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Letter: Get real - reparations will never happen

July 27, 2016
Letter: Get real - reparations will never happen I saw a funny news item on local television recently. The new government of Jamaica has reconstituted the cause for reparations in a new reparations council. During her presentation in parliament, the culture minister stated that this new council demonstrates the seriousness of the government...

Letter: Is Ralph using a messenger and the internet to threaten people?

July 27, 2016
Letter: Is Ralph using a messenger and the internet to threaten people? “GT” is a pseudonym. Aye, but for whom? What is the purpose of the Cybercrime Bill? The purpose of the Cybercrime Bill is to stifle unfavourable opinion of Ralph and the government. There is no loftier intention involved. If there were, scum like the cowardly nom de plume, hiding behind “GT”...

Letter: Clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016 must be removed

July 26, 2016
Letter: Clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016 must be removed As leader of the Democratic Republican Party of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I condemn and urge immediate removal of clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016, which was introduced into SVG’s House of Parliament in June 2016. The Bill, which is currently before a select committee...

Letter: One cheer for Mr Trump

July 26, 2016
Letter: One cheer for Mr Trump Donald Trump possesses, to use the phrase of Ernest Hemingway, “a built-in bull**** detector”. His identification of America’s woes, chronic problems, is spot on. Uncannily correct. But his diagnosis and solutions to these critical problems are invariably wrong, off the mark. Here are seven.

Letter: Did the IMF drink the Comrade's Kool-Aid?

July 25, 2016
Letter: Did the IMF drink the Comrade's Kool-Aid? “Drinking the Kool-Aid" metaphorically refers to a person or group uncritically holding a doomed or dangerous belief, argument, or philosophy. The term comes from the behavior of over 900 mainly African-American men, women, and children who blindly followed Jim Jones’ ultra-socialist vision...

Poets Corner: Krucus

July 25, 2016
Poets Corner: Krucus Lewelyn Lucas is talking to us We’re bussing their krucus Faber throw Saldivar under the bus Barrow throw Papa Mena under the bus We need to follow the money fuss These investigators need to stop playing with us Mason supported campaign and sports Which media house will give...

Letter: What's the latest on the HSBC Swiss bank account, PM Gonsalves?

July 23, 2016
Letter: What's the latest on the HSBC Swiss bank account, PM Gonsalves? I am asking PM Ralph Gonsalves for an update on the HSBC Swiss bank account with US$19 million in his name. Just in case readers have forgotten, two days before the general elections of December 9, 2015, in St Vincent, a document surfaced showing prime minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves...

Letter: Time to stop rewarding lawlessness

July 23, 2016
Letter: Time to stop rewarding lawlessness There is more than ample evidence to indicate that development is linked to hard work, innovation, intelligence and a commitment towards excellence. The automobile, the airplane, the discovery of penicillin, the internet, computers and the wheel were all possible because of the...

Letter: Keith Mitchell NNP government: Failed

July 22, 2016
Letter: Keith Mitchell NNP government: Failed Grenadians are you better off today than you were four years ago? If the answer is yes, vote for the NNP in the next general elections. However if the answer is no or undecided, you have a moral obligation to vote for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Letter: God's blessings to all

July 22, 2016
Letter: God's blessings to all Mr Patrick Manning was not a racist. In fact he spent a great part of his adult life rebutting the narrow provincialisms of some close to him. But, if his decision to terminate Caroni (1975) Ltd was based on an economic decision, it was certainly bad economics. Mr Manning’s flaw came in...

Letter: Review and change Jamaican police policy of removing bodies of those they shoot

July 21, 2016
Letter: Review and change Jamaican police policy of removing bodies of those they shoot We call upon Terrence Williams, Commissioner for INDECOM, to immediately review the discredited police policy of taking those whom they shoot to the hospital to supposedly save their lives. We can recall no case in which the police have saved the life of anyone they shot. If there is...

Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression

July 21, 2016
Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression During the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional grouping demonstrated a most disturbing example of digressive group-think by embracing the government of Belize’s ill-conceived intent to appease Guatemala.

Letter: The Argyle Airport Prophecy: What the numbers say

July 20, 2016
Letter: The Argyle Airport Prophecy: What the numbers say In the next few instalments of my extended series on the Argyle International Airport (AIA) project, I examine what visitor arrival numbers in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) between 2001 and 2015, compiled from official arrival statistics kindly supplied to me by the SVG Tourism...

