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"the People Will Always Be First" Promise Lolo and Lemanu at Kickoff

There are 31 comments on the Samoa News story from May 7, 2012, titled "the People Will Always Be First" Promise Lolo and Lemanu at Kickoff. In it, Samoa News reports that:

Dressed in white t-shirts with the Lolo and Lemanu 2012 logo, these male performers from the Malaeloa Youth Group, danced to a theme song for the Lolo and Lemanu team at last Saturday's official campaign kickoff for the gubernatorial team.

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“Live life one day at a time.”

Since: Apr 09

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#1 May 7, 2012
We need a fresh start beginning with changes at the helm of our government. We need a government that respect a voice from the majority. People first before self interest and individual gains. Ia lua tumau i le lua talitonuga ma ia faia male faamaoni.
TAMAPAVA

Pago Pago, American Samoa

#2 May 9, 2012
Don't forget to put God first, then people second. Faavae i le Atua mea uma ona maua lea o mea uma e manatu i ai le tagata. E le o mea uma e muamua ni tagata. E iai foi mea e faamuamua ai manu ma la'au, aua e aoga e fai ai faalavelave.

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#3 May 9, 2012
Ia O Samoa, o se nuu ua nofo amu ai le tatou talitonuga ile Alii. E tele foi o tatou Suitauva na ola mai i aiga o tala'i ina le upu ole afioga paia. Ma e talanoa foi ile faamuamua ole tatou agaga ma loto ile le Alii. Ae paga lea ole le fetaui ole mea e fai ele lima taumatau male lima tau agavale. Ia tatou talanoa i ia upu ma faaaoao i ai. Ia manuia le kemupeni tamapava.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#4 May 14, 2012
I know one thing is sure: It doesn't matter who will win. If it's Faoa or Lolo, nothing will change. Same Circus;the only change will be the Clowns. If you want change, vote for any other candidates.

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#5 May 14, 2012
Ia ou te talitonu e mafai uma e suitauva le galuega ole taitai ina ole malo. A o lou manatu ua tatau ona tu mai se faigamalo fou aua ua fia tausaga sa faapaleina ai le faigamalo lenei ile tofi ma sa latou lafolafomanatu i auala e faalelei ai lenei malo. Ia ua oo ile taimi ua tatau ona tulai mai se taitai fou ma ona aikia fou. Ua leva foi na tatou ai pisupo. Ua fia maua seisi kuka fou aua ua le koe magao seisi ina kuka faapega.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#6 May 15, 2012
Our voting base is small and control by certain aiga. It will never change...the only chance we have is if we allow legal resident to vote. Our people pay only lip-service to God for only they allow the devil to govern. What does our government do? Uncle sam give us money. Our local government raise tax, borrow from the retirement fund. Yet our roads are bad. The only thing they do is trying to find ways to spend money, for their own benefits. What's holding us back is tradition. There are people still getting paid , yet they are not working...To the next Governor: please just fix the road...that's not asking for too much..

“Live life one day at a time.”

Since: Apr 09

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#7 May 15, 2012
manoa wrote:
Our voting base is small and control by certain aiga. It will never change...the only chance we have is if we allow legal resident to vote. Our people pay only lip-service to God for only they allow the devil to govern. What does our government do? Uncle sam give us money. Our local government raise tax, borrow from the retirement fund. Yet our roads are bad. The only thing they do is trying to find ways to spend money, for their own benefits. What's holding us back is tradition. There are people still getting paid , yet they are not working...To the next Governor: please just fix the road...that's not asking for too much..
Manoa, You don't make sense. Of course you would look at your aiga for support when you are running for office. We also allow legal residents to vote. Did you want some others to vote? Allow the devil to govern? Now you are becoming disrespectful. We pray to our lord to guide our government in the right way. If the majority had made their decision than let it be. If the person makes a wrong move, they will get the boot or get thrown in jail. Of course we are all frustrated with the many things that should have been done already. But you must know that it is not just us. California has a 16 billion budget shortfall. Many of the usual programs will be cut. People will get more frustrated when these plans go into effect. and please. it is not because the devil is governing our government.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#8 May 16, 2012
soia wrote:
<quoted text>Manoa, You don't make sense. Of course you would look at your aiga for support when you are running for office. We also allow legal residents to vote. Did you want some others to vote? Allow the devil to govern? Now you are becoming disrespectful. We pray to our lord to guide our government in the right way. If the majority had made their decision than let it be. If the person makes a wrong move, they will get the boot or get thrown in jail. Of course we are all frustrated with the many things that should have been done already. But you must know that it is not just us. California has a 16 billion budget shortfall. Many of the usual programs will be cut. People will get more frustrated when these plans go into effect. and please. it is not because the devil is governing our government.
I do not vote my aiga if he/she is not providing. I will vote for them the first time. I am speaking for myself, really. If they do not cut it, I won't vote for them again. sPeople from w. samoa lived here for many years are considered legal residence yet they can not vote. Everyone pays taxes, but only a quarter of the population are alligable to vote;and,only half of that vote. I think the one's that promise the people and does delivered are the one's showing disrespectful to the people. Expand the voting base and just fix the damn road. Tha gas is expensive, the road is bad with holes that breaks it down costing us too much money to fix it. What do they do? nothing....They will get my respect when it's deserved;otherwise, let me exercise my right. ok soia

