To say that we live in difficult times is to minimise the challenges each and every one of us faces on a daily basis.

From viral pan­demics leading to broken economies which have given rise to a huge number of people struggling to feed their families.

We then still have to deal with potholed roads and demon drivers, and face the frustrations of trying to access services from the State, banks, insurance companies, doctors and building contractors while home-schooling the children and finding time to exercise and socialise as safely as humanly possible.

While the above list of daily challenges and frustrations is by no means comprehensive, it gives you some idea of the weight of expectation each of us lives with constantly.

So, when we arrive home from another daily examination of our intestinal and mental fortitude, a peaceful and calming environment is of the utmost importance to any number of us.

Therefore, the days and nights of having to grin and bear excessively loud music coming from our neighbours has to come to an end.

Where I live in Moka, there are squatters nearly a mile away on the North Coast Road, who constantly play unbearably loud music at any time of the day and night.

We also have a lover of religious music in Perseverance who often pumps up the volume at the break of day.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for you to enjoy the music of your choice, but you must not indulge in it at the expense of your neighbours.

Gregory Wight



AFTER years of failing to find a way to reconcile whether LIAT, the Antigua-based carrier, primarily serves the interests of shareholder governments by providing tax revenue and employment or is a genuine for-profit operation rather than a form of monopoly, a moment of truth has arrived.

GOVERNMENT’s decision to agree to the request to host the Caribbean Premier League here this year is an inspired one from the vantage point of creating another avenue for the ventilation of pent-up energy, or frustration, among many in the population.

WHEN you spend your time researching and writing about eras gone by, your sense of the present can get a bit distorted and occasionally you find yourself paddling merrily along forgetting when you are.

I note with more than passing inte­rest the protests that have erupted over the killing of three men in the Morvant area. While I may not be in total agreement with the methods adopted by the protesters, I can un­­­derstand the sense of helplessness they feel.

The term “extrajudicial killing” was used some time ago with reference to questionable killings by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), of which there have been too many, dating back many years.

A senior politician and former leader of a political party said we have to get the politics right.

On the one hand, he most likely meant better governance than in the past. This implies, inter alia, transparency across the board and stricter accountabi­lity in all areas of investment—a profound analysis and evaluation of all potential investments, thus ensuring profitability and sustainability, diversifying into possibly new areas to enhance economic activities, etc.

THE most important challenge facing Trinidad and Tobago is how to earn foreign exchange. Nothing is more important. The economic plan for the country should therefore be the major item for discussion in this election campaign. Every plan, every promise depends on the Government’s ability to pay for it.