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Dear editor. Reference to the news article in the Samoa News Monday, July 29, page 4, about the governor appointing a task force to inventory the ASG lands. With all due respect to the good Governor and his appointed task force, may I make the following comments. The governor has given the task...
Apia, SAMOA — With a history spanning close to 41 years, we at the Samoa Observer have an obligation to the citizens of this nation to pursue and tell the truth.  It could mean pushing the envelope at times, often to the displeasure of the powers that be, but we owe it to our readers to navigate...
Dear Editor, Please stop painting the rock walls around the governor's house. Please! The rocks are natural and are a perfect background for the landscaping  that has been developed and cared for very well. But now the white paint is defacing the rock walls and obscuring the landscaping. While...
HONOLULU — Kristin Pauker still remembers her uncle’s warning about Dartmouth. “It’s a white institution,” he said. “You’re going to feel out of place.” Dr. Pauker, who is now a psychology professor, is of mixed ancestry, her mother of Japanese descent and her father white from an Italian-Irish...
Dear Editor, This latest unprofessional behavior by the Director and Deputy Director of ASHPO brings to mind a culture being nurtured with its own tainted set of values by an apathetic administration. It openly violates our constitutional rights to work in a harassment, hate free and safe, work...
In a series of recent articles and an editorial, the Honolulu Civil Beat made several allegations against the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, creating a false impression that Council members and staff operate with “limited oversight” and violate federal law. The Civil Beat...
Dear Editor, With Mr. Fanene’s trial yet to be held, let alone guilt or innocence be established (and I have no wish to prejudice any potential jurors), his case has triggered a line of thought that needs to be addressed in our sports-mad territory.  Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau, and many other...
Dear Editor, In the early morning hours of May 27, 2019, there was a devastating fire in the Ottoville area across from the Mormon church. Three houses were completely destroyed by that fire for a total loss of all contents. While there were no fatalities, local news sources also reported that no...
As Ryan Scott of MovieWeb has allowed us to see, along with many others, some places simply can’t stand a differing opinion or lifestyle. Being fair to Samoa though the response to the biopic, Rocketman, the life of famed singer Elton John hasn’t been widely accepted by everyone in any part of the...
Dear Editor, Domestic Violence in American Samoa runs rampant in our community. One out of four women in the US face intimate violence between partners, versus Pacific Islander Women, which is two out of three  women. (Goydych, 2017) Domestic Violence is not new in our territory. It appears in our...

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