Today, Trinidad and Tobago joins with many around the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day. This is where the emphasis is placed on children ­everywhere, highlighting the need to support and do all that is possible to enhance their lives.

We have experienced many negatives when it comes to our children—abuse in various forms, children used for the wrong reasons, and ill-treated in their very homes and other institutions.

There is a growing exploitation of our children by adults for sexual reasons. The facts are right there before us. As a ­concerned citizen, I must say to all we need to do a lot better to protect our children, for they are our future.

While I am thankful to those organisations that have made it their business to look out for our children, there are many of them who are still falling through the cracks and are hurting and suffering, undetected.

The need is great in our country when it comes to the safety and well-being of those who are indirectly voiceless. I call on our leaders, religious bodies, organisations and the Police Service. Let us work together for the sake of the future of ­Trinidad and Tobago, in the fight to preserve the future of our land—our children.

We can know where we are ­positioned as a nation by taking note of what is to come, which is in the hands of our children.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan


When asked by reporters on January 23 about the length of time required for the replacement of a passport, the Minister of National Security said he was “not comfortable” with it and indicated his intention to do something about it. He made good on that intention after taking a walk-through at immigration offices on Monday, as the situation persisted. The minister owned up to having “instructed” that the waiting time be reduced from five months to one month. Just like that.

The sea-stage fiasco is a textbook case exemplifying the difficulty of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago.

There are news reports that former United National Congress leader and prime minister Basdeo Panday is hopeful of cobbling together an amalgam of disparate political elements to form a viable third party as the upcoming general election looms large on the horizon.

I was looking forward to the OWTU doing something really big for this country apart from boastful words.

THE Government allowed pressure groups to sway them to bring legislation to Parliament for which the country was ill prepared, as one is only allowed by the framers of the law to smoke marijuana within the confines of one’s home, but with Carnival approaching the herb will be smoked on the streets, in Carnival bands etc, and the police will have their hands full to enforce the law.

I don’t presume to know the criteria for judging Calypso Fiesta, how the finalists for the Calypso Monarch competition are selected. But after looking at most of the semi-finalists on TTT’s live broadcast of the event, one performer catapulted me from the frequent tedium of looking at some 40 performers—many with similar and repetitive themes.