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DANCING THE COCOA
Iwant to express my deepest con-
dolences to the United States and
to the families of those lost in the
Orlando tragedy. I feel a special con-
nection because the LGBT is a
global community and we have lost
brothers and sisters to such a
senseless, hate-driven incident.
In reflection upon this incident, I
believe there are a few lessons we
need to learn as a society.
For centuries we have cultivated
and nurtured a division in society.
We have been taught that groups
of people who do not reflect how
we look, sound, think or act, are
groups that we should fear or view
as lower than ourselves.
Race, socio-economic back-
ground, religion and sexuality have
all been used in efforts to cate-
gorise, divide and conquer us as a
I cannot express the feelings of
shame and hurt that came over me,
hearing my fellow Trinbagonians re-
joice in the murder of innocent lives
in the Orlando tragedy.
"We need that to happen here,"
was a common sentiment heard on
the radio and seen on social media
platforms over the past couple
days, which was met with little con-
I understand why we have be-
come like this, why we have be-
come so desensitised to our own
humanity. We have been indoctri-
nated for centuries into a certain
mentality, a way of thinking that
has robbed us of our compassion
and empathy. Our ability to appreci-
ate that differences are just colours
of life, not traits that should be
We have allowed systems to tell
us what to believe, and that we
must impose our beliefs in every
possible way on others, without
It's interesting when religious
groups say "Believe us, we are right,
the bible says so" but when LGBT
groups say "believe us, we are
human, our lives, experience and re-
search say so," we close our ears.
We've become numb to our hu-
manness, and strong in our rites
and doctrine. Uncompromising in
our ignorance of reality, but warped
into thinking reality is what a sys-
tem of belief says it is.
Thinking of these things, it does
not surprise me how our crime rate
has spiralled out of control. How it's
become so easy for people to be
corrupt. To lie. To steal. To kill.
We've lost our ability to question
ideologies and challenge systems.
We've lost our ability to think freely.
A notable problem arose when, in
offering his condolences, our Prime
Minister refused to acknowledge
the motive of this attack. That the
sexuality of those in the club was so
loathsome to the attacker, that he
felt the need to exact terror upon
Why is this a problem? Refusing
to acknowledge that sexual orienta-
tion was the motive for the crime
speaks to an issue in society where
we still refuse to talk about sexual-
By avoiding conversation, we
avoid opportunities for education
and ignorance is allowed to run un-
challenged. This translates into a
cycle of continued intolerance and
senseless aggression towards inno-
cent lives who are just trying to
T&T, we're losing our humanity,
we need to recover it quickly.
WE NEED TO RECOVER
One thing all politicians agree on
is that they should be paid more
money. When the UNC was in
power they sought to give them-
selves, and all their predecessors
from as far back as the 1970s,
unimaginably huge salary increases
and for the only time in the last five
years they were in total agreement.
It is their confirmed view that
they are not being paid enough.
They have done so little for the
large salaries they pay themselves
that they consider it necessary to
pay themselves more so that they
can do less.
Few ordinary citizens, except the
privileged few who have direct lines
to their members of parliament, will
agree with any salary increases for
them, especially if they have had to
seek their representation.
But the politicians themselves, in
their total disconnect from the ordi-
nary people and in their own tiny
minds, apparently truly believe that
they are worth more than they are
At the previous attempt to pull a
con job on the population, they tried
to use the judiciary unconscionably
to distract from their duplicity. It
was only a national outcry by the
beleaguered population that
stopped that totally self-serving at-
tempt. It is time for another na-
tional rejection of the obscene
assault on the nation's finances.
When they have succeeded in
bringing an improvement to the
country's economic situation, pro-
vided adequate housing for the less
fortunate, reduced the murderous
murder rate and all the other things
that they promised to do when they
wanted our vote, then and only
then, would salary increases be
Chase Village, Carapichaima
No salary increase for politicians
of Courts and
The Minister of Agriculture,
Thanks for heeding the farmers' plea for better ac-
cess roads and hopefully, upgraded facilities.
However, I also wish to draw your attention to the
long overdue (over 12 years!) wait for these state-
vested deeds. Many farmers have become ill and
passed on and those who are left now have become dis-
Please, there are productive, agricultural-abled people
who are willing and who want to work these parcels.
T&T's food import bill is ridiculously high and the Gov-
ernment's initiatives to reduce such by encouraging
farmers to grow local should be of paramount concern.
Your expert guidance from your minsterial office is
strategically critical to ensure "food on our tables" now
and future generations! We must not allow ourselves to
degenerate like our Venezuelan neighbours with our
continued economic dependence on oil.
A great president once said: "A nation that cannot
feed itself is on the demise." Of course since these are
state-vested lands, all approvals must be given by the
Commissioner of State Lands. Please if possible, use
your good office to expedite the transfer or assign con-
Farmers waiting over 12 years for deeds
I have noticed on many occasions that
whenever the wreckers pick up cars in
Woodbrook, they usually use Ana or De
Verteuil streets to head for the com-
pound where the cars are kept. All I am
asking please, is for the wrecker drivers
to show a little consideration for the ve-
hicles being towed.
There are two speed bumps on De
Verteuil Street South, and I have seen
them run over them like they don't exist
with someone's vehicle in tow. Yes, you
are doing your job, but there are things
like decency, consideration and protocol
that need to be exercised. After all, you
would not like your own vehicle to be
treated in that manner, would you?
True 'wrecking' of cars taking place in Woodbrook
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