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“I am free to meet with whomever I please” – Isaac responds to SLP; denies diplomatic passports report

By HERMISHA ROLLE, Staff Reporter

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Mary Isaac

“My allegiance is to the members who elected me to my trade union.”

Those are the words Civil Service Association (CSA) President Mary Isaac has used to respond to a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) press release, issued on June 25, which called on her to state whether she was interested in representing civil servants or her own political agenda.

Isaac has brought some sharp criticism on the SLP government in recent times as the administration tries to institute a five percent wage cut on public sector workers in order to address a fiscal deficit of $76 million. Isaac has openly stated her disapproval for not only the manner in which the government has handled the matter but for the reduction in her members’ wages.

In today’s press release, the SLP questioned what it said was “a rather unusual coziness” between the CSA president and the United Workers Party (UWP), questioning her motive in expressing similar sentiments to the party regarding wage negotiations on more than one occasion. The release also pointed to various meetings it said Isaac had held with the UWP, particularly its leader Allen Chastanet. The SLP in its release also criticised Isaac for not attending “critical” meetings with the prime minister and cabinet on the economy which were directly related to the wage cuts.

“It is becoming obvious that Mary Isaac has all the time to meet Allen Chastanet to receive his counsel but has no time to meet the prime minister and Cabinet ministers to discuss the very serious financial situation which faces the country and has implications for the members of her association,” the SLP said.

But speaking in an exclusive interview with Saint Lucia News Online (SNO), Isaac said that while she is dedicated to representing the civil servants under the CSA, who she chooses to meet is her business.

“I am a citizen of St. Lucia and I am free to meet with whomever I please…I am free to do so. So is anybody else in St. Lucia,” she told SNO.

With regard to her non-attendance at certain forums with the government on the economy, Isaac said many of the meetings resulted in no general consensus being reached and that “trade unions who went to the meetings did not get anything from the meetings, neither did the government”.

“The government was looking for consensus, up to today, the government has not had any consensus from anybody. And if they were being genuine, even about those meetings, they would have gone ahead and taken their decisions regardless because we are only one union. Now they are talking about going back to the drawing board,” she said.

She added, “We have an issue of a fiscal deficit. That is a national problem. It is not a trade union problem per say. While the trade union may volunteer to assist, it is not required, it is not mandatory that the trade union resolve this issue for government.”

With regard to the allegation that the CSA had discussed a memorandum of understanding with the UWP to have its executive given diplomatic passports if the party comes into power, Isaac said such discussions never happened.

“That never happened and I am hoping that Mr. Chastanet has lawyers he can use to fight that allegation. … they made some striong comments about that and that is not true, that is an outright lie coming from that level. I believe the people of this country deserve better than that. And all of these people who are using public funds and public office to spread all this innuendos and lies should cease and desist from dong that because really and truly they are utilising public funds to destroy the country themselves because they are spreading lies,” Isaac stated.

“We never had a meeting with Mr [Chastanet]. How can Mr Chastanet as political leader of the opposition go into any memorandum of understanding with anyone offering to give diplomatic passports? There is a process to get diplomatic passports. Nobody knows whether Mr. Chastanet is ever going to be in any political party in any kind of significant way. So how can Mr Chastanet give out a memorandum of understanding? How can anybody in their right minds or any intelligent person sign off on a memorandum of understanding with the leader of a political leader of a party?” she asked.

Isaac further brushed off the SLP’s press release, stating that it was merely the party “just playing old politics”.

“Those things don’t hold anymore because we have the electronic media. We have all kinds of ways and means of justifying or finding out whether something is true or not and verifying information,” she stated.

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60 comments

  1. I a begging for the IMF to step in.
    And see if the Very Mary Issac who is talking all the Rubbish of late will have a chair at the Helm of the Civil Service Union.
    All the idiots who supporting her today, will all turn against her if the IMF steps in.
    Because they will out of JOB and they will have NO one to Blame but her.

    The Chickens will come home to roost, Lady.
    Becareful what seeds you are sowing today.

    Because life has a way of hitting us hard.
    And one more thing, do not always believe everyone who supports what you say or how you say it, has your best interest.
    They could be using you as their pawn in Mischief building.

