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Iread Lisa Allen-Agostini s col-
umn last Tuesday and was
not really surprised by what I
read. She quoted at length from
a consensus associated with a
United Nations organisation
that predictably reiterated the
UN s position on abortion, sex
ed and contraception.
First of all I find the word
consensus misleading. It implies
that there was some degree of
consensus arrived at about
those issues, which of course
there was none of whatsoever.
Really, it was just people who
all think the same way, agree-
ing in a formal setting with
what they had always thought
all along. There was no chang-
ing of anyone s minds there.
In the second place, readers
should not be surprised that
those were the conclusions
drawn from that conference
because the UN holds those
positions close to its heart. It is
a great contradiction that the
UN is trying to eradicate pover-
ty and promote education on
the one hand, while through
sex education, abortion and
contraceptive promotion they
are eradicating the need for
educational and poverty reduc-
ing programmes. How magnan-
imous of them.
The Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, Article 16 (3),
says that "The family is the
natural and fundamental group
unit of society and is entitled
to protection by society and the
State." But abortion, sex educa-
tion and contraceptives are
things that stop stable families
from being formed.
Finally, just to make it clear,
neither abortion nor contracep-
tion are truly promoted with
children in mind.
Any number of arguments
could be made against that
statement I m sure but it is
undeniable regardless of one s
view on when the foetus
becomes a child etc, that all of
these routes are geared at pre-
venting children from ever
coming into the world. What s
more, sex education is what
some adults think the children
need to know, and it is based
on the subjective "experience"
of adults. That is to say that
the approach to sex education
will change with the whims
and fancies of adults.
Do not ever forget that it is
the parents who decide when
and in what way children find
out about how they are made.
The march by trade unionist Ancel
Roget and others was very disre-
spectful to the people of T&T as well as
the Port-of-Spain community.
It was very scary to see these people
dressed in black with their faces covered
with black bandanas looking like crimi-
nals going to rob someone. Even though
it was a protest they should have done it
in a better manner.
I work in the National Library right on
St Vincent Street where all this drama
took place and was now getting time off
to go for lunch and as soon as I walked
outside I became terrified upon seeing
these people making a fiasco.
Is this how they intend to send their
message? Why dress so ridiculous? Is it
against the law to have a protest
dressed like this? In the history of T&T I
have never seen a protest done in such a
distasteful manner, one that clearly sent
a different message from what they
were protesting about.
Come on, for an educated man Mr
Roget should have taken a different ap-
proach instead of making the OWTU
look so ridiculous.
The newspapers said they were hav-
ing a silent protest to mark the state of
emergency which they claim took away
I find this ridiculous because the SOE
was meant to aid in reducing crime,
which it did for its period of time, and all
citizens were supposed to comply with it
and most of us did because none of us
are above the law.
Iwrite in response to a newspaper headline "Rowley on
gang suspect's release: Blind policing."
It is no secret that we have a huge crime problem in
T&T, but I'm so very fed up of people beating down on
our police officers who have been working day and
night preserving our safety and rights.
I'm hurt that Dr Rowley could make such a statement
to say the police are blind. I have never yet once seen Dr
Rowley commending or acknowledging the hard work
our officers do.
We know the service is not perfect, but for God's
sake Dr Rowley, why are you pouncing on the people
who are putting their lives at risk for our safety?
These officers leave home fully well knowing they
may not return.
They swore an oath to protect and serve us. We the
citizens of this country have a duty to stand by them
and show our respect and gratitude for their hard work
and sacrifice. They too are human beings. If my memory
serves me correctly, the state of emergency in 2011 re-
sulted in the seizure of thousands of guns and other
ammunition and a reduction in crime.
At no point in time did I ever hear the efforts of our
protective services being acknowledged.
Instead, focus was on the negative, that the state of
emergency was a waste of state resources, etc. Let's
put politics aside, for crying out loud. It is time we cut
the negativity and work together please!
I want to say kudos to the police service. Their re-
sponse at the Duncan Street\Nelson Street fiasco
should be acknowledged.
They acted in a profound and expeditious manner to
our citizen's cry and hurt over the murders and thug-
gery that have been taking place.
To the driver of the white Tiida who
nearly killed three generations of my
family on Tuesday night, I say God
You chose to squeeze between a truck
in the left lane and my car in the right
lane of a two-lane highway, travelling at
a speed in excess of 100 km per hour.
My fervent prayers and God-given
quick reflexes are all that prevented your
car from clipping my car and sending me
off the road. I wonder what could have
been so urgent to cause you to be so
My only regret is that I didn't have the
opportunity to get your license plate
But don't worry, I pray that God will
soon give you the chance to reflect on
your thoughtless behaviour.
UN 'CONSENSUS' MISLEADING LUCKY PATRON
Ease up on police-bashing
The signs on the wall of the ticket booth at the Queen's Park Oval clearly
show the state of affairs as far as ticket sales for the finals and semifinals of
the CPL T20 competition goes but this lucky patron checks tickets he got for
yesterday's semifinal match PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
That's not the way, Mr Roget
Reckless driver almost killed us
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