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There is often varied public
reaction to the firing of
public officials by the gov-
ernment with some in favour,
some not, and some a combi-
nation of both.
More often than not, it
redounds politically to the ben-
efit of the government if such
firing is perceived as having
been done on moral and ethical
grounds in the public interest.
There is no more winning
factor with the electorate than
when the government seems
prepared to act on such
grounds, especially with the
emergence of the new "mixed"
group according to the latest
statistics, essentially "intelli-
gentsia" in character, which will
go beyond the traditional grass-
roots/ethnic loyalty, into criti-
cally evaluating the perform-
ance of the government.
Which is why the CAL situ-
ation is of significance, for the
reported loss of over $700
million of the public s money
can only be appeased by gov-
ernmental action that is
underpinned by a clear ethical
sense of the right thing to do
in the public interest.
No amount of deflection like
Air Jamaica contributing to the
loss, or increasing competi-
tiveness according to the line
Minister; not even the much
touted talk by the Minister of
Finance about restructuring
and the prospect of a turn
around in 2014, will win the
government any credibility
unless it appears to be serious
in turning around the airline
by apportioning culpability
where it fits and putting in a
place a new and competent
management team to chart its
The government cannot
continue to depend solely on
unquestioning grassroots loyal-
ty to return to power.
It must provide continuing
evidence of good governance,
making firm decisions in the
public interest as in this
instance, if it is to win the
support of this 30 per cent
mixed intelligentsia that will
make a significant difference
in the national elections in
two years time.
Dr Errol Benjamin
Treating Standard English as a foreign language in
T&T may well be the next step by the Ministry of Edu-
cation. I guess the ministry is humbly admitting to de-
I would like to propose two considerations: Firstly,
what about encouraging proper English to be spoken
first in the home? In general we learn to how to speak in
the home. We learn to speak before we learn to write.
Part of the problem with people who cannot read is that
they do not speak well.
If you cannot speak well, then how can you recognise
the words and sentence structure contained in any
given text? That's part of the problem that the Ministry
needs to fix. Secondly, I once had a conversation with an
individual about Standard English that typifies the
problem of Standard English in Trinidad.
He told me that there is no need to speak Standard
English on his part because everyone here speaks "Trini"
or at least understands it, and also that he has no plans
to ever leave this country to go to places where a grasp
of Standard English.
The Ministry of Education has to contend with this
small-minded mentality that sees little to no use for
Standard English that is somewhat prevalent here.
I was wondering into which abyss at
Flow has my 38 cents been disappear-
ing? When paying my bill, I have been
rounding off to the nearest dollar and
there seems to be no credit printed on
my bill statement.
I have been told that accounting is an
"exact science" and unless it's done with
pebbles or red bean seeds, 38 cents has
been doing a disappearing act on a
monthly basis in Flow's accounting de-
If 1,000 customers round off their bill
like I do, that would equal $380 per
month following in the footsteps of
Harry Houdini. While the company
strives to offer a variety of entertaining
channels, magic should be left to the ma-
Maybe the fraud squad or the Om-
budsman could intervene on behalf of
those customers, like myself, who would
prefer be in awe of David Copperfield
rather than "magic accounting."
WHERE'S THE PRIDE?
OR GOOD GOVERNANCE?
Speaking proper english should start at home
The Coat of Arms on a Ministry of Finance, Board of Inland Revenue vehicle
shows a lack of pride in our country's national symbol from a government
agency. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Magic accounting at Flow
I am appealing to Dr Wayne Kublalsingh to lay down
arms in the fight against the highway.
The reason for my appeal is the escalating traffic
woes suffered by southerners. Dr Kublalsingh, I wish to
inform you that if a child has to attend school in San
Fernando from Fyzabad or Roussilac, he/she must leave
home at 6.15 am or be in the late line.
A distance of 10-15 km takes one and a half hours to
commute. Please come to the southland and see for
I have listened over the years to arguments on both
sides and have concluded that the highway decision is a
no-brainer. I agree that there may be proper procedures
and rules which were not followed, however you don't
need an expensive study to determine the highway is
feasible, just like you don't need to a feasibility study to
build a home for your family.
Now the highway re-route movement and Dr Kublals-
ingh is heading to court to stop the long overdue and
vital infrastructure that will positively impact all south-
erners in a tangible way including increase in their prop-
I am begging you Dr Kublalsingh, have mercy on us
southerners, we deserve this.
Ease up now, Dr Kublalsingh
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