    I would suggest you sit with your members like adults and explain what is at stake including the "Pros" and "Cons"

    And to be honest, you sound very illiterate and uneducated.

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  2. Madam I wish you were representing my association. You are doing well do not allow this nonsense silence or discourage you. They have no other choice now but to try their best to destroy your character. Good job madam well done. wish other union leaders would be more like you.

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  3. While all the mud slinging is going on the country is slowly sinking. Will the real captain of the ship please step forward? My advise to the politicians is to cease from finger pointing and name-calling, gather the passengers and crew alike, and together we can move this ship "Helen" forward sooner rather than later.

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  4. While all the mud slinging is going on the country is slowly sinking. Will the real captain of the ship please step forward? My advise to the politician is to cease from finger pointing and name-calling, gather the passengers and crew alike, and together we can move this ship "Helen" forward sooner rather than later.

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  5. JEFF FEDEE IS THE THIRD YOU KNOW THAT DAM WELL. AT CIVIL SERVANT YOUR FINGERS ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD NOT BE TYPING BECAUSE IT'S CRAP PEOPLE LIKE YOU TALK ALL THE TIME. YOU ALL LIKE TO PUT POLITICS IN EVERYTHING THAT IS WHY YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY BACKWARDS. GIVE ME A BREAK. CIVIL SERVANT MY FOOT.

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  6. Look at the bigger picture, ask yourself what's more important. My job? or keeping the 5%. The PM needs to make a bold decision on this issue especially if the unions what to play politics and start sending people home. He will see how fast the civil servants will fall in line. This is simply ridiculous!

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  7. Tell them Mary. No one can sew you Mouth or Tie your feet. The labour party and government is run by a bunch of F-ctards

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  8. Mary do your f...g do. Kenny wanted sooseres like montrope in there. Stand up for us. All the time monrose, Cumberbatch and co. Protesting on SLP's behalf - nothing for that. Now if Mary Isaac speaks to Chastanet it's a problem. ...HYPOCRITES.

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  9. I HAVE BEEN WARNING LUCIANS FOR YEARS ABOUT THIS BLAME AND SHAME ATTITUDE OF SLP. THEY HAVE DONE ALL THEIR STUDIES TO VALIDATE THAT MOST ST LUCIANS ARE RORO DRIVEN MORONS WHO DON,T EVEN GIVE A SHIT THEIR EXISTENCE FARLESS THEIR RIGHTS. I HOPE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUE SPITTING IN YOUR FACE UNTIL YOU CANNOT STAND THE MENTION OF THEIR NAMES. BY THE WAY ISN'T "LORD HELP ME" EMPLOYED IN THE UNION? ALL WHAT CIVIL SERVANTS GET THEY DESERVE IT CAUSE ONE CANNOT BE SO MUCH OF A MORON TO EMPLOY SO MANY PARTY HACKS IN A UNION. BY THE WAY WHERE IS MS AUGUSTE? OH SHE GET HER NICE JOB ALREADY. YOU ALL ARE FOOLS. PATHETIC

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  10. No more shouting En Rouge or Better Days. prove it to us now.

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  11. What is the PM's qualification in finance?????

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  12. St. Lucian workers are lazy but out of the thousands you get a few hundreds hard working St. Lucians. So stop passing the blame. When all Ministers are seating comfortable in Executive chairs, air conditioned offices with fridge, free food at Hotels the little 4 - 10 Grade staff are in offices without proper chairs or desk, some places some office assistants do not have a desk, some employees have to take 3 buses to work while Ministers and the PM have a driver to drive them from home straight to work in air condition, privately. Transportation is being paid by Tax Payers, Fuel by Tax Payers. 5% from these persons salaries = their bus money for the month and their water bill. What will they do now leave their children home, no water at their house, frustration, use their loan money so that the bank can seize their houses. Stop the medical insurance coverage for their children. Who will pay their medical bills??? Mary Isaac is doing what the members of the CSA desire of her. The PM can meet with all races of people in different positions which means he is sleeping with them so is Mary Isaac free to meet with anyone she desires to. What is important is what she brings to the members - Positive information - thanks. It is high time the SLP stop involving Government issues with SLP issues. Government is mix colours RED YELLOW BLUE GREEN, while SLP RED and UWP YELLOW. Stop being hypocritical of the Civil Servants. If the PM did not care about his family which is small he will not care about Civil Servants which is a larger group. No wander he is treating the largest group St. Lucians on a whole with this stinking attitude. I hope we obtain groceries from the big mall being built in Trinidad.

