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What is becoming of my land?
I am a Trinidadian living in the USA
since 1969, and have always thought
of my birth place as home, like any
other person who feels a sense of
I have been travelling back to Trini-
dad on a yearly basis for Carnival and
family. I understand, like in America,
no one thinks to be patriotic where
the dollar is concerned.
I am concerned how the Carnival
has become all about money and no
longer about art and culture. Now
that everyone is paying for goods and
services in US currency and funds are
deposited in US banks, how does this
affect the flow of US dollars into the
island, and the revenue lost to local
With high levels of crime many
are afraid to come to T&T, and also
about the report of corruption on the
island. Who is in charge of the judicial
I think it's time we should get back
to the garden and feed ourselves in-
stead of importing orange juice from
Florida, and milk etc. The island of
Trinidad and Tobago is in true a para-
dise; let us all go back to soil to keep
us healthy, and not when we die.
May God bless the islands of Trini-
dad and Tobago.
Just pass the FATCA
It seems a once hoped-for settlement of the FATCA issue
is still pending. Come on, let us be reasonable, do we
still have to continue this in 2017? Are there not more
pressing matters affecting our citizens, for example crime,
unemployment, abuse matters, slow economic growth,
missing individuals and other issues?
Should our leaders not be focussing on these things?
Everything was put in place including the JSC and what do
you have to date? More objections.
Now tell me, how can that be right? The entire business
community, financial institutions and citizens are being
left wondering what next. I am asking, as a citizen, please
let good sense prevail. Let us get that bill passed and put
this behind our backs and handle those crucial matters.
The way I see it no one's business is ever a secret. Why?
Because it is always in the hand of someone else, and that
is a reality. The information is out there whether you like
it or not. Why should there be any fear? If you are above
board in all your matters there is nothing to worry about.
It is simple as that. Please, please do what is right and free
our country from unnecessary stress. Pass the FATCA bill
before it is too late.
The choice of weapon used to commit murder in T&T
is the gun, and presently the country is saturated with
these. Since Tommy was a little boy we have been hearing
that this is due to our unprotected sea borders and close
proximity to the Venezuela mainland.
Information obtained is that a few retirees, who some
say have been failures during active duties, were given the
mandate to come up with a plan to eradicate the heavy
arms and ammo trade in T&T.
The answers to this menace has always been with
the protective agencies, that is, the police service and
it's members. They have to implement a heavy Street
Offences Operation. There is too much free movement
of people roaming the streets with the sole purpose of
committing crimes. Examples: pickpocket, snatching
of valuables, loitering, gambling, offensive language,
throwing of missiles etc.
Guns without the human touch is harmless. The police
service has too much duplication within it's organisation.
Many a unit doing the same function. There are some
non-sensitive electronic jobs being done by police officers.
Assigned these officers to various stations and employ
civilians to do those jobs.
Like many of you, daily
events often lead me to
wonder what is exactly go-
ing on in our country.
In Arima, like everywhere
else, there is prevalent
illegal vending on the
Nothing lasting has been
done about it, and now it
has expanded. Vendors now
have vehicles---cars, station
wagons, even big vans and
small trucks. They set up
shop before business hours,
vending on the pavement
and from their vehicles.
Now, they make sure there
is a lot of space in-between
their vehicles so people can
freely walk around their
cars to survey merchandise
and to shop in comfort,
depriving tax paying mer-
chants and customers of
already limited parking.
The ever efficient wreck-
er is right behind you,
should you commit the
mortal sin and park on the
opposite side of the street
as a result of the vendors
illegally occupying the legal
side. Repeated complaints
go unanswered. There is no
move to find a solution for
vendors to legally occupy
an organised vending zone
or city/town market.
When illegality becomes
acceptable, without conse-
quence, we have failed as
a society. The message is
that everyone is a law onto
Add this to our nation's
robbery, thuggery, kidnap-
ping, murder, larceny, arson,
it is clear to see why we are
a failing state.
Time to head down to Guyana
There have been a couple of big
news stories in the press recently,
on the face of it unrelated, but I am
wondering if there is not an important
link between them which could be
of huge future significance to this
country, and indeed the region.
The first story was about the
serious economic problems currently
being faced by our once hugely
profitable flagship state enterprise,
Petrotrin. From all reports, a massive
injection of capital is required to
bring the refinery up to an acceptable
standard---money which this
government just does not have at this
The other big story in the recent
press was about Guyana, where
recent offshore exploration activities
have revealed massive potential
reserves of both oil and gas. It is being
predicted that within the next three
years Guyana is likely to become one
of the world's major producers of oil
and gas. Guyana of course has no oil
refining capacity, or gas processing
facilities, and unless it invests in these
it would have to continue importing
all its requirements of finished fuels.
In a few short years we will
have a huge refinery, as well as gas
processing facilities, but very little
oil or gas. Guyana will be just the
Surely the time is ripe right
now for this country to initiate
discussions with Guyana, and the oil
companies operating there, for future
Gary N Voss,
Legacy Mas' band leader Big Mike Antoine works on some head pieces at the mas camp on Robert Street,
Woodbrook, on Tuesday. The band's 2017 Carnival presentation is titled 'Time then and Now'.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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