Skerrit vs Fontaine in continuing war of words

Skerrit, Fontaine
PM Skerrit & Dr. Thomson Fontaine

 

The war of words between the government and opposition parliamentary candidate Dr Thomson Fontaine continues as Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Thursday, accused Dr Fontaine of the UWP of “preaching violence” while Dr Fontaine maintained that he stood by his original statement and that the government is using his claims about a group of young men of Fond Cole being prepared to “shoot people” to say that he advocated “class warfare” in Dominica.

Speaking last night at the inauguration of the Village Council in Vieille Case, the Prime Minister said, “How could you want to be leader of this country and promoting this falsehood about our country? You hear them preaching violence. We have to respect people! Not everyone can support me and I respect that, but I am not going to tell anyone to kill you because you don’t support me. It is because these people are preaching a sermon of hate, of violence that a man could ask you for guns to kill somebody.”

However, as reported by DBS radio, Dr Fontaine said at a UWP meeting in Miami last night that he had met a group of 10 young men from Fond Cole one morning and that most of them weren’t registered to vote. According to Fontaine, they began to say: “Well we don’t want to hear you politicians. What we want from you is guns because we are prepared to shoot people.”  In relating this story, he said, it “somehow became that I advocated killing Haitians and Chinese. They are using this to say that Thomson Fontaine has advocated class warfare in Dominica. I was relating it because it showed me the level of frustration that exists.”

Dr Fontaine said that he never felt threatened by the youth.  “They were not violent. They simply wanted a chance for life. That, more than anything else, strengthened my resolve to do what we are doing.”

However, in his press statement, Prime Minister Skerrit said the image of Dominica presented by Fontaine is not a true depiction of what is happening in Dominica. He echoed an earlier call by Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean in asking all Dominicans to condemn Dr Fontaine’s remarks.

According to the Prime Minister’s statement, this is not the first time the UWP has made comments that are “detrimental to the country” citing that UWP leader Lennox Linton last month described the elderly beneficiaries of the “Yes We Care” program as “greedy not needy” on Radio Q95.

As reported at the time, Mr Linton later said: “I never meant to say that the people who are genuinely in need and are benefiting from the social programs of government are greedy. If that is what I communicated, I apologise.”

Also at the Vieille Case meeting was Minister for Local Government Gloria Shillingford. She congratulated the Council for keeping the village clean and beautiful. Mr Skerrit encouraged the councillors to work together for the benefit of the people and to move the community forward.

Stella Leblanc, a retired nurse, was elected chairwoman of the Council.

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354 Comments

  1. September 23, 2014

    Really when someone doesn’t know afterward its up to other users that they will help, so here it occurs.

  2. Tj
    January 21, 2014

    The state of the country is what it is. For a statement by Dr. Fontaine to generate that kind of disucssion one must conclude that the reigning government has nothing substantial to present.

    The highlight in Dominica now is gossip and propaganda. Get to more productive business people.

    If the opposition has a mission the team should keep on moving and ignore the distractors or else the distractors will bring them to their level – shallow and ghetto.

  3. Oh................
    January 21, 2014

    Dr. Thompson maybe if you speak broken English the PM will understand i suspect the English language is tough for him because for some reason i do not understand why would he interpret you statement in such manner, you’re not the only one who have heard such statement, it’s because he know it’s looks bad on him to have his people so frustrated that they could even think such, but reality check YES THERE ARE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO THINKS LIKE THAT.

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2014

      Your English leaves a lot to be desired. People in glass houses should not trow stones.

  4. Malatete
    January 21, 2014

    There is so emotion flying about re. a rise in crime in Dominica, I decided to have a look at the statistics as published by the U.N. (www.unodc.org).
    This is represented in murders per 100,000 of the population and unfortunately there is a rising trend from 2.9 in 2000 to 22.1 in 2010 (the last year for which figures are available).
    I do not wish to speculate on the reasons for this increase but perhaps our professional sociologists can explain it and recommend measures for improvement.

  5. blackman NET
    January 21, 2014

    I just cannot figure out how much other tragic events that needs to take place for people to see, these thieves are milking the country.

    Which other Prime Minister you know within the Caribbean and abroad have had soo many court battles during their tenure, where you could say he won by a thread or by the money the chinese gave him. This is a disgrace…….There is no Justice nor Equality in Dominica it has become a dog eat dog place where people kill for nothing and robbery is the profession of the white colars Or what I like to say the Monkeys with the suits…..but what a lot of people don’t understand Chinese don’t play Chess they Play Checkers…….so let Skerrit think he Dealing with some nice Guys…….Time will tell….PEACE

  6. De Marine
    January 20, 2014

    Try chasing a wild pig. It will run with you in hot pursuit. But the moment it is cornered, watch yourself! It’s survival instincts kick in; it becomes mad, desperate and dangerous..Skerro,Petter, philsbert and them are desperate men. The DLP and skerro has been cornered…that desperate act by them to stay in power and his wild accusation on kairi fm on Monday 20 feb. 2014 do not surprise me…there’s more to come Dominicans lets brace ourselves and watch them self destruct!!!!

  7. Francisco Telemaque
    January 20, 2014

    British Dominican January 17, 2014
    “Come on Dominicans. we all know that Dr Fontaine’s statement is not a true reflection of our country. The young men could be joking around just for the fun of it.”

    Are you serious?

    If you are serious it could be because you know very little about Dominica, or maybe you know too much, and you are one of the many who are infected with the Ostrich Syndrome: burying your head in the sand; you know what is going on nevertheless you pretend it is not happening.

    For your information, you can get shot down in the streets of Dominica by a sniper, who will getaway with murder, it has already happened to people in broad daylight, people are robed daily on the streets of Dominica, at gunpoint, even banks, and Credit Unions.

    That is the Dominica we are experiencing these days, so there is no point of minimizing the problem; if indeed these people told Fontaine what he said they told him, you had better not take it lightly; always remember, what comes out of the mouth is in the heart, everything you see around you, no matter what commenced with a simple thought, brought to reality!

    The mean what they say, people do not joke like that in Dominica these days!

    Francisco Etienne-Telemaque

  8. ReeAreLeeTea
    January 20, 2014

    I know that what the gentleman said might have sounded tragic, racist and graphic, but look at the increase of violent crime that’s been happening in Dominica over the last few years. If you are to go back before the reign of this present administration you will see a very slight slope in the increase of violent crime. After the implementation of this administration though, you will see that the angle of the slop increase with shorter time and in the past two the three years especially, there has been a very sharp increase in violent crime. The thoughts of a lot of the youth, and I have spoken to them personally, is that the Chinese and Haitians, especially, and along with a few other minorities are taking all of the financial opportunities on the island. This has not been made better with what is presently going on with the Public Works business; or lack of there in if I better should say. It’s difficult to get Dominicans to support foreign investment and community when it all seems so one sided.

  9. Jamborie
    January 20, 2014

    The fact that some labourites actually believe that Dr Fontaine was spreading violence is yet another sign of the uphill battle that the UWP have to convince laborites that Skerrit by his behavior in government simply don’t care about them and like he told them before..”Go to Hell…

  10. truthman
    January 20, 2014

    i thou understand why the uneducated uwp people giving those labourites headache eh.the PM well afraid where he be there

  11. January 20, 2014

    If the dlp government used deception to enter and take the position of government, do You think such a deceptive government will not rule the people by deception and with a deceptive spirit if they did not repent,ask forgiveness and by reconciliation have unity? Such deceptive government will do what they do best,which is use deception and the deceptive spirit to maintain a deceptive rulership over the people they have deceived.
    Stop! Pray And Ask OF THE LORD Our GOD HIS WILL So Your choice Will counted As Good.
    Lean not unto your own understanding,In All Your ways acknowledge HIM And HE Shall Direct your path.
    Let no man deceive You.
    As Children OF GOD,We Are The Temple OF GOD And Therefore Ambassadors OF GOD.If We Are Called to Shepherd We Must Take Rod and Staff in Hand,and Stand to defend The Sheep. We cannot let the hirelines go in to kill,steal and destroy The Sheep.
    Knowing The Wheat and the tears grow together, We must Be Careful to know The Green Pastures HE Lay Us down In and not stray away from HIM. FOR HE IS Our Provider.This Is Good To Know.

    • JoJo
      January 20, 2014

      Lay off the weed brother. Just reading your rantings have already deceived me.

      • layman's terms
        January 21, 2014

        why does weed have to be a factor for his rantings? whats your point? lay off the weed?

  12. January 20, 2014

    To All This May Concern and To All Concerned.
    If You Love yourself Please Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself.Therefore You Should Show Respect Also To These Men Who Chose to Present A Team To Offer Service and Represent A Choosen Nation. For They have and are Sacrificing much.Even some of you need to make such A Sacrifice, and are not, and will not be willing to make for the benefit of you or your family,much less for Others.
    These Men You have heard and some of You have seen and know for years. Their Record is there,available,present and not hidden. May You Please Listen,Hear,read and see so You can test The Spirit.

    • Gary
      January 20, 2014

      What is it with all that pleading.It is not only about Listen,Hear,read and see so You can test The Spirit.What about thinking, a very critical criteria that is needed to choose People to Govern our Country.

      • January 20, 2014

        Gary,thank you for pointing out that I forgot to mention Meditate. All Mentioned Were Given Through Inspiration OF THE SPIRIT IN THE WORD OF GOD.
        Such Blessings To Know We should lean not unto our own understanding,To All Who Receive HIM and Are OF THE SPIRIT. THANK YOU LORD.

      • Anonymous
        January 21, 2014

        Criteria is plural Gary. The singular is criterion. You are supposed to be an intellectual Gary.

      • Gary
        January 21, 2014

        To Anonymous

        Oh please, I’m not an intellectual.Where do you get that impression from.

  13. possie
    January 20, 2014

    Ahh boy skerro boy u make pple see u for who u are boy Dominican eyes opening bit by bit you cetch this trip

  14. 100% Proud Dominican
    January 20, 2014

    My grandfather always said “Educacion se par lespew” or Education is nor common sense! this is not something he should disclose in the US, it was never mentioned here, he had never said he cautioned the boys/men…it doesn’t look bad only on the Government but on he and Dominicans on a whole! I think Dr. Fontaine used poor judgement in this whole thing period!

    • Gary
      January 20, 2014

      This was not poor judgement by Dr. Fontaine. Dr. Fontaine is a Politician running for office, the exploitation of a situation playing on the emotions of the electorate telling them what they want to hear helps to give him political mileage that is what Politicians do to get elected.

  15. lee
    January 20, 2014

    Fontaine wants a small cabinet so his pay will be bigger that’s how his pay will not be pennies. Time will tell.

  16. Anonymous
    January 20, 2014

    The Prime Minister of Dominica had his child born in another country. Isn’t that unpatriotic! Most unpatriotic act! Talk about that!

  17. UWP
    January 20, 2014

    If only DNO was a true reflection of the DA voters, UWP would have won. Good strategy UWP, fill up DNO with comments and thumbs up or down, you may just win a few votes.

    • IS DERT!!
      January 20, 2014

      IF ONLY!! :lol: :-D :-P :cry: :mrgreen:

    • Real Da
      January 20, 2014

      You are just an impersonator.

      • JoJo
        January 20, 2014

        Just like that guy this morning on Matt show trying to hide his voice. We know who you are,so pathetic.

    • dafriend
      January 20, 2014

      We’ll see! Are you worried? You should be. You are either deaf and blind or a regular recipient of the Red Clinic. Nobody else would vote Labour again!

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2014

      The majority of Dominicans do not read and are not politically literate, that is why we have the kind of Government we now have.

      • Really
        January 20, 2014

        No,it’s people like you why this government is here,blaming the victim,because you cannot form a plan.
        Skerrit smart cause he is always planning. :lol:

      • JoJo
        January 20, 2014

        Scheming is not the same as planning.

      • Gary
        January 20, 2014

        How ignorant you are to make such statement.One of the effects of an ignorant person is that it teachers that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.

  18. citizen
    January 19, 2014

    it is now very clear that Dominica is ready for change, and there are two options open to Skerrit, either he dissolve the house and call elections now or he and his cabinet resign, “come on, pack up and let workers lead the way”

  19. Toomatoe Tomato
    January 19, 2014

    Change the scenario. How would you feel if in North American where the UWP operatives are traveling, spreading their party message in America and Canada, we hear a group of North Americans found siting in a street corner, told another American that they looking to kill West Indians particularly Dominicans, because they have come over and are taking over their jobs and businesses and they want us out of their country.

    We know for sure there is poverty, homeless people, jobless people, young people just hanging out, doing nothing and some of our brothers and sisters are gainfully employed and doing very well, thank you in these countries.

    What would be our re-action and whom would we blame for what these people would have said?

    What steps would we expect the Government of these countries to take to protect us and our family. What if the person who brought it to our attention is known to spread hate, division and is disrespectful of authority and has asked the young and not so young to follow him in his quest. Who would we blame. And what if it were all made up – Do you think that would that give some people the wrong ideas, planting awful thoughts in the minds of some individuals?

    Somethings worth pondering on. I hope to God that no place where hundreds of Dominicans have migrated too and made their homes that the citizens of those countries would hate us that much.

    And I ask God to protect our brothers and sisters both at home and aboard and all those on our shores and that we encourage our people, in particular our youth, to treat all people the way we would like to be treated with love and charity.

  20. A Fact
    January 19, 2014

    That was foolish. And I rebuke it! Again I rebuke all those who are trying to tear Dominica apart. Amen!

    Skerrit chose the negative to jump on. So did Thompson!

    I blame the one who started it and for what? I rebuke you!

  21. mm
    January 19, 2014

    good lord, I am tired of all this foolishness in my beloved Dominica, when is this going to stop,we need change.

  22. January 19, 2014

    MR FOUNTAIN statment is not somthing new to me. I Heard several young persons made simillar statments like this.AND this is just because of frustation form lack of work and opportunities to developed themselves.I have always tried to encorage them positively,and u no what one guy told me “we vote for the polititions to creat opportunities for us but they are only fattening themselves.They dont care about us.I SAID TO ONE GUY if you get guns and kill them u will go to jail but if u vote them out ,Then they can no longer fatten themselves because of your vote.So if u are not registerd to vote ensure that u do so because thats the only that u will be able to vote them out,and vote for who u think will be look out for YOU.

  23. Alex Bruno
    January 19, 2014

    Why, why, why must the people be subjected to this? Sometimes I wonder. Anyway, this gives me the confidence that our work is indeed credible. Our latest play, ‘Madame Speaker’,deals with this sort of political ‘wasteoftimeism’; my word for the action(s) of politicians who shy away from the realities of their shortcomings by engaging in political pondering. I invite you to come see it from January 24 – 26 at the Arawak.

    • Not me alone
      January 20, 2014

      @ Alex Bruno, my friend you need to aim at the target when shooting. You sound like a confused person who is depending on others to fight your for you while you sit on a comfortable seat drinking your coffee. I don’t believe your play at the Arawak will be of any help to Dominica since we all know for a fact that your partner in the play was very much involved in the distribution of free tickets for the 2009 elections. Stop shooting from far my friend!

