Monday, July 6, 2015

Letters

Even rumshop talk has value

Jul. 5, 2015, 8:25 PM AST Comments

As early as the 18th century the bourgeois public-educated, business owners and readers of that time held discussions concerning matters of general interest, literary opinions and often political discourse. This public sphere evolved to include members of civil society, where the needs of the genera

One step too far with gay issue

Jul. 5, 2015, 8:24 PM AST Comments

Those who advance the idea of “marriage” between two consenting adult homosexuals have incorporated the notion of “equality” and support their argument from a “rights” perspective. As I understand it, supporters of gay “marriage” argue that in the absence of this officially sanctioned designation, t


What we need from the President

Jul. 4, 2015, 8:0 PM AST Comments

How does one speak truth to power? I pondered this question before I penned a few gentle words to President Carmona about his recent “rumshop logic” criticisms of the persons who were critical of the way in which the matters involving the Integrity Commission are being handled. I am not sure I resol


Population numbers strange

Jul. 4, 2015, 7:59 PM AST Comments

I have a question for the Census Bureau. How can the population of Trinidad and Tobago remain at 1.3 million people for the last 20 years when the number of voters listed on the EBC list continues to increase at every election?For example in 2007 the number of voters was estimated to be approximate


Real rumshop logic

Jul. 4, 2015, 7:59 PM AST Comments

The Office of the President and the Integrity Commission (IC) are creations of law. The practices and procedures of these institutions are governed by laws debated and enacted by MPs. The President and the members of the IC are therefore expected to conduct their affairs within the confines of the l


Abuse on top of abuse

Jul. 4, 2015, 7:58 PM AST Comments

In T&T democracy is alive and well (well, not so well). But we are free to form political parties until the UNC finds a way to prevent this from happening. Mind you, this is not as far fetched as it may appear given its machiavellian nature.History is replete with many examples in other parts of


Wrong thing to do, Mr President

Jul. 3, 2015, 8:11 PM AST Comments

It is unfortunate that the highest official in the land can refer to the public comments recently about the status of the Integrity Commission and his power in relation to that body as “rumshop logic”, as against his approach of dealing with the “Constitution and the law, the rule of law, due proces


Unfair to zone bright pupils

Jul. 3, 2015, 8:10 PM AST Comments

In fairness, all children who have received over 80 to 90 per cent of marks in the SEA (Secon­dary Entrance Assessment) should automatically get their first-choice secondary school. Zoning very bright children in schools near their homes, espe­cially in low-income areas, can be viewed as a type of s


‘Himself to himself’ probe unacceptable

Jul. 3, 2015, 8:9 PM AST Comments

Recently, there has been a significant increase in reports in the media of accu­sations by prisoners that they have been assaul­ted, beaten or mistreated by police or prison officers while in custody. The latest reported incidents are those of ten young women who were allegedly beaten while being in


Carmona took them to school

Jul. 3, 2015, 8:9 PM AST Comments

At long last, we have an authority figure in our country who is not prepared to allow constant, cheap, everyday politics at almost every turn to blemish his office and reputation and affect his future decision- making. Proud of you, Mr President.The President addressed the Integrity Commission’s pub


Carmona ‘rum shop’ talk disrespectful

Jul. 2, 2015, 8:38 PM AST Comments

It is unfortunate the President of our nation should choose to describe as “rum shop logic” the concerns raised by the general public concerning the probity of the Integrity Commission.


Diversify with an eye to the future

Jul. 2, 2015, 7:40 PM AST Comments

EVER since I could remember I was hearing about diversification of the economy from Tom, Dick and Harrylal and I must add two more for the women, Wendy and Seeta. When are we going really going to sit down with all of the relevant stakeholders, including the ordinary man on the street, and chart a w


Dookeran’s departure

Jul. 2, 2015, 7:40 PM AST Comments

To Winston Dookeran I bid you a fond farewell and yes, you are right. The COP has been a big let-down. Poised for greatness, the COP found itself as the leader for the new politics but leaderless in Government. The failure of the COP was in large part due to your abrupt departure hastened by the vul