Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 25th 2013 Contents Iam calling on the Supermarkets
Association cabal, yes, cabal, to
cease and desist from over-pricing
all products sitting on their shelves.
And I mean all.
In the run-up to Christmas, full-
page advertisements on a wide range
of food supplies and household items
have been hogging the daily newspapers
and radio stations. Realistically there
are no new savings on these "goodies."
The only true markdowns have been
on products close to their sell-by dates.
We still have to be grateful for the
government s gift of cheaper rice, oil
and flour never mind that its for only
for a couple of days. Those of us who
can afford to buy and store away extra
rice, flour and oil will benefit. The poor
man in the street is also most grateful
but would have liked to have had the
"national collective present" available
for a longer period.
There has been a fair amount of
bellyaching by the store owners about
confusion, not enough time to change
price tags, being afraid that buyers will
curse them if they don t charge fairly.
Had the Prime Minister gifted them
with an increase in price by the same
margins, there would have been no
supermarket/corner shop owner being
bothered about burning the midnight
oil to change price tickets that will bring
in larger profits.
We live in a Third World environment
where supermarkets, big and small, also
sell toys, wrapping paper, Christmas
decorations and bathroom gift sets. A
side line in grapes, apples, sorrel and
ginger adds to the profits made on these
extras. Year-round they make a killing
on cellphone cards.
Both high end toys and plastic trash
cost almost the same. There is no price
control on anything in good old T&T.
But I suppose we must like it so or else
we would not be buying Santa Claus
hats and gift felt stockings at ridiculous
Feliz Navidad, everybody and deck
your halls with many twinkling Christ-
mas lights and holly. Some of the cheap
rice, oil and flour can be stored away
(this depends on salary incomes) to
cook pelau for "de Carnival" which is
just round de corner.
Santa poses for a photo with children of the southland on
Sunday, at the grand Christmas Children's Treat put on by
Councillor Shaka Joseph---standing next to Santa---at Skiffle
Panyard, San Fernando on Sunday. The children all got gifts
from Santa. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Wednesday December 25, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
NO PRICE CONTROLS
Supermarkets making a killing
I have always believed that oil in the
tank is money in the bank. Not in the
The massive oil spill that we are
now confronting is a cause for grave
concern. Our first priority is clean-up
not allocating blame. What plans are
in place to deal with the spill? Is
foreign assistance necessary? How
many barrels of spilt oil are we
dealing with? Are we trained and
competent to deal with a disaster of
Our time is limited, the longer our
response time is the more damage is
inflicted on the environment. Some of
this damage will be irreparable.
Our energy minister seems more
focused on blaming someone rather
than cleaning up.
Why wasn't there interlocks in place
so that something like this would be
difficult to happen?
Why is this spill not being
addressed properly? Biased
recruitment? Square pegs in round
holes? Political interference? All of the
The fishermen's livelihood is
threatened, damage to nets and boats
and of course fish prices will increase
regardless of where they originate.
Some limited employment will be
provided to the "unemployable" in the
community in the clean-up mode.
Let us not be like Nero and fiddle
while Rome is burning.
Mr Energy Minister, Mr Chairman
and Mr President, this spill occurred
under your watch, take credit for the
positives, but you must take
responsibility for this spill as well.
Minister must take responsibility for spill
Tourism means travelling for
pleasure. Most people, at least once in
their lifetime, get an opportunity to
travel and become a tourist. The fact
that millions of people from all over
the world are able to travel makes
tourism very important to every
country. We here in T&T or should I
say the present government (and
those of the past) look at tourism as
"cable brakes," which either make or
The people who are involved in the
tourism business complain that the
government keeps changing the
minister of tourism and that change
interferes with the smooth flow of
planning for the future.
What we need is someone who is
passionate and dedicated to T&T to
be the minister of tourism. Let us
admit, whether you like him or not,
the Minister of Sport is very
passionate when it comes to sport in
this country and we need someone
like him as the minister to push
tourism in this country.
Tourism needs a passionate minister
Yet another Christmas has
arrived. We see the parties,
the toys, the shoppers, the
decorations, the meat, the
alcohol and the pastelles, but
where is Christ?
In a country plagued by high
crime rate, road rage, temper
tantrums, physical and sexual
abuse, alcoholism and
dependency syndromes, let us
invite the Christ consciousness
that was embodied in the man,
Jesus, to unite with our
consciousness so that we too
can live as Jesus did.
Focus more on the spiritual
side of Christmas instead of
the material side. Be more
patient, tolerant and
productive. Our country needs
it. We need it. Put away the
alcohol and meat. Let this
Christmas bring a rebirth of
new hope and love. Do not just
have a merry Christmas, have
a blessed one.
Focus on spiritual side of Christmas
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