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Even if for a few moments today there will be celebration, appreciation and love in homes across the country. The memory of hard times that spanned the year, dominated our space and affected us all in one way or another may temporarily recede, and generosity, friendship and human kindness may prevail.
There is no doubt this year has been challenging. Issues of personal and national security have troubled us, our economic wellbeing was tried and tested and developments in the judiciary challenged our faith in the system. The perception of corruption in pockets of the country’s leadership also did little to inspire confidence in those lead us.
The Christmas story though is one of hope. Regardless of spiritual leanings, our country needs to dare to hope again. We have undoubtedly bled, but it is possible for us to heal. The Christmas story didn’t end when a baby was born in a manger with angels singing and wise men visiting.
There was more. A time of growth, learning, faith, miracles, betrayal and pain, followed by new life and hope. Our lives sometimes follow a similar course, that’s why regardless of your faith, we’d like to encourage you to remember, there is always hope.
Today, whether we are working, spending time with our families, or alone, there will be a moment to reflect what we have become and where we are heading. 2018 is days away, and we will find reason to hope.
Hanging in the balance
As the chorus gets louder, the latest to join the choir of voices on the conduct of Chief Justice Ivor Archie, are predecessors Sat Sharma and Clinton Bernard. The refrains from former CJ’s to prominent members of legal fraternity range from a “total disgrace” to “shame him out of office.”
While there are those who maintain Archie’s innocence, and the man himself has issued a terse statement attempting to clarify his actions, there is now a view that the Government can in fact move on the issue now.
As senior counsels on both sides of the issues scrutinize the matter, the Chief Justice has been placed in a very challenging position. We don’t know where this will end, but this newspaper calls for a speedy resolution of this affair. Questions and shadows must not continue to hang indefinitely over the judiciary. Enough harm has been done.
Stay Alive If You Imbibe
Christmas isn’t just about yuletide joy, seasonal “spirits” are part of the celebration. As everything from ponche-de-crème to good ole local wines are consumed, Guardian Media urges you to imbibe with caution.
We have a lot of new exciting things planned for 2018, and we’d like you to be around to be a part of it.
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