"If all parents were to exercise their responsibilities to lay a sound moral and ethical foundation for their children rather than hope that the church, school and the community would take care of that, the whole world would be less riddled with rampant corruption, indiscipline, greed, ego trips, an intolerable wealth divide and the lack of respect for life, law and property." - Dr. Basil Springer, Change-Engine Consultant, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust
Jamaica’s recent senior international soccer failures notwithstanding, Kemar “Taxi” Lawrence has emerged a Reggae Boyz star who has also shown for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS), North America’s top competition. Lawrence discussed his rise with Caribbean Today’s Gordon Williams recently. The following is an edited version of that interview:
Growing up in the Caribbean, it was not uncommon to hear elders say: “If you can’t hear you will feel” or “Hard ears you won’t hear; hard ears you must feel.” This is exactly what the elders would say to those who voted for Donald Trump, especially amidst the new White House budget revelation that screws the poor in all available spaces. For those too dumb to listen or too blinded by race and too “hard ears” to believe that Trump was nothing but a con-in-chief, they will surely feel it now.
As a child I always sought knowledge, finding out stuff, delving deep into the fonts of information that books and magazines brought that could quench my insatiable thirst to learn. At first, it started with comic books that my brother would bring home. Then I broadened my scope to perusing the pages of my parents’ encyclopedias - from Abacus to Zoetrope. “Knowing that I loved my books, he furnished me from mine own library, with volumes that I prize above my dukedom,” quoted Shakespeare. 
SAN JOSE, Calif. - “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese-American Citizens League, San Jose Chapter, was reading from the letter he had received from president George Bush in October 1990. “We can never fully right the wrongs of the past. But we can take a clear stand for justice and recognize that serious injustices were done to Japanese Americans during World War II.”
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