Opinion

In my last edition of this Op-Ed, I left you to consider whether ASG (and LBJ, but I believe that we can even include the DOH here too, etc.) has been claiming anywhere near all of the money that it is entitled to under the various healthcare options available to a U.S. Territory. Now, let’s follow...
In my initial op-ed, we began with the discussion of LBJ’s foray into the world of electronic medical records (EMR) as an example of American Samoa’s struggles managing the public funding for the business of healthcare. It was the early 2000s when this Federal EMR push really started happening, and...
As a Medicare/Medicaid-qualified physician who lived and worked in AS for over 14 years (and ran the Dept. of Pediatrics at the LBJTMC for about half of that time), I am greatly troubled by the ongoing inability of the leaders in the Territory to properly obtain and manage adequate healthcare...
Dear Editor, Let's face it… with a population of approximately 55,000, we have a two-class society. This is forced on us by our inability to diversify our economy. On the one hand, our major industry (canneries) are competing with countries whose wage structure is far less than ours; on the other...
I no longer drink that much — although I do indulge my 60+ years with an overdose of wine or beer once in a big-while, and of course I’ve quit smoking, it’s going on 4 years now. And may I say that there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about having a glass of wine or a swig of suds, or...
Well this should be an interesting conversation! I think you will see exactly what I mean as we get into it. What Kind of Leaders are they?  Before we discuss the main subject of this week's column, let's revisit last week's column briefly.  The 2 focal points were: A) The fact that the form of...
I have a couple of things I would like to Gong off my mind… just a little rant to top off my two week return to the Rock in the middle of the Pacifika sami… love the trade winds… but not standing down wind. My question: How can ASG ask for more money, from the private sector, when it won’t or can’t...
*/ Dear Editor: I for one have heard enough of the governments "REVENUE TASK FORCE" and their attempts to con, bully, and push the Fono into ramming several unneeded tax increases down our throats. These are the same people who are crying that a fifty cent per hour minimum wage increase will...
Welcome back to the Conversation! The article last time ended a bit abruptly, due to the fact that it's a two-part column.  As a continuation of The Conversation this week, several factors are on my mind, which will lead to a rather lengthy introduction to make a rather short point.  First and...
Dear Editor,  A fundamental reality of the revenue proposals being proposed by the Lolo administration is that they are DESIGNED and INTENDED to raise an extra, additional $25 million for ASG in 2020 compared to the money that would be raised if the proposals were not enacted.   They are not a...

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