AS an avid Express reader, I must confess to being quite disheartened after reading one of your contributors in Saturday’s edition. His comments were carried under the headline “Dr Baboolal gave a lot but got so little”. After listing all of the distinguished offices which Dr Baboolal held he lamented that Dr Baboolal was not “selected as president of our country”. The question is who should she have replaced over the particular period and why?

In a few words I would like to suggest to that writer how much better it would have served the memory of Dr Baboolal had he said, “Dr Baboolal served diligently.” To have served diligently is in itself quite sufficient. Those who enter public service ought to do so out of love of country and love of their fellow citizens and not for what they must “get” or ought to “get”.

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I am amazed, actually flabbergasted, by those more qualified than me who have congratulated the finance minister for his restraint in keeping expenditure down and the deficit at the level projected.

You could taste the bitterness in the statement delivered by Gabriel Faria, chief executive officer at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

I wish to make some comments on the 2020 budget as it relates to energy, and on the energy situation in general as it currently stands and also going forward.

On August 19, my sister, Carolyn Bisnath Singh, was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department at San Fernando General Hospital. The service rendered by all members of staff was awesome. The doctor at the front desk took charge and she belted out instructions, remembering to show empathy to both the patient and myself.

Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to give everyone—citizens, non-citizens, illegal immigrants, taxpayers, freeloaders, pensioners, people earning millions per month—free light bulbs? And the obvious question is: who stands to benefit? I mean really benefit, like those who will be supplying the bulbs “free of charge”.