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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.”
 



“CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES”

Dear Editor,
 
Human greed certainly has no defined borders and taken to its predictable end as we are now witnessing, it is pitiful that after many decades of unrestrained harvesting of the once vast resources of the mighty Pacific Ocean, the remaining commercial combatants — old names with new faces —  are now squabbling over a few morsels left.
 



“FAIR IS FAIR”

Dear Editor,
 
I am responding to the August 19 article 'Governor proposes increased pay for Cabinet members'.
 
I would like to first thank all the directors for their hard work for the people of American Samoa.  Raises should be given when earned. However, there needs to be some sense of equity across the board.
 



“BRETT BUTLER TRIBUTE”

Dear Editor,
 
American Samoa owes a big thank you to Brett Butler, who has resigned from his post as General Manager of StarKist Samoa.
 
Brett was tireless in his efforts to make sure that corporate chieftains off-island did not mothball the local tuna plant. He fought with all the weapons at his disposal to prevent the loss of thousands of jobs, even if it meant the temporary and painful loss of hundreds of jobs.
 



Obama — Citizenship not a fundamental right for Virgin Islanders

ST. THOMAS - In a legal brief filed last week, the Obama administration took the position that citizenship is not a fundamental right of people born in unincorporated U.S. territories.

The federal government maintains that Congress has the legislative discretion to grant privileges to those born in the territories as they see fit.

The brief was filed in response to a lawsuit about citizenship rights for unincorporated territories that is pending before a federal appeals court.



“THE EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS ME SCARED”

Dear Editor,
 
The Ebola outbreak in parts of the world has me scared. I mean really scared. Here in our remote corner of the world, how safe are we?
 
In April 2014 our schools were shut down after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted “pink eye”.
 



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