In the 1990s, I learned to play golf at the Usine Ste Madeleine Golf Course (USMGC), a scenic nine-hole course located near the “Usine pond”. In those days, it was the main course in south accessible to the ordinary man or woman. (Becoming a member at Petrotrin required recommendations, was expensive, and entailed at least a two-year wait. Many who applied were rejected.) These days, USMGC is the only course in south, period.

In the US, they are advertising drive, chip and putt competitions for children, with overwhelming response. And what are we doing? Closing one of the few golf courses that children and poor people can use.

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There are many and better ways to make a profit than by destroying yet another golf course. (The senseless and wanton destruction of the Brighton Golf Course in La Brea, for the benefit only of those paid to destroy it, comes to mind.)


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.