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Protect yourself and
The major crime news at the forefront of the
electronic and print media are the murders of
Prisons Of icers and their request for political
asylum in Canada. It is claimed that these hits
are coming from within the prison walls and our
Prison Of icers are lame ducks awaiting death.
The statement by the Prison Of icers Association
to the Attorney General is to make laws to protect
their membership. If not, on to Canada.
Now in every community in T&T there are at
least 20 members of the protective services. The
Housing Development Corporation has a man-
date of a 10 20 per cent allocation for members of
the protective services. So, do you, the citizenry,
feel comfortable and protected by the presence
of members of the police, defence force, prisons
and ire of ices as neighbours in these communi-
ties, in the time of need or otherwise?
Note, every Prisons Of icer lives with his pris-
oner 24/7; they know the prisoners' relatives,
friends and criminal associates. The Prisons Of-
icer knows the prisoner's charge sheet, his state
of mind and his possibility/probability of com-
mitting heinous crimes, for they all live together
behind these walls. But what does the Prisons
Of icer do with that info? Nothing.
Every police of icer in these communities is ei-
ther the schoolmate of a suspect, or he knows the
drug dealer, the gunman, the human traf icker,
you name it. But he/she suppresses the info.
From experience, they keep away, saying "dey
doh want their names calling." So police do not
trust their own police brother/sister.
Criminals are then left to play themselves in
front of their protective services. Things are so
chubby some of these delinquent of icers get in-
volved in the crime trade too, by assisting their
criminal batch. Then, when father time hits
home, we marching and playing dumb.
Within these organisations there are good and
bad of icers and no one can wish death upon an-
yone else. Let's ix and do the job for the satisfac-
tion of ourselves irst, so that others may live safe
in their communities.
Do something before it's too late
Thursday and yesterday the
workers at Customs Dept
withheld their services and
supported the call by their
union leader, Watson Duke.
The country and small busi-
ness are being strangled, for
example, with challenges to
obtain forex from the banks.
The "holidays" don't help.
Importers are unable to
get their shipments from the
Bonded Warehouse and the
Port of Entry. The importers
will lose millions of dollars by
paying rents and demurrage
charges, which consumers
will eventually have to pay,
along with heavy taxes intro-
duced in the budget.
We are seeing small busi-
nesses closing shop all over,
which is a sad state.
As the Finance Minister
remarked, he has the right
to increase taxes to run the
Petrotrin is still operating
at a loss, the high salaries are
still being paid, the govern-
ment is still renting of ices.
What are the ministers of
trade, tourism, inance doing
to obtain forex? Our country
is in a critical situation and
late in implementing the infra-
structure to buffer the econ-
omy against these shocks.
Years ago the church would
voice their opinion when you
had a strong Archbishop.
Christmas and carnival are in
the air and I hope the masses
are not distracted by the hol-
idays, while there are serious
matters facing our country
that need to be addressed by
The Chamber is too silent
on these matters; the poor
and middle class are hurting.
Unless improvements are
made in living conditions, the
country is heading for social
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