Every election and every change of government comes with all sorts of promises. But why does positive change never seem to be implemented?

On Monday I saw a road repair crew in San Fernando, filling a pothole, and I counted nine people, including the vehicle driver. Only three were engaged in the task. Why do we need nine people to fill a pothole? Why is there a “number of persons employed” mentality rather than “efficiency and productivity”? Why is there a “no change here attitude” at all regional corporations?

Another thing I’ve noticed is that there are two wreckers working non-stop around San Fernando. Why is there no push for additional parking to make it easy for people to shop or do business? Most streets aren’t clearly marked “No Parking”, and even city residents aren’t sure where it’s safe to park, much less visitors.

But someone is making a lot of money off this situation—where are statistics on cars towed and how much revenue is being collected and paid to the towing operators?

The mayor and city officials seem to be enamoured on the Waterfront project and are giving free street space to street vendors (how many of them pay taxes?), when they don’t seem to understand the importance of basic parking. Convert the promenade into paid parking!

It’s also shameful that we don’t have effective public transport, which contributes to the sheer number of cars on the roads.

How could we be so misguided to spend so much ($89 million) on a meaningless venue like President’s House (that the president doesn’t occupy!), yet citizens don’t even have reliable public transport?

I’ve been hearing rumours that the ­election is sooner than expected (and have noticed that suddenly roads are being paved in San Fernando), and devaluation is ­imminent (maybe the thinking is for ­someone else to deal with the problem).

If things do not change now while we still have the ability to effect change, the future will not be pleasant for all.

R Samaroo

San Fernando


EVERYTHING is set for a thrilling indigenous musical contest at next Saturday’s Panorama Finals and I open this column with an appeal to anyone who loves pan and our country’s youth to put aside their bad experiences with previous ridiculously lengthy Panorama Finals and attend the event.

THE castigation of the media by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) for reporting the comments of Justice Frank Seepersad without seeking its response is a patent attempt to deflect attention from the sorry state of the administration of justice.

AS I savour some of the best offerings from this year’s Carnival from the comfort and safety of my home, I cannot help but think of the thousands of performers and revellers out there who, even as they immerse themselves in the gaiety of the festival, must ponder the possibilities that they might become victims of some criminal act before the day or night is over.

Trinidad and Tobago is contributing more than many to global warming.

On a per capita basis, we are second worldwide, behind Qatar, in the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas mainly responsible. Managing director of IAMovement Jonathan Barcant says, “we emit about 40 million tonnes of CO2 annually, 30 times as much as Barbados” and more than double Kenya with 50 million people.

Judith Reyes is my neighbour. Our parents lived in the same spot for over 80 years. Neighbours thought our mothers were sisters. Judith’s brother Giles and I live like brothers. We have never quarreled with each other.