  24. January 19, 2014

    If the dlp government used deception to enter and take the position of government, do You think such a deceptive government will not rule the people by deception and with a deceptive spirit if they did not repent,ask forgiveness and by reconciliation have unity? Such deceptive government will do what they do best,which is use deception and the deceptive spirit to maintain a deceptive rulership over the people they have deceived.

    Stop! Pray And Ask OF THE LORD Our GOD HIS WILL So Your choice Will counted As Good.
    Lean not unto your own understanding,In All Your ways acknowledge HIM And HE Shall Direct your path.

    Let no man deceive You.

    As Children OF GOD,We Are The Temple OF GOD And Therefore Ambassadors OF GOD.If We Are Called to Shepherd We Must Take Rod and Staff in Hand,and Stand to defend The Sheep. We cannot let the hirelines go in to kill,steal and destroy The Sheep.

    Knowing The Wheat and the tears grow together, We must Be Careful to know The Green Pastures HE Lay Us down In and not stray away from HIM. FOR HE IS Our Provider.

  25. January 19, 2014

    To All This May Concern and To All Concerned.
    If You Love yourself Please Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself.Therefore You Should Show Respect Also To These Men Who Chose to Present A Team To Offer Service and Represent A Choosen Nation. For They have and are Sacrificing much.Even some of you need to make such A Sacrifice, and are not, and will not be willing to make for the benefit of you or your family,much less for Others.

    These Men You have heard and some of You have seen and know for years. Their Record is there,available,present and not hidden. May You Please Listen,Hear,read and see so You can test The Spirit.

  26. Nj
    January 19, 2014

    Standindg strong with the DLP I will pay my own way and come home to vot e u all back. I dont Need a free ride . This is my country my monies are spent there so I have a say. All the way with the labor party

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2014

      If you want to put your money on a hobbled horse, be my guest!

  27. art Lin ATL
    January 19, 2014

    did not want to comment but it seems Dominica is slowly moving towards communism because this are the only countries where the media or any one are not allowed to speak about crime or any negativity about the country. live fro a short time in Laredo and every day the media would give news about murders the American government would tell it citizens not to go to Mexico but they will still go.so my personal opinion if the PM and Dominicans do not want negativity about Dominica to be know in the outside world just curtail or make it a crime for the media to report such crimes
    about a minute ago · Like
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  28. Not me alone
    January 18, 2014

    The Pm can twist, he can spin, he can fume, he can pretend but one thing, we will not allow him to hide. What Lenox Linton said in NY and Miami concerning government ministers involvement in money laundering is far more damaging to the nation than what all Thompson said which no Dominican can truly deny. If Skerrit is concerned about our image he needs to go all out after Lenox Linton by making use of his very strong legal team which by the way Lenox also made mention of them, and take the matter to court so we could get the matter resolved even if I don’t trust the justice system in Dominica. The fact that Skerrit continues to back away from Lenox, ant the legal brains like Tony, Lenox and the Easy-door out are all mute about it, leaves me very disturbed. Clear the ear Skerrit and stop hiding behind what Fontaine said

  29. Doc. Love
    January 18, 2014

    There is a saying,” it is better to be considered a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubts.” Go ahead, make Dr. Fontaine more popular then he already is.

  30. Mamiez
    January 18, 2014

    After hearing the comment allegedly made by Mr. Fountaine replayed, I am now convinced that the DLP are a desperate bunch.
    What a total misrepresentation on the part of Petta and Skeritt

  31. unique
    January 18, 2014

    God knows the honesty and sincerity of our hearts and every word which comes from our mouths, we can fool the people but we can’t fool him, God is watching us from a distance! Let us be humble and work in the best interest of our beloved country, Dominica.

  32. Deflected from Labou
    January 18, 2014

    Skerrit is clearly disturbed and deranged by this great move by the “novices” out there in North America.

    Having read the comment on Lenox Linton and the fact that he apologised if what he said about needy and greedy was misinterpreted or misrepresented, it shows once again that Lenox Linton stands head and shoulders above PM Skerrit. I know first hand that Roosevelt Skerrit does not have the capacity to apologize.

    On the issue of Thompson Fountain, I heard what he said myself and so I do not need Skerrit to try to read into what he said. We heard for ourselves and we understand. The whole world heard loud and clear. We also learnt of the corruption and about some eating all. Good night tan Skerrit.

  33. As I See It
    January 18, 2014

    DNO, please put Fontaine Audio up so all of us can here it

  34. Vieille-case boy
    January 18, 2014

    For a person I attended school with I am very ashamed of the Prime Minister. If he has any pride remaining in him, he needs to forget about Thomson Fontaine and take on Lenox Linton who accused him both in NY and Miami of being involved in Money laundering and said he has proof. Skerrit, please clear the air on that and restore the pride of Itassi. Furthermore, when you push and encourage your aunt Stella, who raised you and you yourself told the nation that you built her house for her, can you not see you digging your hole deeper? If after 14 years as Prime Minister and parlrep you are not able to motivate a young man our woman from Vieille-case to follow your political footstep and start by becoming chair person, can you not see you have failed and you causing everyone to see your failure? Why nurse Stella who is your aunt and adopted mother? By making her the chair person you have: 1. confirmed your failure 2. It is a sign that you are about to call an election and large sums of money will be passing through the said council. It is too obvious and blatant man! One thing, we start to ask questions, just don’t curse us like Gey and Etelbut (itassi joke)

  35. Anthony Ismael
    January 18, 2014

    Go Fontaine Go. Run Fontaine run. We support truth and honesty. Bob Marley said it best: “A good man is never honored in his own yard.”

  36. Anthony Ismael
    January 18, 2014

    I just want Dr. Fontaine to know that we support him 100%. I remember the man teaching at 6th Form College while he worked at Ministry. This man has always been someone you could talk to about any issue. Someone whom I respect. Keep speaking truth to power. Don’t let them stop you!!

  37. born Dominican
    January 18, 2014

    i am fed up of all u Dominicans everything is skeritte skeritte skeritte grow up fools skeritte is the best prime minister all u ever have after rosie Douglas, leave with it or die if rain falls skeritte if u all sheet your self skeritte all the man is doing good for my country but yet still all u don’t satisfied I can never read something good from dominican jackasses

    • born Dominican
      January 18, 2014

      I live in tortola I second that comment grow up people u al need jesus

  38. Rule
    January 18, 2014

    Why all these paranoia being displayed by the PM about Dr. Fontaine? Obviously Dr. Fontaine has injected fear in the heart of the PM. Is it a coincidence that both Petter and Skeritt are vehemently attacking the Guy. They have never been challenged by anyone like Dr. Fontaine, so their objective is to resort to character assassination and fabrication.

  39. Francisco Telemaque
    January 18, 2014

    “He echoed an earlier call by Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean in asking all Dominicans to condemn Dr Fontaine’s remarks”

    The only way all of Dominica should select to condemn the statement made by Fontaine, is if the statement he made is unfounded and fabricated.

    If in reality Thomson simply use the words of a group of people to make a point, and draw to the attention of Dominicans in the Diaspora, the frustration, and lack of hope they are experiencing in our country, then I must say it would take only people suffering from the Ostrich syndrome to condemn his remarks!

    It is true that we have lots of people in Dominica who possess the Ostrich mentality, and no matter what happens they believe that if they ignore the problem it will be eliminated; eliminated by its own will. We know that when the Ostrich is being pursued it hides its head in the sand, and believes itself to be unseen, and attempts to avoid danger, or difficulties such as we have in our country, by refusing to face our high rate of unemployment, and crime.

    Refusing to acknowledge the high volume of crime, and unemployment in Dominica will not change what is true; we can lie to ourselves, however, the proof is seen daily in the country, and the longer we remain with our heads covered in the Dominica sand, it is the longer it will take us to do something about our bad situation.

    If we do not like the bad news, then we must do something in order to prevent the bad news. Look at it this way; a few of us in Dominica, no longer go to the river, and bath naked; a minority of people now live in million dollar houses with swimming pools, while the majority still live in 16 X 12 structures, and utilizes the pit-holes outside on a rainy day or night when they need to defecate. The modern toilet they cannot afford.

    Why should the majority of people in the country be subjected to such primitive way of life in a country in the twenty-first century; while at the same time they see many who were as poor, and poorer than they are enters politics, and before they serve the first five years in office, they are able to build homes valued at millions of Dollars.

    Take for instance, one never worked on another job, prior to becoming a police officer, he gets out of the police force, became a politician, in a matter of months, this guy undertakes the building of a house valued more than a million dollars.

    I ask; shouldn’t this Ex-police, turn politician be in jail serving time? If we calculate all the money this man made while he was a police officer, and how much he made since becoming a politician, it is impossible for him to have saved so much money to build that house. When the youth of the country discover unethical behavior by people in authority, and they are deprive of a certain standard of living, the frustration sets in causing them to want to explore.

    Do the right thing people, while you are helping yourselves think about the poor, do what you were elected to do, provide jobs for the youth, and there might not be any threats made or talked about.

    Thomson has done the appropriate thing, and it no point anybody claim he is tarnishing Dominica’s name abroad, because all of the people who attends those so called meetings are Dominicans anyway, so what’s the hoopla all about, Americans cold care less about our dirty linen!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  40. vibrantlady
    January 18, 2014

    dominicans all u forgetting what u w p did when they were in power social security went desh they sold cdc and sell it over and they name it domlec they dry the treasurey every month public servant couldnt get paid something was always wrong with thier computeur now all u want to talk about my pm skerrit everymonth all u getting all u money he is the best god loves him god put him there no out fot him he stand firm all the elderly praying for him so god bless u my pm and ur cabbinet amen they have to see u next election

    • Malgraysa
      January 21, 2014

      I agree lady, the UWP made mistakes but the remarkable thing is they have learned and reformed That is a brave thing to do. That still does not make Skerrit a saint. A few years ago we heard a popular slogan going around “Who else but Skerrit”?
      We don’t hear that again and maybe it is because the people, who asked that question are afraid of the answer.

  41. SHELLOCH HOLMES
    January 18, 2014

    Guns! shooting people why the dc did not inform crime stoppers

  42. January 18, 2014

    After reading all of these comments on here, I really have to say that POLITICS have taken over our beloved Dominica and is turning people against each other. I thought we were a loving country with God fearing people. If we don’t try to respect each other and put our trust in God, Dominique finis bat.

  43. St. Thomas
    January 18, 2014

    Thompson also spoke of the size of the Gov’t and how it is too big for such a small country and economy.
    Why isn’t Skerro addressing that?

    • trolol
      January 18, 2014

      They’re to busy with Skerrit’s propaganda that’s why. This is all just a big sham, making the people latch on to the most trivial things said and leaving the real questions un-addressed.

    • Doc. Love
      January 18, 2014

      The man is also a farmer, he likes to cherry-pick.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 19, 2014

      Thompson is not the government. He is not yet in the government. Less criticism of the government. He should speak of his plans for especially the riding he represents and the constituents. This is what they want to hear. What can he do for them and to make their community a better and safe place.

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2014

      Because everyone knows Thompson lied on 3 counts. Dominica does not have the most ministers in the Caribbean. It does not have 18 ministers, Barbados does not have 8 ministers, there are 18 ministers and 2 Parliamentary Secretaries in Barbados. Thompson also said Dominica has more resources than the rest of the Caribbean combined. Should the PM address that too? Or do you know where the gold, oil bauxite and pitch lake can be found in Dominica?

      • JoJo
        January 20, 2014

        If I remember correctly Dr. Fontaine said the Eastern Caribbean.

    • Lang Mama
      January 19, 2014

      They spoke about Francesco Corello no answer; they spoke about money laundering no answer; they spoke about Petro caribe money no answer; Julian Gerau receiving offshore bank license right after coming from ail where he was jailed for mo ey laundering no answer; Ambrose getting fired twice and still coming back as minister no answer;
      The go et meant promised 500 jobs in September no answer; airport road completion no answer;

    • dd
      January 20, 2014

      I don’t know why he is not addressing, that, he trying to use the dr statememnt on what the young boys related to him and twist it around, i am not a uwp or a laborite, but i don’t see the dr did anything wrong, they trying to hush him up about the reality in Dominica and that’s all, this country has some of the highest food prices in the Caribbean, we claim we have 365 rivers yet they would cut off your water for a $60 bill and then you have to pay $100 for re connection, poverty is so obvious, i really cant see how people could think that this present government is moving Dominica forward, are Dominicans so illiterate or are they spoilt on hands out and not self dependent enough.

  44. bigsexy
    January 18, 2014

    One day before I BIGS3XY dies,God will allow me to see this present administration members in the opposition and this country will be prosperous. Dominicans will be employed,the annual growth will be 3-5%,the new hospital will be built and equipped,we will be afforded national insurance,an international airport will be a reality, primary health carebwill be even better than Dr.C Etienne days,a few of the present permanent secretaries will run out of state for compromising themselves and their offices and above all we will find a miraculous method to revoke the AS…..NS LAWYER’s citizenship. AMEN!

    • Simply the Truth
      January 19, 2014

      Some of you are too sure of yourselves and your opinion. You may be in for a big surprise to your disappointment.

  45. love I
    January 18, 2014

    Mr. Fontaine SPEAK…..young persons and more have no jobs, speak for them…..you touching them…speak.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 19, 2014

      Let us hope they have the education and expertise. This also includes experience.

      • Anonymous
        January 21, 2014

        True, I guess a doctorate from Togoland is a good substitute for experience.

  46. Lucky
    January 18, 2014

    The way I see it is that the UWP is eating into the last remaining hope for Skerrit (which is bringing in overseas votes) so he is cornered and will say anything.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      As I see it is that Thomson Fontaine in his explanation to the RECORDED VERSION of his speech used the opportunity to ADD more info. which was not included to the original version. If the young people had really told him what he alleges they did, why did he not counsel them and tell them where they could get help? Why did he not encourage them in a way to help them build their self-esteem? Why did he not suggest that they the UWP or on his own offer them a chance to attend college, youth training programmes which exists here in DA from, time immemorial or opportunities to start a small business? The gentleman did tell us what he said or did to reassure the ten young people that their lives are important and there are many opportunities available to them right now to ensure that they survive. Fontaine’s outburst must be condemned by all and sundry. This cannot be the behavior of a “true patriot”. With patriots like him, Dominica is doomed. Just my position.

      • Anonymous
        January 18, 2014

        …….! what outburst you talking about? everyone who interacts with the young men on the blocks knows that those sentiments are expressed all the time. It is sick people like you who are the cause of the state of Dominica

      • rosebud
        January 18, 2014

        I stand fully by my statement.

      • Anthony Ismael
        January 18, 2014

        All well and good. Where are the jobs for them?
        Halfway in the month of January, 2014 there have been three murders and one kidnapping. However, we’re making Dr. Fontaine the focus. “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”

      • Fondcole'
        January 18, 2014

        Of course Mr. Fontaine said that he told the young men that their thoughts were wrong and this was the wrong way to go.
        But people like you will never see the light even if it is shining in your eyes.
        I feel sorry for Dominicans like you. But i want to tell you that there is still hope!

      • Helas!
        January 18, 2014

        ?????????????????????????????????????? you sure, it is not with people like you and yours????????????????

      • dominican
        January 20, 2014

        so many why’s that dont make sense .. Why dont you grow some of that .. Some Common Sense!!!

