Monday, August 3, 2015

Letters

Criminal justice system in shambles

Aug. 3, 2015, 7:33 PM AST Comments

In 2010 the issue of crime was of greatest concern for the vast majority of the population.With this knowledge Kamla Persad-Bissessar, leader of the People’s Partnership, vowed to attack the problem by introducing and embarking upon several initiatives which would severely impact upon the crime scou

Christian behaviour at election time

Aug. 3, 2015, 7:32 PM AST Comments

Are you a Christian in the true sense of the word? If you are, then you will certainly know that in every sphere of life you ought to display Christ-like qualities. After all, the disciples earned the Christian label because they emulated the behaviour of their spiritual leader.In this regard, an


They’re so similar

Aug. 3, 2015, 7:32 PM AST Comments

I would like to know if our two main political parties really know why there are such a high number of undecided voters.Let me just point out a few of their similarities. UNC wants to build a causeway to Chaguaramas, PNM wants to build causeway to Chaguaramas also. UNC wants to build an island in th


For our wildlife

Aug. 3, 2015, 7:31 PM AST Comments

OUR wildlife is on the verge of extinction, with the excessive slaughter of our innocent animals.We are blessed to have such a wide variety, largely as a result of being joined to the South American mainland so many billions of years ago. No other Caribbean island is so lucky.Later this year, we wou


Clear options for Afro-Trinis

Aug. 2, 2015, 8:31 PM AST Comments

News items in two of the dailies, one headlined, “Scanny’s relative: It can happen again” and the other headlined “Too much black crime”, gave us an insight into the minds of three African men on the African-Trinidadian and victimhood.One article reported that during the Police Service annual Emanci


Making key messages hit home

Aug. 2, 2015, 8:30 PM AST Comments

The Minister of Health launched the “Fight The Fat” campaign a couple of years ago, but recently admitted that the number of obese children in this country is increasing. Then there are other campaigns promoting abstinence from sex before marriage, no drinking of alcoholic beverages and driving, usi


The ‘new’ PNM’s moving target

Aug. 2, 2015, 8:29 PM AST Comments

Trying to hit a moving target is how Fitzgerald Hinds described PNM’s failed attempts over their 40 years in power trying to deal with the problems in T&T on a recent Morning Edition interview with Fazeer Mohammed. It’s a work in progress as the target keeps moving he says. Boy I like this Rasta


Our long walk to freedom

Aug. 1, 2015, 9:43 PM AST Comments

The history of the New World since Colum­bus rediscovered it is one of conquest, pillage, exploitation and forced migration of a people. For more than three centuries, millions of people were forcibly transported from their homes in Africa, across the perilous Atlantic Ocean, to the New World where


On your knees, please

Aug. 1, 2015, 9:42 PM AST Comments

I READ in the weekend newspapers that one of the individuals involved in the recent jailbreak attributed that flare-up to the fact that the “system had failed the people”. Pray tell, what system is he talking about?Is it the one that gives us free educa­tion, free medical, free elections, free press


Gross incompetence at the prisons

Aug. 1, 2015, 9:42 PM AST Comments

It must be a source of concern to any thinking person that the Prison Service was unable to respond to the recent jailbreak at the Frederick Street prison. It is even more amazing they allowed a videotape to be made public, which demonstrates their incompetence. There is no apparent embarrassment at


A taste of life in London

Aug. 1, 2015, 9:40 PM AST Comments

The last five weeks I spent in London and environs in England couldn’t prevent me from feeling dismayed at the news of killings and political scandals that continue to plague our nation. However, I was able to make some observations which I would like to call First-World best practi­ces. I am consta


Just you wait till tomorrow...

Jul. 31, 2015, 8:9 PM AST Comments

As a man of science, yesterday was a disappointing day in my life. I decided to carry out an experiment and began by purchasing a large bottle of white rum. I placed it on a small table in my front yard. I realised that the bottle was legless and may wish to move about. So, being considerate, I ren


Abortion as election issue

Jul. 31, 2015, 8:9 PM AST Comments

I am writing in response to a letter in the Express of July 31 headlined “Please do not grandstand with abortion issue”.While I agree that the abortion issue should not be bandied about lightly on the political platform and used as leverage by one party against another, I think it should be looked