Forget about the tax breaks on purchases and the draining of foreign exchange. Let us be rational. There are far too many vehicles on the roads of Trinidad and Tobago.

A car is a necessity, but so is a fridge. Would each householder buy a fridge for each room? No room for that sort of indulgence?

Have we got sufficient roads for 500 registered used car dealers to import several thousand cars on a yearly basis?

Regardless of the eventual price of each car, people will still buy.

T&T people love and view cars as extensions of themselves. If you love shoes, you can easily find somewhere to put 50 pairs without clogging up the house; not so with cars.

We now have a plague of cars. We have to face the new normal on car purchases. Over-pricing cars will not deter buyers.

The roll-on-roll-off car industry has moved from the sublime to the ridiculous. Theoretically, it is a dying industry. How long before we say enough is enough?

The car industry and the expectations of car ownership for all must face the new normal. The Government must control the glut.

Lynette Joseph

Diego Martin

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IT always escapes my logic, both from a practical sense and a political sense as to why the Opposition chooses to adopt as its strategy, the non-support of anti-crime bills.

I would think it’s just good politics to be hard on crime.

The history of the trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago would be totally incomplete and unfinished if the life and times of Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler are not the DNA of such a history. Butler was accredited as being the “Chief Servant of the Lord”. He believed that man’s purpose in life was the fulfilment of God’s purpose and as such, he owed no obligation to anybody or anything but to God..

THE negative responses from residents who are expecting to be dislocated by the Government’s East Port of Spain development plan suggest the need for meaningful dialogue and consultation with affected communities and the wider national community.

The fact that such consultation appears not to have been built into the plan is a worrying indicator. In this day and age, community engagement is a critical and standard aspect of public planning, especially for heritage areas, such as Piccadilly, and others, like Sea Lots in this case, where residents developed entire communities out of waste land.

I think more than enough time has passed for us to discuss national issues based on appreciating the facts, rather than just promoting divisiveness and ignorance.

Please allow me to comment on three things, perhaps insignificant, but nevertheless, three things that caught my eye over the last few days. But first, a preamble.

In this Covid-19 period, there is very little for elderly people like myself to do, so we wait eagerly for the news, through the dailies, and of course, on TV.

To be honest, today’s reports can be rather depressing, except of course, the good news about a 94.5 per cent success rate of a vaccine against his dreaded virus.

To be honest, it’s the 5.5 per cent balance that troubles me. You know, it’s like those liquids that kill 99 per cent of household germs; who measures the 1 per cent? Anyway, better than nothing.