      • Diaspora
        January 20, 2014

        Rosebud you asking all kind of whys. But why don’t you ask Mr. Skerrit, why do we have so many idle young people on the streets, and why after ten years there are no programmes in place addressing the young people issues.
        and why they dismantled the Junior Secondary Programme that provided a mixture of skills and academics for people like me who are not academically inclined.
        And I could go on and on. Because the whys you are asking Dr Fontaine should have been addressed by the Government. My final why is why do we have Ministers heading a Government Machinery that is suppose to look about the needs of the people in its country but chose to look about their own needs while we have to come up the steps of the financial centre and beg for crumbs. Why?

    • ##D.A.##.
      January 18, 2014

      Read thru the lines the same GOVT,, they started having meetings with persons living in the diaspora during our W.C.M.F. and Independence Celebrations those forum as they called it used to be aired live, all of it, where the Government would out line their success and failures: transparence. the word that is always over used yet never being practice. Low and behold noticeably people used to voice their opinion and suggestions for all to hear, but, lo and behold as usual some person{S} came out with their bright idea to only have the so called meeting wit the diaspora, selectively carry the main speaker address live and one or two other minister, after that they go off the air preventing Questions and concerns by those in attendance all that and more too many instances to referenced, I smell a “RAT” talk about how things can go unnoticed by the casual none attentive person? Think of those things and come to your own conclusion. NOW! every body pulling a tough of war using the Diaspora as their porn. MAGWAY SA! NOU TOUT PA SOT.!!!

  47. Anonymous
    January 18, 2014

    Skerrit stop trying to shoot down the messenger. Please try to deal with the message. Why do you want us to sweet this matter under the carpet. Deal with the situation man and stop trying to pull the wool over people’s eye.

  48. January 18, 2014

    Stella, a retired nurse, is chairwoman of the Vieille Case Village Council. WHY?

    Once a person is RETIRED from the Government that person CANNOT be employed within the Government in another capacity.

    She is receiving RETIREMENT BENEFITS while GAINFULLY EMPLOYED in another branch of Government, how is that possible? If she wanted to continue working she should remain a nurse, or find employment elsewhere, NOT ANOTHER GOVERNMENT POSITION.

    Okay Roosevelt, she is “your AUNT” that raised you, I understand your preference, but do you not think people are noticing?

    There are several UNEMPLOYED and CAPABLE people in the Village. Stella SHOULD NOT be a CANDIDATE for that position. I am flabbergasted.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2014

      Stop talking nonsense Observer. So a retired civil servant should just go sit in a corner and wither until they die? Did it ever occur to you that they may have something valuable to contribute even in retirement from their former employment?

      • I understand
        January 18, 2014

        What observer is saying makes a lot of sense. observer was not saying she should not be employed, observer is saying not in government , she has already retired from the government so she should be doing volunteer work on-behalf of the government or be fully employed in the private sector .

      • Anonymous
        January 18, 2014

        Have you ever heard of Voluntary service. Do it not expecting a pay. Leave the paid job for the unemployed non retirees.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Because she was voted “chair” by the elected and nominated members of the council. This is how it works. There is no other way. You must get acquainted to the procedures of how a village council and chairperson is elected.

    • There you have it.
      January 18, 2014

      Since when are Village Councils another branch of Government? Please explain…

    • dog bite
      January 18, 2014

      Who really educate you on retirement and employment? People like you should get more information about things before you all comment.

    • fil
      January 20, 2014

      Stella was elected by the people.

    • Diaspora
      January 20, 2014

      Observer
      The Councillors are giving voluntary service to their community. Its not a paid job by Government. They receive what is called a stipend of $160 per month and the Chairman in that case Stella gets $200.00.
      Every registered person can offer themselves for election as long as they meet the criteria according to the law. But Stella has been the chairman…..and DNO… the title is Chairman not chairwoman. from since Skerrit became Prime Minister, that in it self sends a political message to the Council. I am sure if he is not in Government tomorrow she will not offer herself for election.
      And my final question among the seven other Councillors; there was no one else who could be the Chairman. Get some fresh ideas and new leadership; this council is being managed like a Social League Club. Get real man in Vieille Case. Step up to the plate.
      A chairman going around with pittance in paper bag to gain votes for her nephew, when the community has so many needs. Wake Up Itassi!!!

      • Anonymous
        January 21, 2014

        $200 a month is not nothing. That buys at least 40 bottles of Kubuli.

    • ????????
      January 20, 2014

      Observer organization like village councils and City councils are persons who are voluntary. And if you would know your history, you would know that those organization cannot pay the persons for their services. Actually this is not a job where you get a salary. Most times what you get is a small amount for transportation allowance for going to meetings, conferences, you name it. Why not offer yourself instead of talking. I know persons who changed their mind when they see what councils is all about. Maybe you need to become a volunteer so will have a taste of what it is. Just saying

  49. Jay
    January 18, 2014

    These issues are not new and we were warned at least three years ago by none other than our own eminent legal mind, Gabriel Christian when he was quoted by BBC Caribbean , on Jan. 4 2011 (…for all the world to hear!) as saying that “the two terms served by the Dominican Labour Party under the leadership of Roosevelt Skerrit has brought corruption and scandal to Dominica” and remarked further that lawless leaders translate into a lawless people. Apparently we did not take heed then but I hope we do so comes the next election.
    The stables need to be cleaned out so we can start afresh.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      The only scandal that exists is what you and others like you propagate without evidence.

      • Malgraysa
        January 18, 2014

        Well, let Roosevelt Skerrit sue Lennox Linton then. Let the charges by Mr. Emanuel against mr. Isidore proceed and let those found guitly be punished and the innocent find justice. Why not?

      • Ba Yo Bwa
        January 18, 2014

        Not just that. We wish people who propagate this filth took time, looked around and point to us evidence of what the preach. The is no other nation in the world where the citizens feel that they need a firearm of protection. The USA!! Consequently, the number of violent deaths that occur in the USA – by and without firearms – is staggering. Does that then mean that the government of the States is scandalous, corrupt and violent? Furthermore, is not the USA our standard bearer in this world? From whence we take all our life lessons? That we seek so strenuously to emulate?

      • ????????
        January 20, 2014

        Yes rosebud, these persons just repeat and say things without facts. Just repeating what others say. They do not even know the facts about themselves as well and only looking for issues to speak about. Libel and Slanderous persons they are. They will one of these days become their own victim and will feel how they allowed others to feel with their gossip,lies and slander.

        I don’t care about any thumb downs! Did you hear!

  50. tet pool
    January 18, 2014

    Cheap shot mr.skerrit and pastor petter! The man just related what some young men in one of Dominicas community said to them to point out the level of frustration that unemployment causes on the ground and petter st,jean and the pm turn the mans statementaround to make him look like the bad one,magway sa man! we not falling for that nuh!anyone with a brain will read through those fellas lies,deceit,and mischief and machination to distract the opposition’s plans..The pm,petter and people like philsbert should take responsibility for the level of frustration those young men are experiencing that caused them to spew out such agression…they are unemployed and cannot provide for themselves and families because all the local jobs are given to Chinese by that corrupt and incompetent regime!!!!!!

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      The Chinese are the hardest working people in the universe I think. If some of us took stayed in school and learn well, we would by now be able to get jobs or provide some for ourselves. We have so many opportunities open to us, but some of us prefer to hang out on the roadside doing nothing and being envious of the progress that others make because of their hard work. Even though some of do not want to work, we want everything we see others have. It is time to wake up, pull up our bootstraps and work for what we need and WANT. We are the ones bringing Dominica down every time we open our mouths and “tick tock” on our phones and computers. The government is doing quite well in a country with people some of which do not even want to work, or pay their taxes. Some with the biggest voices are those who do not care about their own way of life.

      • Yesss!!!
        January 21, 2014

        I wish that I could ‘thumbs-up’ this comment a million times.

  51. The Baptist
    January 18, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit has lost all credibility as a person, a minister of government, and as the prime minister of Dominica.
    It is not only people outside of the DLP that are saying that he continuously engages in terminological inexactitues, but the PRO, of the party has confirmed that the whole philosophy of this administration is based on lies and not truth.
    So then what does one expect, when challenged with the reality of the situation in the country under their rule, and not having answers, or even the basic ability to effectively address the mounting problems, particularly, those faced by the youths.
    Skerritt had a golden opportunity to define himself and Dominica’s direction positively, instead he squandered his political capital, enriching himself and his close associates, and family members, while impoverishing the vast majority of Dominicans, even some very hard working ones..
    Ibelieve that the prime minister would be better served if he would explain to Dominicans why his administration insists on burden the various communities with leadershiphat the people themselves have rejected, by installing those discards to head the various village, and urban councils, while ignoring those whom the people have elected by substantial margins. I believe that such an explanation is much more important to the country than his twisted and distorted version of the story of our young people as told by Dr. Fontaine.
    It is time this so called PM grows up and take responsibility for the demise of the youths and the economy of Dominica.

    Mr. Editor I know this may not be what you would have me say, but freedom of speech as well as the press is still part of life in Dominica, of course I recognize your right to not publish it, but stop suppressing certain people’s speech.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Those of us who live here, worked very hard and are still working, pay our taxes and know about our country, do NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING you wrote. So, get your information straight. You are totally misinformed about this PRIME MINISTER who has ben doing, is still doing, and will continue to do a marvellous job in changing the social, educational and physical milieu of our beautiful country. So, wait your turn. I do hope when your turn comes, you will consider continuing the very significant programmes that the government has undertaken in an effort to make Dominica a better place to live. Think about it.

      • Malfini
        January 21, 2014

        Rosebud, you deserve to be called REDBUD from now on. Honestly, you have earned that epithet.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 19, 2014

      You have a problem which is the same problem with some people, the non-supporters. You are assuming that he lost credibility. It is your opinion which does not represent everyone, those who know him and who support him.
      The next time you write, phrase your comments differently if you know how and cease your useless and wicked attacks.

  52. Glanvillia
    January 18, 2014

    So we understand why they don’t want to engage in a debate that all intelligent people would like to hear. Can we imagine Skerrit debating Lennox or Petta Ron Green- the list goes on.

    All Skerrit and his moomoos looking for is opportunity for mepwuis and propaganda. Well mepuis and propaganda does not change the state of the economy.
    After 14 years in government this Labor Party still cant get it. They spend there time in office enriching themselves , insuring that foreign labor do the work that our people should be doing, they destroyed agriculture; said that they focused on tourism but really only in words; They have not created jobs – nothing to show how many jobs they have created.

    We wonder why they cannot produce the results of the census done since 2011. One they would like to conceal there insidious plan to rig the election and are hiding the sad findings of the census.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      No form of debate will force people to change their minds about who they will vote for. Remember the US debates? Obama was not doing so well at them. He won the election. Most people vote on what they see happening in the country about which they are pleased. Things which bring them hope and comfort, things which improve their way of life. A debate will not make the change you think it will. Think again. Words are just what they are. What we see on the ground is what makes the change.

  53. Independent
    January 18, 2014

    I drove for 50 minutes to listen to what the UWP candidates had to say because I care about Dominica and wanted to hear their vision for Dominica. They did made very good points and showed some ways they would have done things differently and I really appreciated. Granted their message isn’t that much different from that of the Govt. but just a difference in philosophical approach.

    I think that their message got engulfed when Dr. Fontaine made this unfortunate statement. I was very disappointed and held back the questions that I had prepared to ask. Come on, a loose group of young uneducated, unemployed, probably drug users who doesn’t really care about what comes tomorrow, tells you that all they want are guns to kill who ever, and you are putting this on the international stage. I’m I now to be scared of Dominica because I was made to believe that the youths are searching for guns to kill people randomly? We are talking about our tourism industry that needs to be improved. How do we do that? By advertising DA on the international market. What an advert that was. Negativity that may have prevented a few visitors from visiting DA.

    We must understand that change doesn’t come by saying it, I comes through our action and our thought process. Having read the various comments, you can clearly see the comments of the bias labour party supporters and that of the UWP supporters. That I can live with, but to hear Dr. Fontaine saying that he stands by his word and doesn’t have the humility to say that he miss spoke and apologized, I am further disappointed and sadden. I was really looking for the difference in such an educated man, who should understand that it isn’t just about him or the UWP but Dominica and the damage his words can cause to it.

    So Mr. Thompson and the UWP, change isn’t just an idea or a phrase use as a political strategy as in this case but something that we positive people hope for and would like to embrace. Your idea of change is filled with hypocrisy and dishonesty. Please help me think differently by doing the right thing and apologize, for it is only then would I be able to take you all seriously. Please give me an alternative if there is one.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 18, 2014

      Apologize for what? Thomson did not invent the story. He related what he was told and use the encounter with the young men to illustrate the level of frustration among some young persons in Dominica. Are you suggesting that he should have swept it under the carpet? How are the social problems to be meaningfull solved if we do not acknowledge and deal with the facts as they are? Man, get real!

      • Independent
        January 18, 2014

        I think that you should get of your political bias wagon and see the real issue here. I have to allegiance here, just DA first. No on is asking to sweep anything under the rug, if Thompson knew better he would know that this asn’t the place for that. Hey, the mere fact that it is being discussed says alot.

      • rosebud
        January 18, 2014

        What did Fontaine tell the youths to encourage them? I wish he had engaged them more positively. Then, he could be praised. He had a wonderful opportunity to make a change. He did not embrace it. I wonder where was his brain?

      • Ba Yo Bwa
        January 18, 2014

        So ignorant. What else should he, Thomson, have done to “invent the story?” It ONLY become a story because he said it. Learn to read and understand how language works. For heaven’s sake! No wonder our country is in the dog house as it is – is because of puny brains like yours who do not know that they do not know. And knows not when to shush.

      • Simply the Truth
        January 19, 2014

        What Fontaine stated was out of place. It did not belong in this political forum. What was his idea making such a statement? Listening to radicals and quoting them was insensible.
        These school drop-outs, disrespectful and disobedient boys only wanted their voices heard but were not worth quoting. Their words should not have been repeated for proof against the present government. They need to be educated.
        If this is proof to criticize the present government, it is no proof at all.
        What they stated was serious enough that he should have informed the police about them. You never know what they could do.

      • Gary
        January 21, 2014

        What makes you think that Dr.Fontaine did not invent that story.Why are you such a trustful person when it comes to Politicians.You have lots to learn about Politics and Politicians.Politicians are great at making up facts to portray their message especially if it gives them Political mileage,Stop being naive.

      • Gary
        January 21, 2014

        To Ba Yo Bwa

        You know why our country is in the dog house, simply because we trust Politicians, it is the same for the rest of the world People put to much trust in Politicians.Why do we accept what Politicians tell us as face value,the same can be said for Dr. Fontaine.In politics Perception is much more powerful than the truth.

    • Glanvillia
      January 18, 2014

      Independent you have not demonstrated your independence when you are clearly parroting Tony Astaphan’s garbage. This is exactly what Tony wants and that is to get intelligent people to take their eye off the real issues of the country. So you who claim to be independent would rather dwell on the twists and propaganda than the abject failure of the government to create a sustainable economy and better life for the people. So you would not even discuss the issues of bread and butter but jump to Tony Astaphan propaganda.
      How could an independent person with your intellect dub Thomson Fountaine the villaine just for simply revealing what a group of young men said to him as they expressed their dissatisfaction with the economic status quo. ‘If you are independent why don’t you talk about or objectively iscuss an incumbent government that is saying that they cannot create 500 jobs in 3 years even after being in government for 14 years. Note the same government promised 500 jobs in September of last year.Where is your independent thoughts on such matters.

