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Letter: A response to Oliver Mills
Published on February 17, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

In a recent TCI Weekly News column, commentator Oliver Mills chided yours truly for commenting on the recent appointment of Mills’ brother Carlton as principal of the new high school in Long Bay. My comments were to show how far down TCI has come under the Progressive National Party, not to diminish Carlton or his qualifications. I can neither confirm his PhD nor deny it.

Dr Carlton Mills was appointed as minister of education to replace Dr Lillian Boyce by Dr Michael Misick. Perhaps Oliver, who is sensitive to the title doctor, can furnish the PhD credentials for Misick and Boyce I take him at his word as regards his brother.

Dr Mills was connected to the PDM and many folks feel he turned away to join PNP as minister.

If Oliver Mills feels that a move from minister to school principal deserves respect, so be it. As Oliver said, employment is a good thing. Any port in a storm.

Oliver took after me for my political positions. I make no excuses for my association with the PDM. However, I do not speak for the PDM and I form my own opinions. I readily admit that by and large I am a political commentator. Politics is not a dirty word but politicians can be corrupt or incompetent. When one joins the ranks of politicians he or she must have a thick skin forever.

Premier Doctor Rufus Ewing is a case in point. He deserves the title medical doctor but when he became a politician he moved to just plain Rufus Ewing.

Many ordinary folks, myself included, take issue with self proclaimed intellectuals with numerous degrees talking down to everyone.

I was in contact on several occasions with Minister Mills. During his ministry, I notified him that Doris Robinson School had been without running water in the sanitary facility for months. Soon it was fixed. I invited Dr Mills to speak at a National Heroes Day celebration, which I chaired. He declined.

Minister Mills told me of his plans to fire a certain school principal in the family islands. I defended that person who did survive and has performed better than Provo principals.

Finally, Oliver suggests that I make what he calls an “altar call”. I remember Mike Misick’s similar statements. Religion is personal but God looks into the heart of every person. I am ready.

David Tapfer
Middle Caicos Island
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Jonathan Gardiner:

" If Oliver Mills feels that a move from minister to school principal deserves respect, so be it. As Oliver said, employment is a good thing."

A humble man deserves respect, more than a lying king or a king who don't punish the wicked.

I love Dr. Mills humble spirit and consider that school to be very bless by having him for their principal.

Former UN ambassador, Andrew Young said, men fail for three reasons: arrogance, pride and greed". I see none of these three in Dr. Mills.

Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. Ecclesiastes 9:18. NIV.

No reason to disrespect the man for his current job position,(consider the possible fate of some of our former ministers and governors) it's good for our beloved country and he is restoring hope in many.



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