Thursday 5th June 2003

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TTPost doing a great job

I congratulate the management of TTPost for the professional manner in which they handled the recent allegations made by the Guardian Angels.

I was amazed at the honesty and professionalism shown by the New Zealanders and local managers as they openly addressed the issue of mail being in the hands of the Guardian Angels – a first in our country.

The fact that they accepted that an incident of mail tampering had occurred and that the matter was in the hands of the police was indeed admirable.

For too long we have been subjected to corrupt practices at our State enterprises and time and time again dishonest acts and breaches are swept under the carpet.

One only has to look at WASA, NWRHA, BWIA and CEPEP to see the blatant abuse of office by officials.

I hope the Fraud Squad fully investigates the circumstances surrounding the Guardian Angels and their vigilante activities.

Shouldn’t Dr Khan focus his energies on fixing the nation’s health crisis instead of bad-mouthing the postal administration?

One needs to remind the good doctor that his political agendas should be left to the political platform. And that there is a fine line between public interest and public mischief.

I have in the past received other people’s mail in my box and I did what was required by simply handing it back to the postman.

I look forward to seeing the postman for my area as he rides his motorcycle doing mail delivery.

Until a year and a half ago, the people in my area did not even have a postman delivery service, but thanks to TTPost my pension cheque is now delivered to my home.

I have seen significant improvements made by TTPost and wish to commend them for their efforts to improve the quality of mail delivery.

Who would have though that the day would come when you could pay your phone bills in three minutes flat at a post office, rather than waiting in line for an hour at a TSTT office.

I do not know how many New Zealanders are working at TTPost, but it is good to see the local managers holding their end as reported on the television stations and newspapers. Who says that we do not have local talent?

Krishna Mungroo


Kindness nearly leads to death

Just imagine a US national and his Trinidadian wife in Tobago looking at their property in which they plan to build their home.

Just imagine a random act of kindness nearly causing their deaths.

Two youths given a lift proceeded to tie up these people, put them in the trunk of their own car, rob them of their money, beat them into disclosing their PIN and drive their car to Scarborough to the ATM.

Thank God the distressed couple managed to free themselves, open the trunk and escape, while the car was in motion.

The moral of the story is don’t give anyone – children, old people, handicapped people – a lift.

That lift may cause you to meet your maker sooner than you had expected. Even though Bethel is the name of a holy place, don’t trust the area.

Ernesto Abraham

Federation Park

At mercy of Cocorite dust

I am prompted to pen this letter after reading the article “EMA pressured by big business” written by Jada Loutoo in the May 31 Guardian.

I live in Cocorite and have written to the EMA and the Town and Country Planning Division in the past to enquire about the land reclamation that is taking place at two businesses in the area.

Every day we are at the mercy of the clouds of dust stirred up by the trucks delivering earth. When delivery is done then the bulldozers do their part by pushing the loads into the sea to create more land. When communicating with these “land grabbers”, they indicate that they are creating employment and that this is “progress”.

Is this legal? How far out into sea are they allowed to go, if approval has been given by the appropriate authority? Has approval been given for a heliport? A pad has already been laid down at one business.

Maybe your reporters should make a visit to the site to see for themselves.

Ian De Gannes


Time to help the disabled

The Rehab Credit Union Co-operative Society Ltd views with disgust the hardships encountered by our disabled brothers and sisters in T&T.

Avenues for education/training and gainful employment are quite small. Those of us who are gainfully employed have had to struggle for years to reach this point.

The spectacle of disabled people camping out on Wrightson Road is an affront to any society. Are we to wait until someone dies before the powers that be begin dialogue towards workable solutions for the disabled?

We strongly believe that the services of the Ministry of Education, YTEPP, NESC, Servol and the many NGOs could be used to make the lives of people with disabilities meaningful.

Over to you, Mr Manning.

Steve Coker


Rehab Credit Union

Clarify land use policy

In the 1970s and 1980s, national land utilisation maps and diagrams were often displayed for pubic information. The idea of using land according to its type and fertility was accepted.

There are people who thank their pieces of land for their survival during the two World Wars. In war time also, even the Queen’s Park Savannah was given over to citizens to “plant garden” as German submarines reduced our food supply by sinking merchant ships coming here.

We are a couple of small islands with lots of mountains and limited arable land but with an increasing population. The wise use of our land resources is imperative.

It seems an excellent idea, therefore, to establish the new industrial park at Wallerfield, where the soil is among our poorest for most crops. Similarly, it certainly seems undesirable to take the country’s best soil with long-successful farming and replace it with houses. I am not the one who has said that area near Curepe has the country’s best soil; a university professor in agriculture did.

As a country, are we going to do the best for ourselves by leaving good arable land for agriculture and assigning the rest for other varied needs? (The allegation of voter padding is a non-issue.) Government should publish its land-use policy, based largely on soil type, along with its land use allocations.

The opportunity should be taken to include areas for potential squatter development, with a commitment to squash such settlement elsewhere.

The people must adhere to such a Government policy. We must not bring pressure to bear to change it for our own personal ends, nor should we flout it.

Or would we in 2020 take our students and tourists to some small, cleared spot in some yard, otherwise sheathed in concrete, to display the best soil in our country with test tube soil samples on sale?

It would be an imaginative and entrepreneurial citizen who would do that as, perhaps, the official policy might be to ignore or downplay our soil legacy.

It would also seem desirable to do two things:

• Assign pieces of land to each farmer with a lease, the land to be used strictly for farming.

• Design and conduct high-quality training programmes for them, so the best farm land may produce the best and highest yielding crops.

In addition, of course, if Government’s hope is to lift this country to what is termed First World status, it must achieve the following: law in the interest of the people, in consultation with them; people’s adherence to the law; guardians’ faithful enforcement of the law. Can we hope for this?

Van Stewart

Diego Martin

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Unfair to blame Aleong

It is unfair and quite over the top to blame Conrad Aleong for BWIA’s financial problems.

Other very large airlines, for example, United Airlines and American Airlines, have experienced the same serious problems after 9/11 and, later, the rash adventures of Bush and Blair in Iraq.

BWIA is one of the world’s best and safest carriers and I pray for its survival.

Philip A Habib

Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9LP

United Kingdom

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