US-based Dominican expresses concern over events in La Plaine

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is a press release from Dr. Emanuel Finn.

Washington DC-based and former U.S. Senate Congressional Fellow Dr. Emanuel Finn, who hails from La Plaine, says that the ugly events that have received so much attention involving Dominica’s Minister of Education, and MP for La Plaine, Mr. Petter St. Jean, and a village man, are unfortunate, disappointing, disturbing and disheartening.

According  to Dr. Finn, equally disturbing are the alleged actions of a  heavily armed squad  of SSU police officers who surrounded the man’s house  in the early morning hours of  January 12th and  ordered his wife outside  while she was dressing for work and proceeded to search and ransacked the house without producing a warrant.

Dr. Finn says, ‘that there have always been accommodation, co-existence and tolerance of politicians, political parties, their supporters and sympathizers in his beautiful, peaceful  and scenic southeastern community which nestles between Morne Governear and the rugged Atlantic coastline.  Dr. Finn goes to on say that since the  general elections a year ago  in which  some eighty (80) Diaspora Dominicans were airlifted to vote in that constituency  enabling  Labour Party’s St. Jean to  win by two (2) votes, La Plaine has  been a  flash  point and a hot bed of  rising political tensions.’

Dr. Finn contents that the alleged police actions in La Plaine and another situation which occurred last year where a government minister allegedly ordered the Mahaut police to detain a man, have cause people to loose respect for the once heralded police department.  If it appears and the population believes that the police take actions on the demands, requests and on behalf of government ministers, then the rule of law and the law of rule may have to be seriously questioned. These are pressing and urgent allegations that the Police High Command should address to help restore the force’s credibility as a professional and fair cornerstone institution in a democratic Dominica.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Finn please email:  finn59@aol.com:  Tel: (202)-321-2760.

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86 Comments

  1. Balizier.
    January 19, 2011

    Rasta boy you so correct…..oh washington DC mister living? mr king Finn can you send some laptops for them La Plaine school children? am currently seating on the wall by Partit, do you no where that is? people from LA that no king is his age group and older.
    mister never come see us, king stop trying to cause problems in our community. stay in DC boy and eat your burgers!!!!!!!!!

  2. Rasta......LA Massive!!!!!
    January 19, 2011

    yes i remember king, mister must be very old now? man no one knows you here!!!! you have stayed away please continue to do so, it will be in your best interest…
    we had Ron for so many years representing us!!! ask Ron wat have he done for La Plaine? absolutely nothing!!!!!!! so please give peter a chance, if Peter fail then we will elect Julie for Ma Haman…………stay away king!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dominican in North America
    January 18, 2011

    I am very speehless after reading all these comments. I live in the NY area and Dr. Finn lives in the DC area. What concerns me is that he is talking as if he was in DA during these incidents. He knows as much as I do, both of us being in America. You cannot depend on hearsay to make these statements. To whom did the homeowner or his wife say that there the police did not have a warrant? This has been mentioned over and over again, but I have not heard from the victim. Will we ever?

    Dominicans, you may not like the current government but you have an obligation to let them do their jobs. La Plaince people give Mr. St Jean a chance and allow him to do his job. It’s a shame that he represents Delices and Boetica, but only the La Plaine villagers have issues with him. Give the guy a break to do his job, and if he fails, next election you have the power to exercise your consitutional right and vote him out, but don’t harrass him every step of the way.

  4. WIKILEAKS
    January 18, 2011

    Looks like a Wheel-Chair

    • gaynproud
      January 18, 2011

      haha yes wee ! Is de same thing I saying ! Aaa your gaydar sharp man. You must be on de same team ! But that one not in it nah ! we doh want that ! Hold that !

  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 18, 2011

    ” Washington DC-based and former U.S. Senate Congressional Fellow Dr. Emanuel Finn,(DNO).

    When I read the quote above, it makes me laugh, this might be the biggest joke, since Rumple Stilten, ” today I bake, tonight I brew, tomorrow shall I the queens child take,” as the dwarf hopped on his one leg and laugh un-controlling.

    Now this rubbish about Emanuel Fin and this U.S. Senate Congressional Fellow crap, is nothing more than a joke. Fin came up with this bit of crap last election, putting the scare into people, talking about some list he had with names of people returning to Dominica to vote, which he would present to his friends in the United States Congress, to identify those returning to Dominica, and after the vote would not be allowed back into the United States.

    Fin would like to be notice, and get some form of recognition, and he hope that this talk of U.. Senate Congressional Fellowship crap will gain him this recognition which he craves.

    I challenge Fin , here and now to explain to me in detail, how did he manage to obtain this position in the United States Congress?

    I would like him to define the terms Former United State Congressional Fellow.

    First of all the term Congressional may imply ” a territorial division of a state from which a member of the U.S. House of Representatives is elected.”

    The word Fellow could imply, ” comrade, or associate, an equal rank, power or character. It could also indicate a worthless man or boy, by the same token it could also imply a person appointed to a position granting a stipend, and allowing for advanced study or research!

    So, I’ll take the latter in order to give Fin the benefit of the doubt. Nonetheless, here aries the problem, Fin I understand, is a dentist, and the internship of dentistry, to my knowledge does not take place in the Halls of congress, you have to do your intern in a hospital setting, or a dental clinic.

    So, again my question to Fin, is this How did you get into the Congress of the United States of America, without you contesting some election in some constituency in this country.