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#9 May 16, 2012
Soia...Please do not compare us to California, which is the 7 best economy in the world. The Governor and it's governing body has a lot of things to do, plan and think about. We, American Samoa do not have an economy;therefore, our local government do have to worry about how to make money, per se. Uncle Sam give us most, if not, all of the money. So my question is what do they do. And my answer is they spend time planning how to spend the money. "Just fix the damn road"

“Live life one day at a time.”

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#10 May 16, 2012
manoa wrote:
<quoted text>I do not vote my aiga if he/she is not providing. I will vote for them the first time. I am speaking for myself, really. If they do not cut it, I won't vote for them again. sPeople from w. samoa lived here for many years are considered legal residence yet they can not vote. Everyone pays taxes, but only a quarter of the population are alligable to vote;and,only half of that vote. I think the one's that promise the people and does delivered are the one's showing disrespectful to the people. Expand the voting base and just fix the damn road. Tha gas is expensive, the road is bad with holes that breaks it down costing us too much money to fix it. What do they do? nothing....They will get my respect when it's deserved;otherwise, let me exercise my right. ok soia
Well for this case, the people will have to decide because our citizenship is tied to our land ownership. It is difficult to fix this problem because we do not accept foreigners to own land which is the epitome of our Matai communal land owners rights. If we allow individual land ownership of our lands, our communal land system will withered away in a blink of an eye. With our communal land gone so does our matai system and later down the road our identity. So be careful of what you ask for. It is the same issue with trying to have our locals become U.S. Citizens. If we do this all laws pertaining to being a U.S. Citizen will apply to everyone that qualifies to be one. If a person wishes to be a U.S.Citizen, why not go the extra mile and move to the U.S. We are more concern with keeping our culture and way of life.

“Live life one day at a time.”

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#11 May 16, 2012
manoa wrote:
Soia...Please do not compare us to California, which is the 7 best economy in the world. The Governor and it's governing body has a lot of things to do, plan and think about. We, American Samoa do not have an economy;therefore, our local government do have to worry about how to make money, per se. Uncle Sam give us most, if not, all of the money. So my question is what do they do. And my answer is they spend time planning how to spend the money. "Just fix the damn road"
That is old news. The state has the largest recipient of welfare applicants. That is people sitting their butts waiting for handouts and not finding a job to take care of themselves. I think you meant California is or has the 7th largest economy in the world. The word "best" is entirely misused in your statement.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#12 May 17, 2012
You don't have to own land to vote. Why can't we allow people who lived here for over, let's say, 10 years, pay taxes to be elligable to vote. The power to be does not want it. In the US, national and legal resident(immigrants) can vote on state level...ie for governor, senator...etc. Why can't we do it here. We have to watch out because if we are using federal money to run our local election, or any fed. money involve, we can be sued for discrimination. just saying. It's a matter of time. Same as voting for senators. Land issue will always stay with family. Some matai(sa'o) are only title for they don't have any power over the land. That belongs to the family members living on it. Expand the voting base...stop knepotism, and just fix the road.
TAMAPAVA

Pago Pago, American Samoa

#13 May 17, 2012
A oo lava ina sapasui manatu ma lagona o le tagata, e pule lava le tagata ia i ona lagona. Peita'i e faasese ai fua mafaufau o isi tagata popoto. Pau o le mea, e lelei pe a toe study the US History & US Goverment i le faiga o loo operate ai mea uma,i faiga faa-amelikana, ona malamalama lea. Vaai le system o loo faata'oto ai le faiga o le malo, ae maise o lona faavae [constitution]ona iloa lea o le agavaa o le tagata palota, ma le tagata faamaopoopo ae le palota. A fai mai lava le tulafono e te palota, then palota, ae a fai mai e te le mafai ona plalot, ia faatasi pea le alii ma oe.

