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Huge traffic jam at
Kindly permit me a place in your newspaper to highlight a
problem that affects many people on the Southern Main
Road, Warrenville every evening when school is over at 3
pm. This lasts for over 45 minutes every school evening.
There is a very huge traffic jam in front of the War-
renville, Presbyterian School (WPS). People park on both
sides of the road, and on the pavement. Why isn't there any
crossing guards is beyond me.
Additionally there is a Presbyterian church right next
door that can hold over 25 cars. Why haven't the authorities
seen fit to open the church gates and facilitate parking?
In addition to this a parent told me that the school col-
lects money from the students for upkeep of the church.
This would certainly clear up most of the traffic on
evenings, and thus ease the pain of many drivers at that
time on the road.
Fix crime, traffic and cost of living
If we were to sum up the main things we wish were dif-
ferent about Trinidad they would probably be: crime, traffic
and the cost of living.
I would agree that the job of an MP can be 24/7 and they
should be compensated for this, but there are also citizens
who work two to three jobs and still make less without the
transport allowances/tax and VAT exclusion on
There are very few of us who are escorted to work every
day by police vehicles, although I wish I was, after being fol-
lowed home on numerous occasions.
Last but not least, traffic, traffic, traffic...if only MPs sat in
traffic and were late for Parliament or even better, wake up
earlier like most of us do, traffic would be solved very
I can be very wrong, but politicians seem to be shielded
and immune to three main issues affecting T&T and so my
argument is, how can they possibly feel?
Can one truly understand what it feels like to lose a
mother or father without actually losing them? Yes, one is
sympathetic but one can't possibly understand what the
emotions are if it hasn't happened to them.
What if the MPs sat in traffic for one week, just one
week? No sirens, no stopping lights, no getting through, and
maybe try to be equal to us.
Truly be a servant of the country by truly feeling what
we affects us every day.
It's Your Write
Ihave nothing to say this week, I told
"You have nothing to say? You
have nothing to say about Ferguson?
You have nothing to say about Hong
Kong?" my 14-year-old daughter
The Lady rolled her eyes and sat
on the couch, turning on the car-
toons on TV.
But what could I say? I'm so jaded
that protest, to me, often seems a
waste of time.
In Ferguson, Missouri, people wait
for the other shoe to drop amidst the
ruins left after riots protesting the
killing of an unarmed young black
man by a white police officer.
A USA Today report yesterday
quoted one Ferguson activist, Angela
Whitman, as saying, "If we do not
get an indictment and there is no
conviction, they are talking about
burning our whole state down. They
are talking about a whole state that
they are going to take control of and
just start burning stuff down. Why
do we have to go through all that?
This is simply about what's right and
O sister, how little you know, if you
think that's what it's about.
Over in Hong Kong, students are
protesting what the Associated Press
described in an October 6 article as
"China's restrictions on the first-ever
direct election for Hong Kong's
leader, promised by Beijing for 2017..
Hong Kong is in a precarious posi-
tion as it is not a democracy but still
has access to a lot more freedoms
than mainland China affords its
denizens. The current protest, which
started at the end of September and
has called out tens of thousands of
protesters, reminds many of Tianan-
men Square, 1989---a chilling memo-
ry.Back then, the Tiananmen Square
protests ended in blood, with hun-
dreds (perhaps thousands) of people
killed by police. China still isn't
allowing its people to commemorate
the massacre, but it's hard to repress
the world's memory of a million peo-
ple marching for democracy.
Over in Ferguson, in a country that
represents democracy to many peo-
ple, the people are waiting for proof
that they actually do have democracy,
that the life of a black youth is worth
They may have a long wait.
It was only in 1972, a year before I
was born, that the Tuskegee Experi-
ment ended---and that only happened
because the press embarrassed the
US government for allowing hundreds
of black men with syphilis to go
untreated so the disease could be
These black men were in effect
hundreds of human lab rats left to
rot in one of the most unethical
medical studies ever to take place
outside of the Nazi concentration
camps. And it was only in 1997 that
the US government formally and
publicly apologised to the survivors of
the study and to US black folk in
general for the study that, in giving
the apology, Bill Clinton called
"clearly racist." I think Angela Whit-
man will probably have to wait
another 40 years before she sees the
justice she and the people of Fergu-
son are waiting for. Yes, even after
Obama (and Eric Holder, Connie Rice
and Colin Powell and the handful of
black men and women in the upper
echelons of power in the US govern-
ment in the past 25 years).
And in Hong Kong, student leader
Alex Chow might find himself stand-
ing in front of a not-so-metaphorical
tank in the Tiananmen Square of
2014. Despite the actions of Chow
and Whitman and the hundreds of
thousands who protest in Hong Kong
and Ferguson against oppression,
against injustice and for democracy,
the world will continue to throw up
obstacles to freedom and justice.
But then again, without people like
Chow and Whitman, we would be in
a poor place indeed. What is life
The Lady passed and saw me typ-
ing after all. "What are you writing
"Ferguson and Hong Kong," I
replied. And the Highway Re-route
Movement, I might have added,
because resistance to oppression is
not just something that happens
elsewhere. Last Thursday I stood
with a couple dozen people opposite
the Office of the Prime Minister in St
Clair, protesting the Government's
failure to implement the recommen-
dations of the Armstrong Report. The
PM has so far refused to even coun-
tenance meeting with the leader of
the movement, Wayne Kublalsingh,
during his current hunger strike.
Kublalsingh, however, seems com-
mitted to dying for this cause, despite
the indifference of even the people of
Debe themselves, in whose name he
But bless the courageous ones who
know that protest is often suicide
and protest anyway.
THE FUTILITY AND
NECESSITY OF PROTEST
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
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