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Taj News Talk: March 24th, 2017

Have we forgotten what it is to be kind?

Picong and tit for tat are well known in our culture. A quick answer, a quick retort, a sly, pseudo-sexual comment: tasteful and inappropriate at the same time.

This sense of humour sets us apart from our Caribbean brethren.

It just seems, however like we can’t take a joke anymore.

Or a rejection from the opposite sex.

Or when truth and honour dances in your face, do you simply slap it down?

We have turned into a nation of bullies.

Not just the criminals. Not just the children who have problems at home and lash out in schools.

Politicians. Policemen. Lawyers. Judges. Bankers. Anyone with power in this country immediately becomes a bully.

We are so wrong and strong and ignorant that it pervades every essence of our being. When people die because of ignorance and pride.

Across the board, not just from the Opposition, have called for the resignation of Education Minister Anthony Garcia.

The calls have come from Unions, teachers and experts alike.

But the fairly Honourable Minister has buried his head in the sand.

Any socially conscious person would realise he cannot be responsible for every instance in ever school in the country.

But the Minister continues to deny the problems that the education system is facing.

Opposition MP and former Minister of Tertiary Education claims the Minister has a document on Education reform, done last he year he refuses to share.

The same of Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe on the Tourism Development Company, according to Communication Workers’ Union Head, Joseph Remy.

So why the secrets? Why the dishonour?

These are systems you inherited with problems! We all know and accept this.

But do the honourable thing and admit you need help for serious reform.

Keep behind the line that separates pride and ambition.

And don’t fight down the good.

Happy weekend all. Stay blessed and take care of the ones you love…and everyone else. At the end of the day, we are all human beings trying to survive on this planet that’s all of our homes.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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