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CARNIVAL GENERATES CREATIVITY
Carnival can generate creativity as well as jobs, says one letter writer today.
He does not support any ban on the festival.
Against a background of nine
murders in the first three
days of 2014, I think it is
instructive that already, after
about three weeks, five suspects
are in the hands of the British
police for the PearD cocaine
laced murder, bearing in mind
that it was not such a clear-cut
offence like one being caught in
the act, but rather one which
would have required consider-
able "forensics," not forgetting,
of course, the will and the
commitment required to solve
The comparison is obviously
unfair because of the unequal
terms between First and Third
World (which we obviously are);
but it points to a British system
which tells you in no uncertain
terms that you can t get away
The absence of that here is
the root cause of the killing
fields which T&T has become.
I will not belabour the usual
capacity, corruption in the sys-
tem, community role in crime,
inter alia, which enable the
criminal to believe that he can
literally get away with murder---
but will point to one which is
usually taken for granted, but
which is more potent in rein-
forcing this perception among
If, for example:
• a corporate entity can
evade its liability for a major
tragedy with all kinds of
manoeuvring, some particularly
contemptuous of the intelli-
gence of the average citizen;
• if similar manoeuvres are
evident on the issue of false
qualifications with no conse-
• if principals can misuse
people s hard-earned money
escaping criminal prosecution
• if prosecutorial efforts
against two individuals accused
of corruption can continue ad
earth, it was revealed that two
construction units were pur-
chased under one invoice with
no further investigation forth-
coming; ---then what withholds
the criminal from thinking that
he has much more than an
inept criminal justice system to
urge him on?
In the words of the calypson-
ian: "If the priest could play,
who is me?"
So with all the indignation
about nine murders in three
days and all the talk-shop solu-
tions, we must prepare for
more crime. For until there is
a combination of strategies to
make it uncompromisingly clear
to the criminal that he can t
get away with murder, as in the
UK situation, nothing will ever
Dr Errol Benjamin
A certain religious group says
Carnival 2014 should be suspended
as a crime reduction measure.
I do not agree. If one is not into
Carnival, one does not participate,
plain and simple.
Suspending Carnival would
impact on all citizens, good, bad
and indifferent. If you are a parent
and you have one delinquent child,
would you discipline all your
children? The innocent must not be
made to pay for the guilty.
What is the long-term plan?
Suspend Carnival, and if crime
decreases, reinstate it?
The general public have little or
no control of crime. That is the job
of the police.
Carnival is a profitable industry
and with our oil being spilt all over,
we need the money. During
Carnival time there is a lot of
seasonal employment. People who
are unemployed for parts of the
year get a chance to work.
Carnival is our number one
product. As with any good product,
we have started to export it to
New York, London and the
Caribbean. Note the influx of
tourists for the Carnival: high
numbers and filled hotel rooms
translates into cash, plain and
simple. I have a friend in Finland: do
you know how he was introduced
to our country? Bingo, you guessed
We have the best Carnival in the
world, plain and simple. Carnival
brings out our artistic and
indigenous talents. It generates
Suspend Carnival? I don't think
so. In fact, Carnival might aid in
So people, I don't want to hear it.
Not now, not here.
Don't stop the Carnival!
CRACK DOWN ON
CRIMINALS, HIGH AND LOW
Don't stop the Carnival
Mister Commissioner of Police, Mis-
ter Head of the Defence Force, time to
put the hot spots under manners.
Close all vehicular access with road
blocks, employing drug-sniffer dogs and
metal detectors, while deploying sol-
diers to cut off all paths and traces that
provide egress. Nothing goes in or
comes out without being searched.
Street by street and house by house,
reclaim the communities.
Anyone who lets you in to search, do
so with respect for the person and their
property. Anyone who refuses search,
send for a search warrant while keeping
watch on the property for movement of
As a street is reclaimed, have techni-
cians install CCTV cameras to monitor
movement on streets. Close it like a
noose on the criminal element. Give
them no quarter.
This is how you reclaim the hot
Do this for six months.
As a murder takes place, add that
community to the list of hot spots and
apply this same lockdown.
