Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Williams

Re­cently I was priv­i­leged to be in the com­pany of a Trinida­dian na­tional with such love for Saint Lu­cia that I had not en­coun­tered in a long time, if at all. While ev­ery­one around her was dron­ing on about the sad state of lo­cal af­fairs she lauded the liv­ing stan­dard on this is­land that she and her hus­band had for over ten years called home. Com­pared to her na­tive home, she said, Saint Lu­cian life was bliss. Last year the twin is­land Re­pub­lic of Trinidad and Tobago had recorded 478 re­ported homi­cides. This year promised to be worse. But then while crime ap­pears to be on the in­crease re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, lo­cally too, for many Saint Lu­cia re­mains, well, sim­ply beau­ti­ful.

Armed with a re­freshed per­spec­tive af­ter spend­ing the week sifting through hardly up­lift­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional news, I tuned in Rick Wayne's

TALK show. His first or­der of busi­ness was to read an ar­ti­cle by STAR re­porter Clau­dia Elei­box (re­pro­duced on page 5) en­ti­tled “Must It Al­ways Take a Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter to Cor­rect Man­Made Dis­as­ters?”

The host made clear his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for young writ­ers and oth­ers pas­sion­ate about their ar­eas of en­deav­our, and shared with his au­di­ence that the STAR's new­est re­porter had started work­ing with the com­pany as a re­cep­tion­ist, and con­trib­u­tor to the pa­per. Mean­while she dreamed of mov­ing full-time to the ed­i­to­rial de­part­ment. Lit­er­ary tal­ent quite ob­vi­ously runs in her fam­ily. Her mother, Ms Piare, has for sev­eral years been a teacher at Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive. For me there was an even more per­sonal con­nec­tion as Clau­dia and I had not only grown up in the same neigh­bor­hood (un­be­knownst to both of us) but her mother had also been my lit­er­a­ture teacher in my days at C.C.S.S.

As the show pro­gressed, it was clear that the words con­tained within the young woman's ar­ti­cle, high­light­ing how much things had changed yet re­mained the same over the years in Ste Lu­cie, would set the theme for the evening. Shortly af­ter that Rick in­tro­duced a sur­prise guest: Pas­tor Eris­the. It wasn't long be­fore their con­ver­sa­tion ar­rived at the na­tion's core val­ues, our bro­ken jus­tice sys­tem, gov­ern­ment gen­er­ally, and re­lated so­cial sys­tems, all of which Eris­the ac­knowl­edged had failed mis­er­ably. The pas­tor echoed the pub­lic cry for rad­i­cal change and then, just like that, the dis­cus­sion set­tled on the topic of moral­ity. As it turned out, the night's main topic! At its cen­tre was Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ubal­dus Ray­mond and whether in his cir­cum­stances he should re­sign his of­fice. The pas­tor thought yes, “on moral grounds”. But ev­ery sin­gle caller dis­agreed. I rec­om­mend those who missed Thurs­day's TALK tune in at midday on Sun­day for a re­peat of the show. I sus­pect it will pro­vide am­ple op­por­tu­nity for rear-view mir­ror per­spec­tives. You could even come away think­ing about why, as loaded down with prob­lems as we are, still we're not quite lost - yet. Which brings us back to my Trini friends. Have a great and safe week­end!

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