Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 21st 2013 Contents Christmas is the season to decorate trees, but these plastic
water bottles hanging from a tree on Independence Square
will not pass as decorations. They make an unsightly scene
which adds to the many in our capital city.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
St Joseph constituency has
been left like a deserted
battleground after a fierce
war. The residents, after being
bombarded with three political
parties campaigning steadily for a
by-election, after a heavily con-
tested local government election,
are asking "what next?"
The situation is one where the
constituency now has a PNM
Member of Parliament, Terrence
Deyalsingh, after having "25 gov-
ernment projects" allegedly being
started while campaigning by the
UNC candidate Ian Alleyne, who
lost the election.
Some of these projects that
were much-needed interventions
have resulted in half-way done
work or what some residents call
One example of election work
done by the UNC or its candi-
date is a speed hump on Hutton
Street. This hump was installed
halfway across the road because
there is a car parked on one side.
So, the residents have to look
at this unsightly scene every day
as they traverse. There are many
questions being asked about this
project and to date, the residents
of Hutton Street, St Joseph are
still confused as to why the
hump is incomplete and why was
it not placed somewhere else.
UNC candidate Ian Alleyne
called and got painting started at
the St Joseph primary school
with what would seem to be a
swift tendering process.
The parents of students, how-
ever, are currently complaining as
their children are being housed at
a community centre across the
street with no clearly-identified
time frame for re-occupancy at
Residents are also complaining
about road works started on
Longden Street, St Joseph that
have been left unattended with
potholes and are being infested
by mosquitoes and dirty water.
The new MP Terrence Deyals-
ingh has promised to engage the
relevant government bodies
responsible for these works and
follow them up to completion.
We in St Joseph are hoping to
see these works completed and
the constituency move forward
by holding our representatives
Thursday, November 21, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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The purchase of 600 wheelchairs
by the ODPM is an excellent
investment, if one considers that a
commission is in order. In
"UNCnomics," such an investment
cannot be allowed to pass by. Where
the wheelchairs will eventually end
up will only have value added to the
investment. However, the purchase
of 12,500 body-bags sends a chill
With such a large number, perhaps
we can send some to the Philippines,
or perhaps the director is looking into
a crystal ball and seeing the "big one"
coming---9.0 on the Richter Scale?
Maybe that is why he is out of the
country so often. When the big one
arrives, he will not be here. Maybe he
is sensing the hopelessness and
restlessness in the society.
Let me remind you Dr Ramroop, of
a popular song that says in part "Be
careful what you wish for." Also,
there is a poem by John Donne which
cautions: "Ask not for whom the bell
tolls, it tolls for thee (Perchance, he
for whom this bell tolls may be so ill
as that he knows not it tolls for
12, 500 body-bags in Trinidad is
cause for very grave concern to law-
It is quite possible that people con-
ceptualise "recognition" in different
ways. What I have been mulling over, in
particular, is what kind of recognition do
retired people, who have served their
country for years, truly appreciate.
Again, that may depend on the indi-
Some may value basking in the lime-
light; others may be happy with the ap-
preciation of a chosen few friends or
colleagues; others still may be happy
simply to have their daily needs met and
not necessarily need public acclaim.
Whatever the type of recognition one
wishes, it is probable that no one needs
empty words, particularly when these
are meted out posthumously.
Pensioners in every walk of life should
be able to aspire to a reasonably com-
fortable existence in their later years.
To be specific, pensions should be
aligned to the rising cost of living so
that those who have served diligently
should not be reduced to discomfort and
stress in order to eke out an existence.
Of course, if one is not too proud to
accept the kindness of others one can
survive, but should this be the only op-
Surely thought should be given to cal-
culating pensions in a just and equitable
way and not simply doling them out in
an ad-hoc manner, with little or no at-
tention paid to the pension being in line
with a) existing salaries and b) the cur-
rent cost of living.
Cynthia M Birch
What's next for St Joseph after 'election work?'
Be careful what you wish for, ODPM
Pension should reflect cost of living
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