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Madame Justice Paula-
Mae Weekes is likely
to become the coun-
try's irst female President.
Mali Rose We want facts, not
opinions nor water cooler talk.
Ryan Steinberg Jr Great I
am happy to see this was done
without the drama and politics.
Also it show we as a Nation has
grown and is ready for changes
to elect a woman as a Presi-
dent. She brings to the table a
vast knowledge of experience in
the judiciary system. My hope is
she will clean up the embattled
Suzette Sayidah It's about
time we have a female presi-
Cops use drone
Adrone was used by
police of icers to cap-
ture two men who at-
tempted to flee the scene of
a shooting in Tunapuna on
Hassan Harripersad This
is what I don't understand ur
using drones and it help appre-
hend whomever why share this
next time criminals will shoot it
Linda Rampersad Good job
Lynda Bonnett You should
use more drones
Nancy Otero Good! Use what-
ever technologies necessary
to get these criminals off the
streets. And please use them to
stop the violence on the street
in T&T. Too much bloodshed in
Friend: Arisa was
fed up of abuse
Emotions ran high yester-
day during the funeral
of murder victim Arisa
Vana David, 25, who was found
strangled on Tuesday.
Orrelia Constant RIP dear.
Don't know you but you do look
like a nice person inside and out.
Barbie Gir So sad RIP dear.
Wazaida Ali Sad RIP.
Kit Singh Guilty must pay for
Denyse Reyes The system fail
these women and will continue
until these laws are changed.
Karen Debesaran Boodhai If
you are fed up walk away ladies.
Earlyn Rivas Men and women
get involved in relationships that
are detrimental to their lives.
Sadly, we see the 'Red Flags' very
early but we ignore them, think-
ing he/she loves me but they will
change. 'Red Flags' are always
shown up front ppl.
Six years before she was
found executed in Bar-
rackpore, the woman who
called herself Vanessa Ali, ran
away from home and spent
days roaming the streets, hop-
ing for a better life.
Acklima Bibi Omg this young
lady never had it easy in life from
since the day she born and now
they murder her sometimes I
does ask if there is a GOD SMH
Devon Devon Tragic...Here
today, gone tomorrow. Men,
please be there for your female
relatives. Our women need pro-
tection in this dreadful time
Fleur Belgrove Very often
when we adopt children in T&T
not everyone in the family unit
sees them as family or real family.
So in this case the members who
saw her as such died and thus
began her demise...
The weak can never
is the attribute of the
Forgiveness is the
fragrance the violet
sheds on the heel that
has crushed it.
Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get
better. It's not.
If you always give, you
will always have.
Forgive, help others, stop injustice
In his irst homily as Arch-
bishop and his reference
to T&T as a society where
problems outnumber solu-
tions to our many prob-
lems, he pleaded with
nationals to follow the example
set by Christ's disciples who, like
us, were in despair when they
found his empty tomb. So too,
many people today have lost
hope, compared to the 60s dream
of an ideal Caribbean civilisation
that reflected our forefathers' val-
But as bad as it may seem, all is
not lost. We must continue to live
in hope that things would get bet-
ter; the society would right itself
although we are so far down the
road to destruction. As he said in
his New Year's message he shared
with us, there is "a deep longing
for peace". But for peace to reign
in this country in 2018, "We will
need to take some very particular
steps to achieve it."
Archbishop Gordon suggests
we start with forgiveness. Re-
member when Saint John Paul 11
in his World Day of Peace in 2002
said, "No peace without justice,
no justice without forgiveness."
We must be prepared to under-
take the challenges that go with
forgiveness. It is not an easy task.
Then there is the job of doing
justice. In many ways we as citi-
zens do not take responsibility
for our actions. Violence; not
working a full day; refusing to
pay a just wage; stealing from
your workplace; giving or taking
a bribe; calumny and detraction,
all these are injustices. As he said,
"Let us ask God to enlighten us
to recognise both the people we
need to forgive and the ways we
participate in injustice. Commit
to non-violence, because violent
criminal activity, especially the
murder rate, is too prevalent in
this country. He said, "Non-vio-
lence is the personal practice of
being harmless to self and others
under every condition...If each
of us makes a commitment to
non-violence, then together we
bring down the level and tone of
violence in our country."
Fourthly, help the poor. "It may
seem an unlikely element in our
pilgrimage to peace, but this is
the path to the authentic develop-
ment of our country...the meas-
ure of a great is how we assist the
poor. Yes, we begin with basic
needs---food, clothing, shelter.
But we also attend to the higher
needs. Education, moral forma-
tion and all that is required for
our children and young people to
realise their full potential."
Finally, refugee and migrant
help. The Archbishop said, "If we
want to build peace we need to
welcome, protect, promote and
integrate them into our commu-
Peace (shalom) is akin to sal-
vation. "As Christians," said
Archbishop Gordon, "We cannot
disconnect our work for peace
from our commitment to Christ.
So, let us forgive, do justice, com-
mit to non-violence help the poor
and welcome, protect, promote
and integrate the migrant and ref-
ugee. If we do this, we will build
a civilisation of justice, peace and
Vernon Khelawan is a columnist for
Catholic Media Services Ltd (Camsel),
the official communications arm of the
Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain. Its offices
are located at 31 Independence Square.
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