      Where is your independent thoughts on the matters where the people of Dominica are onlookers where Chinese are dominating the labor force in our country on capital projects.

      Remember Thomson also boldy said that this government has been selling our passports and that the number of passports sold does not reflect the money that came to our treasury. Now isn’t that statement worth more that what Thomson said that the young people told him. The fact is whether or not Thomson should or should not have repeated what the young people told him the young people said it and that is what the government should be concerned about.
      If someone come tell me that my kid is talking some form of violence would attack the messenger or engage my kid to find out the problem or rather try find my kid some professional help.

      • Independent
        January 18, 2014

        Who ever you are, I spoke independently, haven’t heard or listen to what Tony had to say on the issue. If he did that is his take on it, and it had nothing to do with my opinion on this matter. You failure to appreciate my independent opinion clearly demonstrates your political bias. You are no different from the Tony you alluded to. I have the right to demonstrate my disgust at the political leaders who put themselves forward to represent Dominicans, but pictures Dominica as a lawless and corrupt country. I do not agree with this prospective. Take a look around you, Dominica comes no where close to Trinidad, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the mighty USA just to name a few, when it comes to crime and corruption. So to portray Dominica as such on the international stage is not only wrong but shows a lack of leadership on his part. This only serves to destroy Dominica, a change that none of us Dominicans, even you, should embrace.

      • True that
        January 18, 2014

        Good point. God bless Dominica and enough with all these negativity from these politicians.

      • Gary
        January 19, 2014

        To Glanvillia

        Your last paragraph outlining a scenario in comparison to what Thomson did is not the same.How can you make such foolish comparison.I will tell you why it is not the same,the person telling something about your child is not a Politician to start with, secondly that person does not have an agenda and does not gain anything to further an agenda telling you what your child is doing.That person is reporting to you something as a concerned parent or citizen.You should also remember to question the messenger motive for telling such thing.Why isn’t Thomson motives not questionable,especially when he is politician.

        Yes,we all know the plight of Young people, do we needed a Politician with an agenda running for office playing on our emotions and exploiting a situation to tell us something we know.The rest of your comment is filled with such foolish Political rhetoric masquerading as truth,that is the case with politics.

        Regarding your statement quote”Remember Thomson also boldly said that this government has been selling our passports and that the number of passports sold does not reflect the money that came to our treasury” Do you know The PM filed a Lawsuit against Thomson regarding such allegations.You are entitled to have political opinion which I respect but you must not believe you are correct with you political opinions.

      • citizen
        January 19, 2014

        Like it o not Dr Fountain is going to be in the house and in government that is where skerrit is going to have to deal with him while he Skerrit is going to be sitting on the opposition side.

    • Law
      January 18, 2014

      I appreciate that comment. We should all seek to put Dominica First.

    • New York
      January 18, 2014

      I like that. You are so correct. Change isn’t lip service or a slogan. It must be real and positive.

    • There you have it.
      January 18, 2014

      And, what do you have to say about Skerrit’s interpretation of what was truly said? Secondly, in this Internet age nothing is hidden from the international arena. So, your argument about tourism doesn’t wash.

    • Anthony Ismael
      January 18, 2014

      Independent, I can see your point of view. However, DNO informs us about every crime in Dominica as soon as it occurs. I live on the East Coast of the United States and I can tell you that no politician runs for office, not even at the local level without crunching annual crime statistics and making their plan public, on how they plan to address it.I take it that you live outside of Dominica too.
      So let’s be realistic with our criticism. Cruise ships are still visiting Dominica. Reasonable people know that there is crime everywhere. I also believe that Dr. Fontaine’s points are valid and relevant. You can’t run for office without first acknowledging an issue then presenting your plan to address the issue. There are too many unsolved murders in Dominica. This issue has to be placed on the forefront and we should not sweep it underneath the table.
      1. Munga Freeman: AKA Omari Smalls (Murder Still Unsolved).
      2. Boy Boy: (Murder Still Unsolved).
      3. Glenworth Emanuel (Arson on his residence Still Unsolved).
      4. The lady in Portsmouth who recently went missing and was found murdered (Unsolved).
      5. Three men were found murdered on a speed boat in Newtown last year (These murders are still unsolved).
      Any wise investor will examine crime statistics before making an investment in Dominica. I am surprised how some of us who are more aware of how things actually work, invest so much time and energy to dumb down others. It’s a shame. We need to leave the bubble mentality alone. Dominica needs help now.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      January 18, 2014

      You are been very dishonest you are talking from both side of your mouth!

      Psychology many of us have studied, and we know when we encounter words put together; intended to distort the mind of the unsuspecting and to deceive. Any kindergarten student who are able to read and interpret what they read can see exactly what you are attempt to do.

      Here is what gave you away, and made you intentions known. “Granted their message isn’t that much different from that of the government, but just different in philosophical approach.” You went on to say “I think Dr. Fontaine made the unfortunate Statement.”

      Whoever your are, perhaps you need to explain what unfortunate mistake, or statement Fontaine made?

      One cannot make an unfortunate statement if they were repeating something which was conveyed through them a simply conduit. In politics, people express their views and opinions to people with political ambitions; these politicians do owe it to their audiences to inform them of the any situation in the country, good or bad.

      For you to suggest that Thomson made an unfortunate statement if in fact he simply stated what was told to him; I suspect you are suggesting that we all should cover up the evils existing in our country, and live a lie.

      You are suggesting that all of us should cover the truth, and live a lie as long as it serves a political purpose to people like you; that philosophy is wrong!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Observer
      January 18, 2014

      Dr. Fountain said nothing that did not allready know, Young people in DA are fustrated and they are turning to drugs and violent activities to vent out, not say that it is okey, but let us say it as it is.

    • Watching!
      January 19, 2014

      But if a teacher uses a scenario to bring out a concept , does it mean the teacher would be preaching violence? would a farmer go out there and find his products missing and points it out, to show the level of frustration , would he have to apologize for saying that? and we can use countless senarios and examples to bring out situations that people in our island are experiencing, but this does not mean people are preaching violence or making the country look bad. In one week 3 people were murdered, you did not condemn it and said it poses a threat to the island? so why is it that Mr Fontaine used a scenario to bring out something that is crucial in Da that political mileage is made with it. Team Dominica, these are just the tactics of the DLP to sidetrack you all from presenting to your audience the message of change. God bless Dominica and may he help our eyes and ears to be opened to what is going on in our land!

    • SMH
      January 19, 2014

      You may not not be scared of Dominica, but tourists should be scared. Don’t cover your eyes to all of the robberies happening to tourists there. How can you promote a little tiny island with so much desperation and violence. Not just for money too, what about the french family who had their 16 year old daughter raped right in front of them. This is and anger and desperation based crime. As a Dominican you may never have to be scared there. But go back and see how many of your acquaintances and their family members will beg you for money or food. Open your eyes and forget politics if you like but for gods sake see the truth.

    • Always
      January 19, 2014

      @independence,

      Is people like you, that have skerrit them there doing what they want. Why hide the truth to look good.

      I was taught to speak the truth even if it may offend your brother. Guess u would lie to make others believe everything is so sweet in ur Dominica. Agriculture we were blessed with, they cannot get it right, so what tourism u talking about.

      All the corruption that going on and is live doesn’t round the tourist?

      You need to get your head out of the cloud

  54. St. Thomas
    January 18, 2014

    Oh how I like small island politics. Instead of addressing the issues, the politicians choose to pollute the minds of the short sighted people.

  55. ##D.A.##.
    January 18, 2014

    S.O.S. Can some one explain to me why a small country like Dominica with a population of under seventy thousands people and a fraction of that qualified to vote in a democratic system, is so embroiled with so much drama, controversy? this is the year 2014 I have never imagined such crass, low down, simple crab in a barrel mentality, simple because we are preparing for Elections which suppose to bring out the best in persons we elect to run the affairs of our country. Instead its the opposite. I am left to concluded that politics has become such a high stake affair for certain persons to allegedly enrich them selves at the expense of its people. In my opinion it is just going to get worst going forward, the sad part is we the people will be left with the empty bag holding in pain. MARK MY WORDS”!! We are heading down the wrong road.

  56. Yam Babawoolais
    January 18, 2014

    It is quite appalling that on matters that are relevant to the deep crisis the government people are mute. The blue team is only looking for straws that are of no value to the nest.
    Thomson repeated what the young people said and they sent pastor peppa to go make a fool of himself.
    There are still many people who want to hear this level of nonsense and Tony Astaphan himself would love to continue promoting ignorance among our people.
    We see how much they twisted Lennox words they sent Kelvar Darroux to say that Lennox said that the old people are prostituting themselves. Now Petta is repeating Tony’s message with a twist of added lies so much so that the reporters on the station were even laughing at him.
    Tony sent Skerrit to attack Joshua , Monelle and Ron Charles to say what ? Absolute nonsense – not even elementary school kids would engage in such nonsense about half and half. Can you imagine a prime minister engaging in such level of stupidity and gutter like politics.

    There are those of us who would like to hear the government deal with the issues. Oh but wait they are afraid to debate.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      We heard all the recordings. If you did, you would speak the truth. You all are not the only ones who are intelligent, educated, have good listening skills and can remember well. Some of us can still keep information as it is presented “verbatim” in our long-term memory.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2014

      You only have to look at their works. If you not seeing it then you are blind.

  57. yesapapa
    January 18, 2014

    you go to a village and meet a couple of young men on the streets who were sent to school,(most of them) and CHOSE the streets instead(I know what i talk about)they make the foolish statements because thats just their nature, and you make that your campaign highlight? YESAPAPA. sick allu sick

    • say say
      January 18, 2014

      that statement he made wasnt his campaign highlight . the person who called peter st jean and told him made it there highlight many things were said at the meeting . but the labour party use it as their highlight. peter to like beff .typical laplaine man

  58. Too Late
    January 18, 2014

    dno update your pic on the pm. That is not how he looks now.that is the pic when every one said to give the young man a chance

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2014

      I was thinking about that too when I saw the pic.

  59. DA to the BONE
    January 18, 2014

    I was so surprise listening to the UWP meeting in NJ and Thomas Fountain making such a statement about our young people. You want to be a leader what kind of leader takes their country down this international path. this is a situation that you should have dealt with but instead you tuck it in your back pocket to make political millage. Two of my co-workers were with me and I had a lot of explaining to do black people look alike you don’t know who is American. Shame on you Thomas for thinking you are right. I though you were a leader in the making but after this and you want to be so arrogant about it I am definitely thinking twice.

    • Black Nobility
      January 18, 2014

      Are serious, or just deaf, dumb and blind. Did you not listen to the tape of the Dr. and listen to what the PM said. Boy you are sooooo stupid and uneducated. Shame on you.

      • rosebud
        January 18, 2014

        You do not sound so educated either.

    • labor
      January 18, 2014

      this was not said in nj. what station were u listening? “radio clean your ears fm”

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2014

      You can’t even spell the man’s name correctly. It is Dr. Thomson Fontaine. Do you know what you are talking about? get a life!

    • tet pool
      January 18, 2014

      i will describe what u just said there in ONE word:UTTER RUBBISH!!!

      • haha
        January 18, 2014

        well i’ve just seen a new breed of idiot! UTTER RUBBISH is ONE WORD hahaha, papamete

      • Frenz
        January 18, 2014

        Obviously haha is a johnny come lately cause haha simply doesn’t know the history behind the Phrase “one word utter rubbish”. Now the joke is on haha

      • haha again
        January 20, 2014

        I johny come lately still say you’re an IDIOT.. hahahahahahhahahhaha.look kiks. . you people are too uptight. BREATHE A LITTLE . GOD LOVES US ALL.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Great thinking. Fontaine should have thought of a better way to deal with this “fairy tale” information he said he was told by the young people. He will do anything to find a job. My view.

    • Anthony Ismael
      January 18, 2014

      And you live in a state where people in your Governor’s office sent traffic to Fort Lee as political pay back for a failed political endorsement. First responders could not reach people in need of their service. Politics is not for the weak at heart. Stop it!

    • Anthony Ismael
      January 18, 2014

      I was so surprised to see how petty the Christie Administration is in Trenton New Jersey. You guys are trying to make Dr. Fontaine look bad. What a shame!!
      Every crime in Dominica is posted on DNO all day everyday. Jesus Man!

    • say say
      January 18, 2014

      who the hell is thomas fontaine get the man name right you just so busy to blast the man you give him your own name

    • say say
      January 18, 2014

      who is thomas get the man name rigt

    • say say
      January 18, 2014

      give mr thompsom a break . get off his back .it seems is he alone in the party.

    • Papa Dom
      January 19, 2014

      You damn lie you didn’t listen to nothing

  60. web
    January 18, 2014

    The fruit is right for the picking… :-D

  61. JB CHARLES
    January 18, 2014

    Thomas Fountain isn’t interested in Dominica’s development an educated man as he is spreading these kinds of rumors. When Pierre Charles was PM he ask Thomas to help the Government to build Dominica he Thomas said I cannot work for pennies and went on to work for the IMF for $10,000 a month what happen to IMF we want to know because all of a sudden you get interested in the PENNIES

    • Black Nobility
      January 18, 2014

      Jesus crist man listen to the tapes you uneducated people. Dr. Fontaine said one thing what some young men told him and Your dictator skeritt used his mind games and said Dr. Fontaine is spreading violence. You labourites are soooo stupid.

      • JB CHARLES
        January 19, 2014

        Black Nobility you to dam educated for yourself stop tutting your horn only a fool does such and when you spelling JESUS CHRIST this is how it is spell the joke is on you eheheheheh

    • Not a herd follower
      January 18, 2014

      JB Charles, if you do not know the facts, why don’t you simply remain silent and educate and inform your self. Thomson became employed by the IMF before Pierre Charles entered government. Second, Thomson has been engaged by various governments and a professor by a US university since resigning from the IMF. So, if Thomson was simply interested in making money, do you really believe that Thomson would cavort Dominica’s pennies? Please take the advice of Matt Peltier that it is better to be thought of as a fool rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

      • JB CHARLES
        January 19, 2014

        Herd follower stay on your grass path because you maybe is Thomson partner you know so much about his pennies or you are benefiting from his pennies but it is to late tell THOMSON we have his number……

    • non partisan
      January 18, 2014

      As a citizen of DA am really amaze by the level of political discuss in my country. I have listened to the speech of Dr fountain and all he was alluding to was the level of frustration that is existing in our country. Like Fountain or not this is the truth. We take every thing in this country to make political mileage. And if all of us love Dominica we should not shy away from the realities but confront them with a solution in mind.

