(As Delivered)We gather here today to celebrate the home going of H.E. Charles Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of the Republic of Liberia, and to note that his passage through this terrestrial plane will mark him a “Name” to ever be present with us. The sudden death of the Chairman has cast a long shadow over this country, which he jealously loved, and for which he gave so much of himself.In keeping with the request of the family and in fulfillment of a national responsibility, I will present to you a Panegyric on the life of the late Charles Gyude Bryant.The people of Liberia share a deep sense of grief occasioned by the death of a pre-eminent Statesman who served and led his country from the shackles of destruction and bore the torch of the democratic order; who served his country magnificently as a business icon with great understanding and zeal to propagate and restore the image of his beloved nation. The sorrow of the Liberian people at the passing of so great a man, who signified to the world a new era of hope and peace, is being given expression by this celebration of his home going.In the death of Chairman Bryant, Liberia has lost a staunch leader; the cause of peace and development to which he had dedicated his political life has been deprived one of its boldest and courageous proponents and advocates; his country has lost of one of its most lofty, valiant and gallant sons and leaders; and the Bryant family has been deprived of a devoted and ardent pillar of strength.The cold, unpardoning hands of death have consumed us with grief, but that can never constrain our flowing gratitude nor confine our public pledge. We give thanks that God’s promises dispel all sorrow and pain.Peaceful, but mentally dynamic, astute and engaging, kind and resourceful, Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant was a gentleman, in every sense of the word, with a penetrating mind, even in the most difficult of times. He was a winsome personality of deep, unpretending humility, foresight andconcentration, which portrayed nobility of character and strength of conviction. His instincts served him and his country very well, and in trying or vexing situations, he was tolerant in a generous way, allowing the gush of fresh wind to blow through the halls of misunderstandings, shortcomings and obstacles.He demonstrated vast knowledge of national affairs, underpinned by patience, understanding and a sympathetic attitude to the problems, and a willingness to be of assistance when convinced of the necessity that justified it. These are the attributes which the late Chairman Bryant possessed, and which inspired the nation.The passing of this unique political figure, commonly regarded as a consensus builder and opinion forger, calls for all political affiliations to institute new programs that would enable all Liberians to emulate his legacy.As a mark of last respect and tribute to the memory of the late Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant, who confidently steered the Liberian people towards liberty’s rebirth and hoisted aloft the banners of democracy, I, as President of the Republic of Liberia, call upon all, on this day of his interment, this Unification Day, to give due reverence and reflection to the memory of Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant. Let it be celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Liberia, by its people at home and abroad, as a day of rejoicing and happy recompense, as well as a day of fondest familiarity and familyhood. For Chairman Bryant, superbly navigated the tumultuous sea of self-destruction brings us into the harbor of national reconciliation.To the perpetual protection and guidance of the God of our Fathers, and of all the Saints, we commit the spirit of Charles Gyude Bryant to Eternity by our prayers. May God continue to bless and save his children and family to whom the Liberian Nation is morally indebted, and with whom Liberia deeply condoles.Words are futile, at a time like this, to assuage the anguish of our Nation and the pain of his family. We can only bow our heads to the will of God, the Father of us all, and ask ourselves:Is there beyond the silent night an endless day?Is death a door that leads to light?We cannot say.We can only hope that on that final day,As an answer to all our queriesThe Father Himself will intone“Let there be light.”May God bless Liberia and save the State!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The extreme wind and temperature drop in late September reminded me that fall was here, and it will be winter before we know it. Kent told me the last time he was in Wal-Mart that the Christmas decorations were already on display.I’m sure Wal-Mart is proactive because it means more profits. I’m all for planning ahead because it can save on headaches and legal expenditures. In fact, there are several things that should be considered and accomplished before the end of the year. While they will take some time, the cost, if any, is minimal. The savings, however, could be considerable.Start by verifying that your insurance policy contains a list of all current equipment to be covered. Did you purchase or trade any equipment this year and not call the agent to inform him? Double check. You do not want to discover the list is inaccurate when you have a claim.Also, does your insurance policy offer sufficient coverage? When was the last time it was increased? Rely on your agent for advice in this matter. Adequate and appropriate insurance is essential for a busy farming operation.Schedule an appointment with your accountant before the end of the year. Allow sufficient time to take action if that is required. This is probably the single most important appointment your operation needs to make every year. Do not wait until 2016 to find out you have a tax problem. Granted, this year may not be as likely to create income issues, but verify your 2015 financial situation while there is time to act. That is, unless you prefer to pay more taxes than necessary.While visiting with your CPA before the end of the year, it is also a good time for him or her to assess if any changes in business structure that are advisable from an accounting perspective. Review your overall operation as well as individual enterprises.Sit down and do a balance sheet on the same day every year. Actually have one on hand that is consistent from year to year. This is the single best way to figure out how your operation is doing over time. Also, when the banker asks for a balance sheet you have a great starting point. Keep in mind a balance sheet is just a financial picture taken on a specific date, so you will need to revise the figures when a bank asks for it. Updating is far easier than starting from scratch.Keep a close eye on your cash flow. Know the current status of accounts receivables and payables. If this is problematic, develop a plan to address the issue. Ignoring a problem only makes it worse. This year has been challenging for many. Develop an action to the situation instead of a reaction.Make sure your crop insurance claims are filed and processed, if that applies to your situation. Time is money, so it is preferable to have the insurance proceeds in your financial institution or invested in your operation in a timely manner.If you are in a geographic region that has been declared a disaster area, check with the local Farm Service Agency office to see what programs are available. I know there was a disaster declaration for parts of Ohio several months ago. At the time of the official announcement, however, local FSA directors did not know what programs would be offered. I would seek out this information before the end of the year, if applicable to your location.As much as we do not like to think about this, take a look at your existing estate plan. If either you or your spouse passed, do the executed documents accomplish what you planned? Have there been any changes in your family that require modifications to any of the documents? The beautiful thing about computers is that updating wills and trusts is easier than ever. If necessary, schedule an appointment with your attorney so you are certain that your existing plan works for your current situation. And if you do not have an estate plan, now might be a good time to consider having one written. The government will be happy to enact the statutory one for your operation if you don’t create a customized one for your farm. All of the information you have gathered and analyzed for the other end-of-the-year considerations will assist in making this plan quicker and less costly.I know these recommendations are not complicated. One of the things I have learned taking care of calves is that simple things matter. You absolutely must show up twice a day to feed and bed and treat any animals showing signs of sickness. If a calf has scours or respiratory disease (the most common problems), an extra trip or two to provide fluid makes a huge difference. Keep buckets and bottles clean. Do not let the calf get damp or drafted. Get colostrum in a baby as soon as possible after birth. This is not rocket science, but it works. Keeping a business out of legal trouble is not that much different. I am certain some of the more esteemed members of my legal profession would not comprehend or appreciate this comparison, but it works if you are a farmer. Life is difficult enough, so take basic actions to keep the unnecessary complications away.Most importantly, take some time to consider what worked this past year and be grateful. Having a positive, appreciative attitude is the best way to end one season and begin another.