    I must ask you to answer that, since it appears to me that you are trying to impress on the Dominican population that you were some kind of big-shot, some sort of heavyweight politician in Washington DC., when in fact your impression is nothing more than a simply fallacy!

    If you are dentist, successful, or not be contented since that’s the profession you have chosen, but this sort of false political glory you beliefs will pave your way into Dominica politics, is simply making you look foolish. For all I know you may have never stet a single foot in the Halls of the Congress of the United States.

    And Fin If you argue about it, let me remind you I have the resources, and ability to investigate, all of your activities since you arrived in the United States to this very day, so if you were ever a member of the United States congress, that will not be too difficult to prove at all.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Laplaine passie
      January 18, 2011

      U missing the point of this issue. He was simply talking about the unfortunate events that are happening in Dominica involving a constituent in Laplaine and Mahault. How did his qualifications and his affiliations become part of your response? It is un patriotic what is happenig in Dominica today. Thats the point and without defending your poloitical party or the matter at hand you choose to question him being part of the US congress. Why would you have to investigate him? How is that gonna solve the political mishaps in Dominica? All you Dominicans try to present yourselves as being so logical think about it… If it were your family that were put in the position of these constituents would your response be the same? Stop being political be logical. We are all human and have rights to.

      • Fei
        January 18, 2011

        . Telemacque you are one of the most stupid persons on this list serve. He who does not know he is a fool is condemned.

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    • why the cynicism?
      January 18, 2011

      All you have to do is google Dr.Finn’s name and location and you have found out that YES he is a past congressional fellow and was part of the very competitive AAAS fellowship for the year 2000-2001.

      http://fellowships.aaas.org/09_Testimonials/Experiences/Finn.shtml

      Emanuel Finn
      American Dental Association
      Congressional Fellow 2000-01

      Working on Capitol Hill can generally be described as a young person’s game, filled with activity and enthusiasm. The hours of committee and personal office staffers are long and punishing, especially when Congress is in session. However, staffers are the writers of legislation, which somehow simultaneously satisfies the constituency of the elected member and the broader issues of public policy. Success is in the details, and when information and expert advice are needed to deal with complex issues—scientific, technological, social, and economic, they come from a variety of sources, like the Congressional Research Service, lobbyists, think tanks, agencies and yes, Congressional Fellows.

      The legislative process would well benefit from Congressional Fellows who have had the experience in the “real world” in their various professional fields. He or she would also be well-positioned to absorb and appreciate the experience of working on the “Hill.” It can be a golden opportunity which is unprecedented. Despite all the dynamics of Capitol Hill and the political process, a Congressional Fellow’s motto while on Capitol Hill should be, “Carpe Diem!”—Seize the Day! It’s a great chance to see and be a part of the bigger picture of how public policy and federal laws are made and implemented.

      Understanding the interaction of different interest groups—the give and take—is a major exercise and learning objective. Going through this learning curve has caused me to redefine the meaning of politics. I am left with the impression that policy making without politics is shallow and politics without policy is even more so. This new sense of appreciation has convinced me that we, as congressional staffers and future leaders, need to be involved in the political process at all levels. Having opposing political views and/or supporting different political parties only adds to the mosaic. This is one concept we must embrace as we move forward. And that’s the bigger picture.

      The author served as an American Dental Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Ron Wyden in 2000-01. He received his DDS in dental surgery from Howard University.

  6. .
    January 18, 2011

    There is nothing that is reflected in the lives of the members of the DA PEOPLE OUTSIDE GROUPS which demonstrates that they are capable of improving the lives of DA PEOPLE. After living and working in the United States for decades, the bastion of business enterprise and ideas, these men have shown no entrepreneurial foresight or ingenuity, in taking advantage of opportunities available at the earlier stage of DA’s development, to establish business enterprises, purchase land capital which could provide an economic foundation for themselves in DA and create employment for DA. Ideally anyone wanting to participate in DA politics should be one of independent means.

    Politics is not an activity that can be conducted by remote control from some safe haven overseas, while the people you purport to want to represent are catching their royals at home. First of all any serious political aspirant should educate himself on the entrenched cultural and social attitudes of the people they wish to represent. It is preposterous to think that anyone can stay from a distance away, and be considered a serious contender in local politics. The cultural traits and orientation of the DA electorate make it an exercise in futility to get citizens to vote for anyone residing in a foreign capital.

    The cultural and historical orientation of our people is such that the people who want to represent them must be around to identify and feel their problems, experience their pain and their suffering. The people form an attachment to the political aspirant who identifies with their deprivations and can articulate those needs and offer solutions.

  7. LARRY
    January 18, 2011

    Judging by you La lIANE PEOpLE RESPONSES THE MAN IS CORRECT La Plaine has been a flash point and a hot bed of rising political tensions.’Thanks to your spitual and political leader St.Jean.. People act according to the leaders–good luck. Not one person spoke to eh press releas eissues. Just personal attacks. I would hate to be part of the community.Some thing is terrible wrong here.