  62. Ann Derass
    January 18, 2014

    DNO the headline should read “Skerrit’s adopted mother, Stella LeBlanc is chairperson of Vielle Case Village Council”. This would make a more sexy story.
    If Skerrit takes offense with Dr. Fontaine’s experience with the hurting young men of Dominica, Skerrit should go to Fond Cole and have an open discussion with the young men and have it live for the world to hear what the young men have to say.
    What is Skerrit’s problem with Dr. Fontaine’s comment? Fontaine is calling for violence? No, clearly not, anyone who understands basic english is clear on that.
    Skerrit is angry about people knowing the real situation in Dominica? Or he is determined to take advantage of the ignorance of stupid stupid labourites to build support. Whatever it is, Skerrit is desperate.
    Come on face the nation with an open forum, go and have an open forum like the UWP is doing in the Diaspora.
    Go face real questions.

    • Portsmouth
      January 18, 2014

      Ann, not even me could have articulated this discussion better than you! Well put together and expressed.
      Dominica needs educated people like you and Thompson

    • January 18, 2014

      Stella is his aunt.

      • JoJo
        January 18, 2014

        Observer, don’t nitpick. We know Stella is his blood aunt. That is why the blogger said “adopted mother”.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      They do not need to patch up words to convince people. The evidence is there. We in DA are actually living and feeling and enjoying what is going on. We do not need story tellers to say strange things that we cannot even understand to make us change our minds. We know who we are, where we are and what we want. Words can cause us no harm.

  63. ga 400
    January 18, 2014

    Let me encourage my dear beloved Dominicans who are spiritual minded it not what you do but what you accept and what you do with what you accept that what determines where you end up so beloved fellow Dominicans don’t let the scam of the skerrit prevent you from reaching the promised land

  64. Grand Bay Yard Fowl
    January 18, 2014

    The only thing the Dominica Labor Party DLP operatives do well, is spin and tailor one’s statement to fit their agenda of lies and deception. It won’t work anymore! We the “People” know the TRUTH, and only the TRUTH will set us FREE. Thank God for that!

    The Grand Bay Yard Fowl will not fall for it anymore.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Remember that “we the people” lost the elections last time around. So, we the people are already in the minority.

  65. lovely
    January 18, 2014

    I can tell you, Fontaine correct. Yesterday, I was in Gutter village and I heard three young men saying how frustrated they are and
    Roosevelt Skerrit is responsible for that. As a supporter of Skerrit, I smiled and said to myself stupid boys, but while driving home I thought of it and told myself, the Gov’t really have to do something to help our young people otherwise, there will always be crime in our country.

    • Black Nobility
      January 18, 2014

      FINALLY, someone who is seeing things how it should be looked at.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      There are CRIMES in the MOST INFLUENTIAL countries in the world. We wish there were no crimes anywhere, But you cannot blame that on the government. There were crimes in the 70’s, 8o’s 90’s and long before this. Other governments had to deal with crimes. So, what is your point?

  66. APACHE
    January 18, 2014

    one bashing the other,wom will we choose to lead this country.don’t be like certain ministers who fight fistfight in parlement .we have seen this already

  67. January 18, 2014

    skeritt tell me which is more a violent statement or rather a statement which promotes violence and lawlessness,’NO LAW,NO CONSTITUTION CAN PREVENT ME’or quoting what was said by young frustrated youth of this country for which you and your GREEDY administration are totally responsible,do you know what some youths said in fond cole yesterday?i’ll not tell you go there and hear for yourself,but one thing is certain among them they can no longer be fooled.giving them $500.00 now and abandoning them as soon as election finishes,will not work anymore,THE TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION AND IT’S FINAL STOP IS VICTORY STATION,no sacrifices of blood to the devil can stop this train,cause devils afraid of the captain of de train.

    • tet pool
      January 18, 2014

      i concur…Skerrit statement had and still has the potential to promote lawlessness and violence that what dr fontaine quoted from the young men!lets stop our hypocricy, Dominicans and stop those greedy opportunists from pulling wool over our eyes

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Have you read the constitution? What did the courts rule?

  68. Lougaoo Mem
    January 18, 2014

    Team Dominica is the most distinguished, honorable, credible, and professional group of men the nation has ever experienced, stepping forward in desperate times, to emancipate our people from a toxic mental slavery virus, the Roosevelt Skerrit’s lies, deceits, manipulation of our judicial system, and the maladministration and governance of our country.

    Lennox Linton, Dr Thompson Fontaine, Joshua Francis and Hon Hector John have gone beyond the shores to inform our people overseas who are tired of Roosevelt Skerrit’s arrogance, unaccountability, and lack of credibility in the state of affairs of Dominica. His operatives, the “Talking Liars” continue their propaganda on their radio station, twisting and tailoring the truth, thinking that the misinformation will stick. We say “No More.”

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Why don’t you compare the two propaganda radio stations? I listen to all the radio stations. So you believe in” DON’T DO IT” and “LET ME DO IT” ?

  69. Anonymous
    January 18, 2014

    The PM understands quite well what was said by Dr. Fountain, again he’s trying to play on the minds of some blinded Dominicans There was a lot more said like corruption, respond to that sir

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      We can SEE just as well as you. But this is your view. Pie in the sky!

  70. Reality
    January 18, 2014

    PM stop trying to make silly matters arise and come out and spend time with us youth! I’m not saying its your fault that everyone is astray but as the prime minister you and your team have alot to play with whats going on in our country! Building roads and fixing houses isn’t doing us any good!

  71. rava
    January 18, 2014

    you people are more stupid than i thought to think uwp has your interest at heart if they gain control of dom you all will sufer

  72. Plan Dominque
    January 18, 2014

    Mr Skerrit you should be thanking Dr Fountain for bring to light the level of frustration existing among the youth of DA. Did you not hear of the accusation of money laundering levelled against you and the call for justice for Mr and Mrs GON Emanuel. Why are you not picking up on these two important points? Could it be that you are really part of this criminal activities?

  73. Too Late
    January 18, 2014

    So how is the p.m not addressing the allegations of the two million dollars? lennox out there saying two million was paid on your behalf, how you not addressing that?

  74. Joejoe
    January 18, 2014

    Stella Leblanc née Skerrit was elected chairwoman of the Council. The woman who raised him, how fitting!

    • me
      January 18, 2014

      Key word: elected.

    • ????????
      January 20, 2014

      Joe Joe she was voted for by the people. Then she was voted for by her fellow councilors. Educate yourself before you say what you do not know and if you don’t understand, ask someone who can explain to you. Those repetition of what others say have to stop.

  75. 007
    January 18, 2014

    I was at the meeting in miami now dr fontaine was only repeating. What was told to him by the young men, he never mentioned were they were from. So mr.PM instead of spending so much time on dr fontaine words, they brought up a lot of things about your record and I have not heard any thing from you defending that record,

  76. Vieille Case
    January 18, 2014

    Mr. Skerrit think people foolish, people didn’t go to university too!!! People are not listening to the issues. We have a lot going on we need to deal with issues of national development, employment etc and all Skerrit them doing is curse the other party…..and then throw in a little promise now and again……and give people ham and turkey for Christmas to fool them.
    We are at a ceremony of the Village Council (his aunty is new chair person btw) and we speaking of what Dr.Fontaine might have said…….like seriously Rossie? Do people recall some of the statements our dear Head of State made on the radio and even at Trafalga? Throwing insults, using swear words? Yes damn and go to hell are all cusses!! Is that what we want?

    • January 18, 2014

      @Vieille Case, who was the outgoing “chairperson” of the Vieille Case Village Council? Did he/she retire or was not performing to standards?

    • we
      January 18, 2014

      Your are not from Vieille Case.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      How come I did not get a ham or turkey? You got some? Did you need some? You should have asked for some. I would only if I knew there was a “ham and turkey programme” for Christmas.

    • Real Da
      January 20, 2014

      For the record Skerritt does not have a degree.

  77. Lycian
    January 18, 2014

    The PM always mis-interpreting what people say. Instead of acting like a fool, look to see how the people of the Public Works will get paid at the end of January. Always trying to defend when the truth is being spoken……………..Don’t worry the Iraq people put Saddam in, they took him out, Libyan people put Gaddafi in they took him out. Dominican put the PM in the same set he remove him(not in a violent way as Dominicans are CIVILIZED.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 18, 2014

      Saddam and Gaddafi did not come into power via the ballot box

      • Lycian
        January 18, 2014

        Which ever way it doesn’t matter. There were people who supported them and the same people condemn them……..,,,.,

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      The only way you should is through the poles. But can you?

      • Malfini
        January 21, 2014

        Oh yes dear Rosebud, with a very big pole! (..you meant to say “polls” of course, you should have paid more attention to teacher Skerrit).

  78. Anonymous
    January 18, 2014

    Skerrit needs to go back to school if he cannot understand such a basic statement.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Your place in school should now be “kindergarten”. I am basing this on the statement you made. You may have a lot of book knowledge, but Intellect?

  79. aa
    January 18, 2014

    Skerrit talk about respect, well my friend after all the comments you made telling us to go to hell,YOU do not deserverespect. Its a shame your fellow politians cant help you see you are wrong

  80. Listening!!!
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit, Team Dominica wants to deal with the youth frustration in Dominica so they have no problem in bringing it to the forefront although it is disgraceful. They understand to address it they have to own up to the reality regardless of how bad it may sound.

    You are used to sweeping things under the rug therefore it is hard for you to understand or identify with what they are doing.

    Grace Mercy and Peace!!!!

  81. anonymous2
    January 17, 2014

    More of the horse and pony show.

  82. Gary
    January 17, 2014

    This is not a war of words, it is a war to win the votes of young people,the most vulnerable voters.This should not be a debate as to whether Dr. Thomson Fontaine statement was taken out of context as we are lead to believe. This should be about the scenario in the statement Dr. Thomson Fontaine uses to establish the frustration of Young men in Dominica being neglected by The Government.

    Why would Dr.Fontaine go to Fond Cole to find out such a thing.Why not Grand Fond the constituent he hopes to represent. I’m sure he would have gotten a different feedback, one that would not be shocking and sensational making good political mileage.We know nothing about the 10 young men in Fond Cole,and why would 10 young men in Fond Cole making such a statement as reported by Dr. Fontaine be a representation of all Young men in Dominica showing their frustration of neglect by The Government.This just shows me how a politician like Dr. Fontaine can exploit a situation of the vulnerable to satisfy his political ambitions.

    People must not be lead by emotion but by reason.Yes, we all know the plight of Young people in the country.I’m not saying that there is not a problem regarding their hopes and aspirations and The Government is not doing nothing.The Young People of the Country must be smart and not be vulnerable to exploitation by politicians wanting votes.

    • Views Expressed
      January 18, 2014

      Gary….Fontaine was visiting a community, are you suggesting that he would have known before hand what the youth would say to him on that day of the visit.??????????
      Where does Grand Fond come into this….the UWP were on the road spontaneously visiting and meeting people and he met youth who expressed themselves.

      • Not a herd follower
        January 18, 2014

        Gary is talking foolishness under the cloak of rationality

      • Gary
        January 18, 2014

        To Views Expressed

        Why are you making an assumption quote “that the UWP were on the road spontaneously visiting and meeting people and he met youth who expressed themselves.” there is nothing in the reported statement to suggest such thing.I’m not suggesting that he would have known before hand what the youth would say to him on that day of the visit.What I was implying is that he knew what was going to be the reaction of the young men towards the Government supporting his findings, as to the exact words no, he did not know, and do not be naive,Dr.Fontaine did not choose Fond Cole randomly.

        As to your question where Grand Fond comes in, well this is the constituent he hopes to represent and I thought what better place to start engaging the young men in that constituency.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        January 18, 2014

        .”We know nothing about the 10 young men in Fond Cole, and why would 10 young men in Fond Cole making such a statement as reported by Dr. Fontaine be a representation of all Young men in Dominica showing their frustration of neglect by The Government.This just shows me how a politician like Dr. Fontaine can exploit a situation of the vulnerable to satisfy his political ambitions.” (Gary).

        Gary, you are you seem territorial about this one; what difference does it make as to which village the information came from? Whether Thomson got the information from the frustrated young bucks from Found Cole, Wesley, or the constituency he intends to represent, the problem is a Dominica problem, which should concern all of us Dominicans!

        I iterate, its a Dominica problem, and not a foreign problem; if Fontaine is elected whether his mind and thoughts provide for the people he represents, Dominica the country , the land will be the benefactor. Any progress made in the country should be a feather in all the caps of our people.

        We cannot afford to become territorial for one moment of time; since united we stand, divided we shall all fall!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Gary
        January 19, 2014

        To Not a herd follower

        What cloak are you talking about.Your one line statement does not prove anything. Why don`t you explain to me why I`m writing foolishness, it does not matter if I don’t agree with you, as to me pretending to be rational that is your belief and it is subjective to your interpretation and means nothing to me.

    • January 18, 2014

      Thompson went to Fond Cole because of the crime rate in that area.

      He should be concerned about ALL the young people on the Island, but you are right, he should be more concerned about those in the areas that he is seeking to represent. How appropriate.

      • say say
        January 18, 2014

        sorry but as a true politician you can speak to anyone dont matterif you from roseau fondcole grandfond he has a right to interview anyonre he feels like

      • Anonymous
        January 20, 2014

        the man was visiting…where grand fond coming in that? He simply expressed what he experienced…gee people.

    • To REAL Dominicans
      January 18, 2014

      Gary….”Yes, we all know the plight of Young people in the country.I’m not saying that there is not a problem regarding their hopes and aspirations and The Government is not doing nothing.”

      So you acknowledge youth are facing difficulties, but we shouldn’t listen to what the youth say in their own voice? When Dr. Fontaine becomes an MP, he will be deciding on laws that affect his entire nation NOT just his constituency. I am simply appalled that under the guise of politics, otherwise reasonable people will call a cat a dog just for a party to win. Our children, ALL of our children, deserve the best we can offer. If we can turn a blind eye to them, how dare we expect respect and progress in our land?! I don’t care if only 1 young person expressed frustration, they are a citizen and should be heard! We need to provide the best that we can for ALL citizens…we are already so darn small in population, thats one thing we should be able to get right!

      • Gary
        January 18, 2014

        I do respect your opinion,but I’m puzzled when you said quote “When Dr. Fontaine becomes an MP, he will be deciding on laws that affect his entire nation NOT just his constituency.” Why would you think young men would need Laws made by a Government to help them in their plight.If as you said our Children deserve the best them what makes you think a Government can give them the best, what wishful thinking, why are you throwing your common sense to the wind.The problems of young people today cannot be solved by a Government or Politician.

        Dr. Thomson Fontaine is a Politician why hide the fact. it is not about calling a Dog a Cat.Politicians do what they have to do to get elected.The electorate have to make sure that the right people are elected and that is what we should be able to get right.

    • Jacky Chan
      January 18, 2014

      Gary you are such a phony that every time you coe on under the name Gary I just smile cause I will never forget when the Labor Party declared that agriculture is a has been and that tourism was the only way it was people like you with your sanctimonious attitude who came on DNO proclaiming that an agrarian society is doomed to fail. Guess what you were nt only wrong but also malicious and simply a brown nose MF sucking the blood of the poor people of Dominica.
      By the way it would have been better to shut the heck up because you simply made an arse of yourself writing this blog cause you said nothing , zip nad , BS.

