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Letter of the Day | Let Mr Seaga rest in peace

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM


I am apolitical. However, I am quite appalled by the euphoria generated by Mr Edward Seaga’s passing.

A number of persons on social media are, in fact, jesting and jubilating in his transition. Some have even made lengthy posts that do nothing but vilify our fifth prime minister.

Certainly, I am not saying that Mr Seaga was an unimpeachable saint. Like any human being, and, perhaps, like any politician, he struck notes of discord. Nevertheless, he must be recognised and respected for his national contributions. We need not be supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to do so.

Many Jamaicans pride themselves on being ‘straight-talkers’ and insist that they must ‘speak their minds’. While nothing is wrong with candour, we must observe time and place. Now, a time when Mr Seaga’s relatives and friends are freshly grieving, is absolutely inappropriate for political derision. Show some tact!

Remember, too, that regardless of how horrid persons are in the public’s eyes, they are deeply loved by those who know their goodness. And, yes, there is good in all of us, irrespective of our most egregious misdeeds.

Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Such sins do not need to be rebroadcast in the midst of others’ sorrow. Save the lambaste for a time and context that truly merit such.

Mr Seaga was a husband, a father, and a friend. Please, allow his loved ones to mourn peacefully.

Rest in peace, Mr Seaga.