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PM not ‘father’ of naive nation

Whilst Mr (Patrick) Manning, in his self-termed status of “father of the nation,” may consider himself to be something of a deity, he must be made aware he is not the omnipotent father of infants but of a modern nation composed of at least a modicum of intelligent people. He cannot, therefore, expect us to blithely accept his utterances without statistical or scientific fact to back it up.

That this has been his approach thus far is undeniable, from his denial of the existence of a “crime” problem to his latest, that the citizens have nothing to fear from any proposed aluminium smelter plants. Where is his backing for this statement? That of Alcoa and Alutrint? What research has Mr Manning conducted into this matter before acceding to their requests to open business there?

To add insult to injury, our senators, operating on our behalf, have been blatantly ignored; denied the opportunity of questioning the pertinent authorities at the last Joint Select Committee meeting.

Perhaps he could explain why the USA is not permitting any new smelter plants and is phasing out the old? When that “super nation” adopts a policy like that, watch out—they do not give away a dollar.

Whilst not being completely aware of all the implications of the proposed “taxation” for greenhouse emissions, the word taxation is sufficient to underscore that nation’s will be penalised for production of the same. This will obviously, however, be taxation against rather than for.

We make the bulk of our income from taxation from oil revenue, why then would we suddenly want to start working from the opposite end of the spectrum and be taxed for producing carbon dioxide in a project utilising our natural gas (cheap?).

We can earn sufficient revenue from the sale of same to the developed countries of the world. Natural gas is, and will continue for some time to come, at least, to be in strong demand.

The citizens of T&T have to stand shoulder to shoulder on this one and let Mr Manning know in no uncertain terms that we do not intend to have our ecology and the health and welfare of present and future citizens face such abuse.

Who wants to be smothered by carbon dioxide? If it will damage plant life, what makes you think human life will escape?

Mr Manning’s plans for altering the skyline with tall buildings are sufficient for now. Please do not alter the entire topography of our little island paradise and the welfare of our citizens at the same time with production of noxious elements.

Let Alcoa and Alutrint take their plants elsewhere—we do not want them, thank you. And Mr Manning may find that even his PNM people are against him in this one. They are not all the sheep he may take them to be.

Virginia Verity

Port-of-Spain


Willing to pay more for better service

The battle continues between the two providers of GSM services locally with “attacks” in the daily press comparing rates.

But one thing is certain and that is there is a definite improvement in the quality of service with the new provider, Digicel. Same old problem remains with TSTT system: poor reception and quality of service.

I really don’t care if I pay more, I really don’t care if the handsets are $50, $25 or free. What’s the point of cheap handsets if to make a call you have to go out into the yard, the street or as one colleague put it climb the water tank tower for a signal?

Now with Digicel, the problems my family, friends, associates, and co-workers once experienced with TSTT no longer exist.

The noted benefits are:

* Crystal clear reception in areas that had either poor or non-existent reception (from Charlotteville to Cedros for sure).

* No more dropped calls or “network busy” signals.

* No more problems dialing out.

* No more missed calls.

* Batteries last longer since the handsets aren’t desperately searching for a signal.

They do say you get what you pay for. Evidently, for us it is a higher quality of service.

Thanks Digicel.

Concerned Customer

via e-mail


Water shortage is a real problem

The refusal of the House Speaker Sinanan to debate the water crisis in the country as raised by MP Roodal Moonilal is no big surprise, really. After all, the PNM ministers all have an abundant supply of water so it does not concern them.

In any case, under this PNM Government, water shortages have always been the norm so, as far as they are concerned there is no crisis, so why debate it.

Sophie Bachoo

via e-mail


No congrats from Govt

I probably missed the event, but I do believe neither the Prime Minister nor the Minister of Sports extended congratulations to the twice victorious national cricket team under the astute leadership of Daren Ganga. No motorcade, no national celebration, no spirited promises to upgrade facilities, no nothing! Jack Warner might be advised to seize this opportunity.

Maybe, neither the PM nor the Sports Minister wanted to politicise the cricket victory (proliferated with boundaries), against Barbados, since we have already secured a maritime boundary victory—so the AG says.

In the latter case, I do hope the umpire’s decision at the Hague is final.

B Ramkhan

Valsayn


Dangerous access to Gulf View

I’ve been meaning to write this letter for a while but I was waiting to see whether it was a job awaiting completion.

More than a year ago, some work was done on the San Fernando Bypass at the entrance to Gulf View, La Romaine. The roadway was widened to allow for an entrance for drivers entering Gulf View from the northern and eastern side of the intersection, and those entering from the southern side, a filter entrance. Drivers exiting Gulf View and heading east or south have a lane controlled by a traffic light and those heading north can filter onto the Bypass. These lanes are divided by narrow, low concrete barriers.

It was a good idea to make the roadway wider and allow the filter lanes, because it certainly allowed a faster and smoother flow of traffic. The problem however, is the entrance lane for those entering Gulf View from the East or North is narrow to navigate. If one is unfamiliar with the flow of traffic, it is actually easy to enter the exit lanes. This situation is made worse at night. There are no street lights, the dividers and roadway remain unpainted and the entire area is deficient of “cat’s eyes.”

I’m appealing to the kind people at the San Fernando City Corporation to look at this busy intersection both in the daylight and at nighttime and see what can be done to make this place safe.

Roma Blair

La Romaine


Jokey justice system here

Is the criminal justice system in T&T really doing what it is being paid to do? Are they serious about prosecuting hardened criminals who do the crime?

As a citizen of our beloved country, I personally feel justice is no longer a priority.

The current Government has failed to provide security for its citizens. Once again they have managed to focus the spotlight away from the high statistics of the crime rate in the country and instead on the highly publicised conviction of a former prime minister; a man who does not deserve to spend his last days sitting in a jail cell serving time as a hardened criminal.

Where is the justice in that Mr Attorney General?

I think the Government should focus on prosecuting those drug lords who are wreaking havoc on our beloved country.

When a man such as Basdeo Panday is forced to go to prison for failing to declare his assets, it leaves one to wonder if the justice system is labelled—is there a blue collar for some and a white collar for others.

Cynthia Ramrekh

via e-mail

 

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