the duty of all
is a phenomenon that causes a reaction of disgust and frustrated
discontent among the uninvolved: the alarming and apparently unstoppable
rise in the murder rate.
is actually too easy to pick out the man in charge of security and
heap the blame for the racing, rising murder figures on him, but
the cause of crime cannot be easily ascribed to one man.
is the responsibility of the entire community to be on the lookout
for their neighbours and themselves and to report any suspicious
actions they might notice in their neighbourhood.
the most superficial look at the crime rate may tend to disclose
an attraction to the immediate profit to be won without the sacrifices
that attend to an investment in time, labour and money. It is the
idea of instant gratification at any cost.
is the tendency, lamentable though it is, to look at the result
rather than the cost. Consequently, every man has a price on his
head that may vary according to dollars and cents to the prestige
involved in wiping out a gang leader, especially if he is attacked
in his own stronghold. It is a concept that we see time and time
again in the video shows that we watch.
lure of the other world where the power goes to the most ruthless
is the driving force of the lives of our young men who view all
the materially successful as being criminals of the most vicious
types, whose motto is simply do unto others as they would
do unto you, but do it first.
do not doubt that the murder rate is linked to other things but
I do suppose that the value of human life is cheapened when we express
our value for a human being in the value of what he possesses.
majority of us do not value the quiet and diligent attitude of the
many who rise to the top of society by the virtues of diligent labour
and disciplined application. They throw back at you the cheap second-rate
cliches from the movies about hard work only putting calluses in
your hands but not green bills in your pockets.
sure way to what they view as success is violence. It is gun rule
the old-fashioned way of life is one in which the means by which
you achieve your purpose is as important as, if not more than, the
ends themselves. It is the countrys preoccupation with what
one has rather than how one got it that is the main cause of our
is easy to quote some sage on human behaviour to put a plaster on
the sore that affects us but in the long run we are forced to go
back to the old book which has stated that what we sow surely we
would reap. Let us think carefully before we act.
Check on your senior officers
is an open appeal to the new Minister of Education to visit and
spend some time in her various departments, although I know she
is quite busy, to see the nonsense that goes on in her ministry
where junior officers are being belittled by senior officers.
of your senior officers need to go on training sessions to learn
to supervise because some are still stuck in the last century with
draconian methods of supervising. Please enlighten them about Vision
Prime Minister must be made aware that sometimes the senior officers
are the problems, especially since he has plans to set up monitoring
units in each ministry.
Minister, fix Passport Office
February 11, I got up at 2 am, packed my beach chair and journeyed
to Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, to line up outside the Passport
arrived at 2.45 am, set up my beach chair, sat down and waited.
After about 15 minutes, I saw other people joining the line ahead
of me. I got up and did a head count from the start of the line
to my seat. At that time there were 34 people ahead of me.
some discussion I understood that the person in front of the line
was there since 1.45 am. The long wait gave me an opportunity to
think and reflect.
Minister of National Security should take stock of his ministry
that is not performing. I know there is no easy solution to crime
and it is an uphill battle, but delivering passports should not
be an uphill battle.
should citizens have to leave their homes at 1-2 oclock in
the morning, line up like cattle and then be turned away by your
tin gods in uniform who feel they can talk and treat people (taxpayers)
who pay their salaries like their little children?
is unacceptable. God help your Governments 2020 vision.
was subjected to that kind of treatment. I took pains to ensure
that my documents were in good order but your tin god found that
my form was too dirty and turned me away without any
consideration or regard for what I had been through.
have shown my passport documents to several people and not one saw
any reason to be rejected since all sections were clearly legible.
Minister, the US Embassy several years ago had problems serving
citizens visas. We were subjected to early mornings and long lines.
But they solved the problem.
do not need to reinvent the wheel. Why not piggyback on the US Embassys
system and remove the hardship from our citizens. We do not deserve
this kind of treatment.