      Try again

      • Gary
        January 18, 2014

        To Jacky Chan

        It is pretty sad reading your comment.You have not said anything pertaining to my comment, instead you choose to use profanity.It shows me how lazy you are to engage in a meaningful discussion.You have also written such jargon in your first paragraph.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Very well said.

    • citizen
      January 19, 2014

      well clearly we can now see how labourites think that is why all the jobs are going out to none Dominicans and the labourites are climbing the steps of the red clinic, is that not progressive? when others can work and we sit back and draw?

  83. Observer
    January 17, 2014

    When is the DLP and the PM going to grow out of this stinking politics? Don’t you all see we are tired with your lies? Is all that you all could find to say about the meetings in the US? All the allegations about man paying for sexual favors, and distribution of the $2.6 millions wasn’t more important? But you know what Mr. PM, we know its truth. You are soo scared of the truth, but want to bathe in your own lies that you created out of Thomson statement. But we know better. We listen for ourselves Mr. PM. We are educated and well informed people. We will be able to persuade some uninformed people, sadly. but not the majority. Now Dr. Fontaine, let us carry on the wonderful campaign – don’t be distracted – keep the focus…move on from this please. Let’s stick to the vision for Dominica’s future.

  84. Jersey
    January 17, 2014

    Hi Skerrit,come better than that you know from the Heart that Thompson message was misinterpreted. That is all you remembered he said?

  85. Positive vibration
    January 17, 2014

    Domiicans are not stupid! Can you imagine if that was in the reverse?!! Iff PM Skerrit or any Labour Minister had said something like what opportunist Fontaine said, how the UWPits would jump all over the place. Fontaine said that it was some teen young people in Fond Cole who made that statement. He is saying that thiss kind of iirresponsible statement represents the entire youth of Dominica?! Is he crazy! Those statements represents people who, ewven though you gave them a job, even though you put them o a piece of land and give them all the tools needed to make an honest dollar they would refuse. So Fontaine dont let us believe that this is how te youth i Dominica talk. Do you see Haitian young men hanging ideal on the streets?!

    In trying to bring down Skrreitt , please do not distroy Dominica”s image. If the IMF did not kick you out you woud not be here desperate trying to get a job!

    • citizen
      January 19, 2014

      Just look how you are spelling, take in the correction, the word is idle and not ideal, clearly we are now able to see your sense of reasoning, you will continue to labour for the rest of your life.

  86. 4CARS
    January 17, 2014

    Throw out a life line! someone is drowning. Or throw out a straw. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  87. i am a winner
    January 17, 2014

    chill out guys and start to put people and country first..while you all at it dominica is losing ground

  88. vieille case
    January 17, 2014

    the fire on them on there return the rest of candidates will be nominated vieille case fools watch out and stay stupid we have you red slaves trembleing

  89. chinesehatian
    January 17, 2014

    Are you experiencing Pre Menopausal(PM)symptoms? Well shame on you PM. I have no doubt that you belong to the first generation of psychopaths.

  90. as i see
    January 17, 2014

    Go ahead Mr. Fontaine. Dirty the water. I hope you realise that its the same water you’ll have to bathe in when your turn comes to take a bath.

    • There you have it.
      January 18, 2014

      The water is already dirty, silly!

  91. Doc. Love
    January 17, 2014

    I understood, Skeritt was a school teacher but he acts more like a farmer. When ever the UWP speaks, he likes to cherry-pick. While he is hot on a statement allegedly made by Dr. Thompson Fontaine, every U.S State the A Team has visited so far, mention is made about the two million dollars which were allegedly disbursed by Skeritt’s lawyer on his behalf. He has remained mute as regards to the allegations. Skeritt is not doing a great job as regards slowing down the popularity of the UWP since Mr. Linton became the leader. One of Skeritt’s problem is that he waits, when in his opinion, the UWP forepars then reacts with mapuis. He should be out there meeting the people and pounding in their heads his plans and programmes on a daily, weekly, monthly basic. Get up from this dip sleep, leave the UWP alone and try to motivate Dominicans especially the youth or else he will loose the fight before it even begins.

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      January 18, 2014

      He will loose the fight? He has lost already. All he is doing now is stretching his little remaining time before the General Election is called. He is afraid to call it! Looser.

    • January 18, 2014

      He feels confident.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      The people The PM MUST meet, he meets all the time. These are the people who gives our country grants and soft loans to undertake programs and projects to help with the development of our country. He meets with our overseas base Dominicans in many ways. He does not have to go over there to tell untruths to get people to love him and to help our country. He can eat his “breakfast” at home everyday. He does not have to go on facebook to show what type of breakfasts friends and family in the states are giving him and his team. He does not have to take a trip on other poor peoples money to get votes. Take it or leave it. This is my belief.

  92. Nac Vibes
    January 17, 2014

    Bun more Fire pan dem Lennox.

  93. FlorJ
    January 17, 2014

    Mr PM … You are misrepresenting the truth and you KNOW it ! ! Why ? why ? Why ? Just to hold unto the strings of Power ?? We are two weeks in the New year and the level of crime has taken an upward spiral.. Have you addressed and discouraged these criminal activities happenning under your rule ? The word of God clearly states “What a man soweth that shall he reap ? What are you sowing ? If we say Dominica is a christian nation then expect God to reprimand and judge His children….By the way PM, do you have a christian advisor ? -i mean Blood-washed advisor? ????

  94. Jonathan St.Jean
    January 17, 2014

    Lets get our facts straight and our ducks Iin a row.Dr Fountain was addressing Dominicans who reside overseas therefore he was not addressing an international audience.I am sure most of them know of the dire situation which exists for the unemployed youth in the country.
    Whilst it is unfortuate that these young men chose to express their frustration this way we have to ask who is at the helm of ship Dominica for the past 15 years and let the youth down? it is the Skerritt led government.Therefore the blame and disgust at the current sad state of affairs rest squarely with St.Jean, Skerrit etc.So to twist the sentiments expressed by Dr Fountain to Fominicans who already know of the rampant and senseless murders happening in Dominica is weak politics.
    People in the international community know who responsible for the internal affairs of a country and in no way will hold Dr Fountain responsible for the increase in crime in Dominica.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      Where IGNORANCE bliss, it is FOLLY to be wise.

    • ????????
      January 20, 2014

      Jonathan an intelligent man like you know that some young persons choose what they want to do and those young men in Fond Cole and others elsewhere just want to seat and steal and do not want to work.. You must hear the kind of foolishness they talk. It is as though, some one has to feed them and all they do is seat by the roadside. When we sent our children to school, they went and I know you can look back at your boys and feel good. But look at the other side, some of them dropped out and took to the streets. And sometimes persons like some politicians condone them for a vote. Tell them young men to go to school and learn a trade. Let me tell you, when they talk those kind of rubbish, I counsel them. Some do not have self esteem but I do not go repeating those things. Why I have no political mileage to make. I try to talk to them to see another side. I let them know that they have gifts which they are wasting. In other words, I speak the truth to them with love. And let me tell you, I have a small % turn. So instead of staying overseas and bashing the duly elected Government and the country of Dominica. It is time to do something for your Country. As I was saying! Not afraid of the Thumbs down. Time to see through the eyes of love.

    • ????????
      January 20, 2014

      “Whilst it is unfortuate that these young men chose to express their frustration this way we have to ask who is at the helm of ship Dominica for the past 15 years and let the youth down? it is the Skerritt led government.Therefore the blame and disgust at the current sad state of affairs rest squarely with St.Jean, Skerrit etc.So to twist the sentiments expressed by Dr Fountain to Fominicans who already know of the rampant and senseless murders happening in Dominica is weak politics”.

      You said those words above. Instead of blame game, they cannot be blamed for person who have chosen the path they want to follow. There are opportunities for those same young persons and many .. but they choose to follow the wrong way to make a quick buck! Quick buck is not real, it is a route to death. High time that those of you who think you are intellectuals speak the truth to those persons in a loving manner. But how can you speak in love when you are dead bent in hating a leader and the political party of your country. The hatred shows .. but remember our Father and Creator commanded us to “Pray for all those in Authority and for one another” Heed to the commandment of the Loving Heavenly Father so our country will be at peace. When you leave him out of the equation, there will be chaos and confusion that is being spewed. Thank the Lord in everything: Pray for your country, Bless your country and let the Father do his work. He is the only one who brings up and brings down. Stop the foolishness and wait to vote in the next election for who you want.

  95. British Dominican
    January 17, 2014

    Come on Dominicans. we all know that Dr Fontaine’s statement is not a true reflection of our country. The young men could be joking around just for the fun of it. No one can justify the reason it was repeated at a meeting outside of Dominica. Fontaine owes the country an apology.

    There is absolutely no reason to destroy a whole country’s reputation just to cast darkness on one man.

    Generally Dominicans are disgusted by what you did. You should have realized that by now

    • To REAL Dominicans
      January 18, 2014

      Have you been reading the news on crime in Dominica in just the past week? Did you listen to Dr Fontaine’s comments, which set the case for why the UWP will be investing more in jobs, training and recreation for our youth??? When is it a national disgrace to confront the problems of your country? Would you hold British ministers to the same standard…expecting them to ignore the country’s problems while campaigning to make it better?

      Lets get real and just confront our problems instead of asking people to “pretend” all is well. Or are we waiting for crime to increase even further, come to our doors before we try to address it.

  96. Justice
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit and the rest of his inept, brain-dead and self-serving ministers – By the way, the largest and the most unproductive in the sub-region and the entire Caribbean by extension; must understand that there’s a new sheriff in town – Lennox Linton with a few honest, dynamic and visionary deputies, and Dr. Fontaine is one of them. To take what Dr. Fontaine said out of context to score some cheap political points will accrue to ZERO!!! Last year Skerrit promised the young people of this country 500 new jobs, they are still waiting, then Reginald Austrie told them that Skerrit was coming home with 300 new jobs in his briefcase, they continued to wait, Collin Mcintyre promised them 1000 jobs by late 2013, early 2014,still no jobs. So it is very clear, because of Skerrit’s dishonest empty promises, he now has to find some political mumbo-jumbo ( the pretext surrounding what Dr. Fontaine said) to attempt to distract the young people from his inherent incompetence. The young people are unemployed and underemployed, but they are not that STUPID. Sooner rather than later, they’ll decide his fate.
    I was very surprised that it was Petter St. Jean who was on DNO making a fool of himself. Where was Tonny Astaphan, Lennox Lawrence or Reginald Austrie – the regular attack dogs of the Labour party ?? They knew very well that this nonsense about Dr. Fontaine was obviously too outrageous and lacked any credibility, so they decided to sacrifice Petter St. Jean on the altar of political stupidity.

  97. Not me alone
    January 17, 2014

    DNO, It should not have been Skerrit vs. Fontain. It should have been Prime Minister and leader of the DLP Roosevelt Skerrit vs. UWP leader Lenox Linton. It was Lenox Linton that accused government ministers of money laudering. That’s what is relevant. That’s what makes sense because all Dominicans know of the increasing crime rate in Dominica since 2008. No one truly doubts what Dr. Fontain said because we see evidence of them all over in Dominica and it is a fact that government either cannot control it or does not want to put any program together to help solve that problem. Let’s address it but let us not allow Skerrit, St. Jean and others to run away from the money laundering issue according to Lenox Linton. Lenox Linton said he has the evidence so Tony, Skerrit, St. Jean and others, please for the sake of my country, I am begging you all to take him before the court and let him come with his evidence in defense of his accusations. If Lenox is brought before the court and cannot prove his statement, that would be the end of UWP and I guarantee you, you will will all 21 seats. So please clear the air and shut down the UWP.

  98. Toomatoe Tomato
    January 17, 2014

    Well done Mr. Prime Minister, I am with you 100%.

    Thomson now should let the police know who are the ten young men who told him this things. This is not something anyone of us should take lightly.

    If it is true, and I seriously doubt it because Thomson does not strike me as someone who is believable. But giving him the benefit of the doubt; If he is right, these young men need some serious help before they commit some heinous crime and then we on this blog will be singing a totally different tune. We should hope none of your family and fiends nor mine would be cut in their cross fire.

    They say people do not make statements like that if it is not in their minds. What did Thomson tell the young men to dissuade this trend of thought? He didn’t tell us? Dit he? He seemed only too proud to tell the world that is what young people are thinking of and that tells us plenty of what kind of man Thomson is.

    I am sure he will come with some spin but he has spoken and we have heard him loud and clear and we are very disappointed in him.

    If you are an adult and a young person comes to you and say I am so depress, I want to commit suicide what would you do? What would you say?

    Well, if Thomson is right that is exactly what they did because they can easily be killed if they try to kill someone, they just might try to kill someone who can fight back nad can lose their life in the process. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Repeating that at such a forum, instead of seeking help for these young people, speaks volumes of the kind of person Thomson is, especially if true. These young people now know, he cannot be trusted because they could be desperately asking for help, instead what did he do? Could one of these young men be a family member of anyone of us on the blog? We do not know do we?

    Again I have a hard time believing Thomson did not make that story all up to get brownie points. But once again the UWP operatives are underestimating the people of Dominica.

    • rosebud
      January 18, 2014

      My sentiments exactly. You are so right.

  99. Not me alone
    January 17, 2014

    Is Mr. Skerrit and his DLP Cabal using the Dr. Fountain statement to shy away from the real serious statements made by Mr. Lenox Linton. Mr. Skerrit, since you are in Vielle case where you built your house, can please use this opportunity to tell the Vielle case people where you got money for your house? Mr. Lenox spoke about your Vielle case mansion in the same context which he accused present government ministers of being involved in MONEY LAUNDERING. Not only that, but in that same speech he called your name and the names of three members of your legal team and one of them he said was involved in the money magic on your behalf sir. Is that not more embarrassing to you and the image of Dominica sir? Why not deal with it and since according to Mr. Linton you have three very powerful lawyers on your side, why not take Mr. Linton to court bearing in mind that those statements were made on American soil where video footage is available and was carried live? That’s what is disturbing to me and I cannot believe the local media will allow you to brush this aside without pushing for answers like they did to Dr. Fountain. DNO, please do not delete as I said nothing to put your good name in trouble. WE all heard it since it was carried live on Q95. Thanks DNO for giving us a voice so we could have our questions heard and answered.

  100. Lionfish
    January 17, 2014

    It’s time to face reality Mr PM. The time for change is coming. A government in denial of the social ills of its country is a government that will continue to fail the people. You need to get off the SUV and go out to meet the ghetto youths and you will see and hear what Dr Fontaine witnessed during the Coast to Coast 21 in 25. Best wishes to you sir.

  101. God is good.
    January 17, 2014

    The one on the left is Dominica’s most corrupt PM; a known liar, a teef and a mocker of God. The one on the right is honest and just, a true gentle man that we should be proud of.

  102. Happy
    January 17, 2014

    Pm grow up u insult Dominicans when u were questioned go to hell its none of your dam buisness so stop crying WOLF what goes aroun comes around they fraid they fraid

  103. Asterix
    January 17, 2014

    Once again skerrit and his cabal in their desperation will deliberately try to make mileage, preying on the ignorance of his supporters by misquoting what was said by Thompson Fountain very much like they did with what was said by Lennox Linton about the greedy. When skerrit speaks on promoting violence have he forgotten his own utterances in the past? I quote “man to man we will mash them up, woman to woman we will mash them up”…..”they talk about boots on the ground, but we can call out our forces and we will see who have more force”. Then one of his chief Acolytes’ the fallen priest lennox Lawrence, who said the UWP should be hunted and dealt with just like Obama hunted Al Quaeda. Then he talks about destroying the image of Dominica.

