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    Categories: Editorial

SHORT TAKES

Number 10

Grief. Outrage. Determination.

As the Federation records its tenth murder of 2008, those are the reactions all citizens should be feeling – grief, outrage and determination.

Grief over the loss of another citizen. Grief over all that he was and all that he ever could be. Shared grief with his loved ones who will never enjoy his company again.

Outrage that this killing goes on and on. Outrage that Federation citizens are being slain in such obscene numbers. Outrage that though there is lots of talk, action seems in short supply.

Determination that this scourge shall come to an end. Determination that there will be action today to insure a better tomorrow. Determination that we will all learn to treasure human life.

In the Federation, thousands of people will turn out for sporting events, political rallies and concerts. When will government, community or church leaders call for a public day of unity for peace, justice and lawfulness? When will they call for a day to paint over gang graffiti as an act to show that gangs do not own the streets? When will they call on the citizens of the Federation to stand up for what is right, to lead them toward a regeneration of a proud, peaceful, civilized society?

There is lots of talk. It is time for bold public action.

It is time to call on the citizens of the Federation to stand up to crime.

Slaking The Thirst

We welcome the announcement of Nevis Island Administration Premier Mr. Joseph Parry that a new source of water will become operational soon and ease the troublesome shortage of water that has plagued the island.

No matter how much discussion and encouragement there is of developing tourism and high-end communities on Nevis, none of it is realistic  until a steady supply of water is assured. No water, no growth.

More important, though, are the needs of Nevis’ current residents. The people who go to work, pay their taxes and participate in the community are deserving of dependable water service.

We can’t wait to turn on the tap.

Walls Of Silence, Echoes Of Indifference

On Page 7 of today’s issue of The Observer, there is a commentary by Mr. Floyd French, one of our reporters.

Mr. French notes that in many instances, members of private businesses and public servants are often reluctant to discuss news items.

It is understandable in the private sector. Businesses are in business to make money and are under no obligation to discuss matters that could injure their profitability.

That is not true for public servants. They are on the public payroll and should be willing to share the facts with the public.

But many aren’t, and the public loses. We just try to tell you about it.