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Tony Fraser has absolutely
hit the nail on the head. A
"vulgar infliction" is cor-
rect. But we ve had far too
many of these ugly things
forced on us over the past few
years. The Performing Arts
Centre, dropped like so many
discarded aeroplane parts, on
our Savannah, comes to mind.
Painted rocks littering the land-
scape is another.
The marquee, or whatever it
wants to call itself, is inappro-
priate for that location (outside
Queen s Hall). We are not, and
will never be, mid-town Man-
hattan, or central London. We
are a beautiful, lush, green
island, and should build our
One of the most frightful
attempts at beautification can
be seen at the start of the new
San Fernando boardwalk. I was
quite happy to hear about the
boardwalk venture, envisioning
lots of wood, trees, maybe the
occasional bench. And what is
A dismal row of gaudily
painted concrete benches and
metal umbrellas, and a vast
expanse of concrete pavers. My
only hope is that either our
new mayor will have it all
removed or an unseasonally
high wave will wash it away.
Please, someone, rethink that
So far San Fernando has not
been cursed with a multitude
of high-rise structures. The
only one being the newly-com-
missioned teaching hospital,
built on the old Chancery Lane
car park. It s definitely another
vulgar infliction. It stands out
like a sore thumb in our
beloved city and I hope it is
the last one of its kind.
We should have a rule that
no public building can be more
than three stories tall. No
apartment buildings should be
more than three stories tall. I
don t recall the populace being
asked for their opinion on any
of our new "afflictions."
We need to have more trans-
parency with regard to these
decisions, or at the very least,
the powers that be need to get
opinions from a wider range of
And, I would be rewarding
those groups who come up
with the most aesthetically
friendly, West Indian-looking
structures, that blend beautiful-
ly with our tropical way of life.
All it takes is a little bit of
On behalf of the people of T&T I wish
to publicly welcome home Dr Slinger
Francisco, the undisputed calypso king of
We love you. You are looking fine. We
wish you well. Carnival can never be the
same without you.
I remember asking my relatives
abroad what kept them sane. The an-
swer was always the same, "Sparrow's
calypsoes." These were recorded on reel-
People of T&T, Sparrow is a living leg-
end. Let's appreciate what we have.
Birdie, while I agree with you that,
"God take he own two hand to make To-
bago woman," tell me, "you ever eat a
white meat yet?"
Regarding the CAL terror threat (as reported in the
media on Monday and which also made news on
ABC TV as well as New York Daily News), kudos to pas-
sengers who stuck with their flight plan from Monday
thru Wednesday out of Guyana.
Thank you CAL for sticking with your flight sched-
ules. Only about a dozen passengers cancelled their
flights (out of some 1,600).
The travelling public and airlines should not allow
themselves to be blackmailed by terrorists. They must
not allow terrorists to disrupt their normal routine and
or shape or influence their lifestyle or flight plans other-
wise the terrorists win.
This is a busy season (Mashramani and Carnival),
flight cancellations and disruptions are not in the inter-
ests of the airline, passengers or governments as rev-
enues would be impacted, not to mention people's
The officials of CAL and the governments of Guyana
and Trinidad must be applauded for the extra security
precautions taken for flights out of Guyana to ensure
the safety of the passengers and incident free flights.
CAL has an exemplary record on safety and security
(except the lone landing incident in Guyana almost
three years ago). The US government should also be
saluted for its quick response to the threat (efforts to
protect its citizens) and whatever assistance provided
to the governments of Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana
to address the threat.
The region has not been the source of any serious
terror threat or security issues. This one is shocking to
Guyanese Americans. I received several calls from
friends and family members asking about it. I am in the
dark, like others, and can't make sense of it. The threat
is unreal and many view it as a joke (though not a joking
matter) for the simple reason that Guyanese or Trinis
have virtually no history of acts of terror. We are a ter-
ror-free region with no links whatsoever to terror.
The vicious rounds of violence found in other regions
are completely absent in the Caribbean. I travelled sev-
eral times to every territory and found people to be
warm, friendly and hospitable.
And a threat against CAL? It provides a vital service---
virtually the only reliable transport link to Guyana and
most of the region. Why would anyone want to disrupt
our lives or means of transport that is our economic
The security agencies of Guyana, Trinidad and Barba-
dos should get to the bottom of this threat and seek
the intelligence services of the US (lives of Americans
were affected and the flights were heading to the US)
to find those responsible and bring them to justice. We
cannot afford to have terrorists (and neither should we
allow them to) invade our space.
'VULGAR INFLICTIONS' DEFACING THE LAND
Get to bottom of CAL terror threat
Welcome home, Birdie
Tomorrow Parliament will discuss the
amendments to the Dogs Control Bill.
As it stands, with all the amendments
and the expanded list of Class A dogs,
this Act is still not "fit for purpose."
For instance, the expanded Class A
dogs list contains breeds such as the
Boston Terrier (a small breed well under
20 lbs) but conspicuously omits German
and Belgian Shepherds and Rottweilers.
Bites from small dogs, while painful,
usually cause less injury than those from
large dogs and small dogs are unlikely to
kill anyone. While there are references to
the inspection of the property on which a
Class A dog is kept, these seem to refer
only to the security of the premises.
No penalties are being put in place for
ill-treatment of animals through provi-
sion of inadequate food, water and shel-
ter or for abusing them in other ways.
Doesn't anyone remember a news
item, a few months ago, showing so-
called "security dogs" in filthy cages on an
empty lot in Barataria?
Many people here love to watch pro-
grammes on Animal Planet where "dog
cops" deal with similar situations.
Such programmes often end with the
person responsible being sent to jail.
Here, the law is being amended only to
protect humans from dogs. We need
laws that protect all animals from hu-
Animals may not vote but their own-
ers surely do.
HAVE A HEART
This vehicle is parked in front of a wheelchair access on the pavement near
the intersection of Hart and St Vincent streets, opposite Police Head
Quarters in Port-of-Spain, Tuesday. Drivers should observe these signs as it
can lead to the inconveniencing of differently-abled persons.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Animals must be protected from owners too
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