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We are all so worried about Moody s
downgrade of the T&T economy, but
this is not the end of the world. Instead, I
would like the nation to turn its attention to
the eco-disaster that is occurring. Bush fires
throughout the country are normal in the dry
season for as many years as I can remember.
Of course, the Government has taken steps to
address the issue, but clearly more is needed.
In this regard, like so many thousands of
concerned citizens, I continue to see the rag-
ing wildfire on the hills of the Northern
Range. I am worried and concerned about
the number of creatures which have died due
to the loss of habitat.
Nothing, however, could have prepared me
for the news of the fiery death of parrots,
possum, iguana and many other birds. Oh,
how tragic! For me the loss of these animals
and the destruction of habitat is an irreplace-
able loss of our natural heritage.
If we turn a blind eye to these things and
pretend that it doesn t matter or that it was
a few parrots and some manicou which
would have been captured, killed, stewed or
roasted by some thoughtless and wicked
hunter, we lose an invaluable piece of nature
which no amount of money or investor con-
fidence will restore.
In addition, while the Prime Minister has
announced that the hunting (read killing
rampage) season will re-open in October after
a two-year ban to get back a few hunters
voters, this wildlife loss will surely have an
impact on the stock of wildlife and I trust
hunters will curb their bloodthirsty ways and
recognise that these animals are suffering.
Please do not kill these creatures. Please
find some other thing to amuse yourselves
other than hovering over a puny, helpless
sprocket deer, chopping at it for your next
roti filling. All of those people who are busy
hiking will now have to trek through barren
trails, with nothing but carcasses and burnt
trees to gape at.
I wonder if anyone can set up a volunteer
conservation corps to go into these areas to
assist fire personnel. How can we, year after
year, sit back and watch our precious hills,
animals parks, swamps fall victim to illegal
hunting, bush fires, logging, mining and
backfilling for factory shells.
Does anyone see what is happening along
the Caroni Swamp? All of a sudden, metal
recyclers, factories and developers are moving
in. Where will the Scarlet Ibis, caiman and
birds all go? So think about, the creatures
that leave the hills and go into the swamps,
jump from the fire into a frying pan and
Please spare a thought for the wildlife.
God bless this nation
In every dispute there is my view, your
view and the truth.
We all want the truth but get caught up
in the thrill seeking it. Sharing and hearing
the stories are more important than find-
ing the truth. The "bacchanal" is always
preferred to facts and logic.
Distractions are defined as things that
prevent someone from concentrating on
Today is crime, tomorrow is health care
and the day after is the Prime Minister.
Why can't today be crime, tomorrow
crime and everyday crime until its sorted?
Doesn't it make sense to focus on one
issue at a time.
Synergy is an important tool to assist
solving problems in this country. If we
were all on the same page maybe at least
one issue could be adequately addressed.
Jumping from one to the next is pointless.
Exposing NEC and Emailgate isn't help-
ing in crime alleviation, the health care
system or raising T&T morale. It is, how-
ever, selling newspapers and boosting sta-
At the end of the day we are only get-
ting two sides so let's work on the third.
Alvin K Daniel
I would like to address those people
who have still been trying to cross the
highway in Curepe/St Augustine as well
as La Horquetta/Arima in the vicinity of
the La Horquetta Primary school (back
of school is CR Highway) when there are
pedestrian crossings a few feet away.
I have seen women with small chil-
dren, as well as men, waiting in the me-
dian to dart across to the other side. This
happens in the day as well as night.
What example are you adults setting
when children see you doing this? After
all the protests etc, about not being able
to cross safely, you still take your life into
your own hands. Then what's the point in
having the walkovers?
Please stop this as you are putting not
only yourself in danger you are putting
drivers and others at in
AFTER BUSH FIRES,
REIMPOSE HUNTING BAN
I refer to the recent phenomenon of
tonnes of seaweed being deposited on our
east coast and in Tobago. In fact, the Chair-
man of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Cor-
poration Hazaree Ramdeen has expressed
his difficulty in dealing with the situation.
He said that the Corporation is cleaning 17
miles of coastline daily and over 100 truck-
loads of seaweed have been removed so
far.Several people such as Ian Lambie and
Deborah Koylass have pointed out that the
seaweed can be used productively in differ-
ent ways. In fact Chairman Hazaree has al-
ready adopted one productive measure by
piling the seaweed in a vacant area and
inviting the public to help themselves. In
fact this initiative can be expanded to gen-
erate some income for the Corporation.
There appears to be many suggestions
coming out on how to deal with this matter
and I would like to suggest to the Chairman
that he should convene a meeting of all in-
terested people and organisations including
representatives from the universities to
further explore this matter so as to come
up with productive solutions that would
benefit his region and the country as a
This would also serve to boost the image
of local government to remind everyone es-
pecially those in Central Government that
local government can play a fundamental
role in broad-based regional and national
Find positive ways to deal with seaweed
Focus on one issue at a time
Use the crossovers provided please
water is a
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