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Dear Editor, Knowledge and understanding is power. It reverses the power of fear and silence to action. It sends offenders scuttling like cockroaches, preventing and stopping the behavior. Meeting with the Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Glory Gervacio in the federal...
Dear Editor: Two in three. That’s how many Samoan women experience domestic violence. The recent stories in Samoa news detail the impact of domestic & sexual violence. We have read the reporting of sexual harassment in government work place, and leadership response, it’s not a “news issue.”  We...
Dear Editor, A recent story in Samoa News regarding the new ASG excise tax scenario of 35 cents per 12 ounces of beer stated that, as a result of the change in the way that excise tax will now be calculated “consumers will pay more at the tap”. This is not entirely accurate. The truth is that the...
Dear Editor, Two ranking senior police officers were named and accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by two female police officers. The two police victims initiated Police Reports immediately on the days each incident happened. The PRs were processed and signed by CID investigators Poutoa...
Dear Editor; As a proud American Samoan, every year I look forward to attending Flag Day at the stadium or watching it on TV. For the THIRD consecutive year I was extremely disappointed to see our Congresswoman publicly slighted by the Flag Day Committee. How unnecessary and petty is that? We...
Once again, an effort is under way to mandate U.S. citizenship for the people of American Samoa, however, most of the people want a choice, not a mandate. There are sound cultural and traditional reasons for the current circumstance, under which most of our people are born as U.S. Nationals, and...
Dear Editor,  It's finally out that even women in the American Samoa Department of Public Safety police force are vulnerable and unprotected against sexual predators wearing badges. A female CID detective was sexually harassed by the commander of a DPS Substation while on duty. Her traumatic...
Dear Editor,  A 16-year-old mentally challenged child with the cognizance of a 7-year-old was raped. The child is pregnant. Blame at this point is neither here nor there. A rapist is on the loose. A concerned citizen informed me a week later, after it was reported to Child Protective Services of...
Dear Editor, It is a travesty (but perhaps no surprise) that our Senators are more concerned about upholding patriarchal values than they are with the wellbeing of a child. Rather than question the logic behind the number "14", they should be questioning whether at 14 years of age, if the child is...
Dear Editor, Has the Task Force considered the simple truth that teachers —no matter what — have the tremendous power to transform lives in the classroom?  We’ve come this far and the ‘system’ still isn’t working? How could that be on an island with so many PhDs compared to a small rural college...

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