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God is a Trini
Images of the devastation left by Hurricane Irma
throughout the Caribbean and in Florida are horri-
fying: entire villages destroyed, infra-structure re-
duced to rubble and transport links disrupted. Even
the US, the most powerful and richest nation in the
world, came to a battering, with signi icant damage.
Right now, it is time for us all to unite in inding
ways to assist our fellow Caribbeans in distress and
in need of urgent aid. That is why we have partnered
with Amcham T&T and the Pan American Develop-
ment Foundation to help raise emergency funds for
the region. We urge all our readers to donate gener-
ously. We will also work closely with other organisa-
tions to help collect goods as soon as what is needed
is known and the transport routes are agreed.
This is also time for us to look deep and hard into
Trinidad and Tobago's preparedness should a major
hurricane make its way to our shores. Thankfully, we
are normally just outside the path most hurricanes
take but, as we know from the past, they can still
reach us from time to time.
The omens are not good. After all, just as other
Caribbean islands were grappling with flooding and
destruction caused by one of the post powerful hur-
ricanes in recent history, we were struggling with se-
vere flooding in places like downtown Port-of-Spain
due to a relatively ordinary downpour on Saturday.
Relying on the old say that God is a Trini is not
enough. We need concrete and robust preparedness
Accountability? Look away now
Clearly Police 'gold commander' in charge of
the CPL Final, Senior Superintendent Zamsheed
Mohammed, attended a very different match as far
as the inal at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy last
Saturday is concerned. According to him, there was
no traf ic problem because he placed some police
of icers around the stadium and signage was added
to the highway. That won't wash for the many who
faced a long and disorganised journey to get to the
This is not simply a police and traf ic control mat-
ter; it is also about proper transport plans to make
sure supporters can enter and leave the area as
quickly and as ef iciently as possible. There is a lot of
merit in seeking to take major international events to
Tarouba but no merit at all in pretending everything
was OK, because it wasn't.
Get to the point
We are pleased with the way the new T&T Guard-
ian has been received by you, the reader. We are
grateful for the great feedback and positive com-
ments you shared with us on Monday. Your feedback
continues to be very welcome and we hope you will
enjoy the new segments we will be bringing you over
the next few days, beginning with Health+ in today's
What we now need is enforcement
One thing you have to say for
this current administration is
that they are a really caring
lot. For example, the Prime Minis-
ter recently asked the men of T&T to
treat their women folk well, which
as we all know is real speak for "stop
beating our women."
The acting Police Commissioner
often implores criminals to lay down
their guns and to stop committing
crime. The Education Minister, kind
caring individual that he is, often ex-
horts the nation's school children to
stop ighting and having sex in class.
The Transport Minister is on the
ball, frequently calling for the driv-
ers to observe the speed limit and
the laws of the road in general.
Finally, the eclectic Finance Minis-
ter is constantly cajoling taxpayers to
pay their correct taxes on time.
Now, isn't it wonderful to have
all of these timely reminders in the
media, to the few citizens who watch
and read the news? Actually, as we all
know, many of the concerned, com-
mitted citizens who care enough to
follow national affairs in the media
and social media already follow the
rules, pay their taxes and treat family
members and everyone, for that mat-
ter, with kindness and respect.
What we now need is irst-world
enforcement of all laws, rules and
regulations with swift and very harsh
consequences for all lawbreakers, ir-
respective of what sector of society
they come from.
Govt should take surveys seriously
It was no surprise that a recent
survey showed widespread disap-
pointment with the performance
of the current government. And it
was a shame that instead of humility,
we were informed the government
wasn't influenced by surveys. They
should be. They would learn that the
population knows money is scarce
and they didn't want a new cricket
stadium, TTT or a road to Toco. The
major concern is crime and security.
It will not be easy to repair the
damage done over several gener-
ations. Nobody trusts the police
service which is widely viewed as
corrupt and incompetent and needs
major reform. Similarly the judiciary
has been completely ineffective.
Cases take too long, the jury sys-
tem is badly flawed and lawyers and
judges are widely held in contempt
by the public for their fees, perfor-
mance and hubris.
Corruption permeates every level
of society and, of course, monkey
see monkey do---it starts at the top.
Our iscal system has allowed the
rich to get richer and the poor to re-
main poor and dependent.
Those who can't see that this is
a recipe for disaster are blind. Lots
of work needs to be done but the
UNC must not avoid their share of
the blame for the state of affairs.
The criticism and bleating of former
ministers who supervised the plun-
dering of the Treasury is distasteful.
They cancelled the OPVs to leave
our borders porous. They dismissed
the foreign commissioner and dep-
uty commissioner of police who
were independent enough to be at-
tempting to reform the police. They
introduced Section 34 in a naked at-
tempt to avoid justice.
What can the beleaguered popula-
tion do in such circumstances? First,
we must participate and insist on in-
tegrity in government.
Count Leo Tolstoy once said gov-
ernment is like organised crime
as people get together to rape the
Treasury. But irst they corrupt the
people to get elected (by handouts to
It is essential that the people break
this cycle and demand better, and
that the business community stops
inancing parties to get contracts in
return. It takes two hands to clap.
Congrats on new format
Ibraved the elements early Monday
morning to purchase a copy of the T&T
The most important thing is that you
listen to your readers and move with
the times. I am a married man, I know
about listening. Newspapers are used
to inform, educate, entertain and wrap
ish. These days ish is sold in plastic
bags. Subtract one.
Thanks for a newspaper that is eas-
ier to read for all. While Trini only like
scandal and bacchanal keep the news
relevant. Presentation is important. Doh
start of hot, hot and boil down like bhagi.
The race is for those who endureth till
the end, not the swift.
Expand beyond crime and politics,
there are other great topics out there.
Education about our great country is
one. Our population is ageing, let us
have relevant stories.
Thanks for coverage of the Secondary
Schools Football League, these young
people are the future. Be balanced and
be neutral to all. I want to wish the T&T
Guardian newspaper well. At the end of
the day we all want a better T&T for all
of us. Keep working hard. A change is as
good as a feast.
gives Donna Lamb
a teary hug as she
floats out some of
her belongings in
the Ortega River
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