Stories by Rick Wayne

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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‘May the next generation curse a government so blind . . .’

T hese days, when we most need it, we hear not a word from Derek Walcott. Blame age, failing health and commitments that leave this genius son of the soil little time for anything other than work. Gone are the … Continue reading

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Liars Unbelievable Even When They Speak The Truth

As the story goes: A boy called Peter lived with his parents in a village on the hillside. His parents, like most of the other people in the village, were sheep farmers. Everybody took turns to look after the sheep … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Anybody Talk Straight Anymore?

He penned neither poems nor plays. At any rate, not for public consumption. On occasion he cited Scripture but never Shakespearean sonnets. He was not obviously blessed with the gift of the gab, as was say, George Odlum. Remarkably soft-spoken, … Continue reading

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Welcome Back Kayra!

It is with much pleasure and a whole lot of pride that I announce the welcome return to the STAR of Ms Kayra Williams, as editor. Pleasure, yes, because it always makes me happy to observe young people confidently pursuing … Continue reading

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Due Diligence Begins at Home . . . like Charity!

Soon after the Allan Louisy administration replaced that of John Compton I sought the counsel of the almost attorney-general-for-life and a long-time friend, Parry Husbands. I needed to know the options of a citizen concerned about the outcome of a … Continue reading

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A Rogues’ Gallery of Scoundrels, Fugitives and Tax Cheats

Over a year ago we featured prominently in the STAR our discomfort with the Citizenship by Investment Program. Typically, we were almost alone in our effort to underscore the risks involved. The day’s House opposition was as silent on the … Continue reading

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DSH: Only racetrack deal sealed!

Maybe with Christmas in the air MPs on both sides of the aisle had decided at last Tuesday’s House session to keep their guns holstered. Which is not to say the usual shots, cheap and otherwise, were not taken; whether … Continue reading

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The Elephant Is Dead . . . Long Live The Elephant!

I’ve often wondered why successive governors general and prime ministers so often see the need to remind us that we are a special breed, resilient beyond compare. There is hardly a throne speech or a budget address on record that … Continue reading

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