Clinton critic lives in another universe
THE EDITOR, Sir: EWIN JAMES inhabits a different world in a different galaxy. He is either blind and deaf or he lies to himself.
In his recent guest column, titled ‘Liar, Liar, starring Hillary Clinton’, he seems to have forgotten or is ignorant of the eight years prior to the Obama administration. Those eight years sported the greatest liars ever to be found in any administration. That administration even coopted the Blair government into the atrocities of the Iraq war.
The succeeding Obama administration was met, a priori, with eight years of ‘Nyet’, even on policies and programmes that would have advanced the American economy to the benefit of all.
On the recently completed debates, what was on stage was not beauty and the beast, but intelligence faced by an angry Muscovite vulture anticipating a feast on a putrid carcass.
The current mess (for want of a more emphatic word) in which Ewin James’ fellow travellers find themselves stems from pure racism, although the American media refuse to admit this truth.
I will vote and will vote early. There are no living saints, at least not in politics. I will vote the Democratic ticket for I see purpose and promise and the absence of negative racist politics. LOUIS ALEXANDER HEMANS email@example.com Hyattsville, Maryland and politics, it was a real pleasure to see Rexton Ralston Fernando Gordon, more popularly known as ‘Shabba Ranks’, being included in this year’s cohort for his indelible contribution to dancehall music.
Although it has a negative stigma attached to it, dancehall music is a connector that unifies the masses. Shabba’s award of the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) is indeed an honour to the music sector and it speaks volumes to the high levels of talent generated locally.
While he has been internationally recognised, having received two Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album – As Raw as Ever (1992) and X-tra Naked (1993) – this award from his country of birth is indeed significant, as it highlights the fact that we are able to identify the genius of those among us.
Undoubtedly, the lyrics may sometimes be ‘raw’, but the underlying message unearths some of the core realities reflected in our society.
I think that Shabba’s golden moment is a catalyst that should absolutely drive the contemporaries of dancehall music to utilise their talents in a manner that will leave a memorable impression upon society. I also implore them to run with the mantle that has been passed and continue to strengthen one of the nation’s unshakeable pillars – dancehall music. SUZETE ELISIA WILKIE St Catherine