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I am over 70 years of age, I love
calypso and have been following
the art form and various shows
over the many years. However,
while listening to a live broadcast
by two ladies on radio station
Power 102.1, covering the Calypso
Fiesta on Saturday, I was sad-
dened when they said early in the
show that our culture of "pelting
toilet paper at singers was dying
as the people responsible for such
displays were getting old and no
one was replacing them."
culture, in fact I see it as disgrace-
ful and disrespectful to our many
calypsonians who work so hard to
fulfil their dream of appearing on
the big stage only to be treated
with such disrespect.
Dear radio announcers, if you
are both so interested in such ac-
tions which you claim to be your
culture, why not establish a new
brigade starting with your chil-
dren, friends and family and see
how it feels after that experience.
I am sure that your appreciation
for that type of your culture
would not be the same.
I advise you both when you
make comments, especially on
the airwaves, they should be posi-
tive and in the best interest of our
calypsonians and by extension
Later on during the show the
announcers got their wish when
Winston Gypsy Peters was in fact
pelted with toilet paper. He re-
ceived this treatment for render-
ing a very powerful and topical
calypso, but the great exponent of
the art was able to pelt back a
barrage of "toilet paper in song"
giving sound advice to those re-
Gypsy, I commend you for the
way you handled the situation
without being obscene. You are a
gentleman and have the qualities
which other calypsonians should
emulate. I extend best wishes to
you in the finals.
Lady announcers, how you
Swift response from citizens and se-
curity guards helped Indra Lutchmedial
to medical emergency services mid-
morning yesterday, when she collapsed
and hit her head on the pavement of
lower Chacon Street, Port-of-Spain.
The pavement bore patches of Lutch-
medial's blood from a head wound
which bled profusely. The shirt of her
companion, Winston Frederick, also
bore a large amount of blood after he
tried to remove her from the ground.
Frederick said the two had come
from Cocorite and had been walking
along Chacon Street when he heard a
thud and saw Lutchmedial behind, on
the ground, bleeding.
An anxious, shaking Frederick tried to
sit her upright on the pavement. She
appeared very dazed and was unable to
speak. Frederick said she sometime got
A young security guard at an adjoin-
ing carpark, Mr Huggins, subsequently
brought a chair for her to sit and said
he'd called the ambulance. Another se-
curity officer from Nicholas Towers who
came up, also called the ambulance. A
young man who works at Nicholas Tow-
ers came on the scene and called again.
A young female Legal Affairs Min-
istry employee who also stopped, called
her office to source a first aid kit. One
was brought by another security guard,
Kelan George. A heavy set middle-aged
woman stopped to see if she could help.
In that time, a number of people
passed by, not missing a pace in contin-
uing even as they stared at the sce-
As a gauze patch was applied to her
head, Lutchmedial started to come
around and murmured she didn't know
what happened. By that time the EHS
arrived, took over and everyone went
A small incident, probably no head-
liner and commonplace in a bustling
city, but they all worked together to
help. That's T&T's supposed to be about.
Many of our middle-aged and responsible citizens in
positions of authority apparently are lacking in moral
conscience and compassion. This attitude has been
adapted over the last 50 years and in some cases is in-
bred in those born since Independence.
It apparently is associated with our becoming im-
mune to the violent and serious crimes, especially mur-
ders and kidnappings. For example, there were 98
kidnappings in 2015 and 410 murders.
These two serious crimes have now become integral
part and parcel of our crime scenario and can be ex-
pected to occur every day.
The most dangerous and disturbing aspects of this
lack of moral consciousness and compassion is that it
is something invisible to the naked eye but is now in-
herited by many of our younger citizens without them
being aware of it.
This is now becoming noticeable in the young by the
unexplained harsh and bad behaviour of many of our
secondary school students.
With the murders, kidnappings and other serious
crimes now flourishing in our society and the expan-
sion of the immunity of the young, the prospects seem
bleak in rearing citizens with compassionate and with
a visible moral conscience.
G A Marques.
That's the way to do it, people Losing our moral groundings
Toilet paper behaviour
not part of my culture
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