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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 31, 2013
To all you singers/artistes
out there, what on earth is
your problem? Why do
you feel the need to sing nasty
songs for Christmas? I was in a
maxi recently and a soca
parang came on and my gosh,
the song was about oral sex!
Oral sex? I felt really ashamed
hearing the tune and I know
for a fact that other passengers
were shaking their heads and
Excuse me! The last time I
checked Christmas was about
the birth of Christ. So why are
people continuing to sing songs
about sex, drugs and alcohol?
Why are radio stations promot-
ing these songs just because
some anxious people feel the
need to make a quick dollar?
As the young people say, we
sad, we real sad sometimes.
People, let us have some
respect for Jesus Christ please.
Whether or not you believe in
him, kindly note that we the
citizens would appreciate hear-
ing some constructive songs for
the Christmas season.
For my part, I will simply
changed the station if I hear
smutty so-called Christmas
songs. I will continue to play
clean positive parang songs that
sing about Christ s birth.
Thank God for Daisy Voisin,
Sharlene Flores, Lara Brothers,
many parranderos, Rembunc-
tion, Singing Francine and oth-
ers who choose to keep Christ
in their Christmas songs. Thank
you all so much.
The service provided by the Water and Sewerage Au-
thority is arguably the most crucial essential service
for citizens. Water is the most important substance on
earth---it makes up more than two thirds of our body
weight and without it we would die. We use it to cook
and keep our houses and communities clean. The serv-
ice that WASA provides keeps us alive and protects us
It is against this backdrop that residents of Gittens
Dale, Glencoe have been coping with an irregular supply
of water since October 9, 2013.
During these three weeks, two mains in the patch-
work of old and damaged mains were repaired. Yet
water remains a precious and evasive commodity for
residents who must pay their water rates or face dis-
What recourse do WASA customers have in a situa-
tion when they are essentially disconnected? Where in
the world are customers asked to pay for a service they
do not receive?
Like many other areas across T&T, Gittens Dale is on
a three-day water schedule. Residents regularly face sit-
uations of the water pressure being too low to reach
households or if the water is turned on, it is done so in
the evening and the supply is turned off before water
tanks can be filled. Another scenario is when the water
is not turned on at all on the scheduled day.
An entire community must guess when water will
flow in their taps.
Further along La Horquette Valley Road, West Vale
residents are worse off and some have resorted to
using rain water to cook and clean. The fact that water
must be rationed and that some communities remain
cut off from a regular supply are testimonies to our na-
tion's lack of development.
Officials at WASA are either not aware of the situa-
tion or do not believe this to be an important issue.
The WASA personnel who are responsible for turning
on the water supply in the area are negligent and
should be fired if they do not realise that their job is
more than turning on a stop cock but improving the
quality of life in communities across the country.
Critical thinking useful for
matters of Muslim faith
Ifully endorse the call by the President
for the introduction of critical thinking
at A-Level in our secondary schools. Per-
haps our Muslim community can once
again benefit from this initiative.
Sixty-six years ago when the late
Moulvi Ameer Ali founded the Trinidad
Muslim League (TML), he introduced the
philosophy of Ghair Mukallidism (non-
conformism) and set its path on the Is-
lamic concept of Ijtihad (critical thinking)
in matters of religion, as it was practised
in the early days of Islam.
It will be a refreshing approach by our
young Muslim students who are today
confronted with the Mukallidism (con-
formism) of the Islamic world that stifles
critical thinking in matters of faith.
Evidence of this is demonstrated in
the recent judicial decision of a
Malaysian court to rule that non-Mus-
lims cannot use the name "Allah" for
God, when in fact He has revealed in the
Qur'an that "Allah" is His proper name
and there is no other name for Him.
Imaam Iqbal Hydal
Former Council Member and Training
Officer, Trinidad Muslim League Inc
Don't split the votes
We are all aware there are three po-
litical parties and two independ-
ents vying to represent the people of St
Joseph in Parliament, and the electors
are to choose their candidate from
among those individuals on October 4.
When one of the parties makes a call
to do not split the votes, because if such
is done it will be a disadvantage to that
party, are we not saying to the voting
(a) one of the opposing party is so
strong we cannot do it alone let us join
(b) to the analytic voters, more so the
first timers who may question them-
selves in their quite moment, if that is
the case, there is a super party among
us here is where my vote goes.
The call to do not split the votes is
nonsense. We are a growing and literate
society and this is 2013!
Please, someone, clean the two marble statues/pond
in the Botanic Gardens. For months they have been
in a deplorable state, covered with black moss.
Either maintain them or remove them.
Surely the keepers of the Botanic Gardens can do
ALL SAINTS DAY
SOME CHRISTMAS SONGS
JUST PURELY DISGUSTING
Glencoe under pressure for water
A Filipino man paints a tomb at a hillside Barangka public cemetery in
Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines yesterday. Filipinos are expected to
flock to cemeteries tomorrow to remember the departed as the country
observes All Saints Day. AP PHOTO
Eyesore in the Botanic Gardens
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