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  8. Finn
    January 18, 2011

    All the bloggers from La Plaine who resort ‘to taking may peuis’, I actually appreciate your response. Unfortunately, Maypeius is part of the landscape and dynamics of our community and one that we are all familiar with its non progressive and non productive end results. I know better not to respond to my’ peeps’. I suppose that is one of the things I left behind in the La Plaine valley. But I see it is all well and alive and it is taking us down. Frankly it is bit of nostalgia for me but I do understand that our people don’t engage in discussions. That was and still is one of the downsides of our good La Plaine people. You guys are just being yourselves and that I can appreciate.
    But here are the central facts again.
    1) We would like to see more development, strong and respective leadership where we grew up and have abiding love and affection for.
    2). whether I support St. Jean or not is inconsequential, the issue is that with privilege comes responsibility and according the police report -from the first incident on Dec 23rd, it was St. Jean who threatened the man. (Please correct me if I am wrong).
    3) Did the police search the man’s house without a warrant? Would they dare to do this if he was some big man in town? That is a big issue for our democracy and police conduct? The police (not politicians) need to answer that question. That is what I hope you would be responding to –not whether my party is blue or red or getting personal.
    4) According the press release, there has been increased tension as a result of the 80 Diaspora votes which lead to Petter’s two vote victory margin. That is fact. I did not comment on the legality of it and whether the court struck it down and or if it on appeal.
    5) Are you telling me that in a small rural community folks have to get on like that? – (Try to answer this question without injecting politics). We need real visonary leadwership to climb that mountain. Do you think Patter or Ron are the men to get us there?????
    6) Finally, I knew I would be criticized heavily for my press release but my goals are being achieved. This communiqué sends a strong message t o all in the village and the police that they are being watch and that they need to cool it down. I believe my efforts are worth it and I will do it again in spite of criticisms.
    7) Of course I will be the first to support the police in the proper and fair execution of their duties. But their actions have to be fair and within the purview of the law. I hope if the police did not present a warrant and when asked for one they didn’t comply- then the man should get a good lawyer and let the courts deal with this injustice and violation. (I hope you don’t see that as politics also).
    Remember this is not about none of us but about a proud community with a rich and painful history and a country we love dearly even we are far removed from it physically at the moment.
    Remembering the history as related by Papa and good times along the banks Sari- Sari and Laronde rivers and Boute Sabe.
    Emanuel Finn

    • Trevor J
      January 18, 2011

      Dr. Finn, I accept your call for a better community life. After all La Plaine is a small village by world standards. The problem however remains. Dr. john Finn and those inthe diaspora choose to sourcve their news and current happenings on Q95, a radio station thatha dedicated itself to publicize tot eh ends opfg thje earth anything that is negative in Dominioca and which will make the ruling party look dirty. WhatDr. finn fail to accept is the constant badgering of Petter St. Jean by a particular individual, the Chief henchman of Ron Green’s campaign to remove St. Jean as the MP at all cost – the end justify the means situation. the people of la Plaine knows and Petter’s people will tellyou that the Minister’s life is a living hell as far as the gentleman form La Plaine is concerned. My God even Jesus himself reacted when he reached his wits end. St.Jean is only human. did Ron green report the indiscriminate dischareg of firearmsin the community the night of the incident?

  9. Dominican in the BVI
    January 18, 2011

    Does he live in Dominica. or the US, and where he got his information.

  10. Jane
    January 18, 2011

    King car-car, send Dango some money it will worth u better..oue toe sort- king carcar oue fou.lol

  11. FORKIT
    January 18, 2011

    weh papa well mon laplaine allu hate mister

    • kudossssssssssssssssssssss
      January 19, 2011

      i doh even know mister for him to come and talk about laplaine..u and shirley allan really related..all u mother die and all u eh even come down..so doh come in our laplaine people business.

  12. Smelling the Coffee
    January 18, 2011

    “They came to take the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did nothing. Then the came for the Muslims and took them away. I was not a Muslim, so I did nothing. And they came again to take away the students, I was not a student, so I did nothing. Then the came to take me away, but there was no one to help me”.

    Dominicans, do nothing to stop Skerritt and his gang now and you will have only yourselves to blame when it is too late to do anything.

    Consider this:-

    a) Skimi has not denied that he took the money,
    b) Skeritt has not denied that he is involved in the fraud
    c) St.Jean has not denied that he ordered the man’s house to be searched arrogantly
    d) Skimi is not under arrest, not investigation by anyone – strange???
    e) Neither Skimi, nor Skerritt have voiced any concern regarding the attempt on the life of GON – strange as GON is such a prominant Dominican and ex Chief Magistrate;
    f) Skeritt is spending a lot of money in building up the security and police services in Dominica..he is doing this right now;
    g) Everybody knows that Skerritt took the money, but no one is talking.

    Hey, what about a ‘Skerritt must go’ campaign? It could work?

  13. Sari sari falls
    January 18, 2011

    Patit square u could not have said it better, i support you 199% who d hell is king car-car / king give us a break.

  14. Laplaine
    January 18, 2011

    U are so interested in laplaine u say u are Dr Finn, what have u contributed to laplaine as a good citizen ? king give us a break and let us work with our pal rep, labour 4 life.

  15. six weeks potato
    January 18, 2011

    if you so love your country..come home and make the difference.come home to make a change.maybe you’ll be a better P.M,or parlrep.

  16. Ma Bonifast
    January 18, 2011

    Well, well, well, well, well…….. king you have a big, big problem, and you better solve it b4 its too late, a man i raise up with that talking crape like that ? alas poor pi-ti.

