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Op-Ed: Same Sex Marriage another "fundamental right" inapplicable in U.S. Territories?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is a “fundamental right” of citizenship under the U.S. Constitution is no longer headline news. But some LGBT rights organizations are making news by calling for the ruling to be enforced in the U.S. territories in the same manner is applies in the 50 states. In particular, the LGBT community is exercising its political clout, enhanced by the high court ruling, to pressure the tiny U.S. island possession of American Samoa to comply with the new federal judicial mandate under local law.
 



CORRECTION

In the Aug. 27 edition, Samoa News incorrectly referred to Sonny Thompson as a member of the American Samoa Economic Development (ASEDA) board. Thompson is a member of the ASG Retirement Fund board of trustees. Samoa News apologies to Thompson, the ASEDA board and our readers for the unintended error.
 



Op-Ed: LABOR TRAFFICKING IS ALIVE & WELL IN AMERICAN SAMOA

A vendor provides a foreign human domestic worker for a paying customer. A Fijian is contacted from Fiji and reassured thru promises of employment and security. Upon arrival to Apia airport the employer/sponsor was awaiting her and brought her across the border into American Samoa in June 2015.
 
Less than 3 weeks later the victim was taken to the Immigration office where her picture was taken and a COVETED P5 identification card was made. Both documents; her Passport and Immigration Identification Card were then withheld by her employer.
 



“STANDARD PROCEDURES SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED”

Dear Editor,
 



Inmates complain over lack of parole board hearings

Parole board says TCF warden not cooperating
joyetter@samoanews.com

The delay in conducting hearings with the Parole Board is not only due to the lack of a quorum but also due to incomplete paper work being provided by the police and staff, says Father Vaiula Julio, Chairman of the Parole Board. He confirmed that it’s been months since they last held a hearing.
 



“THE STORY THAT TOOK THE CAKE”

Dear Editor,
 
While reading last Wednesday’s paper, I tried to decide which was the least disturbing: the Chinese yuan’s decreasing value, or the Aussies’ take on same-sex marriage. Yet I must admit that the story about the salaries of those in the semi-autonomous bracket took the cake. I bet that was even more difficult to swallow than a hard-candy Christmas.
 
But what can you say? It’s a tell-tale of white-washed politics, verbal inflation, and cultural correctness in Le Motu o Fiafiaga.
 



OP-ED: “KALEIDOSCOPE OF DECEPTION”

A high official in the Immigration office has been reported for alleged Sex Human Trafficking of a young woman.(SN edition 4/2015) In collusion with him is his Immigration secretary who facilitated the Trafficking from within the department and an elderly businessman known as the Immigration Ambassador. This same individual also falsified his claim as her sponsor to qualify her re-entry back into Pago Pago from Apia.
 



“OPEN LETTER TO AMERICAN SAMOA FISHERIES TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN & THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA”

Dear Chairman Hong;
 
I appreciate the direct and honest comments as reported in the August 11, 2015 edition of the Samoa News. Unfortunately, you did not respond to our formal letter that was filed in response to NOAA’s Federal Register Notice/Request for Comments.
 



“RETIREMENT FUND — LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE”

Dear Editor,
 
In spite of the propensity of the local government for constant meddling and devious financial forays, the Retirement Pension Fund remains the best thing that ASG retirees and employees have going for them at present.
 



“WHAT FEE IS NEXT?”

Dear Editor:
 
I thank you for your article exposing ANZ bank's latest example of exploiting the Territory by charging business customers a fee for handling cash transactions. Strange, I always thought that's what banks are in business for. But, if anyone could call this nightmare a bank, they would belong in a nut house.
 



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