I have been reading the numerous stories surrounding the apparent need to change the PNM candidate for Port of Spain South in the 2020 election.

My reaction is, “So what? Who cares?”

I have been a Woodbrook resident for almost 40 years and over the decades have seen this wonderful residential neighbourhood transformed into a shameful parody of itself due to lack of proper representation.

The last time my street was paved was for the 1986 elections — although it is one of the few up-streets branching off from Wrightson Road.

The pavements have large, broken, pockmarked holes overgrown with weeds most times of the year — except for the couple times that someone in charge remembers to send CEPEP to use cutlasses and break out even more of the porous concrete in their haste to finish and go home.

The roads are like a minefield, littered with potholes and deep chasms that swallow passing car tyres.

The drains are seldom cleaned and rubbish put out by eateries (and busted open by roaming vagrants) along Ariapita Avenue flow freely down with the rushing water from broken WASA mains along the streets.

They collect in the storm drains and provide great sustenance for the large rats that visit from Flour Mills across the road.

I have written countless letters to the City Corporation for their help in having these problems rectified but to no avail.

I have ceased writing to my parliamentary representative or councillors since they don’t even bother to visit the area — even to canvas for votes at election time — they know PoS South is in the bag for the PNM.

So what’s the big fuss about having someone to represent the area for 2020-2025?

We’ll just continue to pay them their salary so that they can show up in the chamber to vote on the side of the Government — they seldom do anything else. At least for my area.


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“Taken for paupers though we make others rich, for people having nothing though we have everything.”

—2 Corinthians 6

The first time I went to help the Living Water Community hand out food bags to the needy, my friend said, “When you see all the people, you will feel something.” She was right.

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