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It's Your Write
I n your edition of Saturday,
October 26 I read where the
Tobago House of Assembly
(THA), through its Chief Secre-
tary was grumbling and com-
plaining of a 50 per cent short-
fall in funding from the
At the Port Authority a
request was made for $175m.
$60m was obtained. Many
State departments will tell you
the same story. The Ministry of
Finance cannot in one year
provide all departments with all
of their financial requests. And
it does not depend on whether
a PNM/NAR/UNC/PP Govern-
ment is in power. Why does
the THA feel that of all State
Departments they alone must
receive 100 per cent of their
But having read of the THA s
"plight" at page A12, at page
A16 I read where to relocate
the Chief Secretary, whilst his
official residence is being refur-
bished, it is going to cost the
THA the whopping sum of
$45,000 a month.
Now, the Chief Secretary has
been in office for at least the
last 8 years. Whose responsibil-
ity was it to ensure that the
official residence of the Chief
Secretary is not reduced to this
state? To ensure that it was
properly maintained and at all
times fit for human habitation?
Kamla? Ashworth Jack? Anand?
By the way, where is Hochoy
Charles? And who is protecting
the heritage of Tobago?
THA CHIEF SECRETARY
SHOULD KNOW BETTER
The harsh reality is this: The UNC
and the ILP are going to have to find a
way to mend fences and rejoin, or
they are going to hand governance
over to the PNM in 2015.
The numbers do not lie---the com-
bined votes of both parties destroys
the PNM in the local govt elections
yet split, they let that party walk
away with the prize leaving Dr Rowley
to fool himself and others that the
people 'chose' the PNM.
No amount of campaigning will
make a difference, and like 2007
when the COP and the UNC fought
each other and handed control to the
PNM, the same applied in the local
govt elections of 2013.
This is the decision that has to be
For my part, my view on both Jack
Warner and Keith Rowley can never
change, so once this is done (and it
must be done to respect the will of
the people) and after it is done, if I
contest for MP of Diego Martin Cen-
tral it would be as an independent.
A combined ILP/UNC/COP destroys
A split among those parties hands
governance over to the PNM.
All other talk and consideration is
moot. That is the big picture.
Phillip Edward Alexander,
Social & Political Activist
Unlit trailers pose
I frequently traverse the Mt Hope area,
in particular Gordon Street. This street
leads to the Mt Hope Secondary School
and it's quite busy at times.
My major concern is the parking of unlit
trailers along this road which is dangerous
to both drivers of vehicles and pedestrians.
It is an accident in the waiting which can
cause serious injuries and damage if one
should come into contact with these trail-
ers. They have been parked on Gordon
Street for over a week now, in breach of the
Road Traffic and Accident Act, which states
a trailer shall not remain on a public road in
excess of 48-hours, and ought to be fitted
with reflectors or lights at nights.
I am asking those in authority to rectify
Waiting three weeks
for local mail
Now that New Zealand Post is no
longer running the postal service in T&T,
we seem to have regressed to a point that
is even lower than what the foreigners
met when they came here about ten-
A light newspaper mailed to me from
Port-of-Spain on October 3 is yet to be de-
livered, more than three weeks later. Simi-
larly, a paper from the same sender, mailed
at the same time, has not yet reached an
addressee in Siparia, although some sub-
scribers in England have received their
There was a time when mail was deliv-
ered within 24-hours in T&T. What has
Also, a small parcel was airmailed to me
from Canada by registered post in January,
but after nine months I am yet to receive it.
Another issue I have with TTPost is that
the receiving post offices in T&T no longer
place a date stamp on the mail they re-
ceive, so that one has no way of telling
when letters get to the respective post of-
fices along the line.
Someone needs to investigate what is
happening with our postal service.
Vernon A Allick,
I read the story about the
woman who stole another
woman's purse because she
wanted money to buy food for her
children. I know it was a wrong
thing for her to do but at that mo-
ment she was desperate and did
not think of what she was doing.
I am not condoning what she did
but I believe that seven months in
jail is a bit harsh for this young
mother. Why was she not put on a
bond and given community service
to do? This mother should have
been given a second chance.
A mother in Miami was so des-
perate for food to feed her children
that last Thursday she went into a
grocery store and stole groceries.
Cops were called in and when the
police heard the woman's cry that
her children were hungry, instead
of the officer arresting her she
bought $100 worth of groceries,
put her in the police car and took
Sometimes we need to look at
other people circumstances before
we jump to conclusions. We should
be more sensitive.
The woman in Miami was given
a second chance. When people
heard about her they started to
donate money towards her and her
family. A businessman called her in
for an interview and offered her a
As the police said, sending her to
jail would not of solve the problem.
There are lots of people who com-
mit worse crimes than her walking
free in this country.
Parties must face the harsh reality
Better judgment needed in this circumstance
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