  104. Portsmouth
    January 17, 2014

    It seems like Skerro and St.Jean did not d0 comprehension in school!??
    I think you two should employ people to read on your behalf.

  105. Me again
    January 17, 2014

    They can this, they can say that, but over the past week, I heard about three shootings in DA. As a leader, when someone points out an issue that you are responsible for, your first response should not be a defensive and hit back mode; that is what you do when you are immature. Real leaders take on the issue and not the person delivering the message.
    Thompson said the young men are talking about shooting people; and we are seeing shootings almost on a daily basis. Is the solution here to attack Thompson? Or should we Dominicans be asking ourselves whether Thompson is telling the truth? Let’s say he is telling the truth, then what are we going to do about it. Attacking him is pure ignorance.

  106. Straw
    January 17, 2014

    What is common to these people?

    Rudolph King
    Leroy Parris
    Francisco Corallo
    David Hsui
    Susan Olde

    All received Dominica’s Diplomatic Passport.

    From whom, nuh?

    How did Dominicans get to know. Certainly not from their Govt. All those deals, and more we don’t know about, my brothers and sisters, were top secret, until revelations with evidence, facts, began to unfold. The Cabal and their cohorts duck and duck, twist and turn the hard facts. But the TRUTH overcomes, all the time their folly, illegalities and corruption. Scandal after scandal under that incompetent regime.

    What is more criminal than the firebombing, attempted murder of two senior innocent citizens? what is worse for the cabal to openly, boldly try to implicate those elderly Dominican citizens in the firebombing of their own home?

    Who were on the “Animal Show expressing no sympathy, but people heard protection!!! Defend the criminals. Dominicans know when they put the pieces together. A serious criminal act like that and justice has gone to the great beyond in that case. We know why?

  107. DANZIGER
    January 17, 2014

    Talk all you talk, make lies on the Government, I want to know what is you all PROBLEM in de country. We are in 2014 and ppl not STUPID, jump high, jump low sa zort vle pas voir devent laporte zort, zort kay voir e couchée SI COUCHE A ZORT.

  108. Psalm 23
    January 17, 2014

    I can’t wait for change to come because there’s no money in the pour mans pocket and if i am the leader of my county i would want my child to be a citizen of my county and i would want my children to attend school in my constituency where i represent in parliament

  109. Not me alone
    January 17, 2014

    Alah, Alah, Alah, Alah Dominica and Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit. What has gone wrong with us in Dominica? Since when? Why are we helping Mr. Skerrit to quietly slip away with the much greater issue that was said both in New York and Miami and waste time on what Dr. Fountain said which is not at all far fetch especially when one takes into consideration that in one day alone this week we had two brutal murders on the streets of Dominica and could very well have been four in 72 hrs if the Salsbury attempted Kidnap and the Shooting at Silver Lake were successful.
    What is very disturbing to me is the accusations the UWP leader made at both meetings, when he accused government ministers of money laundering. Is this not a much greater accusation that Mr. Skerrit, who is PM and Minister of finance be eager to address and even take legal action against Mr. Linton for this statement? Why is he not talking about it and instead trying to hide behind what Mr. Fountain said?

  110. that's jsut the way
    January 17, 2014

    why don’t we just give up. the labour party is acting like the rest of the world. they want to put a bigg gap between the rich and poor. give up. allu not seeing is that they want. give them what they want and just shut up or else allu will get issues with finding jobs, allu will be prosecuted, allu will be shunned. just shut up and deal with it. just like Haiti there will be a gap and then our ppl will flee to other countries and work. violence will be at an all time high. we should not give them maypwe because they are the leaders and we have to respect them. is us that put them there so what are complaining about. shut up and let them man live! we don’t care about the future generation, or our health care or education or nothing, we jump and praise party party party. when all they do is give us fish today and not teach us how to fish. who doe want to hear will feel. leave them man alone. OR… kick them out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  111. Mamizoo
    January 17, 2014

    Sherri and Tony them desperate. You never hear them engage the blue team on matters of the economy. They are yet to answer the people on the petrol caribe debt and the deal they made on the backs of a ghost like agriculture industry. They can’t answer questions regarding Corvallis nor the reemergence of David Shui. They are yet to talk about the jobs promised in September nor the airport road that was suppose to finish in 2011 even after the completion date was extended.
    what about engaging on matters regarding the youths. After all this S kerrit government destroyed a whole crop They of young people by frustrating them- sports went south, jobs nonexistent, drugs and crime has proliferated..
    instead of twisting words and creating false propaganda start trying to clean up your corruption and inefficiency Mr S kerrit. You guys are only waiting on Tony Stephan to make up lies and propaganda so you all could swallow and repeat like parrots. Does Tony ever talk about progress for the people? No cause he doesn’t give a darn

  112. Anonymous
    January 17, 2014

    All of you’ll hoping Dr.Fontaine’s life, finances etc is in trouble better look into your own lives. Sad jealous people.

  113. Three Shades of Blue
    January 17, 2014

    This is like a Basketball game, and clearly the Blue Uniform team is winning the Red Uniform team and all you are hearing from the Coach (PM)and his staff (Cabinet) and the supporters in the Stadium is Defense,Defense,Defense,Defense, because they are loosing on their own turf.

    They are playing with words just like CNN use soundbites in their reporting, but intelligent people who listens and observes will not subscribe to this nonsense.

  114. Anonymous
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit talks about preaching of violence, have skerrit forgotten some of the words he himself has uttered in the past? I will remind him and his hypocritical supporters of a few and I quote “man to man we will mash them up, woman to woman we will mash them up” another ” They talk about boots on the ground but we can call out our forces and we will see who have more force” . Further have he forgotten the utterance of one of his chief archolite’s (the fallen priest) lennox lawrence who said that the UWP should be hunted and dealt with like Obama hunted Al Qaeda?

  115. sister in Christ
    January 17, 2014

    It is very unfortunate that people could twist what Dr.FONTAIN said but again Petter St.Jean is not good with his English Petter is just wicked Big men like that must grow up .He is afraid LaPLaine RISE change is coming PETTER STOP CRYING.

  116. Erasmus B. Black
    January 17, 2014

    Reviewing the News:

    December 17, 2013,: “Stella Leblanc who served two terms as chairperson of the council did not seek re-election. She opted to give someone else a chance to assist in developing the Community.” The whole story can be found under the caption “Former principal tops Vieille Case Village Council.”

    January 17, 2014, DNO: Stella Leblanc, s retired nurse was elected Chairman of the Council.”

    So is the Dear Leader creating a smoke screen?” Go figure!I think we can create our own reality TV series entitled “Dominica’s Got Talent.”

  117. change is a must
    January 17, 2014

    this skerrit character deserves no respect ……

  118. pedro
    January 17, 2014

    Mr. Skerrit stop hiding your head in the sand. The young people of Dominica are unemployed, hurting and frustrated. Remember idle hands are the Devil’s playground.

  119. me
    January 17, 2014

    datz good boyz….at last skerrit is listening to u all he is listening to Q FM while he and tony are telling dominicans not to listen ….u allz time must cum…..GOD IS GOOD>ME dat say so

  120. maindesk
    January 17, 2014

    It is time Skerrit tells us what he intends to do for us in the next five years and stop just grumbling like an old man about UWP candidates. He sounds empty.

  121. dominican
    January 17, 2014

    O yo yo somethings happening, Skerrit we in Dominica are fed up of you and the labour party, time for you all to go, team Dominica you guys have shown your true colours we ready to put you guys in, o yo yo some things happening in Dominica and its so exciting, WORKERS

  122. dominican
    January 17, 2014

    Ps dominican made spelling mistakes I meant behaviours, actions and of

  123. linky
    January 17, 2014

    skerrit playing nice boy think he is fooling somebody’ two shooting in one week the man do have nothing to say but is in fountaine boomboom he is.

  124. dominican
    January 17, 2014

    Well well well it beggars belief what kind of mentality do we dominicans have , when we paint such pictures of our count
    ry, are you guys aware that you are exposing da as a violent country created by your gov. Let us say that the uwp get , in power would the heyagiours lf the young people be your teachings or responsibilities. I do not think so your country is the only one in the world that hold the gov responsihle for the acyions of others. Grow up and concentrate on developing your own lives get together create jobs put your monies together and form a company employ others. Stop waiting on the gov to find work housing and shelter.shame on allyou

    • Malgraysa
      January 18, 2014

      Please, what are “heyagiours”. I’m willing to learn. Thanks.

  125. Views Expressed
    January 17, 2014

    My article 17th Jan…still under moderation from morning….

  126. As I See It
    January 17, 2014

    “Someone is not gonna ask you for marijuana if they know you don’t smoke marijuana.” “They will ask you for guns because of what you are preaching to people in Dominica.”

  127. Norm
    January 17, 2014

    Boy the Skerrit cabal is confused and cannot mount a challenge to this Obama style campaign that Lennox and Fontaine have mounted so they are resorting to what thwy know best – disinformation and fear to the masses. That will not work people. In the meantime these guys are focus and please lsiten to the radio on Sat at 3:00 pm as they take their cystal clear message of hope and prosperity to our home folks in Houston: Good Riddance and stay strong brothers.

  128. OUT
    January 17, 2014

    Mr Prime minister grow up be a leader, I think you understand what Dr Fountain said.It would be nice if you had address the nation and condemn these lawless acts.you are failing miserable and showing such a second hand leader you are.

    • Diasporan
      January 17, 2014

      Have you noticed that every time Thomson speaks about that particular statement he made in New York it changes? He modifies and adds on and try to water down his comments. Thomson always talk first before thinking of the impact or implications what he saying will have on the country and people. Later on he attempts to spin, rephrase and sugar coat stuff. He has been doing this for years. Remember when he had to apologise for writing those articles about passport and a women trying to settle custody issues with her ex. He has the tendency to over-react. We need leaders who a calm and level head.

      • Malgraysa
        January 18, 2014

        Your observation makes no sense as Dr. Fontaine’s statement is there for all to hear, recorded for eternity. You can of course have your own interpretation and that is your right but we should not try to change what he said. That is fixed in cement.
        I would rather the accusations of bribery and corruption, broadcast by Lennox Linton so often now be addressed. These are serious accusations and if there is no truth in them I would expect Skerrit to have taken Lennox to court long before now. Why does he not do so?

    • forreal
      January 17, 2014

      you are talking nonsense,no political leader has to repeat this types sentiments,that is the principle behind the whole damm thing,you about grow up,this what you all dominicans really would like to see happen,like back in the days PJ.

      • forreal
        January 17, 2014

        and furthermore fountain is not a politician he is just learning the ropes,he is liable to make a lot of mistakes,and wait you will see more and more mistakes

    • Always
      January 17, 2014

      Well said. And we already have 3 murders for the year. Apparent it getting worst and he not talking about tht

  129. Anonymous
    January 17, 2014

    Fontaine knows that he is wrong but to these boys the end justifies the means.

    • Views Expressed
      January 17, 2014

      Keep trying anonymous….keep trying…..You notice you are not making headway

    • forkit
      January 17, 2014

      i cannot understand your statement because i hear the full statement from fontaine, it unfortunate that the people who dont read and listen will repeat the samething you and skerrit try to spin. what skerrit said is far from the truth and its these lies that make the dominica the devils playgroung…

  130. dafriend
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit, I say to you the same thing I said to St. Jean: you guys are stressed, desperate and clutching onto a straw.
    Thompson is not trying to destroy the image of Dominica; he is, however, highlighting the failure of the DLP government of which you are an incompetent member. The DLP failed to get a handle on the big boys in the Dominican drug trade. That results in increased violence, illegal guns and a general upsurge of crime. The DLP had almost 15 years in government and what do they have to show for it? A few new roads, a new palace, a population that is dependent on the grand masters handouts, a very wealthy PM, a bunch of incompetent Ministers, a President that nobody wants… I could go on and on and on…
    Bottom line – it’s time for change you guys overstayed your welcome! I am sure you have a good exist strategy.

    • Neutral
      January 18, 2014

      In my opinion,one is not better than the other. What is UWP strategy to develope Dominica? To continue where Skerrit left off? You might as well keep him in power.

  131. Views Expressed
    January 17, 2014

    The image of Dominica has been tarnished for years under the leadership of Skerrit. You are not even aware of the issues facing the youth in this country, if you were your response to Fontaine would be that ridiculous.
    Skerrit also has a tendency to misunderstand issues from professionals, he has to run first by the Animal Show hosts, for example he says that the leader of UWP says or indicated that the “Yes We Care” program as “greedy not needy” on Radio Q95. What utter rubbish,,,what nonsense
    Please get out of office. If you wanna know of the issues, poverty unemployment and poverty of the youth, go talk to your Chief Youth Officers and the Youth Officers all over the island. Thompson is very right to what he says….big time….
    Can you imagine Skerrit is making reference to “detrimental to the country”…..are you for real…please answer for the Bin Bobol….GON Emmanuel…..the passport affair with the Barbados man from CLICO, first class flights on private jet etc….passport money sold…where is our money????? we want to know
    Let me end with the words of Fontaine…..”
    Dr Fontaine said that he never felt threatened by the youth. “They were not violent. They simply wanted a chance for life. That, more than anything else, strengthened my resolve to do what we are doing.”
    Thompson, Lennox, Joshua, keep up the good work, we need new and honest leaders to guide us in this beautiful island Dominica.
    We are only threatened by the bad governance of Skerrit and his government. CHANGE IS A MUST

    • Simply the Truth
      January 18, 2014

      As I have previously stated, some of you are not just people and what you state could be inaccurate.
      The image of Dominica as I heard it previously was tarnished prior to the PM being elected. Keep in mind there was a previous government then and much harm was done to the image of Dominica. I suggest that you perform a research into this.
      As an example, some Chinese nationals traveled to Toronto from Dominica with Dominican passports. They could not speak English which was suspicious. Since then, Dominican residents cannot travel to Canada without a Visa. I have no idea if this restriction is lifted. It was embarrassing for Dominicans who reside in specifically Toronto to read and hear of this through the Toronto Media. …And there are more…
      Therefore, when you criticize and lambaste the PM based on the views of his opponents, keep the above in mind.
      Be careful what you state. Ensure what you state is the truth. Speak only according to your experience and not that of others which has no bearing on you and did not harm you. Otherwise, the day will come when you will pay for your words and your comments as imbedded in your heart and mind. Your fingers will also pay for it.
      The Eighth Commandment of God: “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor.”
      Your neighbor is anyone, near or far. This obviously includes against your Prime Minister. God is taking note.

      • D A for sure
        January 19, 2014

        Justice and Truth we know this is you you too wicked SIOP supporting CORUPTION.

