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Samoa News bids farewell to Teuimaota Aloalii Alesana Sasa

(I was very saddened to learn last week Thursday that one of Samoa News’ contributors passed unexpectedly. Teuimaota Aloalii Alesana Sasa had written a weekly column for the Samoa News — “Thanks for Listening Be Blessed” — for the last six months; and while I didn’t know him personally, I found his columns to be inspirational and soul warming. He is missed.

 



“THANKS FOR LISTENING — BE BLESSED”

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  • “THANKS FOR LISTENING — BE BLESSED”

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  • Op Ed: Quiet tolerance of sexual assault

    Refusing to accept the unacceptable is the motto for this age. Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. Every year, too many women, men and boys are sexually assaulted and abused. This is an offense to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. It is everyone's responsibility not only to speak out, but also to take action against this injustice. It is said, “sexual assault harms and weakens the foundations of a nation, and hurts those we love most.”
     



    “FAGAITUA H.S. ALUMNUS RECEIVES TOP SCHOLAR AWARD”

    Dear Editor,

     

    My name is Caroline Schuster and I am writing in the hope that Samoa News would publish information about one of the greatest students here at Missouri Valley College.

     

    Missouri Valley College, located in Marshall, Missouri is a four-year college that fosters great diversity among students. Before every graduation, Missouri Valley College hosts a banquet that honors only the top students from each major.

     

    Among those who were honored, was American Samoa’s very own Ricardo Gonzales.



    “THANKS FOR LISTENING — BE BLESSED”

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted“ — Matthew 5:4

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  • Op-Ed: Sex crimes and murder — how does a child cope?

    The 2016 National Sexual Assault month has begun with a bang in American Samoa. Children are revealing crimes against them by adults. Millions of federal funds have been given to us to prevent these crimes through awareness education — protection, shelters and treatment for sexually abused and domestic violated victims.
     



    “A SOURCE OF REVENUE WE WOULD GLADLY PAY FOR”

    Dear Editor,
     
    Our government continues to seek more sources of local revenue in order to fund the vital services needed by our people. I have a suggestion to make to our legislators instead of burdening our people with more taxes and higher fees. Why not offer personalized license plates and charge more for the privilege of having the name or slogan of your choice on your vehicle’s license plate?
     



    “THANKS FOR LISTENING — BE BLESSED”

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  • “TAX BILL ON BOTTLED WATER SENDS WRONG MESSAGE”

    Dear Editor,
     
    Although we support efforts to increase any and all forms of tourism, the Chamber of Commerce also agrees that tax bill HB 34-27 will not accomplish what it sets out to do, but will instead have an opposite effect. 
     



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