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  • Op-Ed: American Samoa- Land of the Potholes: “O Lafulafu a Tama Seugogo”   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I really enjoy reading this article, the author really nailed it when he/she connected the story of La'auli and TUisamoa's Daughters. I'm so proud of it because i am a true descendant of the Tuisamoa Family. it's good to know that people still use this famous saying now a days. I hope the future generations will be able to comprehend our language and be able to understand it

    Good JOb!

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Fa'afetai Tamaoletumua for the explanation. The question was to get information on the issue. Who do YOU think is a puppet? And who are the puppeteers? What is your input on the 'draft report' (internal memo)?

  • With fiscal responsibility holding steady as the issue poll voters find most important, which team best exemplifies this trait?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I did my researched on Afoa & Le'i; by far both are most qualified from my stand point of view. Mainly I picked Afoa & Le'i of their law experiences which benefits Samoa Government in today's society.

    All candidates have flaws in their professionals; however, they all have good hearts, love for our land & families.

    Best to all of the candidates.

  • S & S attorney calls on AG for probe into resignation issue   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Your thinking is the essence of why we have so much corruption in our government. What price do you have to pay to seek what is right and what is legal?

    This team is taking a road less traveled, because so many of you only want certain laws to be enforced and other laws to be over looked.

    I am sure they know the risk that they're taking by taking a stance...so go on and continue to vote for those who believe that they are above the law and watch how our government will continue to misuse funds, hire unqualified family members, grant fed. money to those who haven't completed their application(ie. mistresses and her family), award contracts to.family/friends, shall I go on?
    Now I ask you this, what price do you want to pay?

  • S & S attorney calls on AG for probe into resignation issue   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Since when did asking officials to enforce the law considered a "complaint?"

    If this team loses the electioin, they will definitely NOT be the laughing stock because they will still walk away with their INTEGRITY in tact.

    Whatever the outcome of today's decision, I believe the people of American Samoa are tired of the corruption, the misappropriation of funds, the obvious nepotism and in all honesty, the bull**it that goes on in these offices. We have had enough.

    I want a leader who is for me, who will have my future in mind, my children's future in mind and for once...put American Samoa first before his/her own agenda. I believe Save & Sandra is that team - they have my vote! Stay the course S&S, fai le amiotonu!

  • S & S attorney calls on AG for probe into resignation issue   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Hey, Save Sandra team……you forgot to sue Tuika Tuika, as well…..lol.
    I guess the High Court decision on the Save Sandra complaint this morning, 9.14, Friday, will decide if this team will be a force to be reckon with OR it will be buried as “non-substance” and laughing stock of the territory. This hearing will “make or break” any chances of being a legitimate contender(if that). I hope it was worth it Save Sandra team……you need to win this verdict dearly or pay the political consequences.

  • With fiscal responsibility holding steady as the issue poll voters find most important, which team best exemplifies this trait?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I think its so funny that you are asking who wears the pants in Save & Sandra's camp. If Sandra was to remain quiet, I guarantee that you would post something to the effect of "What's her role? What does she know? She's just wasting her time, she might as well step aside."

    This election is by far one to remember. For the first time we have two women vying for offices of either governor or lt. governor. That is something to be proud of.

    As for Save, he is a great leader. You would know that if you took the time to actually listen to him speak at different engagements and on the radio. Or perhaps be an informed voter and research his background as well as backgrounds of other candidates. If you did, you will find that Save didn't just lead sections, departments, squads or platoons. He was in charge of regions...yes, REGIONS. That says something about his leadership skills.

    Do your due diligence in being informed about all the candidates before posting your opinions on any of them. But mostly because it is your duty as a voter to do so.

  • Samoana still undefeated and Fagaitua comes back to record first season win   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Is there a website that i can watch those games??.

  • No delay anticipated for ASPA’s next rate hike, Oct. 1   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Prime example, Rainmaker Hotel! Eight years as Governor, driving past the hotel, and doing nothing. What would make us think our Government could develop with an incompetent Leader at the helm.

  • With fiscal responsibility holding steady as the issue poll voters find most important, which team best exemplifies this trait?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    From reading all these platforms, and Bio's of the teams vying for Governor and Lt. Governor, Lolo & Lemanu standout above the rest.

    I wish Afoa would take a hint, for being a very good lawyer, he has no brains or heart when it comes to politics.

    Faoa, enough said.

    Jones who?

    Salu, Yes this is another good candidate, but all she talks about is education, c'mon girl.

    Save Sandra, I just wonder who wears the pants in this relationship?

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I just wanted to clarify the issue about Lutali removing Lolo. I happened to been lucky enough to begin my working career, when this happened. Gov. Lutali, May he rest in Peace, did not remove Lolo as Budget Director. Lolo had stepped down due to a misunderstanding between him and a superior of his. Gov. Lutali did not want to intercede, although he had already promised Lolo that he will inform all ASG Directors that, Lolo will be reducing their Budget to payoff the millions in the ASG deficit. (including ASPA, and Maintenance fees)

    Lolo then sent out a memo to all Directors of his intention to reduce ASG deficit, then went offisland, but returned to find out that his memo was disregarded by then, Lt. Governor Hunkin. Gov. Lutali then refused to step in, so Lolo resigned, because of Lutali not keeping his word.

