Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 5th 2015 Contents Not for the first time, President
Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona
has shown T&T how to solve its myri-
ad problems, including selfies.
Speaking to children at a Holy Mass
last Monday, the President spouted
some inspiring words. "You have to
have hope, keep a sense of vision and
invoke the power of God," he said,
since God refuses to help deprived
children unless they ask nicely.
"You have the ability to become any-
thing you want," the President added
(except, of course, bandits or skettels
But President Carmona s most effec-
tive advice, according to a report in
Tuesday s T&T Guardian, was this:
"The baton of revenge must be
dropped as the race cannot continue in
the same way."
Here, with one powerful metaphor,
President Carmona pointed the way
forward to reducing murders, assault
and track-and-field medals. Many, if
not all, the children who listened to
the President would have gone away
thinking about dropping that baton,
once they looked up the meaning of
"baton." And, having turned off their
netbooks, they would have meditated
on the President s words of wisdom. In
their mind s eye, they would have seen
themselves with a short black stick in
their hands, perhaps running in a 4 x
400 metre relay, ready to beat out the
brains of the next runner, who had
killed their father. But, thanks to Presi-
dent Carmona s eloquence, they would
instead drop this baton of revenge,
ruining the team s chances to medal,
but happy to have taken the moral
path instead of lane four.
The wonderful thing about President
Carmona s advice, however, is how
readily it can be applied to so many
other problems in T&T. If in his next
address to Parliament, for example, he
could entreat the MPs to hold on to
the teacup of service, would this not
ensure that the country was properly
managed? President Carmona could
even use his presidential budget, but
not the $28,000 rent allowance for his
rent-free apartments, to provide each
MP with a china cup. Thus, every time
any MP started to think about flying
first-class with the outside woman, he
could instead sip some Lipton s and
give a State board appointment to a
non-relative who didn t have a party
The President could also use this
metaphorical strategy to tackle T&T s
most serious issue, which we know is
more serious than any other issue
since he has mentioned it in pretty
much all his speeches---social media.
He could make a video asking everyone
to detach the stapler of scorn and
upload it (the video, not the stapler) to
YouTube and Facebook and PornHub,
to ensure he reached the widest possi-
ble audience. Once the video had been
shared 2,839,413 times, fewer people
would joke about Mrs Carmona s out-
fits, or about lawsuits filed in response
to jokes about Mrs Carmona s outfits,
or about Presidents who can t take a
joke even though they make funny
appointments to the Integrity Commis-
Additionally, with an economic con-
traction looming on the horizon, Presi-
dent Carmona is duty-bound to use
powers that he has to keep T&T on an
even financial keel. This he can easily
accomplish by addressing the Chamber
of Commerce and asking party finan-
ciers to tear the notepad of bribery.
Faced with a choice between a multi-
million-dollar government contract and
submitting to the strong wind of
words passing from the President,
would any businessman take a deep
breath and plunge their snout into the
trough of corruption? I submit that
they would not.
And what about the pervasive issue
of racial prejudice? Surely, if people
would unhook the clothes hanger of
bigotry, this country could become a
model of tolerance, except for gays.
Afro-Trinidadians would just have to
fold up their beliefs about all dem
Indians being money-hungry thieves
and then they could go to the Divali
Nagar dressed in a kurta and eat pep-
per roti. Similarly, Indo-Trinidadians
would have to mothball their convic-
tion that all dem Creole lazy and mur-
derous and then they could eat provi-
sion and wine.
The President could even advise the
UNC, which is about to go through the
trauma of an internal election, caution-
ing Dr Roodal Moonilal to suck the
breath mint of decency; or warning
Kamla Persad-Bissessar not to smoke
the pipe of hubris; or suggesting to
Barry Padarath that he pelt the balls of
Should President Carmona caress the
colander of his powers in this way,
T&T would soon become the mug of
development from which other nations
Kevin Baldeosingh is a professional
writer, author of three novels, and co-
author of a Caribbean history text-
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 5, 2015
Rethink a dam on Moruga River
Frequent disruptions in public water supply, particu-
larly in the south and south-western parts of Trinidad,
make a compelling case for the construction of a dam,
and an impoundment reservoir, on the Moruga River.
This proposal is not new. Unfortunately, it has been
overlooked in favour of a short-term, and I daresay an
unsustainable, desalination option which is power inten-
Besides, use of silt-laden feed water, despite pretreat-
ment, from the Gulf of Paria can only lead to a high
maintenance cost and low reliability.
No need for a desalination plant
The annual rainfall for Trinidad is 69.7 inches. Rainy
months include June, ten inches; July, 9.8 inches; and Au-
gust 9.4 inches. The monthly average is 5.8 inches.
Taking into consideration these figures, there is no
need for a desalination plant at Point Lisas. Its establish-
ment was purely political. Jobs for certain people.
WASA's problem is not generation but distribution.
The volume of available water is fixed but the population
is increasing. There are too many leaking pipes. X gallons
pumped, X-10 gallons received. No rocket science here.
All we need to do is repair or replace old leaking pipes.
Then we would have less need for maintenence.
It seems we do not want that. I wonder why?
Desalcott will be shut down (again) from November
13 to the 23rd (hopefully). This is sounding like a recur-
ring decimal. All of Trinidad will suffer terribly. This is to
facilitate maintenance work (again).
Let us break it down in footballing terms. A player
who is performing poorly is being substituted. However
the substitute is not competent. Poor planning at its
No preventative maintenance programme in place.
This is unacceptable. No way, no how!
Shouldn't water supply be an essential service? All of
us cannot afford to purchase water, be it by the bottle or
Check and confirm where some tank water originates,
you could get a fishy surprise.
Better leadership is necessary.
This plant is more down than up. I wonder why. Look
at the plants in Aruba how efficient they are.
I already have a tank farm, how many more do I need?
Should WASA cover my costs because they are sup-
posed to provide a reliable supply of water? What is
their definition of reliable? Once a week?
All governments, past and present, insist on deposit-
ing their nonacademics at WASA and failing. We all
know what that is a definition of.
You cannot strengthen the definitely weak (Desal-
cott) by weakening the comparatively strong (WASA).
No water no love.
THE SPATULA OF SARCASM
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