Letter: CARICOM in search of a response to de-risking

July 20, 2016
Letter: CARICOM in search of a response to de-risking A communiqué issued at the recently concluded 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of CARICOM (“heads”) held in Georgetown, Guyana has described the process of de-risking and the limiting or negative effects of this process on the international operations of indigenous banking...

Letter: More spite and malice in St Vincent

July 19, 2016
Letter: More spite and malice in St Vincent Marcus De Freitas, Bigger Bigs, now Ann Joshua of Cobblestone Inn. Ann is the sister of Ken and Keith Boyea, cousins to Ralph Gonsalves, our self-proclaimed beloved, all loving, dutiful, kind and all loving prime minister. Like her brothers she is a hard working entrepreneur and runs...

Letter: A plea for more efficient regional air transport

July 19, 2016
Letter: A plea for more efficient regional air transport While the air transport industry is complex, the challenges in the region are not insurmountable; many of the solutions are there to be implemented. Unfortunately however, often times the political will does not ensue. In this light, a regional petition has commenced to amplify the voice of, and...

Letter: Of an unfulfilled dream

July 18, 2016
Letter: Of an unfulfilled dream The physical shackles of slavery were outlawed in the West Indies in 1865, and some 30 years later in the United States. However, a nefarious system, deviously implemented during the waning days of slavery as an established institution, ensured that African slave descendents never...

Letter: Exercise command responsibility

July 18, 2016
Letter: Exercise command responsibility The recent report by the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry made a blatant error in not treating the matter of command responsibility seriously. Consequently, there is no standard by which to hold superior commanders for the conduct of those whom they command. This shortcoming is...

Letter: Policing: A new era of racism

July 16, 2016
Letter: Policing: A new era of racism I am moved to write this letter following the news of two black men senselessly killed by the hands of police officers in the United States and the retaliation resulting in five police officers being killed. What is particularly disturbing is that one of these black men was killed as a result of...

Letter: Hospital and tablet are not health

July 16, 2016
Letter: Hospital and tablet are not health Mosquitoes are a fact of modern life. They mutate, that is they get used to modern chemicals, make changes in their bodies to survive and live on. They are well on the path to making your lives miserable now and in the future. Malaria, which was thought to have mostly died out, could well...

Letter: Memo to PM Rowley

July 15, 2016
Letter: Memo to PM Rowley Keith Rowley has made some very derogatory statements in the past but he really outdid himself when he suggested that some CARICOM nationals are vagrants. His remark was an embarrassment, an insult, and most unbecoming of a prime minister. Vagrancy is a health and...

Letter: The character and legacy of Edison C James: An emperor without clothes or rags?

July 14, 2016
Letter: The character and legacy of Edison C James: An emperor without clothes or rags? Prior to 1994 Edison C James, the prime minister of Dominica (between 1995 and January 2000), accused Dame Eugenia Charles of bugging the offices of the UWP. A public inquiry was held and Edison James was found to have been reckless with the truth, i.e. he lied.

Letter: 'Stush'

July 14, 2016
Letter: 'Stush' One cannot help but be bemused by the air of arrogance and importance that emanates from many in our nation. Should one be fortunate or unfortunate enough to walk through first class seats on an airplane to or from Trinidad or attend one of our many cocktail receptions, one cannot help...

Letter: The anatomy of racism

July 13, 2016
Letter: The anatomy of racism Alas! I think I have discovered the cause of original sin. The filthy chancre that disturbs the universe, the very soul and bones of men. Pure original sin. The disease above all disease. The sickness immortal. The pathology so deep! It is not the snake, but the twin-tonsil shaft of the...

Letter: Agreed: The Black Lives Matter movement is racist!

July 13, 2016
Letter: Agreed: The Black Lives Matter movement is racist! In recent days, with the shooting of the two black men in the United States by police officers, both the former governor of Alaska and the former mayor of New York have branded the Black Lives Matter movement as being racist. I have to say that I agree with the sentiments of these two politicians.

Letter: Trailing the cocaine route through St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 12, 2016
Letter: Trailing the cocaine route through St Vincent and the Grenadines Remember how I once wrote about our Argyle airport being built to service the cocaine trade. On Sunday, November 8, 2015, a Cessna Citation 500 took off from one of the government-operated terminals at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela. On board were two pretend...

Letter: Support our police officers

July 12, 2016
Letter: Support our police officers Police actions in Ferguson, MO; New York City, Baltimore, Baton Rouge and Minnesota have been in the news, and a few police officers have been seen using excessive force and shooting people. I believe a small number of police officers use excessive force, and these officers should...

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