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  • Gov to Feds: Chinese money flowing into territory

    fili@samoanews.com

    Because residents of American Samoa “need to survive and live” they are “enticing” Chinese people with money to set up business in the territory, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga.
     
    Lolo made the comment as part of his closing remarks at the annual meeting today in Washington D.C. of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA), where they discussed issues of importance to leaders of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
     



    Amata’s Journal: Fitting It All Together

    As much as I regretted having to do it, I had to decline an invitation to join President Obama at the White House yesterday for a ceremony in which the President was to sign into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203).
     



    THE GONG SHOW: TINY BUBBLES

    Many have told me that I live in a bubble that resembles Don Ho’s iconic song: “Tiny Bubbles”, that the only pressure I have is dictated by how much nonsense I want to listen to during Sunday toana’i, if I decide to attend or even listen. I usually eat, say hello to my mother and family — and then go back to my bungalow, citing work.
     



    “GOUGING OR NOT?”

    Dear Editor:
     
    Of all the grocery stores on this Island the one that simply does not live up to its name has to be "COST U LESS". There isn't a week that goes by that this store does not raise its prices a few cents here, a dollar there or more.
     
    A bag of fish that was $10.00 is now $20.00, hamburger prices have tripled, a half gallon of milk for nearly $6.00, and the list goes on.
     



    Op-Ed: American Samoa’s Radewagen can make a difference in committees

    Although the delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa is one of six such delegates who votes in committees but not in the full House, just-elected Republican Amata Radewagen has been drawing an unusually large amount of press coverage since her sensational election last fall.

    Elected over Democratic Delegate Eni Faleomavaega in a nine-candidate race, Radewagen — daughter of American Samoa’s first popularly elected Gov. Peter Tali Coleman — made it to Congress on her 11th try.



    “BALANCING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE”

    “Kim was facing rape, conspiracy to commit rape, deviate sexual assault, witness tampering, concealing an offense and endangering the welfare of a child.” SN- 1/29/15

    Dear Editor,
     
    Mike Kim was 70 years old when he colluded with Motau Samani to search for young victims to feed his sexual appetite. How long this has been going on and how many other young girls have fallen into this trap is not known. He was and still is a healthy businessman with enough clout to continue with his activities. As a 70 year old, he influenced and colluded with Motau, to traffic children to him. He also influenced  a police officer sworn to protect the public, to interfere with the investigation.
     



    Op-Ed: Why climate-science denialism should disqualify anyone from holding office

    Last night, an event rapidly transpired in Washington that, while routine, was also so utterly lunatic it bears reconsideration. During a series of votes on the Keystone Pipeline, Senate Democrats proposed an amendment affirming that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”

    The amendment failed because only five Republican Senators supported it. Media coverage largely focused on the political machinations of both sides attempting to frame dueling votes in their preferred language. Yet the outcome of the vote reveals something profound and disturbing.



    “DOH DIRECTOR”

    Dear Editor,
     
    In reference to your article in Friday’s edition of Samoa News about the DOH Director’s recommendation to terminate the Director of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, I offer the following:
     
    Anyone who has worked with federal grants knows that these program resources (funds, personnel, equipment, supplies, etc.) cannot legally be used to “supplant” local programs or activities, particularly when they are not remotely related to the purpose for which the grant was awarded.



    “DRUGS, SHOOTING AND PROMISES”

    Dear Editor,
     
    I am grateful that Gov. Lolo in his State of the Territory address has provided us with an excellent accounting for 2014 and review of future economic forecasts and concerns for the interest of American Samoa.
     



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