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He was fast of fist and foot---lip,
too---a heavyweight champion who
promised to shock the world and did.
He floated. He stung. Mostly he
thrilled, even after the punches had
taken their toll and his voice barely
rose above a whisper.
He was The Greatest.
Muhammad Ali died last Friday at
T&T Guardian readers express
Yes, he was the greatest. His
journey is finished. May he rest in
peace. My sincerest condolences to
his family and loved ones.
About two or so years after his
conviction, essentially, for refusal to
serve in the military, I too, received
my draft card. Don't remember the
actual number, but I recall it was a
high one, and as a result it was
never called and I was speared from
the rice paddies of the Mekong
Delta. Frankly, I was scared stiff but
didn't have as much cajones as Ali
and as such would have gone to
Vietnam, with my fully loaded M16
rifle, had my number been called
before the war was declared over.
I was even more scared of going
to jail as a draft dodger. So dodging,
for me, wasn't a viable option but a
few of my colleagues thought
otherwise and followed that route to
I'm an early riser and when I got
out of bed around and tuned in to
MSNBC, I learned of Ali's passing
and I simply couldn't hold back the
tears. At that time, I recalled one of
his most renown utterances: "Live
every day as your last because one
day you would be right." I guess he
was right last evening. So far, I'm
wrong and I hope for a very long
Muhammad, wish you a smooth
and safe journey "home." ---specter1
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING
LIKE A BEE .......................... HIS BEST
PUNCH, TWO QUICK LEFT JABS.
A true legend. ---Ryan Singh
Greatest boxer ever from Jackie
Robinson to present! Only Sugar Ray
could float more. Only Tyson could
sting more! Ali was both floater and
"I shall pass through this world
but once. Any good therefore that I
can do or any kindness that I can
show to any human being, let me do
it now. Let me not defer or neglect
it, for I shall not pass this way
again." (Stephen Grellet)
Thank you Mr Muhammad Ali ...
you have left us a legacy! ALLAHU
AKBAR - God is Great! ---Gardenia01
....truly the greatest fighter that
ever lived....an inspirational gift to
humanity.....rest well Muhammad.....
Those were the days when
heavyweight (big man) boxing was
at its height.
A champ was a world champ.
A fight was a world event.
This man put the B in boxing.
Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali,
was the Greatest, and will always
be. The Greatest is dead! Long live
the Greatest! A man of great
courage who had the courage of his
conviction, who by sheer
determination broke down many
racial barriers in a prejudiced
America of the 1960s/1970s. RIP
and condolences to his family.
He taught the world how you can
beat your opponent in the arena of
competition and at a handsome
price. We are no match against time
but a good name outlives us.
RIP dear Muhammad Ali---one of
the most honourable men to have
walked this earth. You were an
exemplar to many even in this tiny
island. At the end of the day, the
love you had for God is what all men
should aspire to....God bless your
Madness! Absolute madness!
Those are the only words that can
describe the transfer of Corporal
Jaipersad Barran from the DUI Task
Force in San Fernando, to the Princes
Town Police Station. His crime?
Arresting the son-in-law of a busi-
nessman for DUI. His nemesis? A
"very senior police officer" who
ordered the transfer.
The Professional Standards Bureau
of the Police Service must get
involved in this matter as soon as
possible. At the very least, it seems
that the senior police officer has con-
spired to pervert the course of jus-
Did the perennially acting Com-
missioner of Police, Mr Stephen
Williams, approve this move?
What is the message being sent
to our hard-working lower-level
police officers? Is it that some people
are untouchables when it comes to
doing their duties?
Unfortunately, the work of the DUI
Task Force in San Fernando has come
to a screeching stop because there
is no longer an officer at the rank of
corporal to oversee its exercises.
Was this part of the plan all along?
Linus F Didier
The saying "marry in haste and
repent at leisure" is a truism that
clouds arranged marriages. The adults
who have approved the various
unions are seldom around when both
parties realise that they are totally
There appears to be undocumented
allegations of high incest, alcoholism,
domestic violence, paedophilia and
a descent into moral perversion. Mur-
der/suicides are on the increase in
T&T and appear to be seen more
frequently in the Indo-Trinbagonian
population, be they Hindu or Mus-
When men get bored they turn to
perversions. Some disguise it as
games for the boys but prostitution
is big business in rural districts. How
far does one have to travel to find a
restaurant and bar that include lap
dancers and hostesses? The slimy
world of human trafficking is exposed
as bar owners transform their prem-
ises into Hollywood/Bollywood and
roving harems for bored patrons.
Having fun is never viewed as
moral decay. Some of the young
women working as hostesses are not
all forced into anything. They just
want the money.
Despite recessionary times, many
men are willing to spend household
money being "entertained." Poor
females from South American coun-
tries and other Caribbean islands
arrive, most illegally, to supposedly
work or study. These females ease
the boredom of being married to a
wife never loved in an arranged mar-
Murders in a family can happen
because of jealousy. Suicides can
occur because of personal despair.
Incest can happen because of the
need to hide behind a semblance of
respectability. But these difficulties
are hidden away by the silence of
the pundits and the imams. Fear of
failure in a marriage is kept at bay
by the use of drugs and alcohol.
It is a great mistake to believe that
Indo families are not also vastly
affected and part of the excessive
criminal activity that is passing as
normal behaviour in T&T. They are
not immune and the criminologists
of Indo ethnicity are ignoring their
very real suffering. Money does not
always equate having a good time.
Who will speak out and admit to
the immoral worms pervading the
With the passing of the great
Muhammad Ali, I believe that the
entire world is saddened in some
way or the other.
My memory goes back to those
days when my mother and I would
stay close to the radio to listen to his
fights. Although at the time I did not
comprehend everything in the boxing
world, her excitement made me know
that something significant was taking
place. Well, if he knocked out his
opponent it was party time.
I must say, "fly like a butterfly,
sting like a bee," that individual made
me a boxing lover.
There are four things that stood
out in Ali s life for me---his words
were powerful. I believe they instilled
fear in those stepping into the ring
to fight with him. Just check the
records of how many times he ful-
filled his prophecy.
Muhammad Ali believed in himself.
The second thing I admired about
him was that he held fast to his con-
viction. When enlisted to join the
US army because of his own personal
beliefs he chose prison instead. What
a strong personality. How many of
us would have done this?
Thirdly, his skilful foot movements
in the ring left a lasting impression
for others to follow. I would sit with
my eyes glued to the television in
Ali s latter years, mesmerised by his
movement in the ring. I even tried
out a few moves too!
He was "King of the Ring."
Fourthly, I admired Ali s genuine
love for people; his warm smile.
Even in his death he has lifted a
message, that life is short so be sure
to do what you were placed here to
do.RIP to a boxing great.
RIP to the great Muhammad Ali
Tributes pour in for boxing legend
Hidden behind the veils of
many arranged marriages
Are some people above the law in T&T?
A damaged car for sale rests on the berm in Beetham Gardens, with a barrel used to hold up the back end. This
looks dangerous for passers-by, but luckily it's not an area used by residents to gain acess to their homes.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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