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  13. St. Lucian's stop putting politics in everything. To Kenny I say when you match with civil servants for the increase it was not political. It was a open forum Chastanet attended it, he was not invited. MR PM stopping hiding the truth from the begining of the year you been trying to take the 5%, but Ms Issac problem with you is the manner in which you did it. The deduction was in the budget before you even discuss it with the union or civil servants. AND ACCEPT THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE!! However in my option I would take a 5% cut instead of going at my home but if I just see my salary is less of course I would react differently which was you approach.

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  14. for goodness sake

    I dont understand the argument , would most of you agree most civil servants are good for nothing? The only solution is to adapt the Singapore policy to move st lucia out of this quagmire .sack at least 60% of the civil servants cause they are not good value for money.

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  15. Just as are still in the Pacific Rim, some people living on islands today, who believe that Japan is still fighting and is at war with the United States. It would not be all that surprising to learn that some born and raised on plantations in villages in Saint Lucia have not yet heard about the Declaration abolishing slavery!
    Shyster and country bookie, in 2014, human beings in these parts are no longer chattel. We are no longer chattel. Nobody owns nobody! People are free to go where and whenever they please!
    Moreover, the constitution of Saint Lucia country bumpkin guarantees, just in case, as there seems to be the case, grade inflation because they regarded you as eventual paymaster, the constitution guarantees freedom of association.
    Like Chastanet, unlearn your slavery plantation model of government. It looks like that this country bookie model without a view is all that you know and not much else. It is your reference point and falls quite nicely with your Cuban Castro Communist pals. You are totally irrelevant to as a minister of finance. It is not surprising that as a country bookie, YOU DO NOT KNOW THE VALUE OF MONEY. You only know the value of chattel slaves.
    You belong to the VERY DEEP country, away from normal civilization. Go back to the country! Square peg in the wrong hole! Stop pretending to be what you are obviously not.

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    • While I agree with u on some points. I do not get the connection with him being from the 'country' and his leadership style. All of this 'country-bookie' talk is outdated. Are u discrediting all of the talent that has come from the 'country'?

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  16. You damn right mary!

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  17. Whether or not Mary Isaac has been cozy with the opposition is a none issue. It was the very same SLP when in opposition who took to the streets, the media etc to support the unions under the UWP administration. However, there is something that troubles me and it is the lack of discussion on "Public Sector Modernization." this scheme has already been implemented in some ministries. I believe that the only result will be that persons are sent home just like Barbados. Receptionists and office assistance may be the first to go. Either way there will be a cut in salaries and the redundancy of hundreds of workers and believe or not the unions will be blamed by the gov't for not wanting to compromise. Any government which concentrates primarily on the collection of taxes and wage cuts to deal with it's deficit is a government that should go. Why order a 4% increase in one year (which was refused) to come the following year and order a 5% cut. The goal post is constantly being shifted on the unions. Poorjab.

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    • temporary workers, persons close to retirement age will be forced to retire, receptionists, office assistants, secretaries will go

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  18. looshan to the bone

    elected me "to MY Trade Union?" therin lies the problem. This damn feeling of entitlement and false sense of power. Please woman get off that high horse and exercise some humility.

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    • She is still a MEMBER of the CSA, paying her dues so it is HER union as much as it is the union of all the fellow members

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  19. “It is becoming obvious that Mary Isaac has all the time to meet Allen Chastanet to receive his counsel but has no time to meet the prime minister...."
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    It has become obvious that Kenny Anthony had all the time to meet Fidel Castro to receive his counsel (on ALBA and Petro-Caribe) but had no time to meet Vice President Biden in Trinidad & Tobago last year.

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    • Such a valid point.

