Christmas is just around the corner and in keeping with the
spirit of the season I do not want to dwell on the many negatives
still plaguing us as we come to the close of another 365 days.
In any case who is really interested in any serious discussion
on those problems at this time; the unwritten mantra is fete
and be merry.
You know we Trinis have this amazing capacity to absorb psychological
punishment; we just laugh them off.
But thank God, there are still many of us who are really concerned
about the rudderless direction our country is taking and are
willing to pick up the mantleat the risk of being accused
of all manner of nefarious motives a favourite one that you
are playing politics thingsand contribute
to finding solutions to our problems.
Unfortunately because we are so racially and politically polarised
anyone wishing to sincerely work towards alleviating our ills,
have to be prepared to subject himself to vilification from
party hacks, and those despots who believe that the only way
they can get on in life is to vote one party until they are
But we wont go into that at this time and I thank all
those patriotic Trinis who have accepted or are willing to
accept the challenge regardless of the bricks hurled at them.
I am not calling names, they know who they are and all I can
say is that in the interest of the nation dont give
up. One day your struggles will be rewarded.
Today some of the readers are airing their views with no comments
except for the contribution of Gemma Garcia, who said I never
respond to negative criticisms of my work, which of course
is not true.
Her letter has been eidted because of space constraints.
also read your articles every week. As a journalist you have
to be able to take the criticisms that come with the job.
Not everybody will agree with you.
show us the people who agree with your views and findings.
I am sure there are a lot of people who dont agree with
your views. I would like you to show us those peoples
comments as well.
remember writing to you on several occasions, you never respond
to my comments. Is it because I dont always share the
same views as you do?
people like you who openly say you dont belong to any
political party who we can say are partial or impartial in
number of columnists have responded to me; Tony Fraser, Gillian
Lucky, Peter Quentrall-Thomas, Dr Selwyn Cudjoe, Dr Bratt,
Praksah Persad, Sat Maharaj, Anand Ramlogan, Overand Padmore,
Dana Seetahal to name a few.
are the only one that never responds to me. You see Clevon;
in the long run we all want the same things; equal rights
and justice for all. Some people have a different opinion
of our situation depending on which political party is in
issue with some political writers is that they are not objective.
I do agree with some things that you say. Just not everything.
Dont hold it against me. Have a nice weekend be safe.
No matter where I live. Trini to the bone, like they say,
my navel string buried there.
Guerra is one who talks all the time and never pays attention
to what he is saying, and what makes people like him heroes
is they never listen when spoken to.
is the type that could read the entire front page without
knowing the headline.
Raphael you are one of the young (again I am almost 60 years
old, the photo on this page was taken three years ago) writers
who may be walking in the foot steps like Mr George John and
do not let AHs like Guerra put you off track.
thank you for the job that you are doing and I pray that God
gives you the health and strength to contiue.
are you? Hope well. Listen, I look forward to reading all
your articles on line every week together with Peter Quentrall-Thomas.
Its funny the way you write, but you tell the truth
the way you see it.
know as well as I do, you will always have folks like Mr whats
his face having issues with you and others like you.
is a saying the truth hurts and some of us cannot
handle the truth.
continue to write the way you do. I like it and so are your
other fans. As one of your fans says, you are a true
Trini-say-it-as-it-is. By the way I am a T&T national
residing overseas so I try to stay abreast of what is going
on at home.
is in a serious state of affairs. We need some serious help
with the problems we are confronted with.
forward to what you have to say about the fiasco concerning
Abu Bakrs release. Now that is some real *****. Oh!
What about the individual who went free this week, or last
week after killing a policeman about a year ago?
keep on doing what you are doing, Mr Raphael, you will not
please everybody and you never will.
job. Your favourite reader/fan.
Have a good Christmas and may 2007 be less crime ridden and