If the headline is confusing, it shouldn’t be since this is probably the only country where such a phrase makes sense to most people.

Take, for example, the illegal quarrying situation recently raised by Marc de Verteuil that was carried in one of the tabloids.

Imagine a Government official admitting they are fully aware of how many unregistered companies engage in illegal quarrying, yet it continues. They are “working on it”, he said.

Discussing this with an elderly gentleman recently, he declared: “Why you confused? And prostitution illegal, too? Yet it going on in the country ever since I was a little boy.”

The authorities know the establishments, they raid them, arrest people, and allow the establishment to continue operations the next day. Maybe that’s the way they catch the people involved.

I suppose it’s the norm to have “double standards” in T&T. Like “PH” taxis. “Illegally legal”, right? At least they did the right thing and legalised “gambling” like Play Whe, Lotto, Cash Pot, etc, but only for NLCB to operate. No private “whe whe” banker like long ago. After all, those games bring in a lot of revenue, right?

But do you know how many poor, gullible people are hooked on gambling in this country because of it? Some don’t have money to buy a meal, but a bird fly over and mess on their head so they gone to play “pigeon” or whatever the mark is for “bird mess”.

I’m waiting to see what happens “legally” with the ever-popular marijuana next.

W Dopson



Based on the recently passed Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Bill, a report headlined “Don’t bribe law enforcement officers” appeared in the Express on Tuesday.

AS the Internet exploded exponentially in the late 1990s, so did social media in the next decade and beyond. As soon as its marketing potential to build brands and to solidify well-earned reputations was recognised and utilised, so did the downside rear its ugly head.

ON Friday last week, Canadian banking took a big jump out of the Caribbean. CIBC—Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce—announced the sale of just over two-thirds of its First Caribbean International Bank to a company controlled by Colombian billionaire Jaime Gilinski for close to US$800 million.

I have been a passenger of the water taxi service since its inception. The purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to one of the vessels.

Following the debate in the Upper House, one would believe some of the members do not live in T&T and appreciate the seriousness of the state of crime in the land.

The incumbent Mayor of Chaguanas recently announced his decision not to seek reappointment to that office. This follows announcements of two other sitting UNC parliamentarians who have decided to “call it a day”.