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Setting up: Workmen from Advanced Scaffolding Company Ltd offload construction material to erect a stage
at Skinner Park in San Fernando in preparation for carnival events to be held at the venue.
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
We may soon have to borrow
money from Guyana
One of these fine days the pop-
ulation of this country will real-
ise that the people who run this
country, the politicians and the
workers, have stolen and mis-
spent our wealth.
I don’t know when this will hap-
pen but maybe when we have to
go to Guyana to borrow it will be-
Gordon Dalla Costa
Save our young people with positive messages
If you examine the existence of
a thousand violent criminals in
T&T, you will find one common
thread in all of their lives.
That is, they were born into
a life of deprivation from day
one. The majority are raised by
young, single, educationally and
financially challenged mothers,
who keep hoping that the next
man they make a child for, will
actually stay with them.
Yet, what attempts are ever
made by the state and civil so-
ciety for that matter, to get the
large majority of citizens to lead
responsible lives. When do we
ever hear our leading politicians
urge our young men in particular,
to build capacity in their lives, in
the form of education and ma-
terial resources, before saddling
themselves with the huge respon-
sibility of successfully raising the
Likewise, who is urging our
young women to get educated
and establish lucrative careers
before even thinking of getting
pregnant. Look at one of the most
successful women in the world,
Oprah Winfrey. She has no bio-
logical children of her own, yet
she has mentored and cared for
thousands of young people, par-
ticularly girls, through her exten-
sive charity work.
So, I would like to urge our
societal leaders from both the
business world and the politi-
cal arena to swamp our young
people with positive messages
of leading responsible lives, of
always looking to make an en-
thusiastic contribution to family
life, community life and work
life. Flood our young people with
thoughts that breathe and words
Let us all make that extra effort
to create a society that thinks
positively, works hard, respects
the environment and takes care
of the less fortunate.
On the verge of collapse
The collapse of the Couva Chil-
dren’s Hospital’s cooling tower
last Sunday, mere days after a
segment of the Solomon Hochoy
Highway in front of the hospital
caved in, is symbolic of the lack
of vision, planning and leadership
our country has been starved of
over the years.
First and foremost, thankfully
no one was maimed, hurt or
This is especially so given the
controversies which have plagued
it since its inception.
Two and a half years after the
hospital was opened with much
pomp and ceremony, and $975
million TT dollars later (US$150
million) it stands as a glaring ex-
ample that money alone cannot
solve the problems we are facing
in T&T today.
Perhaps the collapse of the
stage on the opening day was a
sign of things to come that it does
not matter how nice things look
on the outside, if it does not have
a proper foundation and is rotting
from the core, as with everything
else, it will soon collapse.
That is the reality of what is
happening today in our country
within all sectors and institutions.
We need only look at the debacle
which is classified as Parliamen-
Corruption, waste, misman-
agement, the lack of truth, ac-
countability and transparency,
racial tensions propagated by
politicians seeking to hold on to
power and position at all costs,
fake news and propaganda, are
all destroying our country and its
people’s potential at an alarming
Social consciousness has all
but completely disappeared, not
least because people are afraid for
their own lives. So no longer are
we our brother’s and our sister’s
Our once beautiful land is now
is now being ravaged by death,
destruction and mayhem on a
daily basis and so it is no wonder
people are absolutely fed up of
the “ole talk” on both sides of the
That being said, whilst I accept
that the current administration
faced an uphill battle financially
when it took office, that excuse
for failing to address the burning
issues affecting the country and
its citizens with any kind of effec-
tiveness and urgency is now wear-
ing thin. If they intend to make
any kind of tangible progress
within the next three years they
need to have a plan that begins
with identifying the critical issues
of the day.
Like it or not, our country has
once again found itself in the po-
sition it was in over 30 years ago.
Unemployment is once again
on the rise; corruption of all types
has become the norm with people
of independence and integrity
now an endangered species.
Mismanagement and waste
continues to cost the tax payers
billions of dollars whilst no one
seems to know the exact state of
the country’s finances.
It is no secret that economic de-
pression and financial pressures
on individuals and families, the
elderly and the young continue
to cause a sense of despair and
More and more of our young
people are suffering from mental
health issues, which leave them
suicidal and depressed often vul-
nerable to predators who lure
them into a life of illegal drugs.
The reality of the sum total of
the economic and political situ-
ation is that those who lead our
country and those who are cur-
rently sitting on the sidelines
waiting for their turn have shown
that they are not up to the task.
Beyond the PR and backbiting
there is little substance as to the
It was once said: “The greatest
damage to the country has been
caused by the failure of govern-
ments to foster among the popu-
lation a sense of patriotism.
There is a lack of leadership, of
vision, of planning and political
The vulture-like behaviour at
the top has fostered materialism,
self-seeking and individualism in
all sections of our community.
The party in power has fostered
the attitude of not what I can do
for my country but what I can get
out of it”.
That was over 30 years ago and
tragically it applies today as much
as it did then.
Our once beautiful land is now being ravaged
by death, destruction and mayhem on a
daily basis and so it is no wonder people are
absolutely fed up of the “ole talk” on both
sides of the political divide.
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