Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has received a revelation of the state of Port of Spain and the growing homeless situation that exists.

Now, this has been happening for decades—having to be careful of how you walk if visiting the capital, not to step on someone sleeping on the pavement, or other stuff that may be there.

How many articles were written and videos shown concerning the homeless, with promises made by politicians? All to no avail. Governments come and go, making promises which turn out to be ole talk.

What is being said by our PM concerning the homeless and even “revitalising Port of Spain” is very ambitious, but how many times will the nation hear this?

The homeless issue would take millions of dollars, simple as that may seem, in these tough times. Who is going to fund this? Is it the citizens?

These things needed to be done when the country was flowing with oil dollars for years. Why didn’t anything take place?

Our leaders have only themselves to blame for failing to keep our capital city in a decent state. Do we think those businesses will just show up and rebuild the capital? They are well aware of who should have done their job over the years.

Look at our roads in some areas, water and electricity supply—a lot to be desired. Can we honestly say we are seeing money well spent? We may have “revitalisation of PoS” taxes pretty soon.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan

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Special thanks to Mayor Junia Regrello.

There are some people you cannot please. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

How does one put $1,000, or $10,000, in someone else’s hands, forget it for two weeks or two months, add nothing to it, and expect to receive $20,000, or $50,000, at the end? Is there some obeah that multiplies this money magically?

The four core principles from the International Convention on the Rights of the Child are as follows: non-discrimination, devotion to the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development.

They stem from the declarations in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—a legally binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of race, religion or abilities.

In Trinidad and Tobago, however, these rights are found to have been breached in all too common and cavalier a manner, with disquieting frequency, in what appears to be the ingrained behaviour of adults.

I shouldn’t have been surprised by the volume of responses to my last column on domestic violence and sexual abuse. They are obviously prevalent though we can only guess at the extent.

In 2015, our GDP had declined for four consecutive quarters—we were in a recession which was caused by the reduction in foreign exchange earned by the energy sector. This situation continued into 2020, forcing the Government into continuing deficit budgets, the use of the HSF and drawdown on the foreign reserves.

The idiom “might is right” has proven itself to be true more often than not, especially in these times. I am referring specifically to possible broken election promises with regard to prioritisation of major public projects.