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Opinion

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Mr. Sonny Thompson, Commissioner of American Samoa; Chiefs and Commissioners of Pacific Islands; Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, 탈로파(Talofa). It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you today for the opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police...
The following letter from Congresswoman Amata was sent to the Manhattan Project Beer Company in Texas reinforcing the concerns expressed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding the marketing use of the name of Bikini Atoll as a product line.   August 19, 2019  Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sanford Mr...
In the story about the woman who pled guilty to stealing from Western Union while she was employed there, Samoa News received a phone call yesterday, requesting to correct the name to Pacific Holdings American Samoa, a local agent for Western Union. The woman who pled guilty, Lagavale Sasa, is not...
Dear Editor, A simple request turned into a 13-month campaign to pressure a senior 61 y/o employee to resign or retire from her position as an archaeological technician in the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office.  In May 2018, this employee was hired and  tasked to reconstruct or restore a...
While I’m skeptical of this actually ever happening, American Samoa governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has indicated that Samoa Airways plans to launch flights to Los Angeles International Airport. The airline is owned by the government, which would explain why a government official is making a...
“Our hearts are deeply saddened by the terrible mass shootings in the United States over recent days. The news is so tragic and overwhelming that it reaches thousands of miles to burden our people in American Samoa. “We pray in this time of sorrow for the people of our country, that God will guide...
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...

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