We do NOT need a state of emer-
gency, we need a "hot spot" lock
down/clean up for the next six months.
If the criminal element "migrates,"
follow them until they leave T&T, sur-
render or die.
My plan does not make criminals of
the law-abiding; if anything, it protects
them and secures them in their homes.
The law-abiding citizens of the hot
spots should want what I am suggest-
ing.Where I live, every time I see a road
block, I feel relaxed and safe knowing
the security forces are doing their jobs.
Phillip Edward Alexander
Put hot spots under manners
I remember on May 15, 2011, I
was ambushed by a gang of men
while returning from evening
classes at approximately 9.15 pm. It
was the fulfilment of a previous
threat some of these same men
had made on March 30, 2011 at the
Bon Air North village council meet-
ing in the presence of many people.
The Police Service was informed
of the incident but police never took
any action on any of the occasions.
The May 15, 2011 ambush made
me a patient of chronic hyperten-
The attacks are because of my
cultivated estate that I live on, and a
cultivated 40 to 50-acre project
that I have developed in this area.
My personal living estate took me
almost 25 years in devotion and ex-
penditure, while the project area
took ten years of devotion and ex-
penditure. Now, these petty thieves,
whose parents did not make any
such effort for them, want to just
move in to my areas and take over
what isn't theirs.
From 2011 to now, the gang has
grown a lot and has gained trust
with some of the residents. The
gang has been recruiting new mem-
bers and setting up criminal bases
in abandoned houses.
According to the LSA Act 26 of
1998, the setting up of these
houses is deemed illegal.
The justice system has failed
peaceful citizens like myself by hav-
ing these criminals with multiple
charges out on bail for years, having
a field day with their criminal activi-
ties, while the peaceful citizen suf-
I am declaring that the time has
come for the peaceful citizens to
unite and bear arms in defence of
each other's well-being, because the
law enforcement department/po-
lice/army/coast guard and the jus-
tice system/court and law
association have failed continually
under all political governments.
I am prepared to die in the flesh
to secure a better future for this na-
tion and my grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. It is known
that my time in this existence is al-
most over, so why should I fear that
which is imminent?
I read somewhere that Gary Grif-
fith travelled to New York over the
holiday season to engage in discus-
sions with members of Rudy Giu-
liani's team on how to deal with
crime in T&T.
His novel response, amongst
other recommendations made by
Giuliani's team, was that he was
going to "fire all those rogue police
My immediate response was:
Wow, this guy is really, really good!
It also demonstrates his dedication
to his job! Just imagine having to
travel to NY during this busy, holi-
This serves to demonstrate Mr
Griffith's dedication to finding intel-
ligent and meaningful solutions to
our difficult-to-solve crime issue.
Such determined recommendations
could have only been sourced in one
of the most expensive cities: New
Could it be that to speak with a
local did not come with the benefits
of travelling first class, staying in
some overrated hotel, and having
the tab picked up by taxpayers who
are too illiterate to make such mind-
boggling recommendations? Could
someone in Parliament please ques-
tion the cost of his trip, how many
"experts" he took along, and who
were the experts?
I, Rudy Chato Paul, Sr, will be
waiting to see how many "rogue of-
ficers" are fired in 2014.
And at year's end, if I am
amongst the fortunate ones to
make it out alive, then I will make
Meanwhile, it is only fair that on
behalf of citizens, I take time to
thank the generous folks in New
York from Rudy Giuliani's "Safety
and Security" team who made such
recommendations. Such novel ideas
could never have emanated from
the minds of citizens of a banana
republic whose recent inheritance
of oil and gas is proving to be our
worst curse yet, as is being wit-
nessed in La Brea and environs.
I wish to express sincere thanks
to Rudy Giuliani and his "Safety and
Security" team for suggesting that
rogue officers of the T&T Police
Service be fired.
I am amazed that I never thought
of that. Those New Yorkers are re-
ally bright people. Before I die or get
murdered---whichever one comes
first---I wish visit NY and hope to
get as bright.
Rudy Chato Paul, Sr
No police action on thugs:
Fire rogue officers: What an amazing idea
Citizens must defend themselves
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