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As we approach the Local
we the public must ask
that candidates are properly
screened and ensure that they
possess high moral and ethical
standards, lots of common
sense and lots of willingness
to serve and to serve the peo-
We see persons who have
outstanding matters before the
Integrity Commission contest-
ing recent elections. We have
persons who admitted that
they have not submitted
returns to the Integrity Com-
mission. We have persons who
stated that they gave up a
$60,000 medical practice to
serve the people but do their
returns reflect this?
In addition, they must also
declare the following:
Submission of their 2012
Income Tax Return
Submission of their 2012
statements to the Integrity
No outstanding submis-
sions or queries from the
No matters engaging the
attention of the Financial
If candidates cannot satisfy
the above, they should not be
candidates as councilors or
aldermen or alderwomen.
We demand the declaration.
DO IT RIGHT.
Congratulations to Minister Devant Maharaj for im-
plementing a two-year ban on hunting. The same
should be done for some species of fish in Trinidad, al-
though there will be a need to assist the fisher folk dur-
ing such a ban since it is not a pasttime for most of
Most people base their acquisitions on greed and
bragging rights in Trinidad. That said, biodiversity will
be the last thing on one's mind where eating a variety
of food is concerned.
We claim to love our children so much that we have
decided to leave a barren wasteland for them to inherit.
Minister Maharaj is making a move in the right direc-
tion to preserve our biodiversity with not only the ban
on hunting, but also shrimp trawling which the enlight-
ened few know the consequences of.
I hope the groups that support this kind of action
will come out now in full force to use this development
as a springboard to ramp up the education of the im-
portance of preserving the environment we all live in.
I actually found something that
works in Trinidad. I needed to get an
original of my birth certificate and my
I went to the Ministry of Legal Af-
fairs on September 25 at about 9,
found a parking space, went in, sub-
mitted my documents and got the
certificates in 15 minutes.
Total elapsed time from parking to
getting birth certificates...to exiting
car park...24 mins.
Congratulations to Hon Prakash
Ramadhar and his staff.
In response to Debbie Jacob's arti-
cle on Sept 9---at last a voice of rea-
son! I agree we need a law, a "Dog
Owner Control Act," but pitbulls are
not the problem; it is how they are
treated; that is the problem. We have
a bullie and a pit, the two friendliest of
good natured dogs. They have a big
yard to run in, they go for regular
walks and are fed and loved daily...and
if the neighbourhood has fireworks
they go into my son's room to watch
TV and be comforted.
My five-year-old granddaughter
and my son picked out our pets; and
then they went to live abroad and on
my granddaughter's return one year
later, she met a loving dog. The affec-
tionate photo above shows her and
the pit bull hugging. If these dogs are
trained for aggression and treated
badly, they will behave badly, but if
they are loved, they will love in re-
turn...just like people!
Since Minister Ganga Singh cannot of himself com-
mand or deploy the Defence Force, he has publicly
and repeatedly stated his intention to deploy a selected
private security force to hunt down fundamentally law-
abiding citizens in our forests.
He has not deployed them during the seven months
past, to hunt down the illegal hunter/poachers, the
trap-gun setters, the marijuana cultivators, the
quarry/gravel-pit operators, the timber-thieves, the
squatters, or the other destroyers of the forests.
He is adamant that he will deploy all available armed
forces against the law-abiding sport hunters---who he
himself will have criminalised and threatened with hun-
dred thousand dollar fines as well as 24-month impris-
We need to ask of the Minister:
• Is there some kind of vendetta here?
• Why your unwavering focus on lawful sport
hunters, while you absolutely ignore all the real forest
law-breakers and destroyers?
• Will you now send T&T citizens into violent and po-
tentially lethal conflict against each other---to feed the
undisclosed agenda of an unelected public official?
• Does all of this have anything at all to do with
wildlife---or are we witnessing the expressed love of a
butcher for a cow?
SCREEN CANDIDATES PROPERLY
People are the problem, not pitbulls
Vendetta against hunters?
Great work for biodiversity, Minister Maharaj
An efficient service
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I enjoyed the article on the life and
business of my great-grandfather
Charles McEnearney. I would like to
point out a mistake in the last sentence
of the first paragraph.
McEnearney is referred to as an Eng-
lishman. He was born in Rathfriland, Ire-
land and grew up in County Down,
therefore he is an Irishman. Here is a
link to the ship records of his initial de-
parture from the "British Isles" with
data to support my claim:
Trinidad is an amazing melting pot of
cultures, I'd hate to see my ancestor's
Irish contribution wiped from the annals
Thank you for your service.
Charles McEnearney was Irish
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