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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,...
Dear Editor; I’m writing in response to yesterday’s article regarding Flag Day 2018, more specifically the Fautasi race that was cancelled and now is back on, according to your article, by the governor. I am saddened that at first he told Mauga to cancel it and then turns around and changes his...
Message International Women’s Day, every 8 March, is a time for people in Samoa and across the Pacific region to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality. It’s a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health,...
“No, we don’t wear leaves. No, we don’t live in huts. And no, we don’t swim to school." When I first visited the U.S. mainland three years ago, these were my answers, all of which I assumed to be common sense to the students who asked me about my life at home. I’m from American Samoa. And if you...

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