The situation in Venezuela and the numerous refugees coming to our shores naturally has people talking, and some of it is quite frankly disgusting.

Given where I work, I am in the vicinity of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on a regular basis. I have seen people dropping off carloads of food and water to the Venezuelans, which truly gives me immense pride in our country.

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However, I have also seen an alarming negative side. On numerous occasions, drivers would pass by the Venezuelans waiting to register and spit, yell racial slurs and sometimes even throw garbage from their cars at them. I also saw a post about the Venezuelan woman who was murdered last weekend. It was vicious and inhumane. Is this who we really are?


Every civilisation has its unconscious assumptions, driving forces that motivate and at the same time act as the unseen glue holding the civilisation together. Here we find both the genius of a society and its deepest pain, crying out for redemption.

The Sangre Grande Region which stretches from Valencia in the west to Matelot in the north and comprises approximately 900 square kilometres of land (larger in size than Singapore, Barbados and Tobago) with a population of approximately 100,000 persons, is the least developed part of Trinidad and Tobago.

Perverse rationale. ­Unfounded logic. Two phrases to describe the letter in last Thursday’s Express by Steve Smith, “Stop looking for others to blame”.

While I am 100 per cent for the employee, I am extremely disturbed by the union’s purpose in this country. “The main purpose of labour unions is to give workers the power to negotiate for more favourable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.” However, here in Trinidad the purpose appears to sabotage production and efficiency in any organisation.

An important way to understand a problem is to see it in a wider context and from different points of view. This is especially important for those who are tempted by, or succumb to, the allurement of crime, especially crime involving violence. Thinking only of the short term might seem profitable and gratifying.