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Stamp out bad practices


Rev. Errington Massiah

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SO THAT the law was our custodian until Christ came that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come we are no longer under a custodian. – Galatians 3:24 and 25.
I hope everyone had a very blessed opening of the New Year and I wish everyone a healthy and successful 2014.
In the words of my favourite calypsonian Red Plastic Bag (RPB) “something is happening” when it comes to vehicles being parked on the sidewalk around our country.
 
Tickets
 Recently I saw traffic wardens stationed along the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and giving out tickets to motorists who parked illegally on the sidewalk outside that institution.
Paying a fine is something that must be followed through. Although the hospital is not visitor friendly when it comes to parking, parking on the sidewalk is no excuse.
It is very pleasing to see when one passes by the QEH that vehicles are no longer seen on the sidewalk there! Good sign – please keep it up. One has to start somewhere in order to restore some form of order in our beloved Barbados; it is a good start.
There is too much indiscipline among people in our country who will find an excuse for wrongdoings. But you have to blame the system. If people are allowed to do certain bad things and get away with them, they will continue to do them.
With the economic storm that is quickly approaching our shores, we as a people must have respect for law and order. Putting people before the court is one side but when and if they are found guilty and sent to prison, that is a cost to all of us as taxpayers and we as a country cannot afford that.
 
New leaf
 We must be prepared to turn
over a new leaf in order help our country to recover. I am sure that the new leaf must begin with discipline because indiscipline will spell disaster.
Too many of us like to put the blame on others, but that must stop. We must be prepared to take responsibility for our actions.
I would hope that traffic wardens will move to other areas around The City where there is parking on the sidewalks and stamp out this practice.
 
Appointment
 The Rev. Canon J. Everton Weekes has been appointed as a canon of the Cathedral Chapter, stall of St Columba, and as Archdeacon of St Vincent and the Grenadines with effect from December 1, 2013 and January 1,
2014, respectively.      The dates for the services of collation and recognition will be communicated shortly. Please remember him in your prayers.
 
Institution
 The service of institution of the Rev. Eleanor Glasgow as priest in charge of the Parish of St James, Layou, with St Mary, Buccament, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday,  being the feast of St Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and teacher, at the St James Parish Church, Layou, St Vincent and the Grenadines.  Please remember her in your prayers.
 

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