Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 12th 2014 Contents TAXPAYERS GETTING
'A SIX FOR A NINE'
OVER POOR ASPHALT
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 12, 2014
Imust commend the splendid work
the Ministry of Works has been
doing since this government came
into office but I do have one serious
concern and that is the quality of
the asphalt mix being used on the
roads. Is it composed of asphalt
from Lake Asphalt of La Brea or the
much inferior bitumen from oil
Now this is a most serious ques-
tion because hot mix with real
asphalt, well-laid, can give up to 15
years of service, whereas bitumen
mix, well-laid, can only give five
I have travelled on thousands of
miles of European roads where the
product from Trinidad Lake Asphalt
was used and have not encountered
one pothole depression or bump.
I have witnessed springtime
repairs to cracks and have seen the
Trinidad product being used in
Even the famous mall to Bucking-
ham Palace is paved with Trinidad
Mr Minister of Works, the rapid
deterioration of road surfaces within
two to three years of resurfacing
indicates that the asphalt mix is not
asphalt and the taxpayers are get-
ting a six for a nine and being
I invite further comments from
the engineers, the Ministry of
Works and Trinidad Lake Asphalt.
Maracas, St Joseph
The invectives hurled at me after
my letter to the editor about the
Board of Inland Revenue stopping the
mailing out of income tax return
forms surprised me a little, but after
some thought it should not have.
There are myriad pensioners all
over the country who have
annuities---in Rich Plain, Vessigny,
Tableland, Cunupia etc---who now
have to travel miles to collect their
forms all because of a quite mindless
decision based upon ignorance.
Of course people over 60 years
have a free bus pass I was told.
A pensioner in say Diamond Vale,
my neck of the woods, must walk out
to the Diego Martin Main Road to
catch the bus and no matter where
he/she gets off in PoS, they have a
good walk to the BIR office.
And then repeat same in reverse.
And not a word from the people's
Well, considering that the
Government can no longer afford to
post out these forms nor has the
money to put the forms on the
related Web site, then any increase in
salary/allowances for the citizens'
representatives should immediately
be turned into a decrease in their
income to assist the populace.
Those that are behind this decision
should be ashamed of themselves
and should apologise for the
inconvenience they have placed upon
the tax-paying population.
Before I leave, someone told me
that they were giving out only one
form per person.
So how on earth they are going to
check who has received a form
already beats me. Another ignorant
And they live among us!
In the recent times, we have been able to see a genuine
turn in T&T with the general in charge saying that no
one is above the law.
For the past two decades, this was never so. We al-
ways heard clamouring that people in high positions in
our society would break the laws and get away with it.
Others have said there is one law for the normal citizen
and another for the elite.
In the past, these type of actions were unheard of in
T&T. We must give kudos to all those who are creating
this new precedence. It's better late than never. No one
is above the law.
If every able-bodied person, includ-
ing upper and middle-class prigs
who feel they are too important to
clean, simply co-operates in clean-
ing all water courses on a fixed
schedule, year round, the annual
dengue surge would be one less
problem to contend with.
But no. Everybody thinks his/her
taxes ought to make a few thou-
sand Cepep and URP workers avail-
able to clean up water courses,
empty stagnant water at their
homes and work places all over the
country year-round. Well, keep
thinking that way and bury your
dengue defeated friends and rela-
tives. Watch the deadly mosqui-
toes come and say, "not my
problem, that is Insect Vector Con-
trol, Cepep and URP's work. It's the
Blame who you like. It's your fault
if dengue mosquito species (black
and silver) are in your home be-
cause they are breeding in the stag-
nant public drain in front your home,
or in stagnant water held in contain-
ers, tyres, unfilled holes, your
clogged guttering. You choose to
wait for Cepep, URP or the insect
vector control agents to clean it. In
your idle wait dengue infects you or
your loved ones or strangers.
In Singapore people believe anti-
littering is a good law so they sup-
port it. Littering is against the law in
T&T too. Trinis admit it's a good law
but they don't support it.
We know this problem isn't going
away in this generation or the next
since this generation isn't changing
gear from blatant lack of environ-
mental hygiene. Their children, tens
of thousands of them, are very
committed to following the filth-tol-
erant model they grew up with.
As the old saying goes, actions
speak louder than words. Adults do
rather than say what they mean.
The action of littering, of tolerance
of litter, of tolerance of unkempt liv-
ing conditions teach children to ig-
nore the hypocritical environmental
hygiene talk given by adults.
People are generally accustomed to dogs barking or looking through fences but in this case a horse is
seen peering through an open space on a property along Third Avenue, Barataria, on Tuesday. The horse
also doesn't appear to be tied and as such can be a potential danger to pedestrians, as animals can react
in strange ways at any given moment. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Stopping the mailing of BIR
forms an ignorant decision
Cleaning environment is everyone's job
No one is above the law
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