Thursday, July 27, 2017

Letters

Welcome meeting of the minds

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:25 PM AST Comments

It is not premature to congratulate Prime Minister Keith Rowley for taking the first serious steps towards a less confrontational mode of governance by inviting the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to talks on matters of national import. The recent talks between the two leaders is t

Perfect solution*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:24 PM AST Comments

I endorse and support without reservation the legislation aimed at resolving the Archie/Ayers-Caesar mess involving the controversial 53 outstanding matters left abeyance by the former chief magistrate. As a practitioner for the past 38 years at the Criminal Bar I do not foresee any sensible and/or


Letting the guns pass...*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:22 PM AST Comments

The Port Authority admitted to the Joint Select Committee on National Security that there is limited use of cameras, limited use canines and limited use of electronic scanners to check containers entering Trinidad and Tobago.


Wasting police resources*

Jul. 26, 2017, 11:20 PM AST Comments

This is a notification for those responsible for a certain shortcoming in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. One hears of an audit within the Police Service to determine how the manpower is deployed. Here is my observation. There is daily misuse of police manpower during the work-week Monday to

What's in a name? A lot...

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:13 PM AST Comments

Anyone who has undertaken a serious study of West Indian and European history can attest to the historical and present importance to Europeans of their past in regard to the colonies in generating wealth, power, control, and world domination through conquest, empire-building, ritual and symbolism.


Sad and shabby Chag*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:12 PM AST Comments

Once upon a time, if you took a drive to Chaguaramas you would have a view of the sea after passing the Cumana fish depot. The sea is still there, but with the advent of high grass or bush, it is very difficult to absorb the beauty of the ocean as you continue on the newly repaved road ending before


Don’t blame socialism for Venezuela’s woes*

Jul. 25, 2017, 8:8 PM AST Comments

The absolutely outstanding article by Diana Mahabir-Wyatt in the Express of July 21 should be required reading for all those persons who are so quick to berate Venezuela because they are of the view that the problem in the country is caused by socialism. Ms Mahabir-Wyatt was careful to note the sta


Financial woes put pressure on GATE *

Jul. 24, 2017, 7:30 PM AST Comments

With an education system in disarray, now comes the announcement that The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has decided to lower the requirements for the Faculty of Social Sciences (largest faculty) as a result of a drop in the number of applicants.


Don’t blame Govt for flooding *

Jul. 24, 2017, 7:29 PM AST Comments

Flooding is a worldwide phenomenon and even though it carries with it a negative connotation especially directed to those in government it is quite a natural process.



Law and the big picture

Jul. 23, 2017, 10:24 PM AST Comments

Over the last several years, there have been the annual distinguished lectures/panel discussions hosted by the Judiciary. These lectures have generally been aimed at the “top end”, dealing with esoteric aspects of the law and generally failed to grapple with real development issues we fa


Public sector workers more deserving?*

Jul. 23, 2017, 10:20 PM AST Comments

Apart from outlining the necessity to pay public sector workers backdated monies, I would like to hear some valid suggestions from the trade unions as to where these funds could be realised. We already have the collective opposition bemoaning the fact that the country is borrowing too much money, so