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“DIDN’T WE LEARN OUR LESSON LAST TIME?”

Dear Editor,
 
Watching the news, I am sickened by those members of Congress who are opposing the President's position of no ground troops in Syria/Iraq at this time. Haven’t we learned our lesson from the last time?
 
George Bush sent tens of thousands of our ground troops to go fight a war that had nothing to do with us. It's so easy for them to say “send in the troops” — because none of their children have to fight these wars.
 



“TIME TO START THE MINIMUM WAGE DEBATE?”

Dear Editor
 
A few years ago, around 14,000 signatures were taken to President Obama requesting the delay of the minimum wage increases. All of the signatories knew the sacrifices of a lot of workers and their families in stopping the increases, but many of them signed the petition anyway. 
 



GONG SHOW — “Siva siva maia…”

The FY 2015 budget is in Fono hearings, and as far as I can hear or see — there is nothing good coming out of these hearings for our economy or for our future. It’s not coming out of the Executive Branch, and it’s certainly not being proposed by our esteemed Fono.
 
In fact, over the last several weeks of the FY 2015 budget hearings what has become apparent is that the Executive and Legislative branches of our government are focused on a siva for pay raises. That’s their focus, period.
 



CORRECTION

Monday’s issue of the Samoa News incorrectly named the owners of Pacific Independent Distributors (PID) as Frank and Helen Gaisoa, in a Community Brief that identified PID, under the umbrella of the Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) family of businesses as the major sponsor for the Miss American Samoa beauty pageant.
 
Frank Gaisoa Sr. is the owner of TMO and it is his son Fritz and daughter-in-law Helen who own and operate PID.
 



“ASRU—STOP THE NONSENSE”

Dear Editor,
 
Where do I even begin? Do I begin with the ASRU and their malicious attempts against the players— or with their compromising the player’s safety just so they don't have to go through a lot of work?
 



GONG 5: THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Ultimately, in any organization or business — be it for profit or non-profit — there is a “governing body” that takes responsibility for the conduct and performance of its people and the quality of its services or products, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY!
 
Wow — what a concept — “Last Man Standing”… GONGGG!
 
In the case of the government I would say:
 
THE GOOD is…
 



“IT IS NOT JUST ONE STUDENT”

Dear Editor,
 
This letter is in response to Mother and Advocate, Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola. I can only imagine the amount of heartache and frustration that you have had to experience while dealing with the complex and sometimes convoluted systems surrounding mental health locally. While not a mother myself, I have worked with countless parents who wanted nothing but the best for their children and were fearful of the irreversible consequences of mental illness (i.e., homicide or suicide).
 



OP ED: Depression: Unspoken Thoughts

A mother’s nightmare seeking mental health services

The announcement of Robin Williams’ death silenced the world of comedy and put the rest of the world in a state of confusion with whispers of ‘suicide’. Unsure if it was a question or confirmation, many believed it just couldn’t be true. Just the thought of no longer seeing his robust energy make it difficult for a TV interview or watching him brighten up the saddest person, helping someone to grin just a little… he brought so much laughter into family homes all the while silently keeping so much within.  
 



“IN MEMORIAM — HAROLD SI’UFANUA”

Dear Editor,
 
I was very sad to learn that my old friend Harold Si'ufanua passed away Friday morning in San Leandro, CA. His daughter AnnIka told me his family was glad he was no longer in pain and at peace.
 

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GONG SHOW 4: Gov't business IS the people's business

Nothing came out and hit me over the head this week… not even Gov. Lolo and his cabinet yapping on about drawing a line in the sand on the type of information that should be released to the media.
 
According to Lolo, public information should be about issues approved by the administration and promoting its vision… otherwise he said, “You are selling your own vision… and if that’s the case, you don’t belong in this administration.”
 



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