Some of us like to party hearty. Fete all over the place. We like weddings and even funerals but making the effort to vote in a local government election is never a priority. If some 70 per cent of people eligible to vote decided that only general elections are really important, something is wrong.

In a country with just over one million voters, winning a portion of a 30 per cent turnout does not guarantee future popularity. At present, disgruntled and unemployed voters could be smiling one year from now. Projects in the pipeline to improve the economy will be on stream.

There are several citizens supporting the sitting PNM government who erroneously believe that enough people would go to vote. Thousands of supporters at the closing rally and thousands more at every meeting held, so why bother? And indeed enough supporters voted and happily shared a 7/7 win.

The big why of 70 per cent of voters staying home must be addressed. On the other hand, does the Opposition forces who voted represent a true estimate of those loyal to the leadership of Kamla Persad-Bissesser? Discreet rumbling over Opposition leadership issues should not be ignored.

Ask yourself this: Did those who view her record of some nine previous political losses as bad political business, prefer staying at home until the general elections of 2020?

How really popular is the United National Congress?

It is said that popularity is a direct result of the closure of the Petrotrin refinery?

Am I asking nonsense?

Lynette Joseph

Diego Martin


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.