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The current debate on
allowing the public access
to pepper spray and Tasers as a
form of self defence against
criminals is proving to be quite
interesting. Actually, some of
the comments, in my opinion,
have crossed over from the
sublime to a Trinidadian high
"What prevents petty crimi-
nals from using these items to
commit crimes themselves?"
Another is "These are much
cheaper than guns and as a
result, crime will increase!"
Okay then, if we accept that
theory, why not ban the sale of
cutlasses, hunting and kitchen
knives and the sale of block ice,
since ice picks will be have to
be made available?
And we should not stop
there, only puncture-proof tyres
should be sold for cars since we
should ban the sale of wheel
spanners which, in the hands of
a criminal can be extremely
Now comes what I consider
to be the million-dollar ques-
tion: will the banning of pepper
spray, Tasers, cutlasses, knives
and wheel spanners prevent a
criminal from arming them-
selves with these items? Will
they be deterred because it is
against the law to do so?
For God s sake people, these
people are intent on breaking
the law, not observing it! Has
the refusal by authorities to
grant firearms to law abiding
citizens prevented criminal louts
access and ownership of same?
Criminals will arm themselves
with the tools of their trade
whether they are legal or not.
It is the law-abiding citizens
who are left naked and
Preventing law abiding citi-
zens access to these simple and
affordable means as a first line
of defence cannot be justified
with these moronic assump-
It has been proven that use
of these items have a positive
impact on crimes such as mug-
ging and rape etc.
But I keep forgetting this is
Trinidad, and layers of back-
wardness are only dispensed
with decades after other coun-
tries do so. The propensity to
resist change, even in the face
of insurmountable evidence, is
endemic and firmly imbedded
in the psyche of our people---
especially the country s admin-
It's Your Write
needs a bush bath
A few days ago I was chatting with
my partner, Rufus, from Moruga, when
the subject of the recent travails of the
Integrity Commission came up, and he
immediately blurted out, "Boy, if Papa
was still alive he woulda be the rightest
man for them!"
He then went on to strongly suggest
that every member of that august body
be taken to a secluded area for a strin-
gent bush bath, preferably in the sea, so
that the salt water could assist in cleans-
ing and purging them of all the ills that
bedevil the institution.
Rufus also said each individual be
brushed down, from head to toe, with a
shay shay ray broom.
His last suggestion was that each per-
son should always have a sachet, con-
taining blue, pinned to an undergarment,
since they appeared to have inherited a
dark, bad luck cloud which hangs over
their collective heads.
control of Massa
Carnival, a festival marked by merry-
making and processions, was raised up
as a cheap way for former slaves to cele-
brate the end of slavery while mocking
the dress and mannerisms of Massa.
Somewhere along the line Trinis forgot
this. They began to fall into the capitalists
propaganda of Carnival for commercial
So here they are believing Carnival
means the Peter Minshalls and other
mas designers' costuming. Originally,
mas players indulged their own creativity.
They made their own costumes. They
also simply gathered together to form
their own bands. There were no fees. No
security ropes. No NCC authority herding
mas players along city streets like slaves.
Slavery has resurfaced in modern mas.
Slavery to the capitalists, to the dollar, to
vanity, to fear, to snobbery, to class polar-
isation, to falling under the control of
Seems like anything goes
Despite a notice in the daily papers
about the use of fireworks, the use of
such at the Hyatt fete on the evening of
February 26, was a thoughtless and in-
considerate act as the display was un-
necessarily loud and long.
I have never heard such loud fireworks
in my life. I was jolted out of sleep at 1 am
by thunderous noises which sounded like
canon fire, and it took me a while to fig-
ure out what it was. This noise went on
for a full 15 minutes and it was a while
before I could get back to sleep. During
that time my dog was frantic.
Did the management not realise that
there were sleeping residents in the sur-
rounding areas like Woodbrook, New-
town and St James and even further
afield to whom the fireworks would
sound like it was taking place in their
backyards? Even sleeping hotel guests at
the Hyatt and Capital Plaza would not
appreciate this disturbance.
Come on, Hyatt, you can certainly do
better than that. Just because its Carni-
val does not mean that anything goes.
waiting to happen
From Monday to Friday between
7.15-7.45 am, it is a living nightmare to
get onto the south-bound lane of the
Charlieville Main Road via the Munroe
Road exit off the south-bound lane of
the Solomon Hochoy Highway.
Dozens of cars from all directions
fight for space to get to their respec-
The traffic lights at this intersection
are woefully inadequate to deal with
this daily conundrum. Vehicles continue
to rush ahead despite there being a red
I can understand why traffic war-
dens are stationed near the schools on
the Charlieville Main Road, but surely
wardens are also urgently needed at
this exit to manage the chaos.
Some reconfiguration of this inter-
section must be done in the near fu-
ture. Meanwhile, serious accidents are
waiting to happen. I am appealing to
the authorities to act now before it is
BRING ON THE PEPPER SPRAY
Masqueraders from the band Marcus & Friends playing Soca Jedi, followed by the Lava Moko Jumbies
from Bagatelle, move along the Western Main Road, River Estate, Diego Martin, during the Higher Limits
Sport and Cultural Club's annual kiddies Carnival parade. Despite its challenges seeking sponsors, the
group continues to stage the event for their community. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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