Op-Ed: New York's Rep. Stefanik, other freshmen including Aumua take stand against bullies

Two days before House Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign at the end of October, our first-term Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined 10 other freshmen members of Congress in urging their Republican colleagues to do what is necessary to avert a government shutdown.

Essentially, they stood up to conservative bullies determined to shut the government down over defunding Planned Parenthood in a fight the bullies could not win.

The letter, sent to the entire House Republican Conference, said in part:


To remember the Sept. 29, 2009 tsunami victims, who continue to be in the hearts and minds of people in the Territory, the Fa’asao Marist High School religion class students prepared this rememberance.
by Davina LeiSan
Water moving
Feet running
Ocean roaring
from the calling of the Lord.
Pleading for mercy
But Death is thirsty.
He loves…yes, and me
asking to forgive us please.


Dear Editor:
On Thursday morning, at 3:00 a.m., I got up to watch the address of Pope Francis to the United States Congress. I wanted to hear what The Man had to say to the American people. Although not very much of what he had to say was a surprise, the manner in which he expressed himself was a lesson in effective communication.


Dear Editor:
Every previous administration has over-hired government employees to ensure a voting base for the next election but never like our present administration. I don't believe they even know how many people they have hired. Does the present workforce number 6000, 7, 8, 9000 or more ? Whatever the real number, each hire takes a small bite out of the services we depend on ASG to provide us.

Op-Ed: Obama administration supports denying birthright citizenship to passport-holding Americans

In June, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected claims brought by five passport-holding Americans born on U.S. soil in American Samoa to be recognized as citizens. In July, these so-called “non-citizen U.S. nationals,” along with the Los Angeles-based Samoan Federation of America, petitioned the full D.C. Circuit for rehearing en banc.


Dear Mr. Tosatto,
I observed the Federal Register notice published by the National Marine Fisheries Service {NMFS) announcing the receipt of,and request for public comment on,a petition for rulemaking from Tri Marine Management Company, LLC ("Tri Marine").

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.


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.


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.


Dear Editor,

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