway or North Korean Tours gets it, the runway will be bristling with military planes not of American origins.

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Heather du Plessis – her Boer legacy

Dear Editor In its proper context, Heather du Plessis comes from the racial background of the Boer War between her Dutch ancestral migrants in South Africa, and the British settlers seeking colonial domination of the original people of South Africa.

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Progressive people

Re: New Airport at Tiavea Give the Americans a chance to drop off their shopping and show off some Benjamin’s as they travel through or stop in Upolu by giving them easier access. Aleipata is facing American Samoa so it makes sense to have a route directly to and fro.

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Waste of money

Re: Tiavea Airport There is no need for this airport. The one at Fagali’i is in town and it’s affordable if you are catching a taxi. The thinking behind this is not logical at all.

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“It only takes one dead fly”

Dear Editor, We took a group of visitors from overseas on a sightseeing tour of Upolu on Friday a week ago. Our visitors had been here for a week on business and were to leave that weekend. We started out from Apia and took the road that runs through the Aleisa farmlands, then Lefaga (without diverting to the coast), then Safata, Siumu, Falealili with a stop at Aga Hotel for lunch.

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Samoan rugby laughing stock of the world

The Samoa Rugby Union has become the official laughing stock of world rugby, for those who give a hoot. For the great majority, who cares? It’s just another strange, incompetent bad joke of a day at the Samoa Rugby Union office.

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Learn from Malaysia

Re: Samoa, China agree to further cooperation Subjecting Samoa’s freedom for China’s economic developments in Samoa can be detrimental down the road as they inject more money to finance these projects that we don’t need.

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Re: Alcohol bill could lead to business losses

Oh, its becoming a common excuse now for Govt. Ministries to say they're short staff if ever they were asked a question and didn't have an answer for it. Why? Are they freezing hiring staff members these days now? Or are they cutting cost on the labour force?

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Supporters of our airline

Re: Why I think you’re talking rubbish again Anyway, the church communities in both N.Z. and Australia are traditionally known supporters of our airline. Any publicity campaigns to promote the airline overseas are best sell through the church communities and thence the traveling public.

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Wrong tree

Re: The Church and its responsibility Ah, you are barking up the wrong tree if you expect the likes of the E.F.K.S., the Methodists, AOGs and other protestant churches to care about “works”. “Faith through works” is a Catholic thing.

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The real problem

Re: Helicopter owners owes govt. I figured that was wrong with this helicopter. The reason why the government is holding the helicopter for tax payment that the owner owed to the government of Samoa.

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Why I think you’re talking rubbish. Again

Dear Editor Re: Living needs Rubbish again. Nobody is making judgment is whether you eat elegi or T-bone steak at home every other day. The same counter to those moronic arguments that if one wants to change policies then maybe they ought to go to Parliament instead of pulpit.

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Lacking sympathy for people fooled by cryptocurreny scams

Dear Editor, Re: Cryptocurrency scams Authorities all over the world have been cracking down on the multi-billion dollar, multi-national pseudo-cryptocurrency scam, Onecoin/ OneLife Network, from Bulgaria. China has arrested 119 Onecoin promoters and in June prosecuted 98 of those (33 are now serving 3 to 5 years IN PRISON for Ponzi/ pyramid fraud). In total, around 150 Onecoin scam promoters have been arrested in 8 countries on 3 continents.

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The church and its responsibility

Dear Editor Re: Church honours their pledge to help Photographer Penina Momoiseā, who took some stunning photos of churches in Samoa, marvel at their grandeur in “contrast to the simple fales that people live in” (Coconet tv). Penina’s observation is not unlike that expressed by many first-time visitors to the islands. We’re truly a nation obsessed with church-building.

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Rubbish

Re: A true man of God Rubbish. It’s not the church’s money, it’s my money, already being taxed and I’m giving it to the church or faifeau fully aware that he’s going to use it for his keeping. That’s why the Levites didn’t get an inheritance of the land.

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Editorial

Senior politicians and the issue of conflict of interest

Two weeks ago, a story titled “$3.57 million contract awarded for new airport” was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan. It certainly raised a few eyebrows. Firstly, very little has been said about the Tia’vea Airport project, certainly from the Government that is.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

Raging bull

Think a minute...The worst shooting massacre in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.

Columns

E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Daughter of Cabinet Minister Sources tell BTL that the daughter of a senior Cabinet Minister was involved in an incident where six-year-old girl was killed on Sunday morning. The little girl was returning home from Sunday school when she was hit and killed.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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