The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Allen Chas­tanet wants to know: Who da f#ck is Shaun Mur­phy? “Bring me the ev­i­dence!” Isn’t that some­thing one politi­cian is fa­mous for say­ing?

- Joe Blow

Chas­tanet must be liv­ing on the back side of a mon­key if he does not know who Shaun Mur­phy is . . . or maybe more. So proud of you. It is a pres­ti­gious award.

– Crab

Tevin Shep­herd: A Proud Saint Lu­cian Youth Leader

- Prisca Regis

Earl Hunt­ley Says Juf­fali Does not Have Im­mu­nity The more things change the more they re­main the same. Does the gov­ern­ment even know what it has got­ten it­self into? Or is it all about the money at the ex­pense of Saint Lu­cians?

– Howard

Wasco’s Dam De-silt­ing project I am sad­dened at the poor at­tempt made by our gov­ern­ment to bring a “so­lu­tion” to the sed­i­men­ta­tion prob­lem be­ing ad­dressed cur­rently. Don’t they even have the fore­sight to see this is a waste of money, really? A project which is hailed as “one of the most im­por­tant projects un­der­taken by the gov­ern­ment” seems to me so poorly in­ves­ti­gated and han­dled. Firstly, re­mov­ing the built-up sed­i­ments from the dam is a far cry from solv­ing the sil­ta­tion prob­lem. Se­condly, re­in­forc­ing the dam sim­ply pre­pares it to han­dle more build-up of sed­i­ment. What the gov­ern­ment should be do­ing is spend­ing this money to pre­vent the prob­lem, and on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion mea­sures. On a 238 squaremile piece of land, ad­dress­ing this prob­lem at the source is not dif­fi­cult to do. Yes, it will take some brain ef­fort, some un­selfish plan­ning; putting aside all pol­i­tics and get­ting to the science of the prob­lem, but fea­si­ble it is. Oth­er­wise, the plan and method put forth at this time will sim­ply re­sult in more se­ri­ous prob­lems a few years from now - and then we will need a do-over, a re-’de­silt­ing’. This grand six mil­lion dol­lar project is a small bandaid that will soon be peeled off and once again ex­pose the prob­lem. About 25 years ago, I ap­proached Mr. Cum­ber­batch, an ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ist with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture (he was also a lec­turer at the col­lege of Agri­cul­ture at Union, where I at­tended) and I asked, “What is the gov­ern­ment do­ing about the fact that all our rivers are dry­ing?” He gave his usual chuckle, and we had a short dis­cus­sion with which he con­cluded some­thing to the ef­fect, “our gov­ern­ment doesn’t lis­ten to rea­son.” That was 25 years ago; I saw our rivers dry­ing up and noth­ing has been done about the prob­lem; noth­ing! The so­lu­tion is sim­ple: man­age the prob­lem from the source(s). We need a holis­tic and sus­tain­able ap­proach to this big prob­lem.

- “M. Lacorb”

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