    I hope this answers your question.

    If this is the kind of dirt people or the paper wants to run with, then boy has politics evolved in American Samoa. For me, I can believe that at least HTC Lolo isn't anyone's puppet. Unlike what I am hearing and reading about.

    Tamaoletumua

  • Public Defender suggests Fono limit alcohol content in imported beer to help curb crime   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I'm with Mose on this issue. It's the alcohol abusers not the alcohol that's the cause of the problem. Limiting alcohol or eliminating it isn't going to work as the Prohibition Era showed that, the underground/gangster's are going to step in and sell it to the public.

    Just like weed, there is someone or family that's going to profit on this island weather it be legal or illegal. Limiting the amount of alcohol on the island isn't going to reduce the crime unless your limiting the sales. Who is going to watch every store on the island? I think they should raise the excise tax.

    The Fono has tried taxing the alcohol but the Senate voted down because they're well aware that the taxes get passed to the consumer. What senator wants to pay for expensive beer? Surely, my uncle Senator Pagofie Fiagoa doesn't want to.

  • Gov asks Fono for speedy passage of bill to pay outstanding court judgements   2 years 2 weeks ago

    It's spelled judgment.

  • No delay anticipated for ASPA’s next rate hike, Oct. 1   2 years 2 weeks ago

    This is just another example of the absolute incompetence of the American Samoa Government. It's quite obvious ASG is having much trouble governing, so why would we think that they are able to run a multi-million dollar corporation such as ASPA, ASTCA, the Port, the Television Station or any other business?

    ASG needs to seriously consider selling these entities to the private sector who are more qualified to run businesses. It's time for someone to step up to the plate and do the right thing for the people of American Samoa.

    Portland General Electric, which is the largest power and energy provider for the west coast of the United States would be a very good company to come in and run ASPA the way a corporation should be. The government cannot and should not be allowed to run businesses on the island, they can't even manage their own finances! If things continue the way they have been, things will go from bad to worse for American Samoa.

    Start selling off government entities such as ASPA, ASTCA, Port Operations, Television Media and anything else that can and should be owned and operated by the private sector, pay off your debts, shrink government and get American Samoa on the right track before it's too late.

    Today, the Federal Reserve of the U.S. announced that they will begin pumping 40 billion dollars a month into the economy to boost economic growth in the U.S.. People, don't be fooled, they are only printing new dollars which will result in the devaluing of the U.S. dollar and in turn, raise inflation to unrecoverable levels.

    Trust me when I tell you that sooner or later, American Samoa will suffer because of this if ASG doesn't take bold steps to pay off debt and shrink government.

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Somebody take control of the mike or remove this man's rose colored glasses. He makes no sense and is rambling again.

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Why am I NOT surprised that the first person to start tooting his horn on this article is Jr. LOL. Whether it's an internal memo or draft report, this does not mean the materials of the "draft report" (turned mysteriously into an internal memo) have no significance. As Mr. Pat Galeai clearly mentioned in his letter to Samoa News, following the first report, the "draft report" was the most current version that included materials needing further review.

    Samoa News reported on what was provided to them. Why should they retract NEWS in which they clearly reported as is? I don't understand why you are asking Samoa News to apologize when they provided necessary news to the public.

    What I appreciated from Lolo's testimony is his acknowledgement of Governor Togiola and how it was the Governor that pushed for this Program to be brought to our island. Great job Governor. Great job overall to Lolo and DBAS.

    I don't understand why Gaoteote was mad over the reporting of all recipients of the 1602 Program. It is a PUBLIC Program and everyone can access the list of recipients from DBAS. Is he mad because so many politicians are recipients? It's no big deal. The program clearly states the recipients of the grants/loans do not have to be low-income individuals. The rentors of the units have to qualify as low-income.

    I don't see why you are making a fuss on the report but I bet the reason why you are all out to vindicate Lolo from this issue is because his girlfriend was mentioned in the report. lol. That notion doesn't really align with your religious beliefs, does it?

    Whether it was a draft report or internal memo, we can all agree that certain concerns were raised as such, needed to be addressed and warrant further review.

    Someone commented earlier on the issue of Late Governor Lutali removing Lolo as Budget Director during his term as Governor. As Lolo's press secretary, can you please inform the public of what happened? Maguia lou aso. Fai se kakou umu i legei weekend.

    Signed,
    Witnessed a Flying Pink Elephant

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    It's amazing how this has now turned into an investigation about what the newspaper did wrong rather than an inquiry into whether or not the bank gave money to people who weren't entitled to it.

  • Michael Iosua joins the AGs Office   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Congratulations to Mr. Iosua. It is good to see such an educated and accomplished young Samoan professional serving the people of American Samoa. Unfortunately, Ripley is the Attorney General.

