First let me give credit to the Government for its handling of the Covid-19 “pandemic”. I put pandemic in quotes because Trinidad and Tobago had/has none.

“Pandemic” is hardly the word which applies to a country with just over 100 cases and eight people dying “with Covid” as opposed to “from Covid”.

I subscribe to the notion of wetting your own house when your neighbour’s house is on fire, hence my support for the measures taken by the Government in light of relatively high Covid numbers in other countries.

But murders (over 200 for the year) and road deaths (over 50 for the year) better qualify for “pandemic” status than Covid.

As an aside, to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, your time would be better spent trying to solve at least one murder where the killer is not obvious (like a man killing his wife and giving himself up) than castigating those you think are standing too close to each other in a bar or on the beach, or threatening bar owners for not controlling what happens outside their premises.

If we needed any evidence that Covid was not a problem here, it came from the over 40,000 people who entered the country in early March, when Covid was rampant in many foreign countries.

Carnival went on as usual with thousands mingling and rubbing against each other. This resulted in how many cases? Zero.

Closing the borders and quarantining those entering the country were necessary and effective measures to curb imported cases.

But, except initially, locking down the country, forcing people to stay at home, and crippling economic activity, were counter-productive.

If it appears that local measures (like wearing masks, physically distancing and shutting down the economy) were successful in curbing the spread of Covid, they were successful only because there was/is nothing to spread.

I now turn to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh’s continued scolding of those flouting distancing rules and threatening to shut down bars that don’t comply with the Government’s policy.

As someone who likes to talk about things “evidence-based”, Minister Deyalsingh should view this as evidence that mask-wearing and physical distancing are not necessary.

For me, I’m grateful to those defying policy.

When people congregate in bars and other places with no one catching Covid, that should be a signal that it is time to let go rather than doubling down to exert more control.

Is it that the high from being in control is too much for some people to give up?

A Charles

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AFTER years of failing to find a way to reconcile whether LIAT, the Antigua-based carrier, primarily serves the interests of shareholder governments by providing tax revenue and employment or is a genuine for-profit operation rather than a form of monopoly, a moment of truth has arrived.

GOVERNMENT’s decision to agree to the request to host the Caribbean Premier League here this year is an inspired one from the vantage point of creating another avenue for the ventilation of pent-up energy, or frustration, among many in the population.

WHEN you spend your time researching and writing about eras gone by, your sense of the present can get a bit distorted and occasionally you find yourself paddling merrily along forgetting when you are.

I note with more than passing inte­rest the protests that have erupted over the killing of three men in the Morvant area. While I may not be in total agreement with the methods adopted by the protesters, I can un­­­derstand the sense of helplessness they feel.

The term “extrajudicial killing” was used some time ago with reference to questionable killings by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), of which there have been too many, dating back many years.

A senior politician and former leader of a political party said we have to get the politics right.

On the one hand, he most likely meant better governance than in the past. This implies, inter alia, transparency across the board and stricter accountabi­lity in all areas of investment—a profound analysis and evaluation of all potential investments, thus ensuring profitability and sustainability, diversifying into possibly new areas to enhance economic activities, etc.

THE most important challenge facing Trinidad and Tobago is how to earn foreign exchange. Nothing is more important. The economic plan for the country should therefore be the major item for discussion in this election campaign. Every plan, every promise depends on the Government’s ability to pay for it.