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Oh boy, here we go again---wan-
ton, reckless reproduction and the
"poor, struggling parents" boldly
asking for the public s help with a
house, supplies, stroller, you name
it. Please tell me why a 19-year-
old girl, living in her boyfriend s
parents garage, would take fertility
drugs? She doesn t even have a
place to live; and now, she has the
audacity to speak about how tight
and small the room is! Isn t there
also an ethical issue here for the
prescribing doctor? Do doctors now
have such severe tunnel vision that
they only deal with the particular
part or system in question and not
the whole patient?
Not too long ago, the young par-
ents of sextuplets (resulting from
the use of fertility drugs), who were
not even living together, captured
the attention and hearts of the
population and the Government.
The help and goodies poured in.
Perhaps this more recent mother of
triplets was following the example
of the teacher/mother of the six
By the way, even the so-called
"dumb animals" make some kind
of nest before they reproduce. But
we humans, of allegedly higher
intelligence, choose to fly in the
face of what is necessary, natural,
and in our offspring s best interest.
So, who is the smart one here?
I recall that in the 1970s and
1980s the Family Planning Associa-
tion seemed to be much more
aggressively engaged in showing
young women that there is more to
life than constant reproduction.
Among those who control their
fertility, collaborate with their hus-
band on domestic matters, sacrifice
to make a home for the family
often at the cost of depriving
themselves of needs and wants,
there must be at least a little
resentment towards those who
throw caution and common sense
to the wind, then want us, the
public, to pick up the pieces and
give them a comfortable lifestyle.
Perhaps there needs to be some
kind of reward system by which
parents who actually do the right
thing would benefit.
Otherwise, I can imagine this
kind of scenario:
A very respectable-looking, well-
spoken young woman visits various
newspaper offices with her story
and plea for help.
"I m a married mother of two
children, both of them with my
husband. Although we live together
and we re both employed, our
combined salaries simply no longer
cover the monthly mortgage on our
modest little house, buy food for
the family, and keep our 15-year-
old car on the road. We spend
nothing on entertainment, and I
cook all of our meals. Fast food is
unknown in my home. My younger
child needs to have his eyes exam-
ined and probably will need glasses,
but we simply cannot afford this.
Please, can the Government help
I strongly suspect that there are
many such families out there, but
due to their taking responsibility for
themselves and their children, we
don t see or hear from them.
Meanwhile, reckless reproduction
continues to be the order of the
Being responsible for a new
human being is a heavy responsi-
bility indeed, but it is also filled
with times of joy and satisfaction.
If very young women would post-
pone reproduction until past their
mid and into their late 20s at least,
they would be able to start devel-
oping a career, enjoy a fun social
life, get to know, appreciate and
have fun with their partner, and
then not feel tied down and cheat-
ed of their youth if and when the
heavy responsibilities of child rear-
Should people involved in reckless
reproduction be rewarded? Should
responsible parents continue to suf-
fer and feel cheated by "the sys-
tem" because they tried to do the
right thing? Should such responsi-
ble people be called upon to clean
up the mess made by careless,
TOO MANY BABIES,
TOO LITTLE SENSE
Why this lambasting of
women dancing in gay abandon
on the streets during Carnival? Is
it any different from what per-
tains with soca artistes on stage
and with patrons in the crowds,
at the fetes, and parodied in
comedy tents? Is there a law
against women wining as they
let go for Carnival?
From someone coming from a
non-Carnival, non-feteing family,
since my return I understood on
observing women's abandon on
the streets for those two short
days that it was their way of
shrugging off their worldly cares
and responsibilities and other
people's rules to which they feel
they have to adhere during those
brief hours---which is why I sus-
pect that the much maligned
bikinis, beads and feathers are so
attractive to them.
On Carnival Monday and Tues-
day, female masqueraders have
not a care in the world except
moving to the rhythm on the
They know very well what
awaits them on Ash Wednesday:
Verbal, physical and psychologi-
cal abuse, daily disrespect on the
street and at work, the constant
fight for respect as a female
human being while shouldering
their responsibilities at work and
at home once more.
Critics, if you don't like what
you see when women let their
hair down, look away...but the
cameramen were fascinated,
weren't they? And so were you!
So I ask you all, is sex vulgar?
You're damn right it is and it
leaves you wanting more,
doesn't it? And that, my friends,
about some women's
wining/grinding display on the
streets. Their sensuality and
raunchy sexuality were on dis-
play and it made you feel very
Our eminent UWI Professor
Bridget Brereton (Express, Feb-
ruary 27, 2014, pg 12) shared
Percy Fraser's autobiographical
memories of his 1947 and 1948
Carnivals with us where he
waxed nostalgic for those of his
youth when there was "real mas"
and not the current "ridiculous
disguises" that pertained.
He deplored the "objectionable
behaviour of the working class"---
he was talking about us black
folks --- "following the steel-
bands, singing and performing
the most atrocious, vulgar and
sensuous torsorial contortions."
This white man believed "the
practice of the young following
these savage bands had to be
stopped by the police and if nec-
essary put a stop to the Carni-
So, in 2014, I ask you, who is
imitating who? Check yourselves
Let the gay abandon continue.
It is the security valve many
women need to release the pres-
sure of their daily lives.
They have made me deter-
mined to play mih mas come
Let the women wine!
Indra Ramopp, left, braces herself for a blood sugar test done by Rachel Boodram, who is a medical
laboratory technology major at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of T&T. The tests
were done at the Community and Engagement Service Learning and Wellness Fair on the Brian Lara
Promenade, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, on Friday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
BRACING FOR IT
It's unethical that CXC pays educa-
tors to mark timetabled January and
June CXC exams but does not pay
educators to mark SBAs. But CXC
identifies SBAs as copyrighted exam
papers owned by the exam syndi-
Educators play a vital active part
in setting, monitoring and marking
these exams for CXC. CXC ought to
level the "paying" field. These SBA
exams cut into months of teaching
time. Educators get paid to teach.
Their scope of work doesn't include
making, managing and marking
exams for outsourcing agencies such
Sadly, infuriatingly, teachers are
their own worst enemy when it
comes to agreeing on, co-operating
on what specific tasks make up their
scope of work.
This conundrum produces the ef-
fect of a public belief that educators'
scope of work is unlimited in ex-
change for a fixed ration of money.
This perception is grossly untrue.
Educators should have learnt by
now that they ought to bill for
itemised services, just as their de-
greed colleagues do in banking, insur-
ance, law, construction, advertising,
print and broadcast media, entertain-
ment, sports, medicine, transporta-
tion, food preparation, hospitality,
manufacturing, energy and aggre-
gate mining, processed foods, and
whether the clients are adults or chil-
Billing in these professions is not
weighed down by labels like "voca-
tion," "calling," "social duty."
The education profession should
also learn by now that it's foolish to
discard their senior consultants
when they reach age 60.
No other professional field dumps
their senior brains wholesale be-
cause they reach age 60. Education
forcefully retires their most knowl-
edgeable people out of the profes-
sion on the grounds of age.
So who's going to guide the green
practitioners that comprise the edu-
cation fraternity on these money
matters: the union?
Bill CXC for managing SBAs
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