Alleged threat by loggers

Dear Editor – I might be far from the local scene but not unaware of local social media reports last week in the Solomon Islands which gave voice to alleged serious threats made by at least one Asian Logging Contractors in relation to the alleged forced removal of settlers on the land claimed by Samlimsam.…

Insult to Makira parishioners

Dear Editor – I am a Marist-missionary, who lived among and worked with the people of Makira for more than half a century. In the Solomon Star and in the Island Sun, in both papers, there was an article by Camillus Kole, Catholic Media, titled ‘Archbishop Cardone to tour Makira.’ In this press release is…

Betel-nut stain

Dear Editor – I would be very pleased if you could spare me a column in your article just to voice out my thoughts and views on the above subject specifically,” betel-nut stain”. I am a student with a deeper concern for the betterment of my country taking this issue into serious consideration. Betel nut…

At the brink of total deforestation

Dear Editor – An estimated 93 percent of the country’s virgin forest has been lost the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Research, Mr Vaeno Vigulu, announced in a recent speech. The main drivers of such deforestation having been commercial logging, he cited. Fortunately, at the last hour, so to say, the Japanese…

Avoid misuse of allowance

Dear Editor – As a Solomon Islands citizen and a scholarship recipient, I sincerely thank the Solomon Islands Government for the commitment of paying monthly allowances for students studying at various universities in Fiji and elsewhere. This is really useful to meet the costs of our stay while studying overseas. Let me share briefly on…

Aid agencies that might help farmers

Dear Editor – Farmers of the Weather Coast in Guadalcanal Province have continually expressed their disappointment over feeling neglected as their leaders and the province allegedly fail to recognise their struggles. Your paper last week reported that the farmers, who operate under an umbrella body called the Akutoga Association, made a statement claiming that they…

We need robust budgeting processes

I RISE to contribute briefly to the debate on the 2016 Appropriation Bill 2017 on behalf of the Parliamentary Opposition Group and my Constituency of Hograno/Kia/Havulei. Mr Speaker, in so doing let me first of all thank my good friend the Minister of Finance and Treasury for tabling the 2016 Appropriation Bill 2017. I also…

Blue boats

Dear Editor – News of the capture of those boats bring joy to me. It shows that in cooperation with our law enforcement agencies we can achieve great results despite our lack of resources. This is an evidence of what has happened in the South China Seas today. China is pushing its neighbors out from…

West Kwaraáe MP

Dear Editor – Now and then some of the MPs are treading in the right direction. You’ll see in the papers MPs would outline their constituency Annual Reports on how they expended ALL funds under their disposal either directly or indirectly via line ministries, and Annual Work Plans for the new year. This ultimately manifests…