Here in sweet Trinidad and Tobago, we have jumped on the bandwagon and stood up and expressed our diverse views on the ongoing racial tensions in the United States, but I ask us to step back and look at our country.

Do all lives matter here in sweet T&T? Are all lives privileged with the same access to water, education, healthcare and earning a liveable income? In certain political strongholds those who reside there are not “privileged”.

Instead, we see extreme poverty that should be a shame to a once oil-rich nation. Do all lives matter in the “hot spots” where young black males are killing each other like flies but the root of the problem is never addressed?

Do all lives matter for the single mother earning minimum wage and struggling daily to feed her children?

Do all lives matter to the average man on the street who can’t see his way to build a home, but billion-dollar companies are flaunting their wealth?

Ask yourself: do all lives matter to the citizens who live in flood-prone zones, but we have yet to fix the problem after decades of mismanagement?

You see, here in sweet T&T wealth is not accessible to all, jobs are not available to all, water in your pipes is selective and the school your child attends is usually aligned to the neighbourhood you live in!

So, before we continue giving our gratuitous opinions on the United States, let’s look at our sweet home and ask ourselves as citizens: does my life matter?

Michelle Dymally Davis



Newly-released video of the police involvement in the Beetham protest in which the pregnant Ornella Greaves was killed calls for a serious review of the statement by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that no officers were around when she was shot.

While the public is yet to see the video on which the Commissioner has based his claim, new video clips being shared on social media show a large number of police officers, with guns drawn, descending on protesters and shooting in the midst of the protesters with their hands up chanting “Don’t shoot”.

My principal but probably vain hope for the general election, to be held on August 10, is that it will not polarise the country further.

Realistically, one cannot hope for more, and it is mamaguy to feed us dreams of unity and overcoming, while our leaders are likely to engage in verbal warfare, way beyond the so-called cut and thrust of political debate.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “unreality” as “the quality of not being or seeming to be real”.

Will what awaits us after August 10 subdue the unreality that normally pervades a general election campaign in Trinidad and Tobago? Will we be real?

I don’t know why Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar thought it necessary to appeal to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to invite a team of observers from The British Commonwealth and/or Caricom to witness the conduct of the general election that will take place on August 10.

I met Sophia Chote only once, but was enchanted by the intellectual sophistication and emotional maturity of her columns. Her writing reminded me of the quali­ties that one found in the thinkers of the romantic movement of the 19th century: a belief in democracy and republicanism, an appreciation for the sublime and transcendence and, most of all, a belief in the power of imagination.

This letter is addressed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Sir, following the recent protests staged by the people of severely challenged communities over the killing of three residents, you have made a masterful response and appointed a committee to undertake an analysis of the situation and make recommendations on the way forward.