Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Letters

Optimistic predictions

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:37 PM AST Comments

How do you call elections in the absence of polls? I haven’t had sight of any polls on the current campaign for the Tobago House of Assembly elections scheduled for next Monday, January 23, and I don’t know if any has been commissioned.

Caution on privatisation

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:35 PM AST Comments

Former prime minister George Chambers quipped, “Fete over, back to work”. But life is not so simple. We have to pay for the fete and in recent weeks we have been witnessing the attempts to avoid payment.


Come together in fight against crime

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:33 PM AST Comments

We are now in the era of a serious gathering of thoughts and planning of ways to deal with the crime scourge hitting T&T, especially murders. We need the involvement and participation of all—the politicians, churches, social workers, the Ministry of National Security, the business community, t


Tackle drones, not Uber

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:32 PM AST Comments

There seems to be some concerns with respect to the operations of the Uber company in Trinidad and Tobago. Crime seems to be the major concern of citizens, while the Ministry of Works and Transport seems to have its main focus on the legalities of Uber’s operations.

Double standards

Jan. 18, 2017, 8:32 PM AST Comments

I support Michael Annisette’s call for the resignation of the chairman of the board of Angostura until he is cleared of the allegations of sexual harassment. However, I do not remember Mr Annisette and/or any other union leader, calling for the resignation of Watson Duke as head of the PSA, an


‘Let girls be girls, not brides’

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:29 PM AST Comments

HESWATT (Health Social Workers Association of T&T) views with concern and a healthy dose of incredulity the resumption of the debate on child marriage. What was understood as a done deal to outlaw this practice is now the subject of an actual debate again on whether it should be retained or discarde


Fight against unhealthy foods

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:27 PM AST Comments

Many have written in the Express recently about the food we eat. Growing our own food is to be encouraged as the local produce is much better than processed, chemically sprayed, imported foods. Michelle Obama, US First Lady, went onto the White House grounds and encouraged children of all races to


Please spare our sisters

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:26 PM AST Comments

With all due respect Maulana Waffie Mohammed, evidently you did not carefully consider the request from United National Congress (UNC) to become a temporary Opposition senator in order to contribute to the debate on the amendments to the Marriage Act. If you did, you would have realised that, regard

Why roadblock for Uber?

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:23 PM AST Comments

It is amazing how quickly the Ministry of Works and Transport has responded to the launch of the Uber service after successive administrations have turned a blind eye to the PH taxi service for decades because of a lack of public transport planning and political will.


Review all those state firms

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:1 PM AST Comments

The issue which has been attracting most public attention of late is the state of play at State-owned Petrotrin. Here we have an entity which ought to be a classical State enterprise going cap in hand to feed at the trough of the national treasury, thus making a travesty of the principles which ough


Explore Petrotrin divestment option

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:1 PM AST Comments

I am encouraged by Prime Minister Keith Rowley's speech regarding Petrotrin, where he stated that Wendell Mottley is among those who will advise Cabinet on the Petrotrin matter. It is good to see that “divestment is an option”.


Put pan in Dimanche Gras

Jan. 16, 2017, 6:0 PM AST Comments

I read in the newspapers the article about the low attendance at the Dimanche Gras shows on Carnival Sunday nights. I looked forward to viewing it on television as I stopped going to the live show but the quality has really dropped. You just don't have the songs with sweet melodies as before. Who re


Definitely not for children

Jan. 16, 2017, 5:59 PM AST Comments

Temporary UNC Senator Dr Waffie Mohammed has argued in the Senate that due to dictates from the Holy Qur'an the marriageable age of females begins at puberty.