Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 8th 2018 Contents A20 letters on sunday
Sunday, April 8, 2018
grateful for sponsors
The Edinburgh Government Primary
School PTA wishes to thank several of its
sponsors for making its Easter Extrav-
aganza possible with their donations,
hampers, and special prizes to pupils on
The sponsors are the Chaguanas Bor-
ough Corporation for the stage, CTS,
Xtra Foods, Keith Khan, Mohammed's,
Vemco, Chaguanas Pharmacy, Chops
Supermarket, Zaki Fruit Depot, Massy
Stores, Tru Valu, Home Made Simple,
500 Wayz, Quality Foods, Khenti, PriceS-
mart, Kiss Bermudez, and Streamline.
reflects on the
The Dominica iasco report was presum-
ably prepared by Minister Moses and
submitted by him to the Prime Minister.
The report reveals a serious level of
incompetence existing in the Ministry
of Foreign and Caricom Affairs and if
Moses is not deemed accountable for his
ministry's incompetence, that's another
way of saying that Moses' presence in his
ministry is irrelevant.
PM Rowley's embrace of Dominica
following hurricane Maria was Trinidad's
message of love and hope for the people
of Dominica, but Minister Moses failed to
transmit, or was incapable of transmit-
ting that message to his ministry's staff.
If Moses does not resign and PM Row-
ley does not remove him, Rowley must
accept responsibility for Moses' incom-
petence as well as the Dominica iasco.
And the people of T&T will pass judg-
ment on Rowley's competence.
Michael Jay Williams
It is revealed that PM Rowley has en-
gaged the services of a career diplomat
to analyse and report the circumstances
surrounding the T&T vote in regard to
Dominica's request for an OAS waiver.
With all due respect to the Prime Min-
ister, as impressive as his professional
record appears to be and as counter-in-
tuitive as it may appear, career diplomat
Ambassador Christopher Thomas may
not be the most suitable person to per-
form this function alone. The position
taken can be explained to the extent
that at its core, diplomacy is the art of
camouflage and stagecraft. However, the
people of T&T require something very
different. We are expecting to be treated
as equal partners in the governance of
the country and require nothing but
the truth. We are people of deductive
reasoning but must have all the truth to
arrive at correct positions.
Getting to the heart of a matter, then
having to reveal hidden unsavoury
truths do require human receptors from
very different disciplines and mindsets.
Although there is a critical role for the
ambassador in the PM's investigation of
what went wrong and why, Ambassador
Thomas, respectfully, should not be the
only person completing the investigation
because the presence of raw, un iltered
truth may become too onerous on the
shoulders of a true diplomat to be of any
value to the people of the country.
In the inal analysis, if we cannot get
implementing guidelines for coordina-
tion, organisation of communication,
and the exercise of judgment skills just
right in our premier window to the
world, where are we heading?
Cases Fund says
The trustees of Guardian Neediest Cases
Fund (GNCF) express its deep apprecia-
tion to each and every person and com-
pany who made donations to the fund in
2017. Although there was a slow down
in the economy, the funds collected was
still able to reach 722 families through
inancial assistance and annual its Christ-
Thank you to all the donors and we
look forward to your continued gener-
osity in 2018. Together we will 'make a
difference' in the lives of those who need
Ann Marcia Samm
Q: Do you feel taxpayers' money should be spent to
settle private matters involving government
"No, the money collected should not be used in such
manner. We appointed ministers to regulate and manage
our resources and ensure the proper running of our
country. We should not have to bail them out for private
disputes that they may or may not be responsible for. Just
as the private person has to fend for themselves, so too
Bernadette Sieuchand, office staff
"They should not be using taxpayers' money to fund their
Oumar Narinesingh, retiree
"Taxpayers' funds should be invested into the social
institutions of society. Human development is most important
in the process of achieving first-world status and it is therefore
on that basis that I disagree with the use of taxpayers' monies
for funding private litigation for people who hold such office."
Amelia Kamraj, student
"No, this should be at the government ministers'
expense. It should be made available for the public
to attend and viewed in prime time news."
Olive Harrinanan, community and human
"Private matters involving government ministers should
be settled using private funds. The taxpayers' money
should be used to fund public goods and services,
an improved education system, acceptable roads, an
efficient police system, and healthcare."
Anushka Rajkumar, tertiary student
"No. Key word---private, which indicates something
personal, therefore it should be paid from their personal
Kleda Selman, personal assistant
"When citizens pay taxes, it is supposed to maintain
infrastructure, services etc, not for resolving anyone's
personal legal challenges."
Kristina Poonwassie, student
"No, taxpayers' money should be spent on the health sector,
education for our children, help in reducing crime, important
stuff we all could benefit from."
Shamela Roopchand, business owner
Compiled by Omarine Nanan. Please send your comments
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Try something new
I wish to comment on two issues: The
current wrecker system and the stance
taken by the mayor of Port-of-Spain re-
garding unkept property owners.
I read recently where a company is
proposing a new method to deal with
illegal parking by placing windscreen
stickers (along with a ine) rather than
actually wrecking one's vehicle. I sup-
port this initiative, because returning
and not inding your car and then having
to rush here, there, and everywhere,
money in hand to pay, is not the most
pleasant of experiences. Of course, there
would be some details to be worked out
but it is certainly worth a trip. I suspect
many of our hard-working police of icers
could be released for other more impor-
Our mayor of Port-of-Spain has taken
a tough stance on owners of properties
with litter, overgrown bush etc. I ap-
plaud him. Unfortunately, I have heard
that kind of talk even before I was born.
Are we not accustomed to phrases like
"they will feel the full force of the law,"
or "these actions will not be condoned,"
and yet we get more and more brazen
every day? It reminds me of our Windies
team, 'cuttail after cuttail' for years and
yet, there is always some "positives" we
obtained from defeat. Have we reached
a stage in our thinking that we are so
accustomed to failure or under-achieve-
ment that we are afraid to simply do
what we are supposed to do, or at least
try something new? Why do we continue
to iddle while Rome is burning?
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