Opinion

Conversationalists in American Samoa, I am just blown away by the response that has rippled through the community in direct response to our first Conversation here. In less than 21 days, positive changes that should help all involved have already occurred. Friday, June 30th marks the day when "The...
Status Update On OMV — People have reported registration renewal fees have been $41 at the OMV. Huge win for the public! However, with regard to the issuance of refunds, at this point there is no update other than to say, “The ball is in the court" of the OMV, DPS, and perhaps the AG's office as...
The Samoa News phones were ringing off the hook last Friday, after our new column, “The Conversation” was published for the first time. Readers were directly responding to the Office Motor Vehicles’ employees hanging up on them when they called to ask how the could get a refund from the overcharge...
The Conversation is a new column the Samoa News team and I envision as happening in a new forum, a bi-weekly column simply called, “The Conversation”, but that depends entirely on the reader’s willing participation both here and on the Samoa News website. Think of it as a cross between an...
Dear Editor, I am known by most of the locals in American Samoa here at home for speaking up about what’s affecting the people of our territory. Please forgive me if I’m being disrespectful to anyone, but as a concerned resident of Tafuna, here in our Tualauta District, I am very concerned and...
Dear Editor, “Tofa mai Feleni,” (Goodbye my Friend) composed by Mr. Faatui Fuimaono from Apia for his American soldier friends when they departed for the states is a song we used to sing during our aiavas, Samoan gifting customs to bid farewell to our University of Hawaii, Manoa faculty for the...
Dear Editor, This letter is in response to an article you recently ran titled, “What happened to the trophy and monetary gift for LHS Val?”  I understand that since you originally printed the article, an update was added to your Facebook page, indicating that there was “no response from the family...
The front page story that was published in our May 31 edition about the new DOH scholarships inadvertently stated that the funding came from the World Health Organization (WHO). Instead, the money came from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a total of $5,000 was awarded to the Tobacco/...
In the story, “Court upholds three felony sex charges against Okense Alo” — published on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Samoa News failed to mention that Okesene Alo came before the court on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, charged with thirteen counts of sexual related offenses, of which only three were upheld,...
Dear Editor, This year’s Flag Day theme “Tupulaga Mo Taeao” sends a strong message to the youth of Amerika Samoa of how precious they are and why we as leaders need to mold and prepare them for the task ahead and embrace the future.  FAAFETAI ma FAAMALO to the youth of EFKAS, Catholic, and...

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