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Dear Editor, In response to Dr. Laumoli’s LTE, published in the Samoa News, on Oct. 12, 2017: I greatly appreciate the writer’s thoroughness and expertise in the medical field. I share his commitment to this priority, and his dedication to seeing the services from this important program available...
Dear Editor, On Sunday morning, October 01, 2017, some key sources from the mainstream media in the nation reported that Congress just allowed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. The story went on to say that if...
Mata'afa Keni Lesa, Editor of the Samoa Observer. [SO file photo]
Today is a very special day. For thousands of children across Samoa, White Sunday is an occasion to behold. And rightly so. You see, it’s great to be able to celebrate our children now and then. And today is one of those days where the young ones are given the best of everything – including the...
The Sun is available to all for a limited time, those times are more or less equal with very few excuses for divide. Now imagine, if companies were in charge of the sun and they could control, how many hours of light, the intensity of the light, based on ones payment. This is where the analogy gets...
Welcome back to The Conversation. Happy Monday! This last week has been an interesting one with several challenges for our group of local leaders. Even more so challenging has this week been for those in our local community who are business owners and will be the ones most affected initially by...
Not that I think the public or media will ever get the full story of what’s going on with American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA): Where is it getting the money to pay for the Tui Cable connection? Where does it stand with its debt to ASH-Cable/ Bluesky Communications? Is it true that...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the article concerning the recent start of firearm training for our police officers. It seems that our Police Commissioner has pursued this with what I believe to be alarming zealousness. And for the life of me I cannot fathom the logic behind...
The Territory cries out for fast, dependable, reasonably priced Internet (and cell phone service). Utu Abe Malae (ASPA CEO) and Dr. Rosevonne Pato (President of ASCC) spoke eloquently to the Cabinet last week, sharing how the future in education, telemedicine and the “Smart Grid” are here now, if...
Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the letter to the editor in Friday’s paper — Sept. 22 — regarding the comments made by the editor at the end of the column. The suggestion that these drugs be made legal and taxed is not as far fetched as it may sound.  Many of the European countries have...
Dear Editor, I read today's article w/both astonishment and disbelief. Is our esteemed commish of public safety for real? Stiffer sentences he says?!  That’s all and well, were it not for the fact that he needs to clean his own house first and foremost. Is he even remotely aware that many of his...

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