  17. justice is better than peace
    January 18, 2011

    Docteur Sort,

    I have never seen you write to address anything about the numerous police brutality amongst your black brothers in the USA and more so in the US. city you live in which is riddled with crime and police brutality. The Dominica police force has a few good men while there are a lot of bad eggs in there, IN your campaign for the UWP, you should choose another wise measure of tactics. Aye ped evewe ‘Docteur Sort’ evec kita Labour party en ouepowe. Que kalita Docteur ou yae? on Docteur Bandit?Clean up yourself first you and your UWP, accomplices and then you will look to clean up the Police force,

  18. victims neighbour Like or Dislike
    January 18, 2011

    I was present at both events and i think that this was uncalled for and unfair.As a parliamentary representative you should try to make peace with the people in your constituency.And he is not only a parl rep he als preaches on pulpit at the penetecostal church(man of god).This is the second time that he has sent police to search an individuals home.He needs to fight for peace in laplaine and not war!!!! Mr St.Jean is dividing the constituency.I wish i had taped what happened and post it online for those who voice negative opinions without knowing what actually happened….

    • Laplaine passie
      January 18, 2011

      Whether u recorded it or not there would still have been denial by the DLP supporters. There would have been excuses as to why it happened. Some people refuse to see the truth unless similar situations happens to them or their loved ones then it becomes and issue. For all u biased Laplainians, I hope your turn comes sooner than later and maybe that will let you all open your eyes. No one is asking you to change your Political affiliations. This is your right as citizens just look at what is happening in Dominica today.

  19. One Love
    January 18, 2011

    :arrow: My Dear Doctor. Dominica needs more MEN like you. Fair and Balanced to ras. . . THANKS for CARING

  20. country man
    January 18, 2011

    All I can say is what goes around comes around. TO search a man house without a warrant is certainly not lawful in DA. That should be the central focus of the discussion – not the politic rancour that’s going on here by both party supporters. Nowhere have I seen in the many discussions on this specific matter that a warrant was issued for the search.
    It seems to me the intent of this search was to take down an individual and the process used may not have been legal. These acts of hatred sometimes take generation to boomerang but history shows us that they certainly do.

  21. Ron
    January 18, 2011

    Dr. Finn is just part of Gabu and Thompson’s propaganda machinery. All they want to do is to get their hands into the country’s purse but we are smarter than them. They are not fooling us with their fancy talk. They all have one thing in common and that is to control Dominica from their luxurious homes in the US. How many of them are willing to move home and do what it takes to run the country? They are all political jokers. Dr. Finn and Thompson are so desperate that they are interviewing anyone who has something negative to say about the country

  22. Chiensal
    January 17, 2011

    when the diaspora came in huge amounts to vote allu was happy right? however lately when they speak out against di government allu vex. Why? guess next election allu will love them again in that love hate relationship, is when allu need them right?
    The minister of government who claims he is also a minister of god should have practised restraint. that’s what we expect of him. he failed. should we judge him on just his single event? no. however we should make it clear that behaviour will no be tolerated.

    • Buwo
      January 18, 2011

      When the diaspora came in huge amounts to vote allu complain, right? however its now ok for them to stay where they are and jump to conclusions without hearing both sides of the story. Ahh boy.

  23. Ampoe
    January 17, 2011

    King kar kar is that you ? man what kind of Dr rate you have there na ? man i thought is ron that had gwopwell but now i realise you have it too,go rest your head – ou foe. Alas poor king kar kar.

  24. Martindale.
    January 17, 2011

    King kaka, when was the last time you visited laplaine ? shirley is your cousin mem bet mem pwell, you guys are just jealous of peter – key sor lay, key sor par lay, he is the minister of education & our pal rep, you, paul, ron & shirley cry blood now…….

  25. jbfox.
    January 17, 2011

    DR.Finn i live inthe USVI and supporters of both parties left where i live and went home to vote.If u want to educate,and inform people do it fairly.

    • One Love
      January 18, 2011

      The DIFFERENCE is some were bribed and workers supporters came of their own FREE WILL .. nuff said facts are stubborn things

      • One love (2)
        January 18, 2011

        One Love — PUHLEASE!!

        Came of their own will my a.., the REAL difference is that UWP COULDN”T AFFORD TO PAY TICKETS FOR THEM AS THE DID IN THE PAST!!!

        All u brokes, doh lie dere :mrgreen:

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  26. Buwo
    January 17, 2011

    Dr. Finn, as a learned member of the diaspora I expect a bit more from u. Please stop encourage the divisiveness that is tearing our nation apart. I encourage you to read this article recently posted on DNO and seriously think on how you can foster nation building from where you are:
    http://dominicanewsonline.com/dno/nation-building-from-abroad/

    Remember political parties come and go, Prime Ministers come and go but our nation remains.

  27. La Plaine Resident
    January 17, 2011

    Greetings to you Dr. Finn.

    You have apparently found your voice and placed judgement on an issue you have no facts on. What does that make you? You remind me of the past election campaign when your opinions were frequently forthcoming on DNO. These however, were so skewed, blue-tinted and one-sided, it was not funny. Everybody saw right through you and where your unshakable loyalty stood.

    You candid opinion still remains biased and blue-tinted. However, what caught my attention the most, is what appears as baseless aspersions, that La Plaine have never been the same since the last elections and the Hon. Minister won the elections. You also made reference to the issue of overseas voters as though renewing a very dead issue. Feeding the frenzy of not accepting defeating could be made easier by this tirade.

    Do not insult our intelligence Mr. Finn. Who have not accepted defeat the the polls? Was it Mr. St.Jean? Who ruled against failed petitions on the legality of overseas voters in the courts? Was it Mr. St. Jean? Who have presented an image of a quiet disposition, yet go about every street corner in the country crying about ‘no democracy’ spreading guile? And further refuses to go to a legitmate house?

