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“Veto Override Is Not Enough”

Dear Governor,
 
I admire your passion in trying to pass the “Veto Override.” But if your interest is to avoid the appearance of colonization particularly with the Secretary of Interior’s role in  American Samoa’s affairs, the best way to move towards that goal is by fixing the political relationship with the U.S.
 
The “Veto Override” may help, but it is a legal fallacy. Why?
 



GONG 11 — LET’S TAKE A DIVE WITH THE RUBBER DUCKIE

I’m feeling the sharks this week, circling at the smell of blood in the water… Doom… doom… duum… dummm… dummmmb… (to sound track of JAWS of course) I just don’t know whose blood it is… Wait… wait… OMG…
 



“DISMAYED BY EBOLA EXERCISE”

Dear Editor,
 
I was completely dismayed when I read your front page article on the surprise ebola exercise, in Thursday’s Samoa News.
 



GONG 10: A LITTLE BIT OF GONG IN MY LIFE …

I’m tired this week — weather, Chik virus recovery going on, and just a bit disconnected with life here in American Samoa. More meandering than anything else to the tune of “Mambo No. 5” — more for the catchy tune than the lyrics… so...
 



“VOTE RATIONALLY”

Dear Editor:
 
What is the main role of our Representative in the US Congress? While voters of our Territory are preparing to choose from the candidates vying for the title of Congressman or Congresswoman come November, perhaps it will be helpful to respectfully remind our voters to cast their vote with confidence that their choice was not based only on family ties, a friend, or someone who makes attractive promises.
 



GONG SHOW: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

BLOWING BUBBLES
 
I love living in American Samoa because everyone gets to blow bubbles and live in them. They often burst, like when the feds told us, a couple of years ago, to stop misusing their money, do the paperwork for accountability, or they’re jailing us or cutting it off. The free ride was over.
 



OP-ED: “MOTHERS AGAINST VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

Any type, form, or shape of violent acts will not be tolerated! It is not acceptable! It goes against Biblical teachings! It is morally wrong! And it violates the law of the land! Our children are innocent victims to the heartless people who have no regard of anyone’s life, or well-being.
 
Who is to blame or take responsibility for such unjustifiable conduct? Is it the government, education system, parents of those who carry out such unlawful deeds, lack of supervision, football league, or the devil?
 



Op-Ed: 3 reasons why New Zealand has the best-designed government in the world

On Saturday, September 20th, New Zealand held its 51st general election, in which the center-right National Party and its leader, Prime Minister John Key, made some modest gains. If this all sounds rather dull — a country of less than 5 million people having an election in which no power changes hands — that's fair enough. But it's worth paying attention, as New Zealand's parliament is better designed than just about any other developed country government.
The world's best electoral system



GONG SHOW: LOOKING FOR THE GREEN GRASS

Not a lot happened this week — with two exceptions — the Fono found out that the Medicaid local share was already in the FY 2015 budget so they at least stopped that amendment. But, they — or at least the senators— are still insisting the governor and lt. governor get their raises — funded by cutting the tourism budget. The other is that the ASTCA internet connect has gone from bad, worse, to hell.
 
GREENER GRASS
 



GONG SHOW — A WING AND A PRAYER

If you can’t laugh about our life in American Samoa, then the gatekeepers have done their job — to make us pay for their lifestyles with our hard earned money, while browbeating us into believing right and wrong has to do with how much we give at the altar…
 
NUMBERS DON’T LIE — PEOPLE DO
 



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