No rewards for dedication
letter to the Minister of Education, Esther Le Gendre:
colleague who has been acting as principal of a primary school for
over five years has recently been removed and asked to return to
the classroom because he does not possess a Bachelor of Education
recommended junior teachers for heads of department, a position
that does not need a degree. He did not apply for a head of department
position as he was principal of a school.
is now back in the classroom, teaching the new principal the ropes
of the office and taking orders from a junior teacher who is now
head of department (whom he recommended a few months ago) since
the head of department is in a higher grade (Grade 4).
this is not a recipe for demotivation, tell me what is.
Le Gendre, you must come out and tell the public about the number
of senior teachers who have already sent in their retirement papers
with five or six more years to go before their 60th birthday. It
is happening in schools all over the country.
teachers who did not desert their classrooms in search of a BEd
degree are now being called lazy and disinterested in
their own advancement. It has now reached the stage where fewer
and fewer teachers are devoting their time to extra-curricular activities
in exchange for principalships.
us, Madame Minister, the number of senior teachers the education
system has lost in the last three years and will lose in the next
few years. Do not wait until the system crashes.
congratulate those teachers who have obtained their BEd degrees,
but years of dedicated service must count for something, shouldnt
Not another quarry, please
than 30 years ago, the residents of Maracas Valley, particularly
those living along the main road from Acono to St Joseph, were assaulted
by trucks speeding to and from the quarry in Acono both day and
fell on deaf ears and to add insult to injury horns were tooted
as the trucks passed the complainants houses, in the wee hours
of the morning.
assault continues but today the trucks no longer travel at night.
They dont need to, as they are larger and heavier with more
than twice the capacity of the original trucks.
roads of the valley are, not so slowly, crumbling under the weight
of these trucks and the additional traffic as the once agricultural
valley is changed into a residential one. The entire stretch of
the road between La Baja and Balata will soon collapse into the
river as some parts have already done.
is talk of another quarry to be opened in Acono which will impact
on WASAs catchment area of the river and exacerbate an already
inadequate and polluted water situation in the valley.
valley and its roads cannot support another quarry in addition to
the ones in Acono and El Chorro and I urge the landowners to rethink
wish also to invite Minister Imbert to drive into the valley to
see for himself the condition of the road and not depend on the
engineers who are often absent and therefore provide inadequate
supervision of road repair projects.
Illegal towers still standing
radiation being emitted from illegal cell towers continues to remain
a threat to the health and well being of citizens but our Government
continues to be indifferent and apathetic towards it.
former Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis,
in a media release dated December 31, 2006, stated that she shares
the concerns of the national community regarding cellular tower
health and safety issues and remains steadfast in her commitment
to the enforcement of the planning policy for public mobile telecommunications
services... and will not renege on her previous statement that all
illegal cellular towers which do not conform to the specification
outlined in the planning policy... will be removed.
statement remained a promise during Robinson-Regis tenure
of office and continues to be a promise, for which our politicians
are very famous.
Patrick Manning gave his solemn undertaking during the election
campaign to serve the people and it would be impolitic for him and
his Government to renege from his promise.
am in the circumstances calling on the Prime Minister as well as
the new Minister of Planning and Development to refrain from following
the footsteps of the former minister, who was noted for her promises
but no action, and to proceed to enforce the laws by removing all
illegal cell towers.
Keep it blazing Machel, Faye-Ann
take this opportunity to say something publicly to two individuals.
Machel Montano, another job well done. You continue to amaze me
every year. Rollin is a song that is unforgettable, Balzin
de Trail speaks for itself.
am continuously blown away when each year in my mind I challenge
you to come better than the last and you never fail. Make sure to
be thankful to all those who make your story a continued success.
Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, I saw you take your heart out of your body
and place it on that stage at the Soca Monarch and those judges
went blind. Dont let them steal your joy. You deserved that
win and you know it. Your performance was outstanding and you gave
your absolute everything to that competition.
your head up. What is for you will always be for you.
conclusion, to the entire HD family, flame on and keep it coming.
To Faye-Ann, surfs up, keep your head high always.
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