“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings, that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given, in compensation, for what you have been through.” (Wintley Phipps).

As murders continue, unabated, into 2020 and many mourn the loss of their loved ones, as families suffer through the abyss of unemployment, and the despair that comes with it, the people of Trinidad and Tobago need to be uplifted.

We are a resilient people, gifted in ways that others can only dream of.

We have been blessed beyond measure, except that we have squandered many of those blessings.

Unfortunately, the right leaders have not come along, as yet, to inspire, and to awaken the greatness that lies within us as a people.

Until then, it is important to remember the words quoted above because 2020 and 2021 will be doubly difficult years for us.

Out of the fire will come a people forged, and ready to do the Master’s work. In time, God will send those leaders.

For those who do not know, the quotation at the beginning of this letter is by a born Trinbagonian.

For all the families who are going through great trials and tribulations, do not despair.

No matter what happens, God is still in charge!

Linus F Didier

Mt Hope


LAST week commenced with the Prime Minster making more shallow statements about the prevailing rampant murder situation in response to meek and mild interview questions.

EVEN if one were to give the benefit of the doubt to National Security Minister Stuart Young regarding his allegation about a criminal conspiracy to destabilise the country, his judgment would have to be seriously challenged.

IS our Prime Minister delusional? In this election year, he has asked us not to judge his administration by “the murder rate alone”; and also claims that his “greatest achievement” is preventing the economy from collapse.

THESE last two weeks have left some of us feeling like we were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I want to focus on the rise in the numbers of women who have been killed by their husbands or partners.

AS the heavily armed hardcore criminals consolidate their murderous stranglehold on our country, striking with seeming impunity anytime, anywhere they choose to, the powers-that-be go into the panic mode and respond with fusillades of “gobar” rather than superior strategy and firepower.

IT is not the first time that the Minister of National Security has indicated that as a member of the National Security Council, he has received credible information that there are persons who are behind the scenes working with criminal elements to perpetrate criminal activities, including murder, on innocent citizens, with the aim of making the Government look like they are unable to manage crime.