I read with interest extracts of the debate surrounding the confirmation of Col. Eddy Charles to the National Guard Post.
I think that it was highly appropriate for senators to have an honest and open debate prior to the confirmation of anyone to such a prestigious and responsible post. What I found interesting, was that Col. Charles, who holds all the correct credentials and the most appropriate person to hold this post, certainly in the eyes of the governor, was being vilified for something which he has not been found guilty of. What ever happened to the 'innocent before proven guilty' saying?
Senators must remember, that to become an accused need only one accuser and that as politicians, they are very vulnerable and can potentially be easy targets. I hope that they never fall victim to such antics, but that if they do, that they take it as Col. Charles did. As a real Soldier!!!
Sen. Norman John Baptist is a very good politician. He actually hit the nail on the head when he said "I not here to nominate a priest to a moral society. I am here to nominate a solider to a military position." Those words struck a cord with me. The people of the Virgin Islands have invested well in this senator whom I went to school with in Frederiksted, St. Croix.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Col. Charles on his promotion to this prestigious and responsible post and pray that God guides him in the course of execution of his duties all his undertakings and that God grants him wisdom and the strength to do so.
Councillor Bertha Joseph
London Borough of Brent
First African Caribbean Mayor
Debate About Charles Appropriate, But No Need to Vilify Him
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