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Opinion

Hagåtña, GUAM — Wherever in the world you’re reading this we share a backyard—our ocean. In fact, we humans share nothing so completely, or as vast, as the ocean. Here in the Pacific Islands, the ocean is life. For thousands of years it has provided food, dictated the weather, and served as the...
So people can understand the situation, a little historical context needs to be provided. Sometime I believe in the 1960s DOI set up what was called an Interagency Council that would coordinate the application of federal regulations and grants to American Samoa through the DOI. If one recalls the...
I am a bull from the year of the pig I was born from volcanoes and scrubbed in the salt of the Pacific, shaped by the unknown   White clouds from colder weather pollinated a sultry land       and like seafaring coconuts my siblings and I were scattered, transplanted on various soils, involuntarily...
 the Okeanos Explorer
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer ‘America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration’ mission scientists, in recognition of unprecedented leadership in advancing science and engineering in the US Pacific Territories, have named a newly discovered submarine geologic feature — "Utu Seamount...
It seems as though a funeral is happening every week. Loved ones, acquaintances, total strangers memorialized in pictures from healthier times – younger, smiling, and oblivious to the time bomb that is their physical body. Insidious, or ‘taufaasese’, means deceptive. In medical terms it means ‘a...
    Dear Editor, The proposed legislation by the administration to increase the Retirement Fund's local investment cap from 17.5% to 35% is extremely dangerous and will definitely lead to bankrupting the funds. There are numerous misleading statements and misinformation about the proposed...
Dear Editor, Not too long ago, I was badly harassed and screamed at outside the Post Office, in the parking lot. I happened to park in a marked spot. I was inside the car (pick-up), my engine was running, and there was no space available at the time. Then I heard someone screaming and talking very...
U.S. Capital building with flags at half staff
“Hope I die before I get old,” the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices has never...
Pacific island countries are continuously working towards strengthening legislation on cybercrime. Samoa in particular is currently working with the European Union and Australia’s Attorney General’s Office to update legislation relating to cybercrime and to enhance public awareness. New legislation...
Dear Editor, Who benefits? The homeland or the mainland? To engage effectively regarding ongoing discussions of automatic U.S. citizenship claims, I would like to approach the matter from an economic standpoint. This is also in addition to my first article that was posted on July 2nd titled: The...

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