We have lost respect for life
is deaths feast. How true are the words of George
Herbert in our society today.
The criminals have declared waron us. We live in and
feel threatened by their viciousness and disregard of the
right of other people to life and comfort.
The newspapers are bombarding us daily with a blitzkrieg
of reports of various killings, and when the investigating
officers are up against a wall we are left to come to our
own conclusions. I refer to the US citizen who disappeared
a few months ago and the heinous capture of a young boy
in Moruga before that.
What a preposterous situation we face when these heartless
crimes can be done in our country and the criminals are
free to walk among us.
We are given the report of six murders being committed in
a 24-hour period and we wonder if this blood lust will ever
decrease. How in the name of all that is sacred can human
life be reduced to the shallow threat of your money
or your life? This is ridiculous.
A young man stops to purchase a box of chips, he is accosted
by other youths and loses his life in an attack by these
cruel and amoral desperadoes. What a savage, primordial
world we live in?
We have lost respect for human life. We do not believe that
human life is special and that a higher form of life is
in control, watching our behaviour and will repay us in
like manner for our wicked deeds. We are brought to the
level of savage animals who kill for the sense of power
This is the season of traditional goodwill, a time when
we go around expressing gentle thoughts and best wishes
to our friends but one does not know if the kind thoughts
What a dread world we are threatened with, if the savage
law of the rule of the claw prevails. Who knows if the extra
effort you make to look clean and to present yourself in
the best possible appearance would not draw attention to
the wrong people.
In the name of all that we grew up to view as sacred and
holy, I beg you to hold on to what you have held holy and
keep on the right track. It is the early training of our
youth that keeps on the right side of the law.
In this world of selfish motives it may seem right to pick
up on the helpless but even the most helpless may turn into
a fierce lion when pushed to far. That point is fast approaching.
It is to be hoped that the late signal being released by
the UNC (although with reservation) of co-operation with
the large national body will somehow work to the benefit
of us all. Yet I fear it is too little, too late.
Still, I close with wishes for a better new year than the
year when wealth accumulated and the people of this country
I hope that those whose privilege it is to lead the people
(all off them) to better and safer pasture take on the duties
seriously and do just that.
Crackdown on use of fireworks
year over the Christmas/New Year season there was a significant
reduction in the illegal use of fireworks.
It is essential that this trend continue, if all of usparticularly
animals, the very old and the very youngare to enjoy
a peaceful new year.
On Christmas Eve, Christmas night and, to some extent, on
the nights preceding these, several areas were plagued by
the noise of firecrackers and occasional larger fireworks.
In the Stephens Road, Maraval and Glencoe/Shorelands areas
the noise was sufficient to keep residents awake. No doubt,
residents of other areas can testify to the problems in
Dogs, whose hearing is much more sensitive than ours, are
particularly vulnerable to the problems caused by fireworks.
The Animal Welfare Network (AWN) would like to remind dog
owners to ensure that their pets are secured, preferably
indoors, and that dogs wear collars with ID tags.
Temporary IDs can be made, using key-ring tags with contact
names/numbers written on slips inserted into the tags.
An article in another paper wrote about the sale of fireworks
from a stall in a flea market in Port of Spain.
Last year, the police charged several persons with improper
storage and sale of fireworks and it is hoped that they
will again be alert to situations such as that mentioned
above. There should be no proliferation of stalls selling
fireworks by the roadside.
There is a real possibility of a major accident caused by
the improper use of fireworks.
Every year, the newspapers report serious accidents occurring
in various countriesthe most recent one being in Guatemala
It would only take one stray, lit firework falling into
a stock of fireworks, either at a stall or in a neighbours
yard, to cause serious injury and destruction of property.
The AWN encourages people to report illegal fireworks to
the police and insist that they act.
Do it for the animals.
Patricia A Green
The Animal Welfare Network, Committee
Will 2006 be any different?
WE reflect on the year that was 2005, it was not that happy.
Crime, criminal activity, kidnapping, murders were the headlines
over the past 365 days. The murder rate reached 382. What
will the year 2006 bring?
Even though sophisticated equipment was brought in, the
blimp and the eye in the sky, criminal activity continued.
The year witnessed a series of bombings in downtown Port-of-Spain
and an isolated incident on the Western Main Rd, St James.
Four bombings over a three-month period or should I say
devices (not bombs). In the first bombing it was reported
that 14 people were injured, one seriously injured after
loosing a leg.
In the other three bombings, no injuries.
Citizens are living in constant fear. The criminal elements
have citizens uneasy and uncomfortable.
When newspapers take to the streets to interview citizens,
the topic of concern is always crime.
The Government has promised a reduction in crime, but when?
As the year 2005 ends and we approach another year can we
expect to see results on reducing crime?
Will citizens have to continuously live in fear? Will the
criminally minded get away scot-free?
Questions only the national security minister can answer.
Will the Government calm the fears of citizens?
Airship will not reduce crime
am no expert on crime but, as an ordinary citizen, I fail
to see how an airship in the air can help to reduce serious
crimes in Trinidad.
There are numerous policemen and armed regiment working
on the ground where the criminal are and so far they have
made little impact on reducing the rate of murders and other
It looks to me like someone in the Government has been taken
for a ride and another large amount of public money is being
I wish to predict that escalating rise in crime and the
murder rate will be much higher in 2006. The airship will
merely be a blimp in the sky.
January 1 should be day of prayer
SERIOUSLY wonder when our leaders and senior administrators
will get the message that the problem of crime might well
be more of a spiritual rather than socio-economic or political
In other words, are we now paying for some sins we have
committed, or is it that our sins are filtering down spiritually
from the top to the bottom of our national community for
one reason or the other?
The killing and kidnapping continue because it is an annoyance
to speak of the above to the divinely disconnected perched
at the top.
In like manner, several letter writers in favour of the
above, including myself, continue to waste time and writing
resources on the topic.
For the last ten to 15 years, I have been trying to impress
upon our ministers of education the need to return to spirituality
in the schools of the nation, even with the forever-present
challenge of ecumenism. They never tend to understand or
care about what the ordinary man in the street would view
as elementary logic.
Even several members of the Inter Religious Organisation
seem to be at a loss at this suggestion.
And now, in order to save face, we are on to a most golden
opportunity we seem not yet to behold.
There are now two holidays to start the new year on a more
positive note. Can we not now use the first one as a complete
day of prayer for the nation and the second to do all other
Remember our hope is in God not in the police or army whose
main role is to try to apprehend the culprit only after
the crime has been committed.
Remember, too, that according to popular belief, with the
number six at the end, 2006 could be far worse than 2005.
would like to warn motorists about a dangerous intersection
at the corner of First Street and Third Avenue, Barataria.
There are no stop signs to warn drivers on the minor road
and the painted line on the road has almost disappeared.
As such, drivers on the minor road are often unaware that
they are approaching an intersection and must stop.
Numerous accidents have happened in the past. I have reported
this to the Ministry of Works and Transport, but nothing
has been done so far.
So please be on the look out.
If anyone in the ministry is reading this and can do something
about it, please do before a major accident happens.