Again the children who comprise Lolita’s Legion are asking, “Why
can’t adults just leave the dolphins alone”? Lolita’s Legion, an all
childrens’ network worldwide, is opposed to the incarceration of all
cetaceans. Their main concern is Lolita, a killer whale held in
captivity in the Miami Seaquarium.
However, since becoming
involved in that campaign six years ago, they realised that the
problem is far bigger than just one killer whale. The Legion is
asking readers to visit a web site on the internet, presented by the
Cetacean Freedom Network, and then decide that although it is fun to
watch dolphins and whales, it is just down-right wrong to capture
them and make them do tricks. The web address is
www.captivitystinks.org. It is available in English and
As the Director of Lolita’s Legion, I urge your
lawmakers to put a stop to this needless slaughter. I urge you to
put the facts before the people and they will say no to whale jails
and keep the dolphins and whales in the oceans where they
I must compliment you on your article “St Lucia God Squad” (STAR
September 18, 2002). It was an amazing piece or work.
literature student, I would say that you have an amazing career
ahead of you, Rick Wayne, all this irony, and biblical imagery etc,
brought out just the right effects.
Keep up the good writing.
Just try to be a little less blasphemic, huh?
The verb BELONG is followed by the preposition TO not ON. Ipso
facto, the verb always takes the dative case since it is an
May I add that in French the verb also takes
the dative case, for example “appartenir à” and “être à”. And in
German too, the verb takes the dative case (gehören).
“Consider his head; reminiscent of a Halloween pumpkin, clearly, it
does not naturally BELONG ON his puny torso.”
Rick Wayne replies: So pleased to
detect in this country an interest in language other than
langmamanoo. As for your comment, you’re right, sort of, and wrong
at the same time. Belong in the sense of ownership obviously takes
‘to’ however in the sense that I used it, that is to say, with
reference to appropriate placement, belong ‘on’ is perfectly
correct. In much the same way it would be absolutely correct to
write: “This plate does not belong on that table.” Also it would be
correct to say: “This category of book does not belong on that
shelf.” Then again, it would still be correct to say: “This belongs
with that over there.” Finally, you will observe that belong takes
to, in and on, and it takes with. It all depends on how the word is
On the subject of the abolishment of the Privy Council I
instinctively feel that it would be a disservice to the people of
the Caribbean, St Lucia inclusive.
If as stated the judiciaries
are funded by the tax payers and the Civil Society then these are
the people who should have the final say—via referendums throughout
the Caribbean. (This should apply also to major changes such as the
introduction of gambling to the island.)
At this point in time,
justice on the whole is elitist, and for the poor man—no money, no
representation, so clearly if one has reached the stage Privy
Council one has to have the means.
I personally feel the benefit
of keeping the Privy Council will be peace of mind knowing that the
decisions remain impartial, impersonal and objective and most
importantly, uninfluenced by Caribbean politicians, some of whom are
not noted for their honesty, integrity or impartiality.
I must commend your reporter for taking the time to bring the
story of Rambo to us. I must say that it is the most ridiculous
thing I have ever heard in our St Lucia judicial system. Since when
has it become constitutional to just walk a prisoner—an escaped
prisoner to be more precise—back to his cell? And what’s worse is
that it was done by his lawyer!
This is absurd, an insult to our
judicial system adding more woes to the plight of our people. When
is anything going to be right? When will we stand as a country
guided by a constitution? When will we stop allowing lawyers decide
what is the right verdict? When will our nation rise to the
standards of our models? When will our taxes be put into good use
and our children be given a chance or an opportunity to choose? Just
when will I be proud and say “yes” I am coming back home?
A concerned citizen