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Ioften wonder what would
have been the outcome if
Patrick Manning had said that
he indeed gave land to the
Church of the Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ in the same man-
ner that others had given prime
lands to the Baptists for their
church. Would he have felt the
need for an early election?
Additionally, I wonder what if
Anand Ramlogan had said that
he did ask West about whether
he would consider withdrawing
his statement but only in the
context that as head of the Bar
he felt it would be best that the
office of Director of the Police
Complaints Authority was free
from any political distractions.
Would he have been AG today?
I suppose many may wonder
as well what if we had the col-
lective will to ensure that our
nation elected to office the
brightest and the best from
among us, would we be facing
the economic uncertainty that
currently exist? It is clear to me
that many of the individuals
that seek high political office
may not be as intelligent, hon-
est, patriotic or sincere as we
may believe them to be.
I remember that sometime
while serving as president of
the Blue Range Association, the
wonderful and very wise execu-
tive that I had the privilege to
work with took a decision to
change the format of the Blue
Range fete. Instead of continu-
ing to host the annual fete by
ourselves, we decided to partner
with a group of young entre-
preneurs with an organisation
called Red Ants.
The result was immediate.
The Blue Range fete moved
from one where we begged res-
idents to buy tickets to one
where residents begged for
extra tickets. We had the intel-
ligence to recognise our limita-
tions and the wisdom to tap
the enormous potential of
Anyone looking at Panorama
or the calypso semifinal at
Skinner Park would realise that
it was almost like taking a trip
back in time. One could hardly
tell that this was being held in
2015 and not 1985. Not much
I listened to Boogsie Sharpe
lamenting the lack of innova-
tion in the musical arrange-
ments during an interview after
Phase II s performance. T&T
must emerge from the abyss of
ignorance, mediocrity and inep-
titude that pervades. We have
to quickly find ways to motivate
our youth to pursue a life of
reward for work rather than
that of dependency on the
State and criminal activity.
We have to, once and for all
times, depart from the path of
racial voting patterns. We have
to immediately improve our
services to our citizens and
embark on a path to food secu-
rity. We have to immediately
seek alternate means of earning
foreign exchange. We have to
restructure our system of gov-
ernance to empower our com-
munities to look after their own
development and maintenance.
All of this is possible if we
commit ourselves to look
beyond the traditional way of
voting and look among our-
selves for the best in T&T. We
then must allow them the
opportunity to serve. Certainly
we cannot continue with busi-
ness as usual. "What if"
doesn t matter, it is what is
that counts and what is
demonstrates our brightest is
not where they ought to be.
God bless our nation.
It was such a pleasure to see mo-
torists parking properly all over
Woodbrook for Machel's Monday
jam and normal hangouts on the Av-
enue. After all, the "predators" as I
call the wreckers, were in operation.
Now while I might have criticised
them on occasion (especially when
they wrecked me) I know that gener-
ally they are doing a good job that is
necessary, and Monday night was an
indication of this.
Some three years ago, on a Soca
Monarch final night, an unmannerly
person blocked my gateway until
4.30 am. The police could not help
me as there were no wreckers avail-
able, so I had to endure it. Now, I dare
them to do that again. This just goes
to show that once laws are enforced
they will be followed, eventually,
even by those who think they are
above the law.
Remember the seat belt law?
Now we all put them on without
even realising it, and it has become a
habit to look for the yellow line be-
fore parking in Woodbrook and St
You should all know where this is
leading, I need not elaborate on the
obvious. There are other laws that
need to be enforced. A few come to
mind---speeding (bring the cameras);
driving and chatting on phones (still
a bad habit with many); "badjohn"
driving (we need to fix them); overly
loud music (not only in cars); vehicle
inspection (whatever happened to
that law?); and many others.
Water for all? Not
in Chocolate Alley!
Yet again a new year, and nothing has
Residents of Chocolate Alley, Gonza-
les, Upper Gonzales Hill, have been expe-
riencing this dreadful curse of no water
year after year. We are fed up and frus-
This predicament of lack of and/or ab-
solutely no supply of water has become
extremely overbearing. The last time that
there was a reasonable supply of water
in Chocolate Alley, Gonzales, was October
16, 2014. Since then we have had an ir-
regular supply for the entire month of
November and December of 2014 and
none at all for the entire month of Janu-
ary and February thus far.
I have tried, as well as other residents
of the area, on numerous occasions to
contact WASA through their 800 hotline
number but, most times, calls have gone
unanswered and when someone is avail-
able to answer we are being told that
there is no problem in that area for water,
there is no scheduled disruption of the
supply of water in that area, that there is
a problem with the pump or the pump is
down and/or maybe it is low pressure in
the lines which they always promise will
be urgently addressed.
Additionally, requesting a truck-borne
supply bears no fruit. You are given a re-
quest number and you sit and wait in
vain as it never comes. You are then
forced to either seek a standpipe to cart
water or pay as much as $500 for a load
of water. This is ridiculous!
There are numberless advertisements
on television and radio, where WASA
proudly states since 2010 "Water for all!"
Our question is water for all, where? This
certainly does not apply to the residents
of Chocolate Alley, Gonzales, as we very
rarely have water flowing through our
I am pleading for myself and on behalf
of the residents, please address this cri-
sis. It is frustrating and wearisome.
Water is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
WE MUST ALLOW BEST
AND BRIGHTEST TO SERVE ROYALTY
CIC's Desle Julien
song titled "D"
second place in
Monarch finals at
the Queen's Park
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