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.


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”.


Coming back from a foot infection, after two weeks off walking around like Quasimodo, I figured why not gong a couple of gongs …
To Genevieve (Gene) Brighouse, Superintendent of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa — Tauese P. F Sunia Ocean Center, who sent us an email cc’ed to 100+ Chamber Members — for an inadvertent mistake in our headline — where we called the move by President Barack Obama to expand certain Marine Monument areas, a Marine Sanctuary expansion: Really Ms Brighouse?

OP ED: Gagana Taumualua — Dual Medium Language approach

Sikola o le Gagana Taumualua/Dual Medium Language approach.
‘O le metotia aogā ma le lelei mo potu ā’oga a Tutuila ma Manu’a
Faiga Fa’avae – Tulafono na fa’ata’atia


In Tuesday’s edition in the story dealing with FY 2015 budget hearings, under the banner Fono Briefs, Samoa News misquoted Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao on the total amount of local revenue. Instead of $92.47 million cited in the story, Laolagi did say that local revenue is$106.24 million. Samoa News apologies to the senator and our readers.


Dear Editor: 
Last Thursday I needed a little cash, rather than wait two or three hours sitting in the bank I decided to use the ATM.
The Tafuna ANZ bank ATM was not working— so off to Laufou I go… not working there either. OK, I'll go to Cost U Less, surprise, not working also. Last hope without having to drive to town in the storm was Haleck’s in Pava’ia’i.  No luck there— their ATM has been down a week. 


Dear Editor,
I think it’s time to clarify to the public that one of the important functions of the Department of Education is to collect data and seek educational research to answer important questions. In the coming school year, the Dual Language program will be piloted.


On a recent visit to American Samoa I was told by several persons that there was resistance to the dual language program that is being planned in which more use will be made of the Samoan language.
The resistance is due to the belief that the young of Samoa must be fluent in English in order to compete in the modern world. That is true and the evidence is overwhelming: AS high school graduates who are the most proficient in English get scholarships, get the best jobs and, in general do better economically.

GONG SHOW: Another word for politics — Samoan style


Insanity is just another word for “politics” - Samoan style. I stand by that thought when I hear things like:
The lawmakers want a hard copy of the FY 2015 budget, not that “pdf” copy that was sent to them by the Budget Office. In fact, they’re so serious about the request; they are threatening to cancel the budget hearings, until they get their “hard” copy.


Dear Editor:
The day your newspaper announced that the Governor had appointed the former LBJ CEO Faumuina to the LBJ Board of Directors I turned to my wife and said, "That's the end of CEO Fleming".  The die was cast. How many times have we seen this scenario play out during power struggles when local politics rears its head?

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