Following the debate in the Upper House, one would believe some of the members do not live in T&T and appreciate the seriousness of the state of crime in the land.

It is time to start thinking outside the box and suggest solutions instead of grandstanding as a defender of the Constitution, as is being done in the Senate while Rome burns.

I have a few simple questions for those who oppose stringent measures which would deny bail for a very lengthy period in certain limited circumstances.

1. What is someone doing with assault weapons?

2. When someone is allegedly held with such weapons, why should they automatically obtain bail if the evidence presented by the police at the bail hearing is convincing?

3. Where is the balance between the safety of the public and the denial of bail?

One could argue that the Magistrates have been a major part of the problem for many years and this obtains at present, so maybe the solution is for bail hearings to be transferred to a judge in chambers for such offenses and the police mandated within a period of 30 days to present compelling evidence to the judge at a bail hearing. The accused can be imprisoned in a minimum security detention centre during the 30-day period.

Surely a coming-together of all sides to address these serious issues is the common-sense approach to achieving easy passage of necessary good/strong legislation.

Richard Trestrail

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Mindful of the predilection of the world’s most powerful countries to exercise their will over weak ones, this newspaper is a stickler for a rules-based, multilateral system that respects the national sovereignty, constitutional order, and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

THE murder figure for 2019 has now passed another statistical threshold with last evening’s killing of two men having carried the number to 501.

Why did so few people vote in last week’s local government election? It was a pretty dismissive showing, and it would be enlightening to have a breakdown of who voted. I am curious about whether it is true that young people did not bother, as the political leader of the Movement for Social Justice, David Abdulah, was quoted in the Newsday as saying.

The bell has rung for the seven political parties that fought the local government election on Monday, resulting in a 7-7 deadlock between the two main political parties, the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC), with both parties claiming victory.

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard AG Faris Al-Rawi say that flat-screen TVs were being sneaked into jail cells. More incredible was his plan for dealing with the problem — legislation.