  • Public Defender suggests Fono limit alcohol content in imported beer to help curb crime   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Mose: Are you not aware that alcohol increases crime? Ruth is right. Reducing the amount of alcohol on island will reduce crime. Do YOUR homework.

  • With fiscal responsibility holding steady as the issue poll voters find most important, which team best exemplifies this trait?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I have read about, Afoa, his accomplishments in our little Samoa Island. He reminds me of Melvin Belli, best Attorney is San Francisco. I would love to see Afoa, turn the American Samoa Government to a much better future, using his attorney skills to raise our Island, jobs, salaries, open doors to our people instead of outside vendors agencies to take our jobs. Bring more jobs and visit every village.

    Best to you Afoa & Le'i

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    There you have it folks. The truth has finally been revealed at it's origin. An “internal memo” that was leaked by a stalwart and clandestine supporter of an unnamed gubernatorial team/s who is strongly opposed and threatened by Lolo Moliga’s political machine.

    Alas, there are still those in the opposition, not necessarily the general public, that want this memo to be true. The staffers of ASESRO have admitted their mistake and continued investigation to lay this matter to rest, but, yet the unseen “loto-leaga” still prevails in many of these people’s heart. I thank the hardworking staffers at ASESRO for their diligent work. Unfortunately, like the hardworking staff at DBAS, these fine men and women at ASESRO, have had their office’s reputation dragged through the mud for the sake of selling a few newspapers by a greedy and unprofessional agency who’s only claim to this entire nonsense was the creation of a “phantom” conspiracy and in the process, tarnished the good name of many good people, who’s only crime was to help a deteriorating economy get back on it’s feet again.

    Is it a wonder that many private businesses and professional individuals, who are willing to stick their reputation, not to mention their pocketbooks, out to help a fellow citizen, who are down on their luck, are hesitant to ever make this same mistake again? Now that I have witnessed how some “loto-leaga” people have crucified the innocent, due to someone’s sensationalism of a story that was never substantiated at it’s source, I too am hesitant to ever want to create or be part of something that will help my fellow man. The only thing that I want to hear, and I am sure a great many people want to hear, is an APOLOGY or retraction from Samoa News. But, being a realist, I am of the notion that this will never happen. Oh well, I guess even a tabloid will hold true to a story that sells papers nowadays.

    JR Faaola

  • Father facing charges for allegedly assaulting, endangering one year old daughter   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I cannot believe this low life vermin. I really wish the fool was in front of me now, so Could grab him by the neck and shake the living SH*T out him and see how he likes it... oh my god how low can you be you pathetic reason for life...

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    wow, when an issue arrises and wasn't made public, we get Mad at why we weren't informed; when an issue arrises and brought out by the media, hell breaks loose! Can't satisfy Everyone, that's for sure!

    Why the Fono didn't just go with a court order to the Papers and find out who leaked the info is a big waste of our time and money. I say, it's out already, so...let's move on to which of these Real 'apartment' projects should remain in service, if they ever do, and which one's just sit there vacant for years to come.

    Hey ASPA, guess you all will be bringing in more money from these projects, so for the rest of us, why don't you cut us a little break? What I don't get is why we need ALLLLLL these apartments on this little tiny island of American Samoa when we have families, extended families, etc.

    Corrupted is as Corrupted does. I guess some of these so-called Big'Shots who some of us thought were doing good in this poor economy of McDonald wages, aren't all they're made out to be after all with the Help. Ain't hating either, but you might want to consider Bringing it Down a bit. LMAO!!!

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    How is giving the 1602 projects to the individuals on the developer list help to stimulate our fragile economy? There are recipients who may have properly adhered with the application process for the grants and deserve to develop their projects; however, many of the names on the list are people with money.

    Their money will increase with their wallets bulging with wads of Franklin bills – this would only stimulate their bank accounts, not the economy.

    Additionally, the Senators voicing their disappointment with the release of the memo or draft report are just too defensive because their names appear on the developer list. That is the only reason why they are troubled with the release of the memo/draft report. They did not ever think that their names would be made public for these grants! So, instead of asking the right questions, the main concern for the President of the Senate was to clear himself from the 1602 mess!

    It is indeed a mess, but the honorable senators made the issue seem worthless of their time; all the while pacifying the role of the former DBAS president.

    With $30M for the 1602, more than 132 recipients could have benefited by these projects and help countless families. At least 300 or more families could have built units to rent and help to boost their situations. I believe the intention of the 1602 program was to help many of the economically disadvantaged instead of the economically advantaged.

  • ASESRO staff denies there is a 1602 ‘draft report’ — instead calling it an ‘internal memo’   2 years 2 weeks ago

    IT'S FUNNY HOW THE DBAS PRESIDENT'S NAME WAS NEVER MENTIONED IN ALL PREVIOUS ARTICLES! I MEAN WITH ELECTION GOING ON 'PEOPLE' GET ON OTHER CANDIDATES AND THEIR BAD LAUNDRY BUT WHEN IT'S LOLO MOLIGA a.k.a DBAS PRESIDENT, WE GET NOTHING!!!!

    DAMN!!!!