Weekend Editorial: What Took Her So Long?

first_imgIt happened ever since September 12, 2013 when Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi deployed   over 200 police on the grounds ofvthe Capitol Building while the Liberian Senate was deliberating in formal session. The very next day, September 13, the Senate wrote to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a letter calling on her “to deal with said mutiny by the LNP, against a democratically elected Legislature.” The  Senate asked that Director Massaquoi be immediately disrobed and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.”The Senate’s swift reaction and communication with to  President underscored the seriousness with which the Senators took Commissioner Massaquoi’s act, which  was clearly in violation of the constitutional separation of powers enshrined in the  Liberian Constitution.We are not privy to any communication, whether written or verbal, between the  President and the Liberian Senate in the intervening weeks since its  September 13, 2013 letter.Now, as she is about to appear before the joint Session of the Legislature on Monday, January 27 to deliver her ninth Annual Message, the President has written a letter to that august body dated January 20, 2014 indicating that she had “reprimanded” her Police Commisioner and suspended him for two days and ordered him “to write a letter of apology for personal presentation at a plenary sitting of the Senate.”It is hard to understand why the President took the matter so lightly and took several weeks, on the eve of her Annual Message, to respond and to act.Her letter immediately sent the Senate into what our Senate Correspondent, Burgess Carter called “one of their longest executive sessions.”We trust that by now Commissioner Massaquoi has apologized to the Senate, even in this belated hour.This newspaper wrote an editorial immediately following the incident warning the Police Commissioner of the unconstitutional nature of his action. It is difficult to understand why he had to wait until the President asked him several weeks later to do what he knew he had to do.The President’s lieutenants must realize that they are not above the law. We in this country need to take the Americans seriously when they refer to the USA as “a country of laws, not of men.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Angels’ season is on the line at Fenway

first_imgBOSTON – It’s taken almost eight months to arrive here, and yet the moment feels so rushed, it’s almost unexpected. A slight pause, a slow inhale and suddenly the Angels’ entire season lies uncomfortably before them. Lose tonight and the Angels are not backed up to the cliff, but dangling from it. Not just gasping but sinking. It has been such a long, hard-fought battle that to arrive at a point where one playoff loss puts so much in peril seems almost unfair, but there it is. That’s the downside to playing in a best-of-5 series and losing the opener on the road. Really, the Angels have to win tonight, find a way to muster some semblance of offense or they could be looking at another Red Sox sweep. They cannot afford to go back home down 0-2 with young Jered Weaver on the mound against Curt Schilling, and Boston ace Josh Beckett again waiting for a possible Game 4. They need to get after Boston’s curious right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka right off. They need Vladimir Guerrero to find his power stroke. They need to trust that Garret “One-Eyed Willie” Anderson really can see out of that half-shut eye. They need the rabbits to get on base, for the offense to again manufacture runs. Because if you just look at the two lineups, the Angels look overmatched. The Red Sox did not tie for the best record in baseball because they struggled at the plate. They are loaded and their pitching staff was the best in the American League. The Angels lost the opener of each of their three series in 2002 and still captured their first World Series. Wednesday’s loss does not signify the end to their season, but it does set off alarms, and it does bring extra pressure to bear tonight. “It’s a best-of-5 series,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Every game is going to have significance.” The Red Sox are playing with grand confidence, the kind the Angels had during the summer when they jumped out to an impressive early lead, and then swelled it again in early September. “We got to a time when we were in that streak and (Gary) Matthews was in there and I liked our lineup,” hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. “We had a lot of lefty-righty, a lot of switch-hitters in there. “Guys were healthy and playing their game with a lot of confidence. And there was one point when we could just put anybody in there and it worked.” But these Angels are playing without injured Gary Matthews Jr., and that is a difficult loss for an already shaky lineup to overcome. A sore arm has relegated Guerrero to DH. As an outfielder this year he hit .345; as a DH he batted .270. Scioscia hopes to start Guerrero in right field tonight, allowing him to bring at least one more power bat, either Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales, into the lineup. Chone Figgins would move from right to center, Reggie Willits would head to the bench and Maicer Izturis would remain at third. The Angels have been so ravaged with injuries and fill-ins that the light-hitting Izturis, via his .406 average with runners in scoring position, batted fifth in Wednesday’s opener. “I don’t think there’s been any game this season where we’ve said, `Here’s the lineup that we built the model around in spring training and winter, and have at it,”‘ Scioscia said. “We’ve had injuries the whole year. “We’ve had some young guys come up and play terrific baseball for us. You see a guy like Izzy hitting fifth for us, which is not your prototypical fifth hitter, but he does a terrific job with guys in scoring position. “We’ve had to be creative. We’ve done it all season and will continue to do it. We’ve found a way to score runs without the model that was built for this club. And we’re going to keep going.” That model led the Angels to 94 victories, but they were manufacturing runs with a healthy Matthews and Anderson. And it wasn’t coming against the top three starters on one of baseball’s best teams. Anderson was baseball’s hottest hitter after the All-Star break, but is now battling conjunctivitis in his left eye and losing. The pink-eye does not appear to be improving and it was still swollen and half closed at Thursday’s workout. “It’s unbelievable,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know how many rounds he went with Tyson. This guy wants to play. I’ve taken him in the cages and thrown to him, and he’s swung good. “He says he’s fine. If he says he’s fine, he’s going to be out there.” At a time when the Angels most need his bat, his effectiveness has been jeopardized. In the opener, he went 0-for-4 against Beckett with two strikeouts. “I don’t think you can make a judgment by what happened in (Wednesday’s) game,” Hatcher said. “That guy was fantastic and made everybody look bad. He made everybody look like both eyes were swollen.” Yet if this were the regular season, there is little doubt Anderson would be out. But they badly need him now, and really, their options are few. “Unless his left eye looks as bad as his right (today), he’s starting,” Scioscia said. Things will look very bad for the Angels tonight without a victory. The postseason has barely begun, and already a crucial game awaits. The Angels cannot allow its suddenness to catch them unaware. Only their season is at stake. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img