“My children are not valea, your education system is”

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

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It won’t make a difference

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

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Samoa needs this

Re: A.D.B. breached own policies The processes need to be followed and if they were, then fine with me. This Dam really is a huge game-changer for Apia’s annual flooding issues.

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Look to other countries

Re: Small businesses share concerns Typical, this law has been discussed for about a year, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that has been using plastic bags.

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Fake news, Prime Minister Tuilaepa and garbage

Dear Editor, Fake news is everywhere every day every so long and one had to stay calm not hysteria as only small fishes jump at every sprinkle in the water.

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The gist of customary land fight

Dear Editor, Re: Why land concerns are indeed fake news This guy Petelo Suaniu is one of Stui’s biggest supporters. How else should we explain to this donkey what many of our patriots are fighting for?

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Create our own baskets

Re: Small businesses share concerns What if grocery stores hired some of those kids out front to weave those baskets I see that are used in Samoa? If those were available for me when I went to Frankie’s I would buy one and put my groceries in that.

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Ask other airlines

Re: Missing the point It’s a Mickey Mouse operation at best run by unqualified people. But PS Jeffrey is correct , with weather related cancellation the airline is not liable.

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Opposition for Tuilaepa

Re: P.M. Tuilaepa’s comments irresponsible If this man is so outrageous and condescending to the people of Samoa in what he says to them regarding water and what he is doing to them regarding the land owned by all family members not just one, then why does the Samoa Observer and this writer continue to endorse him by saying there is no opposition to him in the upcoming election?

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P.M. Tuilaepa’s conflicting stories

Dear Editor, I am comparing two different articles. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is saying one thing in the other and making other suggestions in one. There is no knowing where his heart is.

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Why land concerns are indeed fake news

Dear Editor, Unasa Iuni Sapolu should be questioned about what Samoa First’s policy is regarding leasing on customary land. Everything she is saying so far points to her wanting to make it illegal to even lease customary land in Samoa.

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What the A.D.B. President’s trip was about

Dear Editor, Re: Fiu Elisara decries lack of opportunity The A.D.B. President’s trip to Samoa was to meet the government leadership only. One has to understand that simple fact of life.

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Oriana Netball Academy loses in friendlies

Well done to Oriana Netball for stepping up to the plate and taking on the opposition. It’s always hard to see your child’s team come out the other end of a game with such results, but I commend Samoa as a community for embracing Netball more than I have ever seen before recent times.

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How it can be fixed

Re: Minister unhappy with exam results Step 1: Get teachers that want to teach, rather than the many babysitters that permeate the Samoan school system. Step 2: Stop teachers cheating on results to hide their incompetence.

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Missing the point

Re: Samoa Airways flight cancellation C’mon guys. Some of you miss the point here. Ok forget about the weather if that’s the case. The argument here is, those poor elderly people and young children were sitting and sleeping on the floor like homeless people for 24 hours while waiting for the next available flight without food.

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A protest in Apia yesterday to highlight fears about the risk of customary lands being alienated.

Group of chiefs write to A.D.B.

The crusade by a group of matai (chiefs) to highlight their concerns about the risk of customary lands being alienated as a result of Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) project is continuing. The chiefs include Lilomaiava Dr. Ken Lameta, of Vaimoso, Telei’ai Dr. Sapa Saifaleupolu, of Samatau, Leuluaiali’i Tasi Malifa, of Afega, and Fiu Mataese Elisara, of Sili Savai’i...

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The issue with flights cancellation

Dear Editor I would like to respond to your article regarding Samoa Air and its cancelled flights. First and foremost, all airlines are contractually obligated to accommodate their passengers when the carrier cancels it’s flights due to mechanical, they are to provide hotels, meals and flight options with no charge to the passengers.

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Customer service

Re: Samoa Airways cancelation I’m staying put with Virgin Australia. Believe you me us all everybody if this is Virgin Australia, no one is left hanging on the thread; no excuses no blaming games but Virgin Australia would have taken care of each and everyone being affected.

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Don’t be afraid to pursue your rights

Re: Flight cancellations Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. Ask the airline to confirm the reason for the delay in writing. Speaking from experience, the airline that I was booked to go on was delayed.

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New Year resolutions in Samoa

Dear Editor, Some great new year resolutions printed in the paper. Well thought out guys! I sincerely hope that through your prayers, hard work and determination to achieve your goal and fulfill your dreams will be accomplished in future.

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Editorial

Market voices, small business owners matter. Listen to their concerns

Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.

Street Talk

Keli Poutasi, 55

Govt. should prioritise fixing roads

The heavy downpours of late have damaged a lot of road infrastructure in Samoa. Motorists in most parts of the country are having to navigate the multiple potholes and some of the more challenging road conditions that exist. This is not the first time this has happened in Samoa though. Bad roads at this time of the year is a common occurrence. What do you think the Government should do to improve our roads? Reporter Yumi Epati Tala’ave asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Fathers of Orphans

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.

Columns

Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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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