Tuesday, Jun 18th

LATEST:
You are here: Opinion Letters to the editor Sarah Wescot-Williams, a strong woman, an outstanding leader

Best_of_2015_587x57_Results

Sarah Wescot-Williams, a strong woman, an outstanding leader

Dear Editor,
To be elected to an office of leadership one generally has to display character traits that are worthy of emulation. Such traits include uprightness, diligence, determination, unselfishness, reliability, courageousness, impartiality and tolerance. The same is also factual that a show of reversed traits would unquestionably result in the call of one's removal from public office. Additionally and importantly, while in service one has to be mindful that both negative and positive experiences are inevitable. Essential to say is that during the most difficult periods a display of exceptional strength on the part of the leader is required; not a removal from public office.
With this said, the resent call for the resignation of the Democratic Party Leader on the basis of the party's defeat in the recently concluded parliamentary elections is not only absurd, but its premise is faulty, unreasonable, unsound and void. Such a call reflects small-mindedness. It speaks negatively of one's reasoning skills and reveals an under-development of one's decision making process.
Mr. Editor, it has been no suitable a time than now for the Democratic Party to rely on the strength and courage of its leadership during this recuperation process. Who better a leader than Sarah Wescot-Williams who has continuously displayed such strength, courage and commitment to her people and her country amidst her personal trials?
What is even worse and is in fact deserving of an apology is the direct attack on the integrity of the Council Woman's character claiming that the selection of candidates to her slate is a deliberate attempt to leave the people with no alternative but to render their support to her at the polls.
Permit me to hasten on to say that not only is this claim an attack on the leader's character but an undermining of the candidates appointed to the slate. The candidates should be commended for accepting the tedious challenge of offering themselves in the service of their people and much-loved country not ridiculed. The same is also true that the leader should be commended for her confidence in entrusting such an enormous responsibility by welcoming a younger generation into politics. This act articulates growth and development, which is required for the ultimate success of any nation.
The claim of the leader's complacency which resulted from securing the most individual votes does not even warrant a rebuttal since the message it quite clear. It suggests that the people of St. Maarten remain confident in her leadership. It means then that she could use this recuperation process to guide her newly appointed candidates to similar level to that of hers. Not walk away from them as suggested by Rutherford Joseph in his article "Sarah should step down". Be he reminded that "You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there." (Edwin Louis Cole)

R. Crawford

Image
St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
Image
SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
Image
Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
Image
Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
Image
Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
Image
Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
Image
Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
Image
Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
Image
Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
Image
Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
Image
Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
Image
Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
Image
RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
Image
Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
Image
Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
Image
Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
Image
Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
Image
ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
Image
Saturday Oct. 17, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Image
Friday Oct. 16, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...