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    • This is mis-leading. Phillip J. Pierre represented Saint Lucia in Trinidad. Kenny Anthony went on an official visit to Cuba at the time. Does it show that The prime minister places more value on the relationship with Cuba over the relationship with the States? Sure. But one country wants to control us with a stick while the other wishes to work with us with mutual benefit in mind.

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  20. OK thats getting ridiculous....people suffering from amnesia in this country bigggg time. They forget All those union leaders who were in bed with the slp making noise day in day out while UWP was in power..

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  21. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Talk about ,Henry Charles, Martin Satney, doxerie,virginia poyotte. Demarque, Mr. Montropte. TELL US WHO IS OR WAS IN BED WITH WHOM. SLP STOP TRYING TO BS!! ST.LUCIANS.
    Mary stand strong the workers are behind you.

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  22. Mary issac has done nothing wrong except to stand up against what is wrong. Kenny is a dictator: sold half our sea bed without consultation, wants to take 5% without consultation; pays Jadia Jn Baptiste ' s medical expenses without consultation, etc etc..somebody has got stand up against this massa minded tyrant. This man sees himself as being in charge of a plantation.

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  23. I don't care who the ...h meets with she still dumb as ..her movements and her motivation is to for her members but all I can say is she making sure she going to get paid I know her lil secret so let's wait and see what happens after she not with the CSA any more end of next year

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  24. SLP has resorted to the oldest trick in the political playbook: if you can't beat them, smear them.

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  25. It's because she is a female the labour government is making those baseless accusations.Wonder if it was a male how he would be treated.Good on you Mary for being very vocal.We need many more females in society standing up to those bully male politicians.The world is no longer controlled by a man.

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  26. that ugly face has popped up again. find a new face woman. damage goods. you are not god

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    • People like you should have no fingers to type anything. All you have in your head is mush. Ignoramus.

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  27. As long as this is the petty politics that we engage in, in our small island economies, we will only get as far as our noses. What I have discovered about our people is that you can't disagree with some government policy, if you do, you are coloured red or yellow, depending on what your stance is. This is why we can never move forward. Take for example, this page on Facebook called St Lucians Aiming for Progress, the Labour MouthPiece...when persons try to engage in some constructive dialogue, if you disagree with Labour Policy, you have the HACKS insulting you and your mother, even your dead great great grandmother's sister's child. This is the type of mentality that our politicians and our politics have engendered. For all intents and purposes, the labour party should cease from spreading false information, because Mr Chastenet was not at the meeting but rather for the prayer session to which others were invited to but did not show up. Let us stop muddying the waters and focus on the real issues at hand.

    The 5% cut seem to be the panacea to all our problems, they have not told us what other measures are being implemented to help remedy this deficit. I just see this whole scenario as a circus!

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  28. Is that a fake SLP tee shirt?

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  29. SLP this report says,many individuals make up that party.Who made those comments,the entire party? Or is it the party's famous P.S or P.R.O or somebody else.

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  30. ST. LUCIANS ARE A BUNCH OF COWARDS , AND IT IS TIME THEY HOLD A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION ALL OVER ST. LUCIA AND LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD. UWP YOU ARE NO BETTER. I REST MY CASE. WHO CAN LEAD US.

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  31. There is a lot of division on this island which some of which are beginning to unfold. Here are some areas of division. Race by skin pigmentation (light skin vs dark skin) and texture of hair (straight vs curly)
    Dwelling (city vs country). Political party (slp vs uwp)

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  32. Saint Lucians might learn their lesson about the complete idiots and country bookies they vote for as REPRESENTATIVES OF THEMSELVES each and every chance they get.

    This means that if you vote for a jackass, you are most definitely a bird of the same feather. It means that you are one yourself. If not, it means that you love our many jackass politicians. They laugh at you after you vote them into office, then crow about it filing your ears and the airwaves with pure bullshit.

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  33. MARY ISAAC WE LOVE YOU. WE LOVE YOU IRON LADY

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  34. really labour you think this foolishness will work? demarque the general sec. of the csa went up for elections on a labour ticket.

    Kenny was at the forefront of the protests during the 14.5% charade orchestrated by them to topple the king administration. they formed the tuf so that they can stangle the king administration and when labour came into power they use the divide and concur with the unions because it no longer served their purpose.

