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“LOCAL EDUCATION: A COLLECTIVE FAILURE”

Dear Editor:
 
Certain “bad news” — particularly news that impacts negatively on certain important needs of a community – must not be allowed to pass quietly into obscurity without comment.
 
Suffice it to say, as a fundamental truth: Educationally, we are all a product of all of our teachers; and when teachers fail, society suffers.
 



OP-ED: “NO means NO”

I’m disappointed that the Director of Health Motusa Nua, would assume a defensive stand against a victim, especially since his worker admitted to this offensive behavior. 
 
Regardless of the ‘horsing’ around, NO means NO.
 
Every Director should be well versed on investigators’ unannounced visits and powers of arrest if there is probable cause.
 



“DOH DIRECTOR SETS BAD PRECEDENT FOR HIS DEPARTMENT”

Dear Editor,
 
As a Samoan Soldier, I have the upmost respect for CSM (Ret) Nua and his service to our country and our people.
 
However, I disagree with him on the handling of his employees during a crisis that also grips the US Army to this day. Sexual Harassment/Assault has been a black eye for our Army in recent years and as a retired Senior Leader, he should’ve set standards within his department on the conduct of his employees, because ultimately he is the Director.
 



“2% —THE NORM”

Dear Editor,
 
Reading that only 2% of the people taking the Police Academy entrance exam passed the test shocked many readers but when you really think about it 2% is more of a norm here than realized. I'll give you some examples:
 
1. Department of Motor Vehicles. No license plates available to issue out. No drivers licenses issuance due to material shortages and equipment breakdown. A typical ASG operation — 98% budget for personnel and 2% for operations.
 



Liability issues keep students from sailing with Hokule’a crew

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Hope Autele, who was named the Manu’a winner for the Hokule’a trip has pulled out and she will be replaced by Patricia Penitito, who will join Tutuila winner O’Riley Siona Le’au as VIP guests when the Hokule’a arrives in the territory next month.
 
Earlier this year, the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) gave the opportunity to students of Tutuila and Manu’a to ‘earn’ a seat on the Hokule’a.
 



“EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION IS NOT AN ABORTION PILL”

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"AFOA WRITES IN SUPPORT OF LONGLINE FISHERIES"

Editor’s Note: In a meeting yesterday at the Fale Samoa in Utulei, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also acting governor, supported the move by the Council Of Treaty Chiefs of Tutuila, Aunu’u, and Manu’a and the Council of District Governors of American Samoa, to oppose the three options being considered by the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council (WPRFMC) on the present 50-mile large vessel closure area (LVCA) around the fishing waters of American Samoa. (See Front Page story).
 



“ARE WE PROMOTING THE KILLING OF INNOCENT LIVES WITH ECP?”

Dear Editor,
 
Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinions about an article that appeared in your April 16, 2014 issue.  The article was about the services offered in the Family Planning Clinic at LBJ Hospital.  I am expressing my personal opinions and beliefs and in no way reflect or represent the American Samoa AHEC or ASCC, where I work.
 
This is not meant to be against a person or persons but against the issue of the “emergency contraception pill” also known as the “morning after pill.”



Thoughts on Father's Day

A few days before I was born, NBC News interviewed my father, then-Senator John F. Kennedy. Reflecting the typical mindset of 1950s America, the interviewer asked my father, "If you were to have a son, would you encourage a political career for him?"
 
Exhibiting the visionary spirit that would soon inspire the world in so many ways, my father answered, "Yes, and I hope if I had a daughter I might encourage her to play some part. I don't think this should be confined to men only."
 



OP ED: Is it a crime to rape a prisoner?

We’ve come a long way in seeking justice for all victims of sexual violence and abuse. The year 2014 is the silver lining for victims of Child/sexual Abuse, Anti-Human Trafficking Laws and now — Gov. Lolo Moliga’s support of the Federal ‘Prison Rape Elimination Act’ (PREA).
 



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