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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Watch the false allegations on campaign trail
I was planning to write on a non-political subject this week, but because of the swiftly changing dynamics of the politics over the past few days, my original idea, of going down memory lane in the context of improved opportunities for young people as we battle the crime epidemic, has to wait for another occasion.
While it is important to look at how easy it is for the youths with the right intentions and proper guidance, especially in the home environment, as compared to what obtained in years gone by, the political stew is too enticing to be left alone. One might even say the menu is extremely delicious, what with the choice ingredients being thrown into the quite bubbling stew.
Before going further, let me relate an incident which I am sure is common to many columnists. Some time last week on leaving a hardware store in St Joseph, a middle-aged gentleman who was entering the premises stopped and asked me if I were Clevon Raphael.
Replying in the affirmative, I asked why the query. His response was: “Mr Raphael, I have been following your writings since the days of the NAR and I always admired your objectivity, but these days I feel that you have become a little biased in your support for the government.” Normally I would have taken strong objection to being accused of bias, but this Indo-Trini accuser wasn’t being obnoxious or in any other way offensive in telling me what he thought of my commentaries.
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