I am in the ridiculous position now of having to wear a face mask while with my wife in my car because the governments over the past few decades have turned a blind eye to an illegal activity that has been allowed to flourish and become the norm in this country.

I write of the “PH” car system where private vehicles are used as taxis to the point where, apart from the maxi-taxis, one hardly sees genuine “H” sedan taxis on the roads. The private ones even occupy the stands that should be used for the registered taxis, to the point where the real taxi-drivers have difficulty getting parking spaces in those stands that should be for their use.

Instead of hearing about something being done to get those “PH” cars off the roads and having the owners/drivers go through the process of getting their vehicles registered so they can ply legally as taxis, the Attorney General is telling us that we—the family members who come from the same households—are the ones who, in order to conform to the face mask law, must understand that the police would have a difficult time distinguishing between genuine family members in family cars and those persons who are passengers in “PH” cars. This could not be more ridiculous.

The illegal “PH” system has all but put legal taxis out of business since many passengers ignore the real taxis and flag down the “PH” ones, even while our Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) buses run practically empty.

On that PTSC score: why is it that potential bus travellers must go to some place in town to buy bus tickets in advance since they cannot pay their fares on entering the buses?

As someone who would prefer to use the buses whenever his car is not available to him, why should I have to keep a stack of bus tickets on hand instead of being able to pay on entering the buses, which carry non-revenue passengers in the main, meaning that little revenue is derived from many bus trips and no opportunity is used to get money from those potential, paying passengers along the routes. Clyde Alphonso

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WHAT we predicted in this space six days ago, on September 20, has now sadly come to pass, with FIFA suspending the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Taare Zameen Par is the title of a film from 2007. I believe it has the capacity to transform us at multiple levels. I’ve just watched it for the third time in the last couple of years; each time I found myself recommending it to others. Looking at it again, it struck me just how powerful it is as a learning tool.

Since writing on the esteemed work of PhDs and the ladder to be climbed to attain same, in a roti shop in Diego Martin last week I was bombarded by a gentleman who wanted to know how long it would take him to reach the PhD award and whether The University of the West Indies advertises openings for people to get Master’s degrees, so that they can go on to complete the doctorate.

(A tribute to our ancestors.)

Had no choice, had to seek Poonduku’s help now,

“From where did I come?” I had asked him, “And how?”

He chuckled, seems he was enjoying this chore,

“Can you go back in my History some more?”

The Covid-19 pan­demic is one of the stresses people all over the world have to deal with. At present, we in T&T are living in an environment which we are not accustomed to.