    The ‘angel of light’ image presented by the gentleman you uphold has truly done nothing to better the community. The slack of development, leadership and progress have had to be taken up by the Honourable and St. Jean in a short space of time.

    The occurence in La Plaine is not surprising. With UWP ACOLYTES like youself ( who is ready to bend the truth at every turn to the seeming advantage of others) and the perpetrators of manifested anger and hatred against the Parliamentary Representative, the cylce of polarization will never stop.

    Or just maybe you have caught the disease and malaise of the former parl rep and defunct leader and just cannot be honest, truthful and mature. Your acolades so far, seems not to mirror that better image, given your biased diatribe. It is good however, that you can still view La Plaine as a peaceful community. It is about time, since the chockhold of the ‘Masser Green’ mindset is being broken and the people breathe a sigh of renewal and new faith in community again.

    I am sure we will read something from you again, spewing similar venom and trying your non-effective best at continued division and devisiveness, even from overseas.

    Don’t worry God is true to his word that weapons formed against Honourable St. Jean will prosper and people who rise up against him in apparent anger and hatred will not be cast down. The people will not be denied ever again, the forward-progress that have been not given them for years under ineffective and selfisf representation form your ‘angel of light’

    Thank you.

    • Tim
      January 17, 2011

      The doctor was mearly talking about the shameful incident to the community betwwen the minister and the villager of your village. Can you read the press release again and target your response better than most of the La Plaine folks who have contributed to this posting? You sound like an educated man unlike your La Plaine friends here who are just taking out maypeuis. Can you represent your commmunity better and apologise tor the others?

    • Finn
      January 18, 2011

      La Plaine Resident -thanks for your spirited response. Unlike the other bloggers from La Plaine who resort ‘to taking may peuis’, I actually appreciate your response. Unfortunately, Maypeius is part of the landscape and dynamics of our community and one that we are all familiar with its non progressive and non productive end results. I know better not to respond to my’ peeps’. I suppose that is one of the things I left behind in the La Plaine valley.

      1) We would like to see more development, strong and respective leadership where we grew up and have abiding love and affection for.
      2). whether I support St. Jean or not is inconsequential, the issue is that with privilege comes responsibility and according the police report -from the first incident on Dec 23rd, it was St. Jean who threatened the man. (Please correct me if I am wrong).
      3) Did the police search the man’s house without a warrant? Would they dare to do this if he was some big man in town? That is a big issue for our democracy and police conduct? The police (not politicians) need to answer that question. That is what I hope you would be responding to –not whether my party is blue or red or getting personal.
      4) According the press release, there has been increased tension as a result of the 80 Diaspora votes which lead to Petter’s two vote victory- That is fact. I did not comment on the legality of it and whether the court struck it down and or if it on appeal.
      5) Are you telling me that in a small rural community folks have to get on like that? – (Try to answer this question without injecting politics).
      6) Finally, I knew I would be criticized heavily for my press release but my goals are being achieved. This communiqué sends a strong message t o all in the village and the police that they are being watch and that they need to cool it down. I believe my efforts are worth it and I will do it again in spite of criticisms.
      7) Of course I will be the first to support the police in the proper and fair execution of their duties because without the poice we can reach a stage of anarchy and mayhem. But their actions have to be fair and within the purview of the law. I hope if the police indeed did not present and warrant and when asked for one they didn’t comply, I hope he gets a good lawyer and let the courts deal with this injustice and violation. (I hope you don’t see that as politics also).

      Remember this is not about none of us but about a proud community with a rich and painful history and a country we love dearly love even we are far removed from it physically at the moment.

    • A woman with vision
      January 18, 2011

      Dat is not a Laplane person. Not that it could not have been composed by someone from Laplane, but it was not written by a Laplane person.

  28. Splinter
    January 17, 2011

    king, i am one of those who have voted Ron in the past, but believe you me in these days of scarce resources Peter is a better man. You know how laid back Ron is. Peter will say let us share the bread. Ron will say dont worry i will drink water.Peter because of his aggressive nature gets things done in the whole constituency. We laplaine people are jealous. We have the crab mentality and we dont mind losing everything just to keep a man down. The biggest problem now with the opposition is that peter can go on a platform and give reasons why he should be reelected. Bus fares, the school repair, roads left, right and center in Delices, boetica and Laplaine. 2.8 million dollar water project for delices, scholarships etc to name a few. Our people are being fooled. they think when they plant a dasheen is peter that will get the name. Our dasheen comes from riviere cyrique, our yams from boetica. not a fig tree we plant for our kitchen just to make peter look bad. Peter himself always have something to sell.

    • Bagay ka santi
      January 18, 2011

      That is sad man, when you look at laplaine. before everybody from town you know, went up L/A to lime. One of the prominent government ministers came from la plaine. in name of mr.heskeith alexander( stand corrected), he was one of the pioneers in pineapple production. laplaine had how many banana and other farmers. it’s true that the industry is at a low, and it’s not the fault of the governments per say, but to reach at that level where most of your produce is coming fron neighboring communities. The last time i was in laplaine i couldn’t believe the height of the grass in the agricultural centre.. IS THAT CENTER STILL CLOSED? Honestly, i have come to the point where i don’t blame any government right now, but put the blame squarely at US. you know why, every 5 years we are told that we have the power, but i don’t think that we have matured to the point where we can tell our politician that they are wrong or right. Once, the elections is over we automatically lose that power. And then the RAT RACE BEGINS. THAT’S SAD.

