Stories by Rick Wayne

Allen’s Big Mistake

Think! Think hard! Have you ever heard about Rochamel? Frenwell? Grynberg? Sure you have. But what do you really know about these issues? Permit me to answer for you. Very little, never mind the related publicity. Remarkably, even the governor … Continue reading

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Who’s Kidding Whom? Did Kenny Repeal David England Law Or Didn’t He?

At a special sitting of parliament on 19 August 1983, newly returned to office John Compton recalled that since Saint Lucia became an independent nation barely four years earlier—“in particular, since the military coup d’état in Grenada . . . … Continue reading

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Federick Versus Government: Judge Delivers Shock Verdict!

Despite that there had been countless allegations of the nastiest kind leveled at him by officials of the Kenny Anthony government in the months leading up to the 2006 general elections, news of Richard Frederick’s arrest on the morning of … Continue reading

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Did Grynberg Representative Mislead Two Prime Ministers?

Earl Huntley’s most recent letter to the Voice, like his earlier publication in 2009, exposes the reason for former prime minister Kenny Anthony’s continuing silence on the matter of Jack Grynberg. He cannot risk tripping over Huntley’s recollections more times … Continue reading

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ComSec Denies Kenny Statement On Grynberg!

By now it must’ve occurred to even the conveniently deaf and dumb that the palpable silence of the normally garrulous Labour Party leader on the subject more and more Saint Lucians are referring to as “this election’s most important topic” … Continue reading

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New Law Resurrects Rochamel Controversy!

Just when it seemed we’d heard the last of the famous Rochamel-Frenwell debacle, with its still unanswered several questions, the issue came in for much comment on Tuesday this week, following another protest walk-out since the June 6, 2016 general … Continue reading

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If Only Those Who Grieve Together Stayed Together!

It must be especially difficult saying good-bye to someone whose existence had never quite registered on your consciousness. At any rate, that was my thinking as I sat alone in my living room last Saturday afternoon taking in the televised … Continue reading

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Julius And Randy Joseph: Scapegoats or Sacrificial Lambs?

The date, 7 October 1993. For most Saint Lucians, older banana producers in particular, an unforgettable Thursday. Around three in the afternoon, with protesting banana-farmhands and curious onlookers, including women and children, filling the road near Morne Panache, the hated … Continue reading

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Deceased Julius and Randy Joseph Deserve Much Better!

It’ll come as no surprise that very little was written by other local newspapers about the October 1993 debacle that claimed the lives of two young farmhands, Randy and Julius Joseph, and seriously wounded several other people, among them curious … Continue reading

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Sir Derek Walcott: Dead But Immortal!

Until you’ve accomplished the goal you’ve set yourself you have not done enough! That was Derek Walcott’s unforgettable impassioned warning to me a year or so ago when something I said left the impression I might be among those who … Continue reading

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Kenny is alive . . . Walcott Only Just, while I dream on Monkey Mountain!

Iwas at work in my studio last Saturday evening when I took the first five calls, all requesting confirmation of one of the day’s more shocking rumors. By the time I was back at home two hours later I had … Continue reading

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CHASTANET, PIERRE MAKE HISTORY!

Just when it seemed the majority of Saint Lucians had given up on our politicians, irrevocably convinced by indisputable evidence that in our country it will always be party first—never country—our two leading politicians have given us good reason to … Continue reading

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Cock Fights No Longer Our Nation’s Favorite Secret Sport!

Several weeks ago I took a call from an Atlanta-based Looshan friend. He wanted to know what was so extraordinary about a particular late-evening event that it had dragged me away from my “endless hibernation.” Like most local dispensers of … Continue reading

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Will Fake News Triumph Over Verifiable Truth?

So sound is the ring of some pronouncements that many assume they could only have come from God Almighty. For example: “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” Sounds so biblical, doesn’t it? Actually, the quoted line is from … Continue reading

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Is truth really whatever you choose to believe?

Talk about the mouth of babes! It started with an uncommon request. A long-time fellow gym rat I’d not heard from since my last workout some four years ago called out of the blue last Thursday afternoon to ask if … Continue reading

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STAR PERSON OF 2016: WHO ELSE BUT THE MIRACLE MAN?

Even before he had trumpeted to the world his Neanderthal propensity for grabbing ‘em “by the pussy”; before in kiss-and-tell fashion he shared on-air with singular shock jock Howard Stern his incestophile fascination with his own daughter’s posterior; before he … Continue reading

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KDA ON DSH-ALLEN CHASTANET: ‘NO TALKS, NO TALKS, NO TALKS!

It is good to be on the platform again. It is truly good . . . I know that in the last few months you were mystified; I have been silent. But you will know by now that silence is … Continue reading

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2016 Revisited!

The year began with news good and not so good—but mainly bad. With much of the citizenry, the pregnant particularly, concerned about the worsening word on the Zika virus, and with news fake and otherwise of confirmed cases in neighboring … Continue reading

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Bad News For Gobats, Bad News For St Lucia!

I know I run the risk of my meaning being lost or misconstrued. And yes (to paraphrase Frank Sinatra) I hear the warning voice that yells and repeats in my ear: “Don’t you know little fool you never can win … Continue reading

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UBALDUS: Will He Go Or Will He Stay?

It’s a centuries-old admonition, alas too often forgotten: that the bloody instructions we teach inevitably return to plague the inventor. Also that there’s a reason for every season. It should also be noted that, convenient memories aside, nothing can stop … Continue reading

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