Letters to the Editor

I come not to bury Caines, but to praise him

  • Good deeds: Wayne Caines, Minister of National Security (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Dear Sir,

For some time now, I have been concerned at the editorials coming from this newspaper. They have seemed at times extremely vitriolic, convoluted and cynical.

I can only assume that they are written by the Editor because there is no name attached to them, as is required by the newspaper for others wishing to make editorial comments.

Perhaps the Editor should indicate who the writer of the editorial is by simply signing “The Editor”. I, of course, apologise if I am incorrect.

The main object of this letter, however, is to highlight a human frailty.

William Shakespeare had Marc Antony utter at the funeral of Julius Caesar these words: “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.”

My interpretation of this statement is that no matter what good you do, people will remember and emphasise only the evil.

The Caines brothers have been trying to do some good deeds for some years, but one known incident of discretion by one of them has several people vilifying them and wallowing gleefully at his public shaming.

I am not condoning the silly, idiotic and imprudent action of people, but this seems in character with man’s nature, if we examine the indiscretions and seemingly senseless actions of politicians and people in power — like the very president and leaders of great institutions.

And so I say in the words of the great teacher: “He who is without sin let him cast the first stone.”