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Iwrite to concur fully with the letter of
Ms Joanne Hall (September 10) of La
Horquette, re Tobago.
Like many domestic tourists, my wife
and I also look forward to escaping to Tobago
as often as we can; so like Ms Hall, we also
make it our business to be concerned with
the affairs of Tobago (as we are so concerned
with the affairs of Trinidad).
Before autonomy is considered, Mr Lon-
don and the THA must be called to account,
especially after numerous billion-dollar
budgets, and---more important---no Auditor
General s report since 2006.
Tobago as a tourist destination (both
domestic and foreign) is lacking badly; for
example, in many areas, both Scarborough
and Crown Point are indeed shabby, ram-
shackle and unkempt. This is a serious
indictment on the managerial skills of Mr
London and company, and both Tobagonians
and Trinidadians should let them know this
in no uncertain terms.
There is no excuse, especially when one
considers the tremendous infrastructural
and tourism product development of nearby
Caribbean islands; and with much less
resources at that. Clearly, Tobago is inef-
ficiently managed, and Mr London and
company must accept responsibility, stop
blaming the central Government, and "shape
up and put up," or "shut up and ship out"!
Why must we be lesser than Barbados,
Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts,
Antigua, St Vincent and the Grenadines?
And there are many others. The difference
is that these islands know that their daily
bread depends upon efficient and sustainable
management of their limited resources.
At least for the sake of our future gen-
erations we must quickly learn to appreciate
our more than limited resources, and ensure
that we have efficient management, con-
servation, growth and preservation of them.
We the citizens must place the THA "under
the microscope" with the same gusto that
the detractors have placed the present central
Government. We must demand delivery
After all, if one is unable to govern effi-
ciently with oversight, how then can one
be entrusted to efficiently govern
Where are the outstanding Auditor Gen-
eral s reports?
Where is the Scarborough library? As a
former teacher Mr London, one would have
thought that would have been an urgent
and top priority for you.
The cost overruns and delays re the Shaw
Park cultural complex are totally unaccept-
able, as are your house rental
($45,000/month) and official residential
Ms Hall is absolutely correct; Tobago is
"same old, same old,", and indeed a com-
parative regional embarrassment. I am of
the view that many issues need to be exam-
ined and resolved, before the question of
autonomy is finally decided upon.
In the meantime, Mr London and the
THA need to remember that Tobago rep-
resents only two of 41 constituencies and
that there other equally important and over-
due needs in other constituencies and gov-
ernment ministries, and quite frankly, the
minister has been more than equitable, all
things taken (not just statutory).
It's Your Write
Raymond clarifies housing issue
I enjoyed Joshua Surtees's final stab (yesterday, p
B7) at capturing all my points on housing from our
interview, but was a little concerned by the implica-
tions of this paragraph:
"But Raymond wasn't suggesting the thousands
of empty homes were due to abandonment. They
are empty because the Housing Development Cor-
poration (HDC) hasn't completed them to a habit-
able standard yet."
I did not say that those HDC homes were empty
due to abandonment, so that part is true, but in-
stead stated that we need to find out why they are
empty and take urgent steps to have them occupied
by needy applicants. I know that in some cases the
homes cannot be occupied because they are incom-
plete but that point did not form part of our inter-
From where I am sitting, it looks as if the second
sentence is based on my statements but that is not
an accurate impression.
'Stupid' advice for Kublalsingh
With a hunger strike fast approaching, the nation
is once again going to be thrown into chaos.
I hope Wayne Kublalsingh takes my stupid advice.
When he goes on the hunger strike this time, the
government is going to throw him in jail. They will
say he is going to commit suicide, which I don't be-
lieve to be the case.
But the government, in its frenzy to hold on to
power, will throw everything at his head, and those
in his movement. They will create every lie in the
book and throw them and the book at him too. They
will say, for example, the court has decided.
This I know is not the case. The court has not de-
cided. There are two matters still before the courts,
the High Court matter and the Privy Council matter.
They will say all the courts have decided on the
matter so far, if you read the three judgments. But
this is the kind of propaganda they are going to feed
to the unknowing public.
I hope he takes my stupid, hare-brained advice
and does not give his life to people in power. Not
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