“Live life one day at a time.”

Since: Apr 09

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#14 May 18, 2012
manoa wrote:
You don't have to own land to vote. Why can't we allow people who lived here for over, let's say, 10 years, pay taxes to be elligable to vote. The power to be does not want it. In the US, national and legal resident(immigrants) can vote on state level...ie for governor, senator...etc. Why can't we do it here. We have to watch out because if we are using federal money to run our local election, or any fed. money involve, we can be sued for discrimination. just saying. It's a matter of time. Same as voting for senators. Land issue will always stay with family. Some matai(sa'o) are only title for they don't have any power over the land. That belongs to the family members living on it. Expand the voting base...stop knepotism, and just fix the road.
Any one who is a citizen can vote and anyone who can vote can own land. Like I said. Our communal Land system is based on the Head of our Aiga having the authority to distribute section of the land to members of the family. If we allow individual land ownership we will take away a land that was once under a chiefs rule. The connection between a registered voter and land owner is a persons eligibility take away that part of our land and culture away from us. We are not like the US in which citizens are able to live anywhere they choose to live, and if we cannot afford to pay for the land we are kicked out. We in American Samoa tie our identity to where we come from. You can live on the land as long as you like. If you die the land goes back to your aiga. I cannot imagine my family practicing our usual cultural activity and respect in another village or island.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#15 May 18, 2012
Soia, I hear you and understand your fear. However, I have a differend view. The land will always own by family. Its up to them if they want to sell it or not. Foreigners can not own land. Our land is protected. All I am saying is to allow these people to vote for the governor...etc. I am talking about voting. That is the only way a change can be made in our political arena. I am not talking about voting for land issue. Now, once the chief sign off on land to put your house. It becomes yours;the family do not own that piece of land and the house you own. An american citizen can vote even though she/he does not own land or have family in American Samoa. Just have to live here for a year. Their vote is not tied to the land. Same as legal residence. After meeting certain requirement should be allowed to vote for the governor.

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Since: Apr 09

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#16 May 20, 2012
allowing foreigners to have a voice is giving them an opportunity to review our laws such as title and land ownership. Mind you in our own island, we are outnumbered by foreigners. The largest group is perhaps people from Western Samoa, then follows people from Tonga, Dont forget we also have a large filipino, chinese, tokelau, and fijian community. We cannot block a majority of voters request to not own land if they vote in favor of it. Once that happens every matai will end up selling their land to make ends meet or the highest bidder. Now imagine My high and mighty Mauga family in pago without land ownership. I think It has already happened but the full effects of the action has not sink in. The Sili Village in Manua has been declared by the U.S. as unsuitable for living. My question is Why do Sili resident claim prestige and honor when they are a village without roots. Now imaging it as a village taken over by different ethnic groups and everyone is an individual land owner. Where does Sili stand on this case. Might as well take the U.S form of Government and drop the faasamoa. Male ava tele.
pago flyer

Toledo, OH

#17 May 30, 2012
Pago Flyer met some Kiwis and Aussies a few weeks ago who spent a day in PPG on a cruise.
They think American Samoa is a "Third World" country because of the awful roads etc.
Pago Flyer told them that Uncle $am sends millions and millions and millions to PPG every year since 1964. Sad indeed.
Bring back the white man for a good, honest, well run Government.

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#18 May 30, 2012
pago flyer wrote:
Pago Flyer met some Kiwis and Aussies a few weeks ago who spent a day in PPG on a cruise.
They think American Samoa is a "Third World" country because of the awful roads etc.
Pago Flyer told them that Uncle $am sends millions and millions and millions to PPG every year since 1964. Sad indeed.
Bring back the white man for a good, honest, well run Government.
No white man is needed;let's keep the money here.

“Live life one day at a time.”

Since: Apr 09

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#19 May 30, 2012
manoa wrote:
<quoted text>No white man is needed;let's keep the money here.
You're wasting your time on this one. Flyer will never say anything good about American Samoa….It is like reading the future before it even happens.
pago flyer

Toledo, OH

#20 Jun 1, 2012
soia wrote:
<quoted text>You're wasting your time on this one. Flyer will never say anything good about American Samoa….It is like reading the future before it even happens.
Actually, The Pago Flyer does indeed tell many people about the good things on the Island. But the good 'ole days are uma.
When the Kiwis/Aussies thought PPG was "third world", that hurt our feelings.
However, it'll never get better without a better and more honest government.
You can blame The Dept. of Interior also, they don't have a clue.

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