Editorials

Listen to the Voice of Reason, Mr. Jammeh!

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, now Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is scheduled this Friday to lead a high-power delegation to Banjul. The delegation will include Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and former Ghanaian President John Mahama.

Their mission: to persuade Mr. Yahya Jammeh, former President of The Gambia, to accept the December 1 election results and step aside so that President-Elect Adama Barrow may take up his post in keeping with the will of the Gambian people.

What Is the End Result of Academic Brilliance?

Is this a stupid question? No, it is not. For we have seen many in Liberia who excelled in academia. They knew all the lessons before they entered the classroom. God gave some people exceptional, rich and serious brains, empowering them to know already more than did their teachers. And so it was all through school.

But to what avail? For all too many of these brilliant people—all but a very few—used their brains to help themselves—or so they thought. Some, who managed to do some good for the country, took the lion’s share for themselves.

Somalia Drive Dwellers Have Finally Seen the Light—or So It Seems

It took this Christmas and the rapid completion of two paved lanes of the Somalia Drive thoroughfare from the Free Port of Monrovia to Paynesville Red Light for the shortsighted and unpatriotic Somalia Drive dwellers to realize that all the pain and inconvenience during the construction was worth it after all. But who told these Somalia Drive dwellers that anything good comes easily and painlessly? Were any of them born without their mothers enduring great pain?

Removing Tariffs, Good, But Where Is Our Agriculture Policy?

The issuance of Executive Order No. 81 further suspending tariff on agricultural equipment, live animals for breeding and seeds for agriculture is a significant step by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toward promoting the nation’s agriculture sector.

The aim, according to a GOL release, is to increase agricultural production toward food self-sufficiency.

We urge GOL, in addition, to take concrete steps toward a well-conceived and effectively implemented National Agriculture Policy toward food and other farm self-sufficiency.

Reconnecting Buutuo

Who can ever forget Buutuo? It is the Nimba town on the border with the Ivory Coast which Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) entered on December 24, 1989 to fire the first shots of their invasion that ignited the 14-year Liberian civil war.

That invasion led to the overthrow and execution of President Samuel K. Doe and scores of his closest associates, mostly from his Krahn ethnic group.

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