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Iguess after all is said and done, something as innocu-
ous as where you have this meeting is as important
as why you have the meeting, even more is how you
conduct the meeting, all of which define the legitimacy
of the meeting.
What then would make a man of Ken Gordon's cali-
bre make such a silly mistake?
Gordon's lapse of judgment, notwithstanding the
fact that he complied with every condition that he
could albeit after the fact, is symptomatic of the larger
malaise that affects our entire society in that we are
prepared to adopt relative positions with respect to
defining good and proper conduct.
Rules and regulations that govern the good and
proper conduct of all public officials cannot be broken,
they are absolute.
It was more than likely expedient to accommodate
Dr Rowley at his home, but in his desire to accommo-
date what was an urgent request Gordon relaxed both
protocol and procedure and in so doing compromised
PP, PNM same
khaki pants on
In 2004 the then PNM govern-
ment took the plunge and shut
down Caroni Ltd, putting thousands
of sugar workers on the breadline.
Promises were made about pro-
viding housing and agricultural
plots for the displaced workers.
Tens of millions of dollars were
spent on site clearing, preparation
and infrastructure including roads
and drainage and utilities.
Nearly ten years later, citizens
driving through any of the former
sugar areas can identify these sites
by the abandoned roads and sewer
pipes sticking up in the air looking
lost and forlorn.
The Partnership government
took office with the promise that
they would give priority to complet-
ing this project.
Former workers were invited to
visit the offices to identify their pre-
ferred locations and to make de-
posits on the properties.
They were subsequently called in
to make final payments on the
housing plots which they eagerly
did in the expectation that they
would soon be given their housing
Three years later into the Part-
nership government they are still
waiting to take possession of their
promised lands, unable to do any-
thing but wait in hope.
Many of these people have been
paying rent for years or living with
their parents while waiting to take
possession of their housing plots.
After saying while in Opposition
that sugar workers would prefer
the land to allow them to build to
their preference when they could
afford it, the Minister of Housing
now talks about building houses for
When is the government going
to meet its promises to the former
Caroni Ltd workers?
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Ken Gordon s name has
come under much scrutiny
and attacks these days in
the wake of his highly publi-
cised meeting with Keith Row-
ley. The Chairman of the
Integrity Commission has an
office that is always respected
and enshrined in the constitu-
tion as a neutral arm of our
When the meeting was first
brought to the public domain, I
was shocked yet reserved in my
opinion until we heard the
explanations given by both par-
ties. Till now, no such explana-
tions have been produced in
order to quell any fears that
may have now arisen in the
minds of people.
Rowley came to say that both
men live very close to each
other and that he simply
requested to meet with him
urgently (a request which was
warmly received by Gordon).
Now anyone can tell that
when they read Rowley s ver-
sion of this story, that the
exchange did not seem as
though it was from one profes-
sional to the other, but rather
similar to that of two familiar
acquaintances or good friends.
I wonder now that I think of
it, if the same sort of interac-
tion could have existed between
Gordon and anyone else who is
being investigated by the
Integrity Commission, as Row-
ley is in fact under investiga-
Then I go on to wonder what
the implications of such a
meeting are and what would
have happened if the truth did
not come out. The answers do
not look good.
Mervin De Freitas
It's Your Write
I write on the fine if someone is bitten or killed by
dogs. Tell me, what is the fine if the dog is teased, eg
when schoolchildren or others provoke the dogs or
come in your yard or just put their hands to take some-
thing inside your property? Again what is the fine to the
person who teases the dog?
WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED
IF WE DID NOT KNOW?
What's the fine for teasing dogs?
Gordon compromised his integrity
How long must
Former workers of Caroni (1975)
Limited like myself have been waiting
too long for the housing lots offered
to us in the VSEP packages. Last
year, only a fraction received theirs
but what about the thousands more
who are still waiting?
Our ancestors, our parents and our
generation have toiled on these lands
and made immeasurable sacrifices to
shape this nation. The lands are once
again overgrown with bush. Madam
Prime Minister, when will it be ready?
We ask today for what we have
We have been laid-back and silent
for too long. Our silence does not
mean we are ignorant of what is
going on. How long again must we
Many more breeds on
dangerous dogs list
I am very pleased that the debate
has begun in the House of Represen-
tatives on the Dog Control Bill 2013. It
is urgently needed legislation.
However, while I have not read the
Bill, the Attorney General has stated
that only three dog breeds have been
classified as dangerous dogs. This
surprises me since a visit to the vari-
ous dangerous dogs Web sites on the
Internet will show that a greater
number of dog breeds are classified
as dangerous dogs in most of the de-
In some countries dangerous dogs
are prohibited from being imported
while in others it is an offence to
breed dangerous dogs.
Why has Trinidad and Tobago not
taken advantage of the experiences
of these much larger countries which
have had the problem of dangerous
dogs for many years and have had to
enact legislation for the control of
these animals? Why do we have to
always do we own ting?
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