  29. M
    January 17, 2011

    Dr FIn,

    Leave Dominicans in their good time. I for one will not give donation to charity to help them when its too late.

  30. infromer
    January 17, 2011

    You know, it urks me when people whose only links to Dominica is the fact that there were born there, sold their flag and developing someone else country come and interfere in the affairs of the country. First of all I am not taking a political side but unless the laws of Dominica makes it illegal for a Dominican residing overseas to vote then it is NOT illegal and you need not mention it in your letters as it is a none issue. If you really want to enact change then you should help champion legislation making it illegal. I would remind you that the US which is one of the most progressive in law reform does not have laws making it illegal. As a matter of fact Americans residing overseas are facilitated and have the privilege of voting from overseas. Secondly, merely raising a concern and not suggesting change or a solution is like someone going to a Doctor, the doctor tells them that they are sick without offering medication to fix the problem. I do not know why these people who migrate to their land of milk and honey think that the left behind a people lacking intellect. That may be so for some but it is certainly not an issue with the majority. So please, the next time you want to use up space on a website, please make a meaning full contribution. Until then take your concern and use it as a suppository..

    • Aaaa
      January 17, 2011

      Maybe its you as a prime example which shows others that you lack the capacity to do better for yourself. Maybe the man is right but the way you all try to bring down dominicans whohave migrated sometimes not by their own choice is what shows your lack of class, tact and judgemental attitude. I say some people live not by their own choice because I was sent here 16 years of age by my mother. I respect and thus couldn’t punch her in the face when she put me on eagle. Maybe if I had punched her all you dominicans would say I’m a wicked child. But I didn’t have a choice still being a minor and all. I’ve lived here 12 years and made the best of what I was dealt with. When I came to the states at 16 years old it was a transition but if you met me today you will se that I’m not one to complain about oh being hungry in DA and USA for a while. I studied and now I ripping the fruits of hard labor. True not everyone is forced to come states. Some choose it. But can you blame them? If you got an opportunity to live in the USA wouldn’t you take it? I mean I seeing pics of Dominicans dressing like Americans. You guys using their style, their fake nails, weaves, gay down low lifestyles and you here speaking so hypocritically about people who migrated. Its a shame. Yes some people may step out of line. But I believe this whole issue of calling or at least trying blast folks about their lives in the states is simple envy. Why don’t you guys bring your necessary point across without bashing other people?

      • gaynproud
        January 18, 2011

        I know that this may be difficult for you to process but you should try reading my post AGAIN a few times. My annoyance was with him being overseas it is not suggesting a solution to the problem he claims rather than just stating concerns. He can and should go raise his concerns to fox News not to Dominica as he is not offering a solution. What makes matters worse is that he is not helping the country but he want to put his mouth in our business. I want them to pass the law that if you live overseas for a particular period of time you have no say in the country affairs and you get arrested if you try to get involved. Extradite your ass to come and take your jail and de gwaye too.

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  31. Q95
    January 17, 2011

    IS THIS KING KAKA TALKING?..KING KA KA, TELL US WHEN LAST YOU WERE IN DA AND TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO LA PLAINE? YOU SIT YOUR A.. IN THE US BLABLAING OVER HEAR SAY..TRY TO GET YOUR FACTS PROPERLY AND OPEN YOUR MOUTH. THE MONEY YOU TAKE AND BUY YOUR DEGREE YOU SHOULD HAVE DONATED TO YOUR FAMILY IN LAPLAINE INSTEAD..YOU DONT KNOW ONE … ABOUT WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT.

    • KOKAY THERE
      January 17, 2011

      :lol: COULDNT HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER

      • dan
        January 17, 2011

        Uneducated Q95……………………..boub sort Baw–‘ignorant guy from the jungle’.

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  32. M
    January 17, 2011

    wow it doesn’t bother anyone that if these allegations are in fact true that Dominica is already too far gone. wow.

  33. Political Science
    January 17, 2011

    are u fed up with “the dominican. net” dr. finn?

  34. LUCY
    January 17, 2011

    DR. FINN WERE YOU IN DA WHEN THIS INCIDENT HAPPENED? THE ANSWER IS NO.
    IT IS VERY VERY WRONG TO BE JUDGEMENT. YOU MUST THINK BEFORE YOU ACT.

  35. concern
    January 17, 2011

    DR FINN
    you have alwaws been this way, when will u act like a DR It shows clearly that you have not accepted reality put it in your pipe and smoke it and stop relying on what people say and use the doctor rate that you have and stop acting like the others who told us to come and see the manifesto and when we got there he say to look on line fr it come on man stupes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. PARTIT SQUARE....LA PLAINE CENTRAL
    January 17, 2011

    you dat so called “Dr. Finnn”….don’t come and talk ur trash on hear say…like you soo much looking into the best interest of laplaine…i am almost 40yrs and i don’t know who the hell you are…what have you contributed to the village of laplaine and it’s people…..how many siginificant contriubutions you have made to the wellness of our village and contry by extention..when them hypocrites and ney sayers callyou and talk their crap and bullshit to you…you think its credible enough to come and lambase the hard working people of our village who work hard enough to help the poor people of laplaine with their children esp inthe field of education, sports, transportation….dont come and and empathise with the wicked and malicous people who trying to bring a good man down..playing dirty politics and those who sit on their laurels..calling the name of GOd in vein..singing for his supper…saying he is a man of God..helping others bring down a brother in the church like himself inthe same faith..you know urself..