    Kenny was with the people for the 14.5% and all he has given is 0, 0, 1 and 1,2,and 2.

    they are fearful of mary and chastanet, hence their latest attempt. Kenny and co. is history and they know it.

    people can see and they can reason for themselves, labour is desperate now trying to change the conversation...... what goes around comes around baby.

    better days, jobs, jobs and more jobs.... what an abject failure this gov't is giving the opposite of what they promised. for the past 18 years , labour has been in gov't for 15 of it. who is most responsible for this fiasco.

    lucians will never learn, their hacks will still vote for them even if it brings an end to this country. praise God there are praying people and those of us who will vote to see these gov't get out. they are bereathed of ideas. any gov't who seeks to provide employment my giving people to cut grass by the road is void of ideas and must fail, hence our predicament.

    Kenny & co your days are numbered, sinking never to rise again

    this is the same Kenny who said he would do all in his power to prevent investment in st lucia when is was in opposition. I tell you lucians are blind, a man who seeks to this this and still gets back into power is mind boggling.

    where is the investigative journalism... oh I fogot, this does not exist in st lucia. had a politican said this in the usa, he would never again hold public office.

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  35. The three people that hate Kenny the most in SLU,

    Mary Issac: did not get the nod to run on the SLP ticket.

    Rick: fired by Kenny.

    You know who he is: Kenny took his wife from him.

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  36. Of course it's your right to meet with who you please but you also have a responsibility to meet with the employer who has proposed a cut in salary for your members. When it's convenient some leaders take positions without seeking mandate from their members.

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    • Like they did to civil servants when the then leaders of the unions took 0.0.1 under the SLP administration. They recently did it again for the 4%. There wasn't a mandate from the members. Ms. Isaac did not accept the 4% because of the members mandate.It was the members who requested the 0%. Please do not ask why we, as individuals, did not refuse it as requested by government. That request was so stupid. Very stupid.

      Your statement is so confused. You are saying that there should be a mandate from the members to the leaders. I agree. The meeting with the government official was to reach consensus on a matter. So why did the Government scheduled that meeting 2 days after the election of the CSA Executive. You must open your mind to understand what is happening. The hope was that Mr. Montropte would have won the election, go to the meeting without a mandate and agree with government.

      God is Good. All the time. Mr. Montropte probably would have been dead right now.

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  37. Gosh man! I heard, I was told, rumor has it, a source close to....where does it end! Dissolve government, dissolve unions and associations and allow everyone to do as they please.

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  38. Mary Isaac, you need not reply to those amateur attempts at journalism. Your members got your back. Can't you see that the slp wants to take attention off themselves? Phllip j pierre and all the large mouth wanna be doctors quiet as mouth. Ms. Isaac you got more class than that. Let them be.

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  39. Mary, Continue fighting for the people and keep on doing what you do. These are just scare tactics. They forget how many union people they have on their side. Demarque didn't protest with us because it was his government. As the general secretary he is too silent on these matters. Let them keep trying their scare tactics. We will show them how to scare.

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  40. So Isaac wants Chastanet to get paid (by suing someone) so she can get a "CUT"

    As invader said, "For a cut"
    Lmao.

    Mi-Ro-RO

    Infidelity in grand style:)

    I am having a blast reading those silly back and forth.

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    • have you forgotten that demarque the general secretary of the csa went up for elections on a labour party ticket? you have forgotten how the current government use the unions to form the tuf so they can hold king by the neck and when they were in power divide the unions so they can rule. people can reason for themselves, these useless tactics by labour is futile. better days they said........ oh really........... jobs, jobs , jobs they said...... oh really.

      this government is totally bereathed of ideas and are a total failure.

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    • Buddy it was a open forum he was never invited just as when the other party was the Kenny march with us civil servants so stop making it look like the is more to it St Lucians ur'll have a brain use it.

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  41. Wow, very mature leaders - tit for tat; mud slinging, gutter types!!

    Unfortunately, this is what our kids gotta see growing up...and then one wonders!!

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    • More important that what your kids see is what you teach them, the values you instill in them, and how you help them understand what they see.

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