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Dear Editor, It is a travesty (but perhaps no surprise) that our Senators are more concerned about upholding patriarchal values than they are with the wellbeing of a child. Rather than question the logic behind the number "14", they should be questioning whether at 14 years of age, if the child is...
Dear Editor, Has the Task Force considered the simple truth that teachers —no matter what — have the tremendous power to transform lives in the classroom?  We’ve come this far and the ‘system’ still isn’t working? How could that be on an island with so many PhDs compared to a small rural college...
Dear Editor,  It is said that “an apology cannot undo what has been done, but it can help ease the pain and tension of the aftermath. It gives hope for rebuilding and puts value on the relationship rather than the individual’s pride.” With that being said, I wish to take this opportunity to offer...
The Senate rejected the House bill on Monday, in a vote of 7- 9. The bill needed at least 11 votes to pass. I was speechless and in awe of the decision that was recklessly made at the' spit of an asp' to condemn our female children who are vulnerable to a life of domestic slavery, sexual rapes,...
After reading the article titled “Governor defends ASG’s no vote on LVPA” posted on www.talanei.com (March 22, 2018), I am compelled to correct what appear to be misconceptions of the Council’s actions taken on the LVPA. First, the article says that the “rule that was instigated by the Council to...
Too often, when you raise the issue of guns in this country, it sparks highly divisive rhetoric with both sides drawing lines in the sand and pointing their arrows at each other. Caught in the middle, we see the faces and hear the voices of children who’ve witnessed the slaughter of their friends...
I was debating if it was even worth the effort to reply to Police Commissioner Le’i’s remarks about the Samoa News reporting only negative things “to sell the paper,” as I classify his remarks in the same category as Speaker of the House Savali’s inane remarks of  “half a loaf being better that...
Dear Editor, This letter is in response to the front page article about the Manu'a faipule's belief that the federal government should be brought in to look into the allegations of prisoner mistreatment of inmates at the TCF.  How interesting that our esteemed Speaker of the Fono does not support...
Dear Parents of Children with Special Needs family: It has come to our attention that 2 more physicians are being let go from LBJ. Both physicians are qualified physicians, and willing to stay with LBJ, but LBJ has opted not to renew their contracts. When speaking with one, who serves our family,...
Between August and December of 2017, the Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault talked with several local American Samoans about Domestic Violence in the territory: their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, experiences. They include healthcare providers and administrators, attorneys,...

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