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What has happened to
our vital supplies?
What has Bermudez done to our
Crix? I have been reading Lisa Allen's
column in the Tuesday T&T Guardian
and, in total agreement, I have to ask
what has happened to our robust little
cracker? Why has it been replaced
with this wimpy mocking pretender?
One dip into the cream cheese and
the miserable little thing crumbles. My
grandson will not be amused. When he
was little, because he's my brilliant
grandson, he asked me for "a Crick."
You see he thought Crix was plural. So
we had to enlighten him, that no, one
Crix is a Crix. He watched TV and ate
his Crix and cheese.
I can see him now, eyeing this new
thing with disdain. Is nothing sacred
A sign on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain warns motorists about the risk
of being wrecked despite the absence of "No Parking" signs in the area.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Lack of police
Over the past couple of weeks we
have been getting evidence that what
the Minister of National Security has
inherited is, for the most part, a badly
trained police force.
From the two in south who man-
handled that cripple, to the two who
kicked in the door like Clint Eastwood
without the benefit of protection or
back up, to the ACP who was so full of
himself he had to let that little flight
attendant know just who she was
Clearly from the top down every sin-
gle officer could benefit from some
regular refreshers and all who are
coming into the force, the training
needs to be expanded to create a more
well-rounded officer of the law.
This needs to be addressed as a
matter of urgency.
Phillip Edward Alexander
Where does T&T stand in terms
of economic survival in this rapidly
changing world? Can we continue
to rely on the export of oil and gas
as our main source of income?
Many can imagine that had it not
been for political posturing, at this
time T&T would have been well on
the way to using our gas supplies
for downstream industries (smelter
plants, etc) rather than be subjected
to the uncertain turbulence of the
Based on the vision of the previ-
ous administration, there is a possi-
bility that the technology parks
would have attracted foreign in-
vestment; there would have been a
modern rail system from West-
moorings to San Fernando and
Arima and our coastline would have
been patrolled by offshore boats to
reduce the importation of drugs and
guns thus reducing crime.
The present government cannot
agree with that position as they
were elected in opposition to such
The present opposition leader
cannot agree as well as his political
escalation is directly linked to op-
posing the vision of his predecessor.
In the meantime, T&T remains
vulnerable to the global fall of oil
and gas prices with almost total de-
pendence on imported goods for
food, clothing and shelter. We stand
looking at each other bemused as
once again our oil and gas wealth
passed through our nation like a
dose of salts.
Political posturing cannot build a
nation, unite a people or secure our
communities. Political posturing is
not the way to deal with economic
planning, improving our healthcare
or developing our infrastructure.
While political picong and playing
with statistics may win an election,
and splurging with our national
wealth may make a few millionaires
overnight, eventually the nation
pays the ultimate price for not
being able to see beyond the politi-
cal posturing. One hopes that it is
not too late and together we the
people will unite in an effort to not
only survive the economic chal-
lenges of 2015 but position T&T to-
wards growth and development for
years to come.
We have the personnel and the
resources to make it happen. It's
time for patriots to answer the call
towards nation building. God bless
The police administration
should use the opportunity
of the recent incident in San
Fernando to retrain the officers
involved, and others as well, in
their responsibilities to citizens.
Clearly the exhibited behaviour
is indicative of a mindset that
puts the police officer above
the law, and that is the real
Dismissal of the officers
would satisfy the national
desire for revenge against them
but would do little to adjust
the attitude of police officers.
There would be a temporary
abatement of such practices
and other officers would be
careful for a while. But the
attitude would not change and
would resurface after a period.
Because, you see, many police
officers believe that this is the
way to assert their authority.
The Commissioner has to use
the opportunity to reissue the
orders that officers on duty be
dressed in official uniform so
that they are immediately iden-
tifiable even from a distance.
The exceptions which apply to
certain officers on special exer-
cises would continue but such
circumstances are rare and lim-
ited, or should be so.
Senior officers must be
charged with responsibility for
ensuring the good conduct of
their subordinates and be held
liable where breaches occur. For
example, could the conduct of
the officers in the incident have
been influenced by the conduct
they may have observed in
their senior of more experi-
The officer in charge of these
offenders should be required to
explain what could have led to
his/her officers believing that
they could behave in this way
and get away with it. How
many more of his/her subordi-
nates are in fact doing this and
getting away? What controls
does he/she have in place to
monitor and control such mis-
feasance? What other acts of
abuse have gone unnoticed?
Does he/she have his senior
officers on the beat observing
the operations of junior offi-
In the Chaguanas area it is
normal to see khaki-clad offi-
cers walking the beat and often
engaging in police work as they
are expected to do. That is not
to suggest that Chaguanas is
perfect or that instances of
police abuse do not occur, but
it is less likely in the presence
of a senior officer.
His invitation to members of
the public to take photo and
video clips of police officers in
action is a good starting point.
Now he just has to ensure that
the process continues.
POLICE RETRAINING SORELY NEEDED
Time to get past political posturing
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