Anna-Lisa Paul and Bobie-Lee Dixon
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Giving honour where it is due
I have learned from experience never to say or do anything in anger. You lose sight or perspective of what you are seeking to transmit and very often do not successfully communicate your thoughts to those they were meant for. With this in mind I deliberately withheld my immediate thoughts on the criticisms generated by the awarding of well deserved accolades on two of our brightest sons in their chosen fields, calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow and mas designer extraordinaire Peter Minshall.
It felt so wonderful that a nation could pay homage to Sparrow, who is due to receive the country’s highest civilian honour, the Order of the Republic of T&T, and Minshall will collect the lease to his Federation Park home. No Trini can honestly find fault with this announcement made by the Prime Minister, given the contribution made by the duo, whose respective reputations extend far beyond the confines of little T&T. They are world giants in their own right and nobody can take that away from them.
I don’t want to rush into responding to the discourteous comments of three critics in particular: one politician, one calypsonian and the other an Afro-centric art genius, who couldn’t wait to pour scorn on the tributes paid to both men on behalf of the people of T&T.