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Letter: Saint Lucia is 'relatively safe' in Lorne Theophilus' twisted mind
Published on January 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Sitting in my lazy chair sipping my morning brew I found myself reflecting on the tourism minister of Saint Lucia embracing the ethos “St Lucia is relatively safe”. The news said three murders in twelve hours. I don’t know if that is the new normal. This does not sound like the place I know. I hope am not dreaming.

Reflecting on this for whatever it means has me puzzled as to what to believe and I don’t think I am the only one feeling this way. When you have a 28 by 14 mile island with about 170,000 people and ministers of government walking around with bodyguards, I would be scared to rat-it! And then turn around trying to score air miles points with legal language I don’t understand and a polished face on international news is not refreshing one bit.

A quick look at other bulletins and the morning newspaper the following quotes pop up to describe how the situation is unfolding in my homeland.

“Monitoring the situation” “Reaching out at the highest levels”! I hardly believe these nice phrases address or solve the issue of crime prevention. Here’s another quote “Reaching out at the highest levels” “Taking such incidents seriously”. What has this solved? Certainly not crime prevention without serious action and that’s not okay… to read pillow talk “Offering deepest condolences” “Assuring victims of the nation’s support”.

You know what, following the unfolding events, I have come to believe that none of the foregoing will deal effectively with the British media. It is a swamp out here, wall to wall coverage and no visible damage control or measures to solve the crime problem. What is unfolding is Saint Lucia is a sad state of affairs, not unexpected if it is relative to the situation in Trinidad and Tobago or Jamaica, where everything is irie, man!

Before I leave for the outdoors, a friend of mine had an experience dropping by his travel agent for chatter in midtown yesterday for some firsthand information, since he is heading for the sunshine. His advice was, I do not wish to spoil your fun time but, please do exercise caution!

For the benefit of my retirement and what’s left for me to enjoy on island, I trust you are having an enjoyable day. Sa- ka-fet!

Tori Fatal
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