Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Letters

Don’t waste resources on ‘foreign’ nationals *

Sep. 16, 2017, 7:24 PM AST Comments

I am a Trini to the bone and, despite things being rough at times, I would not choose to live or work anywhere else. I have great sympathy for patriotic Trinis and little for those who gripe and complain about how “bad” T&T is and feel “foreign” is better.

Ordinary citizens must step up

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:11 PM AST Comments

Many institutions in Trinidad and Tobago are failing to meet the felt needs of citizens because there is too much crime. Our family, ourselves and our property are in grave danger; cherished traditions and values are being eroded and regular law enforcement officials are not coping with the rising c


Results of poor socialisation*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:10 PM AST Comments

Criminals in T&T are not content to simply rob, but also to brutally maim or murder the victim. This indicates criminals are not only motivated by the proceeds of crime—they also need to satisfy violent and murderous inclinations. We must therefore reflect on how this violent disposition is cu


The supposed performance of the prime minister*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:6 PM AST Comments

Ever so often the results of polls are published, informing the population as to the movement of the performance of a prime minister, in particular. In this regard I am to point out the constitutional imperatives in Trinidad and Tobago call into question the veracity and, indeed, the usefulness of t

We’ve come a long way*

Sep. 15, 2017, 9:5 PM AST Comments

Though still some distance to travel before the modern world with all it’s 21st-century concepts, ideology, technology and forums, women and girls in many Third World nations continue to face serious challenges and problems (some insurmountable) with gender equality in all strata of life. From


Kudos to PM for ‘Conversations’

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:19 PM AST Comments

One of the activities that clearly distinguishes Dr Rowley’s tenure thus far as Prime Minister is his commitment to staying in touch with people. Conversations with the Prime Minister has proven to be an active demonstration of good governance.


CXC’s failed grade *

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:17 PM AST Comments

This is a reply to Cleveland Sam, public information officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council, re the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) debacle published in the Express of Friday, September 8.


Hollow speech from Roget *

Sep. 14, 2017, 7:16 PM AST Comments

Roget’s delivery was uncharacteristically dispassionate and far from what we have come to expect—perhaps because it was a staid in-door event instead of an energetic open-air march.

The loss of the next generation

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:21 PM AST Comments

The education system of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago must be reformed to cater for the next generation (Generation Y and the following). The situation is so perilous that if we do not act quickly, intelligently and structurally, and begin this discussion and implement certain changes, Trinida


Hotel off Point Gourde for Petrotrin ‘bandit’*

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:19 PM AST Comments

The allegation of corruption must be well investigated and whatever the result the perpetrators must be unearthed using every means possible, even if it means using a subterranean excavator. Every person in public service, be it State enterprise or institution, who engages in corrupt practices robs


Too much traffic on T&T’s roads*

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:11 PM AST Comments

Every day, we are reminded transportation is at the heart of human and economic development. Yet, we are frequently stuck in severe, bottle-neck congestion, which negatively impacts our productivity, health and arrival times. Each day we find ourselves asking: will building more roads and highways s


No head of govt can escape responsibility*

Sep. 13, 2017, 10:10 PM AST Comments

The call for David Small, chair of the Joint Select Committee into State Enterprises, to initiate a hearing into the report of a $90-million-dollar overpayment for 350,000 barrels of crude oil that Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago never received through its Pointe-a-Pierre oil refinery facil


New direction needed for budget*

Sep. 12, 2017, 10:26 PM AST Comments

There is no solace in saying I told you so, especially when Trinidad and Tobago continues along a path toward further economic decline. This writer and others have suggested the current structure of property tax could not facilitate early collection. It was suggested that if the Government needed to