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It was disturbing to read the
comments made by the Pres-
ident of the Greater Chagua-
nas Chamber of Industry and
Commerce when he referred to
the Chaguanas Public Library
as "a white elephant."
As a user of the Public
Library for more than 25 years,
this "elephant" has provided
myself and thousands of others,
access to resources for academ-
ic and recreational use, a space
to learn and to share.
The public library has offered
numerous services over the
years to all members of society,
for example, computer literacy
for senior citizens and young
adults; resources for the dis-
abled; cultural, academic and
recreational workshops; a venue
for ALTA; a forum for local and
international authors and
thinkers to share their views;
vacation camps for children and
youths; a place for recognition
of our many celebrations and
the achievements of many, no
matter their social or bank
account status---all for free.
Some have questioned the
value of libraries themselves.
There are remarks as: "There
are many free Wi-Fi spots
available"---but not everything
that Google and Wikipedia
offer is the best or most reli-
able sources of information.
The library has paid subscrip-
tion to databases such as
EBSCOhost and thousands of
e-books, available for free, to
Finally, not all learning takes
place in the confines of school
walls. The library is a place for
independent and lifelong learn-
ing. In fact, their opening hours
are better than financial insti-
tutions and most Government
How is it that when the more
than 17 years of effort towards
creating a modern library are
about to bear fruit they are to
be dashed upon the whims of
politicians who are not involved
in the public library system,
NALIS or the Ministry of Edu-
Is it even legal as the funds
for that building s construction
would have been provided by
NALIS and their line Ministry?
If the judiciary complex is
stalled because of lacking funds
then lobby for it instead of
grabbing what many worked so
hard to obtain.
The issues of the Chaguanas
court s infrastructure did not
occur overnight; why weren t
these resolved when they
appeared instead of waiting for
the building to become dilapi-
dated as lawyers claim?
Where is the long and short
term plan for this soon-to-be
city? Maybe these "thinkers"
need to revisit the law or Par-
liament s Library and when
they do, they may realise how
important the library is.
Given more funding the
library may be able to increase
its visibility and become an
institution for creating good
citizens who know the law and
may not require a visit to the
court house for offences and
If Chaguanas really wants to
be an "intelligent" city, it needs
to have a library service that
can represent and spur the cul-
tural and literary treasures that
exists there. This will give the
citizens of Chaguanas the dig-
nity they have justly deserve---a
beautiful, modern library for all.
The renaming of King George V
Park has reminded me of the
chorus of a song that says: "Memo-
ries don't leave like people do, they
always stay with you, whether
they've been good or bad, they were
something that we had."
How can we appreciate or teach
our history if we casually go about
King George V and the park so-
named are part of our history.
It makes me mad that a few indi-
viduals can take it upon themselves
to arbitrarily make changes which
should involve all the people.
The input of the citizenry was
sought recently in something as friv-
olous as the naming of two giraffes
acquired by the zoo. How much more
important is the decision to rename
the park? I am absolutely convinced
that if the individuals involved in
making this decision had had the op-
portunity to inform Mr Mandela of
their intention, that goodly gentle-
man would have emphatically told
them thank you, but no thanks!
And rightly so, that giant of a man
deserves much more than a second-
Changing the name of King George V
Park to Nelson Mandela Park was yet
another bad choice, similar to changing
the name of Marine Square to Independ-
In the latter case, Woodford Square
was the obvious choice for a name-
change, as that was where much of the
song and dance about independence
Many years ago an idea was floated
for changing the names of some of the
streets in Woodbrook and in that case
people and organisations were con-
sulted. Fortunately nothing came of the
plan and the historic names were pre-
If it is thought necessary to name a
park after Mr Mandela, why not choose
one in a new or relatively new housing
development where there is not yet any
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The plastic bottles seen accumulating in the Beetham River tells a sad story
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King George V is part of our history. I
understand that Mandela was a
great man but why do we have to re-
move our history to honour another?
We should be preserving our past, not
removing it altogether. We have an un-
named boardwalk being constructed in
the peninsula. Mandela is a man who
walked for freedom why not name it
King George V Park is part of our history
Mandela Park should
be in new area
Name boardwalk after freedom fighter
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