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WRECKING IS AN
I recently was involved in a very
unfortunate situation following a
lime on the Avenue.
I disarmed the alarm to my vehi-
cle, about to get in when I saw a
young lady crying on the other side
of the street.
I asked what the matter was and
whether I could help, to which she
responded: "My boyfriend and I just
broke up, my phone is dead, I have
no money and they wreck my car! I
didn't see the fire-hydrant because it
is at a lower level to the road and it
is hidden by grass."
This street was relatively lonely
and poorly lit (Gray Street) and with
the time being around midnight, this
young lady was vulnerable.
I made it my business to take her
to the wrecked car "dump" near
MovieTowne and explained to the
officer exactly what happened.
She was just at a loss for words
as she had been through a lot that
night. Luckily the officer had a heart
and waived the $500 fee.
It is time that we get rid of this
archaic practice of wrecking vehicles.
In developed countries like the UK, a
ticket is stuck onto your windscreen
and a copy mailed to the address of
the vehicle as per the licence plate.
Why must we have to resort to this
punishment of having to organise
transport to collect your vehicle es-
pecially at night?
This nonsense about wrecking has
As we aim towards becoming
more developed, surely a more rea-
sonable arrangement can be worked
I have been told that there is a
quota of wrecked cars that must be
met every night.
Every person's situation is differ-
ent and to continue wrecking is,
quite frankly, pathetic and heartless.
Come on, Mr Mayor, think of the
both parties involved, not just the
ones on the receiving end of the
WE MUST RISE TO
CHALLENGES FACING US
How would history record this pe-
riod in our country? What legacy is
this generation leaving for the ones
to come? It will determine how we
will be remembered.
Our own existence finds true
meaning when we elevate lives by
showing how to live, a life of purpose-
The pastoral letters of Archbishop
Harris tell us to look again at our de-
mands for the trappings of wealth.
When our brother and sister strug-
gle for the basic requirements of life,
in his most loving letter he then re-
minds us to listen to the cry of the
Earth, scarred by fire, dried up by land
grabbing and stifled concrete.
Let us not be satisfied to clean the
beaches occasionally, let us appreci-
ate a blessed land, sea and air be-
queathed to us a legacy to be handed
to our children.
In all truth we have created a very
corrupt, deviant culture at least, and
the rot of our indiscipline has become
The violent youth of today is the
product of yesterday, our Carnival
mentality to everything will only fos-
ter further mayhem.
The decline must stop here! We
must change course and be remem-
bered as the true authors of our des-
tiny; the era in which Trinidadians
rose to the challenges and made a
positive impact in our country's his-
Good stewardship will always be
remembered and lead to prosperity
and peace for all.
REACHING HEIGHTS UNKNOWN
In the midst of all the negative sto-
ries emanating from our education
system and splashed all over the
media, there is a ray of hope, a shining
light, an oasis in the desert of violence,
bullying and indiscipline. There is a
school like Pleasantville Secondary de-
termined to make a difference in our
In their quest to educate and im-
prove lives, the staff and students of
Pleasantville Secondary came up with
and put on a production which they
aptly named ''Life Issues'' at the Na-
parima Bowl, last Thursday. What a
production! What an exhilarating per-
formance by the students!
''Life Issues'' led the audience
through the numerous social issues
which negatively impact on the lives of
students. Themes like domestic vio-
lence, drug abuse, incest, rape, bullying,
teenage pregnancy and other issues,
were brought alive by the students
through drama, music, dance and vi-
This was a really comprehensive
production. At times, the performances
were so powerful that a hush de-
scended on the Naparima Bowl. The
audience, which consisted of many
young people and parents, was left
spellbound or sometimes in tears. In-
deed the message was clear.
The cast of students, none of them
professional actors, obviously spent
long hours at rehearsals. And we label
all young people as indisciplined? As a
retired teacher I know how difficult it is
to encourage students to do a presen-
tation in front a class.
The teachers involved in this pro-
duction have worked very hard. Mr
Sargeant, the dance teacher/produc-
tion manager; Mr Durity, the artistic di-
rector; and Ms Thomas-Cooper, the
Visual Arts teacher, have shown
through their love, dedication and com-
mitment that teachers can lead and
encourage students to reach heights
unknown even to the students them-
selves. I know many other staff mem-
bers were involved and this augurs
well for our education system.
I am happy that the staff and stu-
dents of Pleasantville Secondary are
continuing the rich heritage of the 80's,
when this school was an academic and
cultural leader in Trinidad and Tobago.
Way to go P'ville.
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