There is a very bright light shimmering at the end of the vaccine tunnel. Now that we appear to be approaching that wonderful day when everyone can be vaccinated, the people who are our sitting Opposition, the United National Congress, want to know the cost. This cost they query regarding vaccine purchase, be it Sinopharm/Johnson and Johnson, or otherwise, could negatively affect their political image. Always remember, political image is everything.

Every single citizen deserves to be vaccinated. As long as the vaccines are approved for use by the World Health Organisation (WHO) we are good to go. We have to be ready. We have no choice left but the will to live.

Who really cares about the cost? We will find the money to pay. This is sweet T&T, where, from buying a new car, a nice Carnival costume to paying $1,500 for a ticket to go to a fete, we do not care about the cost. So why worry about vaccines that could save lives?

Even if the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) has to be raided, we should be buying because the money will be spent on we the people. Is the HSF a framed picture for hanging on a wall?

All citizens, PNM/UNC/third parties, the sitting-on-the-fence last-minute voters, all want to be alive at the end of the pandemic.

Unnecessary fault-finding at every single turn is not good political strategy.

Why make yourself look small and cheap?

The life of each citizen is priceless.

Lynette Joseph

Diego Martin


It is easy to understand why members of the fishing community may consider themselves victims of a double-standard that places less value on their lives than on others.

The extended curfew hours recently announced for June 19 and 20 is our Government’s way of doubling down on the current state of emergency (SoE) which has been in effect since May 15.

Many commentators are highly critical of the Government given the high debt held at present, particularly so, as the Minister of Finance has told us that the Government is short of money and had to revert to both the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) and borrowing to continue to run the economy and support those disadvantaged by the pandemic and the continuing recession. 

This Friday most of the eyes of the cricketing world will be focused on the commencement of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, in Southampton, England.

If the Muslim community could quietly and sensibly deal with the cancellation of its Eid ul Fitr holiday festivities at the end of Ramadan, what is wrong with the labour fraternity?

May I first apologise for inflicting these thoughts on your good selves, and explain that I’m sending them to the newspapers not in order to gain wider notoriety but in acknowledgment that two out of three may very, understandably, have far better use for their space.