    • Gary
      January 18, 2014

      I’m amaze at the foolishness when people like you call for change,especially with silly political rhetoric used to substantiate the call for change.If you really believe that Thompson, Lennox, Joshua and others can save the young people of our country with the problems they are facing, I pity you.These men are Politicians spin doctors.The change we need to make in our country starts within, not with these Politicians.Have you not the sense to see that Dr.Fontaine is exploiting a situation of vulnerable people with such a statement, it is what Politicians are great at doing.You must be careful when you advocate for change.Do not make Politicians lead you by emotions.Dr Fontaine said that he never felt threatened by the youth. “They were not violent. They simply wanted a chance for life. That, more than anything else, strengthened my resolve to do what we are doing.” really. What great political language that is what it really is, nothing else.

      • There you have it.
        January 18, 2014

        What about the truth, Gary? Did Thomson speak the truth?

  132. Oh Yes
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit clean your closet, then I will support your call for presenting a call for Dominica free from violence. Get Tony Astaphan, Charles Saverin, Lennox your lawyer, and the other acolytes you use o manipulate the minds of hopeless Dominicans.

    • Standing strong
      January 17, 2014

      Dominicans are practicing what they see others do even our own Dominicans leaving away for years what they were doing in DA was just the same but now they leaving abroad making beliave they were saints was the past PM was the cause of their foolishness so don’t press the PM because he doesn’t know you all character remember Howlins and Kapparsa those were the terrors in DA

    • Simply the Truth
      January 18, 2014

      Certainly you have a closet to clean. It may be extremely dirty and needs an immediate overhaul. Everyone has skeletons in their closet and you are no exception. Clean yours first. Then you can dictate to others. It appears you are no worthy Christian. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • YOLO
        January 20, 2014

        says the person with three (3) devil smilies behind his statement. u freak me out!

      • Anonymous
        January 21, 2014

        Before you called yourself Justice &
        Truth but the new packaging not working. Your style gives you away. Same garbage in a new wrapper. Sad really.

  133. Frank Talker
    January 17, 2014

    “Tell Lennox Linton it is none of his damn business where I get my money from” – Roosevelt Skerrit at Trafalgar.

    “Tell Lennox Linton ‘go to hell'” – Roosevelt Skerrit at Trafalgar.

    • 4CARS
      January 17, 2014

      Oh, he is getting money besides his salary? Well it should be everybody’s business – or leave the drug dealers alone then….

    • Osanna Mowanga
      January 18, 2014

      The attitude and behaviour of the prime minister is a reflection of the population.
      The P M has no respect for the people of the country. He thinks he is their god.
      Mr. Fontain, please, do not come down to the level of the P m and his co. You are an educated and intelligent man. Help elevate the level of thinking and reasoning of the people.

    • January 18, 2014

      yes my brother I remember that quite clearly,and as you mention Trafalgar,i hope u know mr.skeritt that u’ll lose that seat already?ronald a young patriotic leader will be given a chance,it’s time to take a back seat and let real men teach u’ll how to lead.we ready for change

  134. Shaka Zulu
    January 17, 2014

    Labour party is again praying on the ignorant. I think working people and people who understand what is happening needs to help get this guy out of office. You talk about respect for people while you lying to them

    It shows how low the party will go while the fact remains that the country is going to the sub zero level.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 18, 2014

      ‘preying’ :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • D A in New YorkStip
        January 19, 2014

        Stop correcting people, they are not as PERFECT as you are.{toneh}

  135. cooco
    January 17, 2014

    The Government is waiting for News from the US wondering what is going on let me explain. The Team is meeting with intelligent Dominicans and potential investors in the US, one person whom I can mention at the time is Gabriel Christian. They are ready to make a positive contribution to Dominica as soon as we are ready to vote a responsible blue team to represent our interests. In short they are putting systems in place so that when they are in Government it will be smooth sailing. The Prime minister knows Dr Fontaine very well and knows he and his team has the potential to get them out hence the outrageous attacks. We Dominicans are too intelligent to allow a few individuals who only want to cling to power at any cost to take us for a ride when they are the ones destroying Dominica. They had their turn let us work to get them out and move DA forward.

    • Riverside
      January 17, 2014

      Please don’t call Mr. Gabriel Christian name in your business. Didn’t you noticed that Mr. Christian is not in those fellows business. Mr. Christian made some mistakes in the pass. He is not in that. Take that to the bank

    • Simply the Truth
      January 18, 2014

      You are so presumptuous! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • January 18, 2014

      and I would also like to strengthen your point a bit further my brother,i live in the united kingdom and many intelligent lawyers,doctors and investors are ready to move forward with us to make a positive change towards this island,but my people have to be wise right now,i urge them not to put the country under this pressure and condition for another five years,in,the hands of the labor party.

  136. Massacre
    January 17, 2014

    Instead for Skerro to come out and address the growing criminality in Da and say that he is going to put more police officers on the streets , he trying to attack a man who said what he was told!!?
    Dominicans lets see Skerro for who he is. He is running from the truth.

    • Standing strong
      January 17, 2014

      He is a fine PM and you wouldn’t do any better so you are just power hungry you know that dominicans are behaving worst than the middle east

    • Joejoe
      January 18, 2014

      Yes, there has been no response to the matter of crime, but every time someone makes a statement that he does not like, he answers whether on radio or in meeting. Behaves like a woman, word for word, shoo pou shoo!

  137. St.Joe
    January 17, 2014

    Oh Boy! It is getting hot under their Shoes! But Lennox and his Team will keep the heat on until they crumble and fall.
    Thompson you have honesty an integrity on your side, so you will prevail against all odds.

    • Standing strong
      January 17, 2014

      God is in control believe it no one has the power of the almighty so he will take care of those who did good and is Mr.Skerrit may the good lord watch and guard him every step he make from the weak power of the evil ones

  138. Canefield
    January 17, 2014

    Team Dominican has not even been elected as yet and already they have received more international respect than DLP which have been here for 15 yrs.
    Change is a most and soon a clean sweep is coming in Da just like they did in Grenada some months ago.
    Thompson I want you, Lennox, Hector, Isiah and Ron Green, and the rest of the Team to continue to keep the pressure on Skerritt. Dominicans at home and away are behind you all 100%.

    • Standing strong
      January 17, 2014

      Not me i am not leaving what i have seen for scap goats who is fighting for power

    • January 18, 2014

      I tell u my brother last night we had a meeting up here in the hackney area in London and a young man who is an ex police officer moved the crowd of people as he began to explain to them the pressure he left his fellow Dominicans in,and the ills that the government are imposing on the youth of sweet DOMINICA,it is the first time I saw this,this morning I have already received so many calls as to when will be the date of the elections,labor u’re have done your time.

  139. Might not get posted
    January 17, 2014

    Fontaine is an opportunist. He will say and do anything for his party to win the upcoming election. How can you trust someone like that. I guess he has a lot riding on it cause i’m hearing that his finances is in shambles. It’s all about every man for himself but please don’t try to sell me this b.s about country in crisis and you trying to rescue the country.

    Dominica, in terms of development, is just about the best it have ever been. We are no longer last but are running neck and neck with our sister caribbean islands. As far as crime goes, as bad as it has been here lately , we are a bit better than most.

    • forkit
      January 17, 2014

      do you read what you write? you sound desperate… and yeas per capita dominica crime rate is to high… go talk to dr savrine at uwi

    • true
      January 17, 2014

      Identify who else in Dominica government who is not?
      so way or the other we all are.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2014

      I think you are to be ashamed of yourself to make such a statement, it is clear you have some deep interest in all the corruption that is going on, you have no conscience that is why you are making such ridiculous statements.
      Dominica is the worst in the Caribbean in spite of all the resources that we have, 365 rivers, lakes waterfall fertile lands, pumice, rocks, an abundance of organic fruits, sunlight for solar energy, winds for wind turbine, volcanic plates for geothermal energy, and the list go on; what have you and skerrit done, but milk the cow as he declared in St Joseph.

    • for country
      January 17, 2014

      Shameless HeGOAT, Change is a must.

    • Righteous
      January 18, 2014

      Mr Fontaine is indeed an opportunist who was not given a post in the Skerrit administration and decided to turn against the present government. I am not sure how the conversation started with the young men mentioned, but I would say that Mr. Fontaine missed a great opportunity to influence and encourage a group of young men who have no interest in working to better themselves. It would have been a great opportunity for Mr. Fontaine to inspire these young men to study the attitude and habits of successful people and encourage them to do better. Make the best of their current situation by learning a trade or pursuing something productive. Hell ask the Haitians for some advise. Sometimes circumstances make men chose the wrong path, but sometimes men chose the wrong path because there is no accountability and obligation to report/answer to anyone. I understand the picture which he was trying to paint, but it is very unfortunate that he used these young men, and probably seasoned up their statement for his own political gain. Imagine that, at the expense of a few young men which our society never really cared about in the first place because they never really cared about themselves. Of course he will stand by his statement; Fontaine is demonstrating Darwinism at it’s best; “it is not the strongest species, or the most intelligent species which survive, but the species which are most adaptable. Fonatine is adapting the the situation. The Skerrit administration had no position for him, so he has moved on to the next nest. This entire political charade makes me sick. While we are at it we should just go back to colonization because all these guys are just looking for their pocket. Really sickening situation.

      • There you have it.
        January 18, 2014

        Obviously, you are one of those who destroy the messenger for the truth of his message. I wonder how many opportunities Skerrit has missed. Would you enlighten us?

      • blind bat
        January 20, 2014

        My sentiments exactly and to add to your comment he did not feel the need to inform the Chief of Police on this possible threat to others. But he felt that he could use the sad mindset of three or four misguided youths and represent it as the position of youths all over Dominica. Why didn’t he do a real survey of young people and include Secondary School and College students, young sports men and women and then present some data. For a guy who deals with figures this is the most reckless comment he could have ever made. Its fine to accuse Skeritt of all he can but this is about our youth and the picture he painted of them because of three or more youths involved in criminal acts in a particular community, one community what a shame Dr Thompson.

    • January 18, 2014

      Maybe your comment should have stayed not posted…. right now its hidden.. #crap

  140. Lougaoo Mem
    January 17, 2014

    Are you for real? Nah, Mr. PM now I can confirm that you really believe that we Dominicans are stupid. Please negate that thought or rather, reverse to its origins.

    Why are more people not coming out on this outrageous behavior by the Prime minister of the island? Also Mr. Peter St.Jean, tone it down when you look bad. I mean very bad. Blatantly twisting and tailoring to fit your lies and deception for your supporters. God does not like ugliness Sir. You are playing with fire when allow the diabolic forces make you think that wrong is right and vice versa.

  141. Brooklyn
    January 17, 2014

    It seems like some people do not understand simple reported speech.
    It is just two weeks in the year and already there have been two killings , so Thompson is actually saying what is going on in the Nation!
    I think that Skerro and St.Jean are afraid of the strength of Team Dominica and the support that they are gathering and as such are behaving like a “Tigers caught in a corner.”
    But neither of you will stop the momentum that UWP and its Candidates moving through the world.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2014

      How many killing were there where you live in the first two weeks of the year? I’m not even going to talk about the other Caribbean islands.

  142. gwaj
    January 17, 2014

    Yawn. I need to hear serious issues.

  143. grell
    January 17, 2014

    getting so tired of these grown men taking out meype like a bunch of women on the road.

  144. cooco
    January 17, 2014

    Ha Ha, time for change, beat them at their game. When Dominicans living overseas get the info first hand from the blue team, they can now accept the tickets given by the gov. and come and vote them out. Is this an issue? Dr Fontaine quoting something said to him by a you man.Guys keep this up it is working.Give them non issues to raise their pressure while bringing the true message to the world.We are no longer fooled by politicians
    directing our attention to here say while we miss the mail issues which are employment for the youth
    medical care, Education a better standard of living, Job creation etc. The time has come my people to reject this talking party and put a working party to represent our interests. This is the action of a dying labour party who has run out of ideas on running the country and instead trying to destroy a honest hard working intelligent, young Dr who has the answer to bring Dominica forward.

  145. Vieille Case
    January 17, 2014

    Rosevelt, I most say that you are the biggest manipulator there is. Mr. Fountaine never said anything about promoting violence in Dominica. You Skerro is twisting Thompson words. Maybe you need to learn how to comprehend basic spoken words.You need to appoint interpreters to break down statements made my intellectuals.
    Thompson was only reporting what was told to him.
    “And by the way, I am not going to vote for you come next election. Two mistakes are enough.”

  146. tidel
    January 17, 2014

    As a former school mate and athlete of Mr Fontaine, I feel ashame of his comments about my country. Thomson,there’s no getting away with this one.

    • There you have it.
      January 18, 2014

      You need to go back to school to understand English and context.

  147. Shameless
    January 17, 2014

    Oh shut up Skerro! Who has destroyed the image and reputation of our country more than you and your cabal? Give me a flipping break!! Clean your eyes before attempting to do the same for others. You forgot that you are the ONLY one in Dca’s history who served in the office of PM that has OPENLY and CALLOUSLY disrespected our constitution and yet to apologize or show any remorse for it? Remember your NO LAW, NO CONSTITUTION Statement?

    You can fool some people sometime but you can’t fool all the people all the time! You and the DLP seem hell-bent on distorting the words of other for political gain but DAT-DOH-GOOD and will NOT work. To the UWP I say, keep on trucking because they FEELING-IT! But Change Must Come….

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  148. LoL
    January 17, 2014
  149. Neg Mawon
    January 17, 2014

    Here goes Mr. JA….i still love my Pm!!

  150. blind bat
    January 17, 2014

    Dr Fontaie there is something called diplomacy and tact even if the youth made those statements you sound as if that those is a representation of majority of youth in Dominica. You could have made you point without using the actual words of those few delinquents. But as usual u never think before you speak. By the way as an economist did you present any data to support the info you shared on this trip? That is also reckless of you. I expected to hear Lennox plans but all I heard were the usual allegations.

    • There you have it.
      January 18, 2014

      Diplomacy does not mean sweet-coating the truth. Stop behaving like a blind bat!

      • blind bat
        January 20, 2014

        Friend that’s exactly what the word means. Thompson did not have to blurt out this info but he felt that he could make some political mileage with it ok. Why did he not act responsibly and speak to the Chief of Police about those youth, NO. He had to blurt it out weeks after in the USA and to present it as a position of youths all over Dominica. Its only two or more mis-guided young men who are in need of direction. Now how much more reckless can Dr Fontaine be when he says the DLP Government turning their eyes on Drug Dealers. How do you explain this one? friend.

    • say say
      January 18, 2014

      the man said it how it is if he had said it in another way it would not go down well say it as it is all u too hypocrite nothing to hide nothing to declare
      stuuuuuuups

    • cooco
      January 18, 2014

      what has politics come to maypwi and slander
      d/cans we can do better than that.

  151. Just Blaze
    January 17, 2014

    Skerrit look like you really fraid workers this time around. I dunno if i want Lennox as my leader but i definitely dont want you there anymore. You out of hand with the stuff you doing.

  152. JoJo
    January 17, 2014

    Mabe mr. Skerrit listened to a different Dr. Fontaine in a different country but I never heard Dr. Fontaine asking for guns to kill someone and I nver hear him referring to his opposition as bastards either, like we heard from Mr. Skerrit.
    I did hear Dr. Fontaine saying that he met some youths in Dominica asking for guns to kill people. That is not at all the same as claiming that Dr. Fontaine is inciting violence. Mr. Skerrit, that is a very dangerous turn you taking there.

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