    My best advice to you “Dr. Finn”…..when you hear people talking about laplaine and its people keep your dam mouth shut…because we don’t know who you are…you don’t care about laplaine and you sure don’t care about the laplaine people..how many times you have come down to provide free health service to our people in your field…keep your advice for yourself..keep your opinion to yourself…you looking for fame but not here in laplaine you comign and get your fame..you and your army hit the road jack…YOU CAN’T LET A GOOD MAN DOWN..PETER ST.JEAN TI GARCON ALEXY…TI GEL LONG…IS HERE TO STAY…WITH PRAYER AND PRAISE..HE WILL TRIUMPH OVER EVIL…ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS..WE ARE MARCHING ON TO WAR..WE TRAMPLING OVER THE ENEMY…SA KI NI ZONG PAR NI GARL…WAPP TAKE IT LIKE A MAN FINN….B4 I PUT A HOTDOG IN YOUR MOUTH…AYE….

  37. Jim
    January 17, 2011

    Dr.Finn
    The whole world knows that you are not a supporter or fan of the government. It is clear that from your one sided article that you have jumped to a conclusion. do you think that because you are a Dr. that you can say and write whatever you want and fools will believe what you say. You have disgraced yourself as a professional, one who is bias by every figment of one’s imagination. You can only prey on negative comments, comments that are always intended to redicule this government. We disregarded all your utterances and denigration of the Roosevelt Skerrit administration and voted the DLP party back in office. Why can you get and digest it deep in you. Is it that you cannot comprehend that even after one year of the elections? To indicate that what happened was disappointing, disturbing and disheartening is a big joke. Therefore, I ask you Drrrr FIN, whom did you speak to? Did you speak to petter? Did you speak to the police? Do you think this article have caused you to gain credibility? Are you fear in your comments when you say that the alledged actions of the heavily armed squad of SSU acted the way you discribed.

    You said that It is interesteing to note that Laplain has become a hot bed for rising political tensions since the last General elections, my question to you is, who has caused that? Just think for a moment
    of the man who is bed ridden. Think of your articles.

    God be with you

    • PARTIT SQUARE....LA PLAINE CENTRAL
      January 17, 2011

      anyway while am in support of your comment…..i know it have one jim in laplaine and i sure is not mister that write that comment..all you too like trouble..but i know my boy can handle his business..so even if the enemies think is he …My boy can handle his shit…AM JUST SAYING…DR FIN SARLAH….YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND GET ALL YOUR FACTS RIGHT…IF YOUR PRESSURE UP..I WILL PUT A HOTDOG IN YOUR MOUTH TO KOOL YOUR PRESSURE…MY JACKET WELL FIT…TAKE IT LIKE A MAN…WAPPP!!!…

    • Mike
      January 17, 2011

      I spoke with Dr. Finn and he has the police report from La Plaine. You can do your own investigation and find out for yourslef. Petter is the one who said he will shoot the man.- not the man.

      Finn may not support your gov’t but this is about this community which he cares about. So say what you want but please try to see that the man is tryign to have a decent conversation irrespectful of the political colours he wears. Can you do that Jim?

      Why not say that the PM should reign St,Jean in because it appears tha the has become a liability?

      Do you really think that kind of behaviour is warranted from an MP? Please answer the question directly.

    • The marine
      January 17, 2011

      Jim you just bit more than you could chew by taking on a distinguished and learned son of the soil like Dr. Finn.Take time to learn to spell and write proper English and avoid writing comments on this medium cause you sound like a real donkey..

  38. Piper
    January 17, 2011

    Why do the likes of Dr. Finn and the Christian brothers think anyone outside their circle has any interest in what they have to say?

    These guys annoy the heck outta me with their pontification from their perch. Give it a rest.

    • Oxo
      January 17, 2011

      Which perch? For being patriotic Dominicans?

  39. NATURE BOY
    January 17, 2011

    These guys just using DNO to download their garbage thinking that Dominicans everywhere are going to buy it……But if guys like Finn really believe that.. then they got another thing coming

  40. Aaaa
    January 17, 2011

    Its amazing how those who feel trapped in DA sit and envy those away. People who work and are working hard to achieve their goals. Why is it necessary to always remind Dominicans that are living elsewhere that we’re diaspora? I mean groww in Dominica not eating or drinking proper meals. Living in a shack. I know what to-lo-ma is cause I still make it even if I can buy cornflakes etc. I still never live my roots and bisit as often as I can. I’m Dominican. So is anyone born there. Envy is a sad thing amongst black people. Stop being so envious and enjoy what you all have in DA. Bceause as most of all you will say we living on credit and loans. So you all living in DA better than us. Now can we address what he is saying instead of where he lives or instead of showing our anger at diaspora. Then you guys want to blame white folks for your problems!!!!

    • Fairplay
      January 17, 2011

      America is full of Diaspora Rats and Roaches!!! :twisted:

      • Oxo
        January 17, 2011

        Not the DLP- There are no roaches and rats there—–I cannot more than agree with you except if I were brain dead!!!!!!!. Maybe you can describe a rat—one who lies to the public and disrespects the constitution? What’s your definition?

