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The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Will WASCO Keep Dredg­ing Fee? Why The Si­lence over He­wanorra Drug In­ci­dent?

It says that it be­lieves in con­tin­u­ous stake­holder en­gage­ment; to this end, a draft de­ci­sion will be cir­cu­lated for public com­ment.

Don’t worry, the long and short of it is, all you guys screwed up, and ad­mit it.

- Cicero

I re­ally do not get this. So what was the point of putting a dead­line to this in the first place? Right now we are pay­ing for WASCO’s negli­cence in main­tain­ing the Sir John Comp­ton Dam. WASCO has been er­ro­neously blam­ing To­mas and the likes for the heavy sil­ta­tion in the dam. But this is false; this prob­lem started way be­fore To­mas as the dam sim­ply was not be­ing main­tained and cleaned regularly.

- Tanie Con­sti­tu­tion has NOT served us well

If ever there was ever a need for ex­pand­ing a piece so that there could be fur­ther dis­cus­sion, I would like to pro­pose that the talk show hosts (as a gen­eral group) use this con­tri­bu­tion to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sion on a very im­por­tant is­sue.

- Martin Carasco Why are so many Saint Lu­cians killing them­selves?

I would will­ingly con­trib­ute in any way pos­si­ble to the work and ini­tia­tives or­gan­ised by Ms Joseph in mem­ory of my dear half-brother Bowring who, it was re­ported to me, took his own life in 1996. What was also un­for­tu­nate was that I was only in­formed of his death a year af­ter the event.

But truly in such cir­cum­stances there is an un­der­ly­ing fear that de­lays to in­form im­me­di­ate fam­ily in­di­cate the death may have oc­curred by foul means and as al­ways it is the fam­ily of the de­ceased who suf­fer with some form of ill-health and post trau­matic symp­toms in search of an an­swer while in need of sup­port.

Fail­ing the good na­ture of im­me­di­ate fam­ily, how are rel­a­tives liv­ing abroad in­formed about death in their fam­ily in St Lu­cia? Are there press re­ports, post-mortem anal­y­sis etc. avail­able?

- Fin­bar Sonny Richards

We need to stop turn­ing a blind eye to the frus­tra­tions in this coun­try and face re­al­ity. Things are tough and some peo­ple are strug­gling to get by. Politi­cians on both sides must ac­cept this re­al­ity and do some­thing about it. Stop play­ing the blame game and us­ing poor peo­ple when it is con­ve­nient.

– Sharma

Like the woman from Turn­ing Point said, men need to stop blam­ing ev­ery­thing on a Gros Pwel and rec­og­nize that we all, male and fe­male, go through prob­lems and we all at some point need help. Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to this prob­lem as well as poverty alle­vi­a­tion. We need to stop bury­ing our heads in the sand and start do­ing some­thing right now.

- Jay J.

Fond Doux Plan­ta­tion & Re­sort con­grat­u­lates “Ero­line Foods” on cap­tur­ing the ‘Top Re­tailer” award from SLISBA Three cheers to ours is­land’s very suc­cess­ful busi­nesses.

- Thomas Poy­otte Have St Lu­cians heard the last of the Suzie d’Au­vergne Re­port?

Ex­cel­lent re­port - points of in­ter­est in the ef­forts made by the Com­mis­sion (CRC) par­tic­u­larly its rec­om­men­da­tions “to strengthen the ac­count­abil­ity of public in­sti­tu­tions” should be noted.

I also note the phrase used by the PM “otiose” which rhymes with “grandiose” high­light­ing the pre­cise na­ture of the prob­lems St Lu­cians face to­day as a con­se­quence of an ad­min­is­tra­tion op­er­at­ing “otiose-ly”.

In 2004-6 the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment made a de­ci­sion ‘to go to war on Iraq’ re­gard­less of strong op­po­si­tion by the elec­torate. A mil­lion peo­ple marched to ob­ject, yet the gov­ern­ment at the time im­posed an illegal con­flict on the ba­sis of a di­rect threat on the Crown.

Bri­tain, as a re­sult of its con­sti­tu­tional breach, and sev­eral other parts of Europe are still suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects of that de­ci­sion. Even to­day mil­lions of eco­nomic mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers from North Africa still choose to risk their lives in search of an ex­is­tence that is trou­ble free and peace­ful.

In ret­ro­spect would a change in the writ­ten (Saint Lu­cian) con­sti­tu­tion mod­elled on the US form of gov­ern­ment be the an­swer to avoid fu­ture eco­nomic cri­sis and al­low St Lu­cians and peo­ple from other parts of the Caribbean who fol­lowed their lead to have free/open ac­cess to Bri­tain and the US re­spec­tively?

- Fin­bar Sonny Richards

This is not the first time and it won’t be the last sadly. There is some­thing very sin­is­ter go­ing on at HIA that needs to be dealt with ur­gently in­stead of cov­er­ing it up.

- Josh Charles

Does SLASPA think that if these sto­ries are brought to light that it will af­fect what­ever deal for the re­de­vel­op­ment of He­wanorra Air­port?

- Wen­dell ECTEL State­ment on block­ing of OTT Ser­vices

When oh when will the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act be passed in the House? Who will save us from be­ing bled to death by com­pa­nies, par­tic­u­larly those with mo­nop­o­lies? This is tak­ing as long as a min­i­mum wage. And they say they care!

- Reuben

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