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Opinion

Samoa News is reporting on New Zealand’s current battle against the coronavirus, in light of the first repatriation flight due in from the U.S to the Territory on Feb 1st. First, let me state that I am not against the repatriation flights, — after all I have been unable to return home since last...
Our beloved Salote was a woman driven by incredible passion, principles and values. She was an extraordinary woman whose colleagues highly respected because of her strong work ethics. She was a woman filled with so much pride and love for her family. She was our matriarch, our pillar of strength....
There’s that famous last scene in the ’90s movie “The Usual Suspects” where a meek petty-criminal-turned-informant, played by Kevin Spacey, leaves the police station after spinning a very detailed story for the detectives. Spacey’s character, Verbal Kint, talks about the larger-than-life Keyser...
Dear Editor, The true test of a leader is not when everything is going well during peaceful times, but during the times of struggle. The Alliance Leadership Team, conducts a weekly Zoom session called “Wellness Check In”. The Wellness Checkin is an informal virtual meeting we do on Zoom. We all...
The Dept. of Commerce and the AS Territorial Broadband Strategy Work Group recently hosted a 3rd Talanoaga Fa’atekolonosi, or Tala-Tek, with this 3rd forum focused on Creating a Digital Economy.  The first 2 forums were on Cyber Security and Telehealth, both very important topics especially in...
Dear American Samoa Government, The Government has one job and that job is to do right by its people! However, the American Samoa Government has failed not only myself but my family and its citizens. By making us feel like unimportant irritants and pariahs to society. We’ve exhausted every measure...
Dear Governor Lolo, Samoa muamua le Atua. We have that on our American Samoa Government seal and we have always prized ourselves as God fearing people and people of faith. We have always prized ourselves also as loving people. But the past few months since the outbreak of COVID-19 things have been...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa is many things. She was, of course, until, recently, of course, the nation’s first-ever female Deputy Prime Minister. She is the daughter of its first-ever Prime Minister.  Her grandfather, Le Mamea Matatumua Ata, was one of the framers of this great nation’s constitution. And...
James 1;27- From the standpoint of Our God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation and to keep oneself without spot from the world. Psalms 147: 7-He heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds. My name is ANALEI'A MAOTA LE AUMOEUALOGO MATAINA A'AU. My parents...
Dear Editor, Over the weekend, an uncle of mine spoke to me about “vafealoa’i” – the relationship of respect between brother and sister, between parents and their children, between the matai of a village, etc. – and its importance to the Fa’asamoa. Basically he was saying that mutual respect is the...

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