Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 22nd 2017 Contents I read with interest a letter to the editor on
Friday calling on the chairman of the Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation to deal with the
squatting in regions under his purview, namely
Toco and Matura. This was so needed to be said.
Indeed their removal would make a good pho-
to-op which the chairman seems so fond of.
This letter, though, is addressed to another
Regional Corporation chairman---the Tunapu-
na/Piarco Regional Corporation. While there
is so much squatting taking place in the hills of
Tunapuna, with the attendant fires they bring
every year as they clear more and more mountain
land, I refer specifically here to the piece of land
on Macoya Road, between the El Dorado traffic
lights on the EMR and the traffic lights on Prior-
ity Bus Route, that has been overtaken.
For years structures have been put up only
to have the owners "disappear"
, leaving one to
think that they were put there just to lay claim
to the land. A recent development now is a car
repair business taking over a large parcel of the
land. This, in addition to the semi-permanent
provision stall on the corner, has made whole
area become so ugly!
Just last week a new stall was put against the
wall of Massy Stores. It seems these eyesores are
going to overtake that portion of land now.
Does anyone care for the aesthetics of our is-
land any more? Hopefully, instead of just sitting
there looking pretty, the chairman would get
up and actually do something about all of this.
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The world is not short when
it comes to technological
development; there is some-
thing new out there almost
every week. I believe that this
is a step in the right direction
which we all need. However,
even a good thing can get out
of hand or if not managed
properly, can have a negative
effect on society.
Can you imagine that the
babysitter, or that which
forms part of parenting in our
modern society is the iPad?
So mom and dad have stuff to
do every day of the week after
their busy day at the office,
therefore a four-year-old and
others, seven days a week, are
on this iPad and other devices,
for hours on end, all by them-
Now we wonder sometimes
why there are so many fam-
ily issues and children going
down the wrong path in life.
Parents need to spend quality
time with their children and
stop trying to replace their
presence with the latest hi-
tech device on the market.
There is nothing better than
a conversation with your chil-
dren for this is how real rela-
tionships are built and nothing
can replace this.
While this alone may not
save our upcoming generation
we must begin somewhere.
Parents, there is a time for
everything. There is a time
also to put down all devices
and communicate verbally
with your children.
That's what parenting is all
about---sacrifice and commit-
My housekeeper comes to me twice a week. She
shared with me that she needs some extra money
for her son to "graduate." He is 11. He attends a pri-
mary school in Aranguez.
Apparently the parents have been advised to
purchase a graduation outfit for their child. A jack-
et (and you know how boy children grow from day
to day, he won't fit into this soon, much less later)
a pair of "good" pants, a new shirt...toute bagai.
"New shoes too!" she lamented, (which truly
mashed my corns and pushed me to write you this
The hotel in St Ann's chosen for the graduation
will cost the graduand $400. Each parent must pay
$200 each, and each guest (they are allowed two)
again, $200 each. I want to believe our Minister of
Education has no idea about this.
My children all "graduated" from primary
school. In their school halls. Dunross was crowded,
a little hot, we were worried it would rain. Eshe's
was really, really hot, we panicked and prayed the
If I remember correctly, a past student made a
speech, a teacher usually retired, and the school
choir sang a touching song of hope or praise.
Generally, it was free, cheery and slightly emo-
The most important thing was the children's
Buying our own wealth
Banks gain US$515,877,049.18 (TTD
$3,146,850,000) if $4.5 billion bought from Cen-
tral Bank at TTD$6.10 and sold at TTD$6.7993
passes through them. This is why banks have en-
tered the Finance Minister's forex foray.
Our GATE funded university trained quantity
surveyors, accountants, legal practitioners, insur-
ers are failing us. But the greatest dilemma is that
our poor grasp of use of mathematics is causing us
to get financially ripped off carte blanche.
T&T, get this clear, when you buy forex which
government receives from selling our gas and
oil, our asphalt, our methanol aggregates we are
buying our natural resources in the form of forex.
Additionally, that forex that Central Bank sells to
commercial banks which in turn commercial banks
sell to us is our natural resources sold to us in the
form of forex.
Understanding this, is government in any way
subsidising citizens of this country? We're paying
many times over for our own resources disguised
as other things.
Uglification of Tunapuna
iPad generation needs to log off
School fees not over
until graduation is
parents were with them and we all
got to congratulate the graduates and
thank their teachers.
I posted this to FB and lo and be-
hold a stream of other parents' simi-
lar concerns were added. One school
was charging $1,000!
Education is not about "how
you go look", its about how "you go
What is this all about? Why, why,
why? The mothers are ready to rant
loudly over this.
Kathryn Stollmeyer Wight,
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