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“50-MILE ISSUE”

Dear Editor,
 
The Government, Fono, Alia owners and longliner owners on the 50-mile issue has gotten to the point that no one is thinking clearly anymore. Here are some points that can make this a win-win situation for all. A good businessman knows that a good practice for an investment is to know where, how and the feasibility of the project. Several factors are on the table, and no one is looking at them.
 



THE GONG SHOW: “Mo’ Money”

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In the last Gong Show, I wrote of the latest round of government tax bills — it’s those pesky proposed revenue laws I was referring to — and pointed out that my simple solution is: “stop wanting to be billionaires… ‘so freakin’ bad…”
 



“THANK YOU VETERANS”

I am pleased to take this opportunity to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, Ricky Salanoa, Allen Lancaster, and the many others that made my visit to American Samoa to attend Flag Day activities an honor and privilege.
 



“PELE O LE PASEFIKA”

Dear Editor,
 
The military veterans came and left as the “ Darlings of the Pacific”. They were not known as Toa o Samoa back then. They were known as Fita Fita’s a le malo tele. They were just the “old soldiers that never die, they just fade away.” (General Douglas MacArthur)
 



Op-Ed: Earth Day 2015 — the 45th anniversary

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Last Friday night’s Hawaiian Air flight from here to Honolulu turned back because a warning light was blinking as it neared the point of no return somewhere between here and Hawaii.
 
The decision was made to turn back by the pilot and, I assume with information from technicians and senior management.
 
That had to be a costly decision for the airline, which to their credit put the safety of the flight and passengers ahead of crossing fingers, or rolling dice, or gambling on the possible outcome.
 



OP ED: “US Citizenship from a HIstorical Perspective and Who Decides”

As we again approach another Flag Day it is appropriate to consider the issue of our lesser status of U.S. national by birth in American Samoa.
 
Recently our Delegate to Congress made the following statements about citizenship and our legal challenge in Tuaua v. United States during a Town Hall meeting.
 
“[Citizenship] is a question for our people to decide, and we don’t want those Palagi judges telling us whether we can be citizens or not.”
 



“DRINK, DRIVE, AND COMPETE RESPONSIBLY”

Dear Editor,
 
On April 17, 1900, American Samoa officially became a US territory. Sixty years later we adopted our own official flag, replacing the stars and stripes. The colors used epitomize the traditional colors of the U.S. and Samoa. As we celebrate this Flag Day week with all kinds of wonderful festivities, I hope that our people, and those that have graciously come to the territory to celebrate with us, drink responsibly, drive responsibly and compete responsibly.
 



Op-Ed: Colonialism by Another Name

Reprinted with permission

If you believe recent reporting by Mother Jones magazine and the Last Week Tonight television program, the remote U.S. island territory of American Samoa is an enslaved colony. Its people are exploited under U.S. imperialist tyranny, evoking the legacy of institutionalized racism and slavery that ended in the 19th century.
 



Op-Ed: Not another Dred Scott case, please

(CNN) — Emy Afalava is a loyal American and decorated veteran. He was born in American Samoa, a U.S. territory since 1900. He has been subject to American law his whole life and thinks he should be a citizen.

The Constitution would agree. The Fourteenth Amendment declares that "All persons born ... in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States."



THE GONG SHOW: “I WANNA BE A BILLIONAIRE SO FREAKIN’ BAD…”

With the administration scrambling to meet their cash flow shortfall by raising taxes — yes those fees are taxes — us, ‘mosimosi”, are wondering why we should be the ones to pay for the government’s lack of guts and vision to do what is necessary to make ends meet.
 



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