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      • Aaaa
        January 17, 2011

        and apparently so is DNO. I think its high time merrick do something about those rodents like fairplay on his news site….. He can start by throwing some pesticide your way.

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    • lol
      January 17, 2011

      Envy who an what? You don’t know where we all end up man? Six feet down under you know. stupse.

      • Aaaa
        January 17, 2011

        exactly….. My teacher in SMS always said people that stupes have dirty teeth. SO maybe you should be brushing your teeth instead of wandering on DNO looking for trouble! Your life is a big joke “lol” :)

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      • ashamed dominican right now.
        January 18, 2011

        aaa>>>> that is just not cool. top insultin people.we are all dominicans and should respect people.ask yourself “do i feel beter after insulting the writer?” have a great day

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  41. Concerned
    January 17, 2011

    I clearly respect our opinion,However after readyin your article, its clear to me to me your only looking at one side of the coin.The dread incident that transpired between Mr St jean and this individual.You clear forgeting that the gentleman threatened Mr St Jean.” i will put lead in ur a$$,” that was the gentle words,reports from ohter villagers indicated the gentle is cleary disappointed that his party lost and have express that dissatifaction several time with villagers, thus causing altercations,Our poor beloved country is becoming so violent, i would have taken the same step to contact the police,However the police should have produced there warrant.

    • oh please
      January 17, 2011

      Concerned i think you got the information wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was your dear minister who told the gentlman he would put lead in his …, hence his name being recorded in red in the police headquarters. If you go there i guarantee you his name is the one you will see under that threat and not the reverse. GET UR FACT RIGHT……………..

      • jabo
        January 17, 2011

        did you personally see the entry regarding the same incident in the police diary?

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    • DA man
      January 17, 2011

      why are you turning the truth around is mr.st.jean who say he will put led in the villagers a$$$$ .today is this man turn tomorow is yours

  42. Dominican Man
    January 17, 2011

    YOU`RE RIGHT DR.

  43. Anonymous
    January 17, 2011

    It is amazing how some of us over seas national act so iressponsible and make comments just on hear say. It appears that once you have a doctorate attached to your name and feels that you have might get an audience, press release are coming out left, right and center.

    Stop acting like children retelling a tale. Everytime it’s told more is added to spice it up to make believable and acceptable. Dominicans are not a gullible and some of us out there want to beleive. For heavens sake just write you comment on the blog section like most of us do. Enough is enough.

    Those who think they know it all are just destroying the name of Dominica by spreading tales told by folks who have issues with their neighbor. Is this real journalism or is this the gossip mongering. Neighbors have dispute all the time and the police is there to keep the peace. When a person voluntarily give themselves to be servants of our nation, they need protection. The fear mongering on radio is just fostering hate and division in such a smaill community like ours. We all need to check the information we putting out there because it might cost us our tranqullity.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2011

      Alas forgive him, he only read/heard one side of the story.

    • NATURE BOY
      January 17, 2011

      THANK YOU….I could not have said it any better.

    • John Brown
      January 17, 2011

      well said

    • Bushmaninda
      January 17, 2011

      Did the police conduct search without a warrant? Is that true? or is that some made up story to make us look bad. I want to know.

  44. ...............
    January 17, 2011

    STUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  45. Tomas
    January 17, 2011

    ya, ya. like dandruff they showing up. I always knew that was contagious. Brother Diaspora, check out the fact or the truth first!!!

  46. Is that so?
    January 17, 2011

    Dr Finn has been constantly producing misinformed (and sometimes malicious) articles on the Dominican.net for a number of years now. In a number of articles before the elctions he predicted a huge defeat for the DLP at the polls. Now, based on hearsay evidense (from none other than Ron Green) he comes out with yet another biased, ill-informed commentary (from thousands of miles away).

    One must beg the question as to how on earth these guys obtained their PHDs and if the term PHD for people such as Dr Finn now equates to Permanent Head Damage.

    • Oxo
      January 17, 2011

      Is that is your contribution to that important issue? It is refreshing to know to know that people like this gentleman who does not a job or scholarship for his children can be fair and sound a warning bell to us. He tries to hold the middle and yet still you shoot him down. Is there any hope for Dominica?

      You sound like you are jealous as well. PHD——-it‘s only for folks from England and America…you simple minded. Slavery is still with us and we are our greatest enemies. Listen to Bob Maley—’free ourselves from mental slavery’–

      • Aaaa
        January 17, 2011

        thanks i can’t understand these people… my gosh! They sound just like African Americans. BItter and filled with hate. Slaves I don’t even think acted like this!

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    • Dominican to the bone!
      January 17, 2011

      That is our problem lately in Dominica. Too many PHD fools have their vision turned upside down, wanting to govern from afar. Well that is just where they will stay and govern! I know there is this undercurrent of “educated PHD’s” in the diaspora particuarly in the Wahington DC area, or so they say. They think mentioning Washington DC and IMF, and others will get us here in Dominica scared, that is the height of their intelligence. Well we have news fo them. We gained INDEPENDENCE from Britain and we are an INDEPEDENT REPUBLIC, and we are not going to take orders from no foreign entity as it relates to how our country is run. We are not Haiti, We will never be Haiti, so all those misinformed PHD holders, we voted a government in! That government will stay until the next election is called, if you Washington DC PHD’s wan tto contest the next election, leave your comfort zones in the US,and come put yourselves in our shoes. BACK OFF! Stop doing the job of propagandist!!!!!!

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    January 17, 2011

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