Theft of Any Kind Is the Business of the Press—A Word to the Official-in-Charge…

first_imgThey say “A stitch in time saves nine.” Today it is 200 plastic chairs which may seem negligible. But tomorrow, it could be library books or laboratory equipment. Next, it could be the college generator.Then where would the African Bible College (ABC) be? In the darkness that it was built to dispel and bring the light of learning and living water to Nimba’s hungry souls and enhance its potential as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive political sub-divisions.That is why we believe the college administration should undertake a swift and thorough investigation into the loss of 200 plastic chairs from the ABC auditorium.We are totally surprised at the college’s person in charge, who told our Nimba Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, that the theft “has nothing to do with the press,” then immediately switched off his phone. This college official fails to realize that by making that remark, he casts suspicion over himself. Was his remark an attempt to cover up the crime? Why? What does he know about the alleged theft of the 200 chairs that went missing from the college auditorium? This so-called college official, whoever he may be, does not realize that everything concerns the press, whether it is the misappropriation of tens of millions of United States dollars from the state enterprise, National Oil Company (NOCAL), or a petty larceny case in a magisterial court. Many of us remember the famous Monrovia Magistrate, His Honor Peter Bonner Jallah who, at the onset of a petty larceny case would ask, “Old rogue or new rogue.” When the prisoner honestly answered, “Old rogue,” the judge would immediately show some leniency and give him a stern warning to stop this evil practice, or face harsher punishment next time. Of course, the press would be there to cover that. You are talking about the theft of goods or property valued at only five or ten dollars.How much more 200 chairs from a college campus: It could be immediately construed as “educational sabotage,” which should be a serious crime in a country nearly 70% of whose people are illiterate.Or does this college official seem to be telling us that the foreign missionaries who invested their precious United States dollars, time, energy and talent to open the ABC were wasting their time in Liberia? No, we insist they were not; they were rather determined to spread the light of learning and evangelism to the Liberian interior lost in darkness, illiteracy, witchcraft, superstition and other demonic forces that include atheism and the denial of the positive force of religion in the lives of a people.And so we say to the so-called college official, yes indeed it is the business of the press, for if the practice of theft continues, soon he would be out of a job, for the missionaries would soon pack up, leave and go someplace else in Liberia or another part of this continent still reeling from the darkness of godlessness, witchcraft and ritualistic killing, under the guise that human blood can bring power and prosperity to people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At least 43 dead 40 injured in Guatemala bus crash

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala: Adapting to climate change Made in Guatemala: Building a dream home Central America’s first penguins adapt to new home in Guatemala Guatemalans continue speaking out on atrocities during Ríos Montt era GUATEMALA CITY – A bus carrying scores of passengers plunged down a steep cliff in western Guatemala on Monday, killing at least 43 people and injuring 40 others, firefighters said.Cecilio Chacaj, a fire department spokesman, said the bus fell 70 meters (230 feet) to the ground after careening off the road in the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque, 64 kilometers (40 miles) west of the capital.Local residents who rushed to the scene of the crash volunteered to help rescuers pull victims stuck in the wreckage, Chacaj said.“Forty people were confirmed dead at the site of the accident and three more at the hospital,” Chacaj told reporters.Some victims were taken to hospitals in Guatemala City while others were treated at local hospitals.The bus had left from the western province of Chimaltenango on its way to San Martin Jilotepeque.This is the second mass tragedy to affect Guatemala in the past three days. Over the weekend, a shooting at a liquor store left 11 dead and 15 injured. The motive for the attack remains unknown. Facebook Commentslast_img read more