Those that will not let the Jimmy Henry mat­ter rest are of the same species that will pre­tend ig­no­rance when their party boss de­ceives them. This species see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil against their lit­tle tin gods.

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con­stituents and sup­port­ers an ex­pla­na­tion of the events at Ge­orge F.L. Charles Air­port on the day he was searched. For good mea­sure, he also ex­plained his res­ig­na­tion as Min­is­ter. For my part, that story ended with the Min­is­ter’s ex­pla­na­tion, there hav­ing been no con­tra­dic­tory re­ports from the po­lice or cus­toms depart­ment on the is­sue. Rick’s de­vi­ous hu­man spec­i­mens never had the cour­tesy of trans­parency or ac­count­abil­ity from their Massa in the for­mer govern­ment. What these peo­ple tweet or post on so­cial me­dia is of no con­se­quence. Their post­ings are not aimed at im­prov­ing the lives of Saint Lu­cians. They are mere fod­der for Rick; en­ter­tain­ment.

The pos­i­tive news that grabbed many Saint Lu­cians was the per­for­mance of Julien Al­fred at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas. The su­perla­tive per­for­mance of the is­land’s beach foot­ball team that also won a gold medal makes us proud. Do these achieve­ments mat­ter to yard fowls and hacks? Had Ms. Al­fred’s gold medal per­for­mance in the 100 me­ters been achieved on home soil, would it have been sweeter? It would cer­tainly have left an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on the minds of did it give for the de­ci­sion not to carry through?

The govern­ment’s in­abil­ity to host the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games was the strong­est state­ment on its readi­ness to re-open­ing the St. Jude Hospi­tal in 2015. How many per­sons un­der­stood that these Games could not be held here un­less St. Jude Hospi­tal first re-opened? Was this ex­plained to the peo­ple in a way that they un­der­stood? Who knew the pres­sures the econ­omy was un­der in 2015? The 2017 Games have ended and there is still no def­i­nite word on when St. Jude Hospi­tal will re-open. When the Ge­orge Od­lum sta­dium will be ren­o­vated and ready for sports is an even more dis­tant dream.

Don’t ex­pect any mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion, dear reader, on the rea­son Saint Lu­cia did not host these pres­ti­gious youth Games. Why? Be­cause we have for­got­ten how to dis­cuss in­tel­li­gently. Talks em­a­nat­ing from small minds bear no fruit; small minds dis­cuss only peo­ple. Such small talk­ers owe their per­son­hood more to politi­cians than to par­ents, teach­ers and re­li­gious lead­ers. It’s a life made for hid­ing be­hind Face­book and so­cial me­dia. Hid­ing fits those who re­main clos­eted in­doors; liv­ing lit­tle mis­er­able sadis­tic pre­tend ig­no­rance when their party boss de­ceives them. This species see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil against their lit­tle tin gods. Rick is an ex­pe­ri­enced man of the world. He knows the jokers about whom he writes. He knows that there are yard fowls, hacks and Face­book haters who will see him walk­ing on wa­ter and crit­i­cize him for be­ing un­able to swim. He must also be aware that, even if he dances on wa­ter, these yard fowls and hacks will ac­cuse him of rais­ing dust; yes, dust! Oh rea­son, thou has been cru­ci­fied by brutish hacks - and per­verts roam freely.

Me, I refuse to wres­tle with a pig. I will get dirty and the pig will en­joy it. I have been around long enough to know that. Once in a while I de­lib­er­ately throw a lit­tle scrap of sweet and sour snake or a well roasted val­ley cra­peau and then stand aside and ob­serve the feed­ing frenzy. Frankly, I am too busy to make time for yard fowls, hacks and sundry haters. Writ­ing takes time and there is much se­ri­ous writ­ing to be done if one de­sires to leave a body of work as one’s legacy. Those who toiled to point us to the writ­ten word with its in­dis­putable uses in a coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment need more re­spect for their ef­forts.

Rick knows that, as do many oth­ers!

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