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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.
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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
 



“UNFAIR TREATMENT AT ILIILI GOLF COURSE”

Dear Editor,
 
We would like to draw the attention of golfers to the existing situation at the golf course ever since the new starter (Loma) was assigned the responsibility.
 
The lady needs considerable improvement with her manners to deal with the public instead of using unpleasant tones often noticed by golfers everyday.
 
As a starter, she must learn to follow rules and apply them equally among golfers regardless of their divisional standings.
 



“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…
 



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