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Washinton Post Blog: Puerto Rico shows the danger of a high minimum wage

As the financial system in Greece comes to a screeching halt this week, a smaller catastrophe looms in Puerto Rico, where the government is likewise set for disputes with its creditors over how to pay the bills.

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla of Puerto Rico does not believe the commonwealth will be able to pay the $72 billion, Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh report in The New York Times. That's a huge amount of money, about four times the amount that was at stake in Detroit's bankruptcy.



“CHILD TRAFFICKING ON ISLAND”

Dear Editor,
 



“TAXATION AND DETERRANT”

Dear Editor,
 
I greatly appreciate your comments in response to my recent LTE regarding high sugar content soft drinks.  Your comments have sown the seeds of a much needed public discussion on this issue. I encourage others to share their views as well.  I can understand your repugnance at the notion of yet another government tax, but let me point out a couple of things that I hope may prompt you to rethink your position in this case. 
 
 



“TAX TAX TAX”

Dear Editor, 
 
With the rate our tax refunds are being disbursed, it is no wonder why people from Am.Samoa prefer filing their taxes off-island! I cannot believe that it is already the half of the year and tax disbursements are still in February!
 



“WHY NOT TAX HIGH SUGAR SOFT DRINKS?”

Dear Editor,
 
As a health professional I, like many of our health leaders and informed citizens, am deeply concerned about the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in our population. These diseases are responsible for countless “unnecessary” deaths, and wide-spread disability and suffering, as well as their economic impact on families and the whole of society. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to work to mitigate the health burden of these diseases.
 



“THANK YOU TO MCDONALD’S & SAMOA NEWS”

Dear Editor,
 
As recent representatives of our island to the Spelling Bee, many thanks are due to the Bee's sponsors for enabling the students from American Samoa to participate every year. It has been an eye-opening experience both for the Speller and myself as an Educator and parent. We got to see how serious the Spellers treat the Bee as well as everyone who got involved in sponsorship and organization.
 
Thank you Samoa News and McDonald’s for making it possible to attend and represent American Samoa.
 



“MINIMUM WAGE ISSUE”

Dear Editor,
 
In yesterday’s article on the Minimum Wage issue, I was quoted as saying that “I’m not looking at the [local] administration for leadership” on the minimum wage issue, and was instead “looking at people in Washington, DC if they can get a bill” through Congress regarding our minimum wage levels in American Samoa.
 
Two points of clarification:
 



"MINIMUM WAGE DEBACLE"

Dear Editor,
 
I am very perturbed about the minimum wage debacle.
 
American Samoa is a very unique place to live, as such, we are privileged to have the best of the United States of America (the Constitutional rights) and our own Treaties, which is unique to American Samoa. Why then, do some of our lawmakers insist on acting like we are a ‘regular’ State of the Union... we are not!!!



OP ED: GHOST TRAIL II

It is imperative that a victim advocate/activist remains transparent. There is no bargaining or deceit involved. There is only one agenda and that is to believe, stand and walk with the victim. The Justice system will sort out the truth and render its decision. It is absolutely essential that we gain and maintain a victim’s trust and keep them in a safe place.
 



“PEANUTS ARE FOR ELEPHANTS… AND ELEPHANTS ARE RECKLESS.”

Dear Editor,
 
Talofa once again Tutuila and Manu’a. Just read a Samoa News article, whereas, the Assistant Director of the School Lunch Program is claiming that the $509,000 plus some that she has paid-out to their vendors is “Peanuts”? OMG! Like REALLY LADY?
 



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