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No need for a statue
published: Friday | July 18, 2003

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I READ a letter by one Patrick A. Gallimore, July 15, 2003, suggesting a statue be erected in honour of the Hon. Rex Nettleford so as to inspire current and future generations.

I don't know Mr. Gallimore but what I know is that the Hon. Rex Nettleford has and will forever inspire our Jamaican human beings to what Mr. Gallimore hopes they should be.

Now, in saying this I see no reason for a statue for honourable gentleman in his lifetime ­ let posterity decide that. Rex Nettleford, the gentle soul, would never agree to this in his lifetime.

Statues are what dictators are made of; and as the poet says:-

"An earthy immortality belongs to a great and good character:­

History embalms it; it lives in its moral influence, in its authority, in its example, in the memory of its words and deeds."

I am, etc.,

RAYMOND GOLDSMITH

Ocho Rios

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