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Now that it is obvious that
our nation is in a
wretched state, what are
we going to do about it? Let s
start with this thing we call
"Carnival culture." We are
almost into band-launching
season, when fetes and parties
will be had in abundance to
usher in the next Carnival sea-
I wonder if the calypsonians
and entertainers know what
part their music, lyrics and
antics have on the behaviour of
Wouldn t it be wonderful if
our entertainers actually came
up, collectively, with a "let s
tone down the crude, rude,
nude" aspect of their perform-
Our young people are grow-
ing up in a technological age
with nudity and violence as
commonplace as breathing. We
have got to show them, not
just tell them, that there is an
alternative way. We have got to
help them get through their
youthful years with respect and
And the only way this can be
achieved is by example. So, I
am beseeching the entertainers,
this year, to start with a new
dispensation...tone down the
lyrics and performances.
If we have a happier, more
respectful young nation, we
may be able to get a handle on
our terrible crime situation.
At the moment we have a
mass of youngsters who seem
hell bent on mashing up the
place every time they go out.
Let s make them kinder, gentler
people through our culture.
We have got to start some-
This purchasing of expensive ar-
moured vehicles, helicopters and
general paraphernalia suited to out-
fitting the military for a small war
must not come cheap. Which coun-
try will we be fighting? Venezuela?
I would have thought that paying
the families that have been moved
because of the highway to Point
Fortin would be top priority rather
than parking up helicopters and
SUVs while waiting for the odd skir-
mish with local bandits.
Unlike the millions spent on ex-
otic animals and construction of
boardwalks there is nothing amus-
ing about these deadly war toys.
Some of those millions should be
spent on a state-of-the-art prison
complex. After you round up all of
the alleged bandits (throw your
mind back to the State of Emer-
gency) where are you going to keep
them? And anyway, what is the lat-
est on the Carrera island prison?
Articles and letters have began
surfacing with regard to the homi-
cide rate suggesting that all mur-
ders and violent crimes should be
put at the feet of the Opposition
and Independent Senators for
blocking the passage of the bail bill.
It is beginning to appear that the
Partnership is preparing to "attack
with full force" in order to save their
political windmills in 2015.
Iam writing to correct statements
made about me in an article by
Rick Haupt entitled Tobago 1677
shows value of historical heritage,
that was published in your newspa-
per on May 1, 2014.
Sometime in March 2013, I re-
ceived a telephone call from Rick
Haupt, one of the producers of the
film Tobago 1677, asking me to go
to Tobago for an interview with
their company on the weekend of
15-16 March. I pointed out that I
had no intention of being in Tobago
at that time, and I declined. Mr
Haupt gave me his address, and in-
vited me to pass by whenever I was
On Friday, March 22, 2013, I was
in the Golden Grove area in Tobago,
and decided to drop in to see what
it was all about. I met with Haupt
and with his colleague, Kevin Kenny,
another producer of Tobago 1677.
The film was already complete, and
they showed me some of their
maps and other historical artefacts.
They were hosting a reception that
evening for the participants in the
film, to which they invited me.
More importantly, they were
seeking to persuade the Tobago
House of Assembly to erect a mu-
seum in Scarborough, and they
hoped that the THA would pur-
chase their historical artefacts for
the museum. In this context, they
wanted a video for local television
about the need to preserve the her-
itage, and they wanted me to give
my views on this in an interview
with one Dave Elliot that same
evening. I immediately told them
that I should be allowed to think
about my decision as regards the
video, and I left.
Because I did not wish to associ-
ate myself with the motives for the
video, and because I thought that it
was disrespectful to expect me to
collaborate without even giving me
time to reach a decision, I decided
not to attend the reception, and not
to do the interview.
Since then the only communica-
tion I had with them was to send
by e-mail to Haupt a note about
Kenny's ancestor, a doctor who had
worked in Tobago in the late nine-
It is true, as Haupt states, that I
do not have detailed historical
knowledge on the Tobago sea bat-
tles of the seventeenth century, but
I was invited to do an interview
about conserving the heritage, and
my decision not to go on camera
was based on the considerations
given in paragraphs 4 and 5 above.
Dr Susan E Craig-James
No amount of expenditure on
State security technology is
going the nurture children into living
decent lives so they will not see a
life of crime as being attractive.
Sensible loving parenting
achieves this. The State, try as it
may, can't fulfil the role of parent-
ing. People brought up on a dearth
of love will disagree with this.
Dana Seetahal-type incidents
happen when state security fails.
Big Brother state security can't
watch everybody everywhere 24/7.
Teaching children to value and re-
spect others is the best anti-crime
Allocating billions to national se-
curity to fatten the bank accounts
of the rich and greedy by way of
government contracts won't help to
curb crime. People won't value each
other's lives any greater if the rich
and greedy get a larger bunch of lu-
crative national security contracts.
SPRUCING UP THE SPIRIT
Graphic arts students and visual arts lecturer Eric Feely, of Costaatt, clean
and repaint a sculpture named The Spirit of Hope by Patrick Chu Foon, at
the intersection of Tragarete Road and Dundonald and Richmond streets
on Saturday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
LET'S TONE DOWN
THE CRUDE, RUDE, NUDE
On a point of clarity...
Why so much firepower?
Billion-dollar security contracts no crime solution
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