Greetings to you all in the holy name of our redeemer and saviour Jesus Christ the righteous son of Yahweh: the one true, perfect, Creator and God.
I hope that this open appeal meets each member of the Augustus family in good health and that the family takes this appeal in the spirit with which it was written: a spirit of loving intervention. I have been reliable informed, and as was expected, the scandal that is surrounding Edison Augustus has been taking its toll on the members of the Augustus family, and that too has affected some members of the family, to the point where they saw it fit to confront others who have addressed Edison’s matter in public forums.
Although I believe that a child is a product of their parents and the child’s behaviour is a reflection of the home wherein they were raised, there are some instances when a child will make the decision to and rebel against the teaching of their parents, the dictates of their own consciences and the will of the almighty God and consistently act outside of the realms of good judgment and commonsense.
I know Edison Augustus fairly well and I know many members of the Augustus clan, including mother and father Augustus or Mr and Mrs Augustus, the parents of Edison Augustus. I must say that I always admired the dignified manner in which this beautiful woman (Mrs Augustus) conducts herself, and the drive, spiritual zeal and courage of Mr Augustus as it relates to evangelism and the spreading of the love of Jesus Christ as taught by the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, of which I am a member.
Unfortunately, Edison as an adult has been consistently making a series of bad decisions and against ample warning and spiritual rebuke, including your own, he continued to walk a path of immoral, unethical and lately criminal behaviour that has brought shame to you and your family. In my better judgment, I will dare to say that you all have nothing to be ashamed of. But there is lots to be sorry for; for example, you may be sorry that your son, brother, or close relative, Edison, did not consistently continue in the way of Yahweh God; you may be sorry that he betrayed his spiritual calling and you may be sorry that he betrayed your teachings, but you have nothing to be ashamed of.
I remember, not too long ago, when I resigned (giving the Bermuda Police Service three months notice) from the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), after the Vincentian Commissioner of Police of the BPS, George Jackson, a card carrying member of the Unity Labour Party, acting under the instruction of the Ralph Gonsalves, suspended me from active duty, and spread a bunch of lies that claimed that I was fired for reasons that were not true.
As a result of the lies that were circulating, I had a talk with my siblings, my children and some of my friends who had to deal with the nasty things that were being leveled against my character in private and public conversations, as well as that which was propagated in the media. Fortunately for me, I was just a victim of a political plot to destroy my character, silence my pen and my voice as it relates to politics and social issues in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
My daughters Allana and Jemisha expressed to me the level of shame and embarrassment they were feeling as it related to what was being said about me; as a result, I truthfully and honestly put things into perspective for them. My talk did not take away the mental anguish they felt because of the relationship they had with me, but it lessened the impact and it helped them to efficiently deal with the matter they were forced to confront daily.
I am also mindful that because of my attitude, behaviours, value system, core belief, dignity, etc., a similar thing can happen to me again and my children, brothers, sisters, close friends and admirers could be sent spiraling down the same emotional path once again. But I will now assure them that, in the event I become engulfed in another public scandal, you can all be assured I would have acted with a level of dignity (which could sometimes appear like arrogance) integrity, honesty, strength of character and boldness that I am known for; never will it be, an act of dishonesty or any oppressive actions against anyone or group that I perceived to be weaker than I am.
It is important that the Augustus clan take some time and have a meeting, where they will honestly and openly discuss the matter that is before them, a matter that Edison’s confessed (according to PM Ralph E. Gonsalves, Edison admitted to doing what he was accused of) actions have brought upon you all. It is important that you all accept the fact that people, including me, are going to have our say as it relates to the issues surrounding Edison.
After all, when Edison Augustus accepted the post of deputy consul general he became a public officer and figure. As we all know, the actions and personal lives of all public officers/figures are open to and for public scrutiny and discussion.
I would like you all to know that I, Allan Palmer, was also a victim and suffered at the hands of Edison; however, I in no way blame you guys or hold you all responsible in any way for Edison’s actions. I understand, I sympathize and I empathize with your pain; be sure, this too shall pass.
In closing, I leave you folks with the words of 1 Corinthians 10: 13. “There is no situation that has come your way except that which is common to man. God is faithful and he will not allow you to go through more than you can bear. When tough times come and hard situations confront you, he will provide a way that you can endure it.”
So don’t make the pain that was caused by the selfish actions of ex-deputy consul general Augustus cause you all to compromise your standards or misrepresent your faith but, most importantly, do not allow this to cause you to misrepresent your God. Be steadfast in the will of Jesus for this is a period that is designed for the strengthening of your characters and this too will pass.
Allan H. Palmer