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The protest by fishermen
against the seismic survey
in the Gulf adds fuel to
the credibility crisis I have been
having of late in relation to
"official" pronouncements on
A major player in the oil spill
is maintaining that such survey
will have no significant impact
on the marine environment,
fishing in particular, yet this is
in contradiction to an article in
a newspaper of December 29,
which points to the devastating
effects on marine life of the
180 to 260 decibels produced
by seismic airguns used in such
surveys, referring specifically to
the 2011 survey on the North
Coast, after which there was
virtually no fish to catch.
The writer, Magella Moreau,
uses evidence from reputable
organisations such as Green-
peace International, the Nation-
al Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the Co-
operative Institute for Marine
Resources Studies, Oregon State
University, together with our
own Fishermen and Friends of
the Sea to support this claim.
This article seems informative
and well-researched yet the
surveys are continuing, backed
by a show of force.
Has it come to this that
despite evidence to the con-
trary, that a corporate citizen is
bent on continuing with a con-
troversial project, especially at a
time when its culpability in
another disaster is on the table?
Does this bring to mind other
situations like with the Chil-
dren s Hospital in Couva which
is deemed to be on a fault line
according to seismic experts
from UWI, yet the project con-
Do other situations like the
attempt to justify the use of
Corexit as a dispersant in the
recent oil spill when its car-
cinogenic effects are well
acknowledged, or the continu-
ance of the Debe-Mondesir link
when it continues to be a court
matter, demonstrate a similar
tendency to flagrantly disregard
a different point of view?
Trust between the body
politic and those who lead is
key to national development. If
we have doubts about the pro-
nouncements of those who
lead, where are we headed?
Resolving contrary positions
through continuing dialogue is
a must for those in leadership
positions. The way forward
depends on such an adjustment
in our thinking.
Although in times past we sent
senior civil servants to the
"Mother Country" to observe how
things were done there, we never
benefited from an intelligent adap-
tation of their methods and proce-
dures into our system.
We still have situations such as
tottering old people having to pres-
ent themselves for Life Certificates,
and we are yet unable to renew our
driver's permits by mail.
Now, for the effective handling
of the current gang warfare situa-
tion we should seek and implement
the advice of another foreigner, Lee
Kuan Yuen, often referred to as the
Father of Singapore, who within
three to five years not only trans-
formed that country's economy but
also got rid of all the gangs.
Even though Lee regards Trinis
as having a Carnival mentality, I ex-
pect he will overlook this and be
willing to share his expertise.
Some things, however, can be
remedied without foreign input, eg
the miscreants who attack teach-
ers.Students should be taken to the
nearest police station and their par-
ents made to repay the State at
least one term's tuition costs. Edu-
cation is expensive.
By the way, why should a crime
plan be revealed to the public?
Surely this is patently counterpro-
Everard A Shand
The big sawatees at the HDC need to
get a life. What is so difficult about
allocating supervised contract work to
unemployed young people in areas
where repairs are being done?
This "making style" about not supply-
ing jobs to "bandits" is a lot of nonsense.
If there is adequate security on standby
some residents should be employed on
Hungry unemployed young people will
continue to protest "outsiders" coming
into their area to "eat ah food."
In fairness to everyone, a minimum of
a dozen residents or so should be in-
cluded in all projects. If these people are
closely monitored and the opportunity
used to train them, everyone should be
happy. Or is the suggestion to be mag-
nanimous too difficult for the Minister to
Confucius says you cannot fight up
with the same people you want to vote
you back into office.
Dr Errol Benjamin
DIALOGUE CAN RESOLVE
Lee Kuan Yuen
Bring 'Father of Singapore' to deal with gangs
A man walks to the side to avoid a large hole in the sidewalk outside San
Juan Presbyterian School on the Saddle Road. The pavement has been in
this condition since late last year.
WATCH YOUR STEP
Not everyone is a bandit, HDC
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