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If you have no idea how truly blessed
and lucky you are, go spend some time
with the homeless or the disabled, peo-
ple who would give anything for some of
the things we take for granted.
Do you think it can't happen to you?
Many of them thought so too.
I know of a successful man who was
involved in an accident that left him
blind, another, a trained engineer who sat
on a plane and for a still unexplained rea-
son his body stopped working, confining
him to a bed paralysed from the neck
down for years, now he can do barely
anything for himself.
I have spent time talking with people
whose personal savings were vaporised
by a loved one's illness, or the collapse of
a business that plummeted them from
darlings of their society to homeless.
You who woke up this morning with
health and a functioning body should
drop to your knees and bless God, life,
the universe, dumb luck or whoever you
ascribe your good fortune to, that you do
not have to wait for someone else to
take you to the toilet when you need to
go. Or that you're plugged into machines
that are keeping you alive.
If you can walk unaided give thanks,
there are many to whom that is a super-
If you live in your own house and can
pay your bills, feed your family regardless
of how modest the life, there are so
many for whom that can only be a
dream and a fantasy.
Do not be so caught up chasing what
you don't have that you forget to see
what you do have. Many of us think only
of the next level and fail to appreciate
how truly blessed we are right where we
are.Don't make that mistake, it robs you
If you have one friend in the world
cherish them, there are many who are
dying of loneliness.
By going and seeking out the people
who really have it hard you would get to
see your own life in perspective.
The secret of happiness is acceptance,
it is managing circumstances, it is grati-
tude for blessings even as we hope and
strive for more. The truly wealthy know
this, and because of this they live peace-
ful and happy lives.
Forget the people who have it better
than you, go find the people who have it
worse and bless them, see how you feel.
Come back and tell me if it cured your
depression and just like that transported
you to happiness.
Phillip Edward Alexander,
Social & Political Activist
Give thanks for
your many blessings
It is with great concern that I write
this letter. For weeks no one in authority
can shed any light on the source of the
oil spills nor can they effectively manage
same. Countless wild and marine life will
have been lost, people displaced, in-
comes and living standards hacked to
the ground. Yet business continues as
normal. The PM says its not as bad as
she thought; one says sabotage and the
self-proclaimed warrior for wildlife is
silent. Are these people for real?
In another country they would have
been fined, fired, jailed or they would
have resigned, all of which are acceptable
for what is happening to our environ-
ment in the southwestern peninsula.
It will be in the country's best interest
if those responsible and the entire top
level management team at Petrotrin re-
sign as they are just clueless.
People talk as they
stand in a street
blocked by a broken
down classic car in
recently checked in
with nine small
whose fortunes it
first reported on in
2011 as they set up
shop amid the
embrace of some free
enterprise. Their fates
tell a story of divided
fortunes. AP PHOTO
- It's Your Write
Thanks for supporting the
saving of Orange Grove
On behalf of the Districkers, resi-
dents of Tacarigua and environs as
well the average 1,500 casual, daily
users of the Orange Grove Savan-
nah, thanks for your ongoing and in-
valuable support towards the
preservation of the social fabric of
our model community.
May God richly and especially
bless you and your family members,
via his son Jesus Christ, throughout
this Holy season as well as through-
out the New Year!
Vernon De Leon,
Limit speed capacity
of new vehicles
Motor vehicle accidents and the
resulting loss of lives have been one
of the major killers of our drivers,
particularly the younger ones in re-
cent times. One of the main causes
for this wanton loss of life on the
roads is speeding.
The pain and suffering experienced
by the family of the deceased ones
are difficult and sad to describe with
mere words, and yet the carnage and
pain continues almost unabated.
The authorities have been taking
some precautionary measures such
as breathalysers to curb drunk driv-
ing, as well as plans for lasers to de-
tect speeding, amongst other
things, but these cannot provide
It is ironic that the authorities
continue to register motor vehicles
that are fast and potentially deadly.
In the light of the continuing loss of
many who are at the prime of their
lives, it seems highly illogical to per-
mit fast vehicles to enter and be
driven on our roads.
It is also laughable that we allow
vehicles which can be driven over
150 miles per hour to be imported,
registered, sold and collect taxes on
it---and then say the speed limit is
80 km per hour.
The only solution, in my personal
view, is to limit the speed capacity
of the vehicles, to say 85 miles per
hour, maximum, except security ve-
hicles. When I was growing up in
the 1940s our vehicles were "gov-
erned" to 85 miles per hour and
road deaths and accidents were rel-
atively at a minimum. This solution
worked before and it can again if
we are really serious about curtail-
ing the wanton loss of lives by ve-
This solution could also have
economical benefits and save for-
eign reserves if we order less fast
and less expensive vehicles.
Don't look at the sign
There has been a lot of bad press
about the billboard at the Queen's
Park Savannah and I have been try-
ing to understand the other side of
If other writers to the newspa-
pers want to talk about destruction,
what about the cutting down of
vegetation for town houses and
condos on the hillside behind
Shoppes of Maraval?
This sign is not ugly. In fact, I find
it one of the more attractive ones,
because it does not hurt my eyes.
From what I have read, this is on a
Ministry's property, not directly on
the Savannah and not in anyone's
To all those people who do not
want to see it, I say simply don't
look at it! End of story!
Those responsible should resign
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