Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2014 Contents Iwas raised with proper values and
morals, and therefore, I think it is the
honourable thing to do by putting
pen to paper to congratulate the Minis-
ter of National Security for implement-
ing the Rapid Response Unit.
They are literally everywhere. I now
feel a better sense of security on the
nation’s roads and especially on the
highways because the reflection of the
blue lights is always a short distance
On Sunday February 2, the RRU’s
bold yellow and blue colours were seen
on two police vehicles parked in the
vicinity of Courts on the C/R Highway,
El Socorro, assisting a couple who
seemed to be having car trouble.
It is actions such as these that is
necessary and further endorses that
there are still members of the police
service who genuinely care about citi-
I have spoken to several friends who
share similar views and are praising the
efforts of the goodly Minister. We are
hoping, however, that the quality of the
RRU does not deteriorate over time. We
hope that they remain as vigilant and
visible as they are at present.
Although there are those who believe
the blue flashing lights do not dissuade
anyone from performing criminal activi-
ty, I beg to differ. In most societies
anything that can act as a deterrent is
worth trying for the safety and security
of the citizens.
So hats off to Minister Gary Griffith
and his newly reimplemented RRU for
reassuring us that work is being done to
make this country a safer place for all.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
to feel safe again
Iam following with fascinating in-
terest the developmental works
taking place on the Chaguaramas
peninsula with a view to trans-
forming the designated area into
a theme park with all the games,
rides, facilities, restaurants etc,
geared towards enticing families
to come and spend time there.
I sincerely hope I am wrong, but
are we once again putting the
proverbial cart before the horse?
What are the plans for improving
access to the peninsula? The ex-
isting one-lane in and one-lane
out is woefully inadequate, as
anyone who has ever gone to a
large event in the area knows.
Traffic regularly backs up be-
yond the Westmoorings traffic
light when O2Park or Pier 1 has a
large gathering and the people
who live in the area are trapped
either in or out of their homes for
Take a drive any Sunday or holi-
day afternoon and see the traffic
jam stretching from Chaguaramas
all the way to the Diego Martin
Consider also, that our regi-
ment and Coast Guard headquar-
ters are deep into the peninsula
and need to be able to move rap-
idly in and out of the area at all
Surely plans for improved ac-
cess roads should be announced
now and should be in place when
the new facilities are commis-
Mr Minister of National Secu-
rity, any comments? MP for the
area, Leader of the Opposition Dr
Rowley, how are you protecting
your constituents from the ava-
lanche about to overtake them?
Residents, sit up and take note!
Iread recently that Portugal has scrapped
four public holidays in an austerity drive as
their economy is struggling. The four holidays
are: All Saints Day, Corpus Christi, Portuguese
Republic, Portuguese Independence.
Please note that All Saints and Corpus
Christi are Christian holidays and for a “Chris-
tian” country they must be commended.
They did negotiate with the Vatican and it
was agreed fully.
I believe that T&T should follow Portugal
and I would suggest the following four be
scrapped: Corpus Christi, Labour Day, Repub-
lic Day and Boxing Day.
We can negotiate with the trade unions
where Labour Day can be celebrated on the
second Saturday of May annually. The coun-
try loses more money when a holiday falls
during the week compared with a Saturday.
Trinidad needs a reduction in holidays to
improve its competitiveness and to boost its
economic activity. A projected growth rate of
one or two per cent is simply too small.
We need to sit down with the T&T Cham-
ber, Chaguanas Chamber, DOMA ,TTMA and
all other chambers to map out a policy to re-
duce the amount of public holidays cele-
One must look at the size of our budget
deficit which is growing annually. This deficit
is simply too large and the Government
needs to be cautioned about its spending.
One has to look at our neighbouring
Caribbean economies which are struggling,
with the exception of Guyana.
The amount of social programmes, grants,
hampers etc, is growing under this govern-
ment. When the UNC was in opposition they
use to condemn the PNM on reckless spend-
ing and now they are doing the same.
They are borrowing too much money to
fund these programme which is leading to a
The funding to Cepep/URP and daily paid
make-work schemes should be reduced
starting in this year’s budget and then gradu-
ally every year.
We simply need to save money and invest
YOUNG TAN TAN
Road access to
T&T needs to have less public holidays I
look forward every Tues-
day to reading my col-
league Dr David Bratt’s
brilliant column. This week’s
offering asks the questions
a lot of us have surely asked
as a new life enters this
To add to David’s list of
enquiries, whatever hap-
pened to the “cocaine in the
belly” surgery and the co-
caine in the juice tins?
For nine days it made
headlines then disappeared
under the radar, to be re-
placed by calls to jail doctors
for not reporting teenage
So now we are the new
criminals while the cocaine
shippers and traffickers are
Welcome to this be-
nighted country, young man.
Dr Austin Trinidade
Ijust read Dr Bratt’s column
headlined Welcome to this
world, and can testify my
blood (I am a universal donor,
O positive) was refused by
the officer in charge at the
corner of Belmont Circular
Road and Charlotte Street in
August 2003, after the in-
sensitive person asked about
my sexual inclination, and I
vociferously told him that
the blood was for my wife,
who was awaiting a hys-
terectomy to rid her of stage
3C ovarian cancer.
I have hardly ever felt so
upset about having chosen
Trinidad as my new home-
Just wanted to give a bit
more weight to your words.
Thank you for your column.
her “Tan Tan”
for the judges at
of the Bands at
Doctors now new criminals
You are so right, Dr Bratt
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