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Dear Editor,  I woke up this morning in a foul mood, thinking of what that Senator said during a Fono session about the Asians taking over our island. Boy is he right, too. I reached over and turned off the Chinese fan, and called out to the wife that we should get on the road so as not to be late...
THE CONVERSATION — Just before 7am on September 29, 2009, a magnitude 8 earthquake struck the sea floor in the central South Pacific, about 190kms south of Samoa. It was exactly the sort of earthquake – in fact, it was two almost simultaneous quakes – that create devastating tsunami. The Earth’s...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s vision of America’s tomorrows looks much like its yesterdays. He loves “beautiful” coal. “Beautiful” warships. And “those four beautiful words: MADE IN THE USA!” He speaks of the country’s might as measured by its steel mills, farms and cars rolling off...
 “In American Samoa, we are very proud of all our men and women in uniform, and we are blessed to have some of our own serving in each branch of the Armed Forces. We take every opportunity to honor all of you and your important service to our country. Happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force!” On the...
I love going back home. In fact, it’s really the only thing that gets me through Harvard’s rough semesters and Boston’s brutally cold weather. Thoughts of returning home to the beautiful beaches and the shimmering Pacific ocean that surrounds my beautiful American Samoa. Memories of riding in the...
The leaders and the people of American Samoa join our nation and our country in remembering all Americans, especially the first responders, and other nationalities who fell victim to the cowardice attack on the United States. It is only fitting and appropriate, that, on this day, we reaffirm our...
Dear Editor,  As I read the latest Trump Administration ruling, since both my wife and I are long-term American Samoa residents (non-resident US Citizens in excess of 5 years), if we were to have a child here, that child would not be considered to be naturally born US Citizen, but a Naturalized...
What a great gift the governor is giving the Territory’s labor force — proposed legislation to increase the salaries of governor and lt. gov. — $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. He’s citing inflation and the top leaders of the territory not receiving a pay raise in a long time. The timing of this...
Dear Editor, For too long our voice has gone unheard. It's time for us to stand up and be counted. Auckland has the largest Pacific population (300,000) of any city in the world. That's a compelling point of difference and cause for celebration. A Pacific Cultural Centre will evoke community pride...
Some questions — as we come up on election season 2020. I notice the re-appointment of ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a to a four-year term on the government’s Employees’ Retirement Fund Board, with the governor’s qualifier: Tonumaipe’a’s membership on the board “is crucial” given his position...

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