It was with great anxiety that I took my son to the A&E Department of San Fernando General Hospital last Sunday night, around 11 o’clock, after he had fallen and injured himself.

As we are all aware of the poor parking facility at this institution, on my arrival, after dropping him off, I was relieved to see the main car park had a lot of vacant spots.

However, as I advanced to enter, I was told by the security on duty this area has now become a staff parking area and I would have to use the other area.

The area to which I was directed had no lights, and had big potholes filled with water from the rain earlier that day.

In order to see what the situation was, I had to exit my vehicle, walk to the area to first see if there were any available parking spots before actually going to park, and on my way in a vehicle got stuck in the mud so I had to reverse for another vehicle to make room for assistance. This just added to my already-stressful situation.

Who are the management of the South-West Regional Health Authority serving—themselves or the public? This situation with inadequate parking has been in existence for too long.

When you go to the hospital, you are already in a position of stress. To secure your vehicle is another stress. And let’s not speak about when you reach inside.

I’m aware those in authority show very little concern for the people they have sworn to serve. However, the motto and vision is not for the public, but for you who have taken the position of public servants.

Try reading it for yourselves. This should work as a form of motivation.

BJ Drakes



Public confidence in any government is not helped when the family of a senior government minister is the beneficiary of State contacts. In the case of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, contracts to his relatives run to over $20 million a year for the rental of property, according to an exclusive Sunday Express report. Put in context, this works out to 8.5 per cent of the State’s annual bill for the rental of private property.

I wish to thank the endorsers of the statement on the “Education of Children of African Origin” articles that appeared in this paper recently. The statement rightly raised several issues of inequality in access to quality education in T&T, by black children (among others).

Every employee in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of if they work in the public or private sector, is entitled by law to certain rights.

I have been working with the United Nations on Violence against the Women/Gender-Based Violence for the past ten years in Africa, the Arab world, and Eastern Europe. And in Trinidad and Tobago we have had one of those recent uproars over the killing of women and the search for causes. And the primary cause stares us in the face.

The state of existence as a tribalist is when one is living with a distinctive characteristic so as to be identified with a particular identifiable distinctive group. This status quo surfaces to facilitate the tribal member who is excessively loyal to his own group. 

LISTENING to President Paula-Mae Weekes’s address on the reopening of the Red House, even the most sceptical among us could not help but be impressed, indeed be moved, by her departure on the role she was expected to play and the sentiments she was expected to express as head of officialdom, to be a spokesperson for the people on the ground pointing to their “hurt” and the inability of the leadership to address this hurt.