Monday, April 24, 2017


No more abuse from Govt

Apr. 23, 2017, 8:54 PM AST Comments

The following might be an overused metaphor but it most aptly reflects our situation. If you plunge a frog into boiling water it will immediately jump out. But if you use room temperature water and very slowly increase the heat to boiling point the frog doesn’t realise what’s happening a

Brutality via taxation

Apr. 23, 2017, 8:51 PM AST Comments

Almost every reader will agree that one’s home could be an extension of one’s personality and indeed the lack of one could definitely negatively affect any person’s well-being. As we always say, a man’s home is his castle. In fact, a good gauge of a community’s desirabi

Inaccuracies on property tax

Apr. 23, 2017, 8:50 PM AST Comments

I have noticed quite a bit of commentary in the newspapers about the property tax that is grossly inaccurate. The Opposition in particular has been very disingenuous in pretending that it had no intention to implement this tax and that the tax is bad.

Is Sandals slipping away?

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:20 PM AST Comments

After the initial flurry of media attention that followed the Prime Minister's announcement of a Sandals resort planned for Tobago, things seem to have gone awfully quiet about this exciting opportunity.

TCL must make fair offer for my shares

Apr. 22, 2017, 7:19 PM AST Comments

On April 13, 2017, Readymix (West Indies) Ltd (RML) issued its directors' circular regarding the offer by Cemex-owned subsidiary Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares not held by TCL at a cash price of $11, which incidentally closes on Monday, May 1.

How to spread the burden

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:26 PM AST Comments

There is quite a bit of trepidation and indeed fear on the part of many homeowners, people who have sacrificed a great deal to bring their properties up to a certain standard in order to improve their quality of life to be now burdened with the payment of increased property tax. Indeed this is one

A better way to get the money

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:25 PM AST Comments

The Government is spending and will continue to spend large sums of money, which is scarce, to set up this long-winded, not-so-transparent and cumbersome Property Tax valuation and implementation process which could take a long time. It was suggested by a prominent business associate of mine that a

Facing a dread tax deadline

Apr. 21, 2017, 9:24 PM AST Comments

The PNM Government has given homeowners one month to file a valuation return for the first time. The process is onerous and will be a source of great grief and stress for many. There is a requirement for homeowners to attach copies of 13 documents to their returns. Even though the valuation form sta

Freeness and lawlessness must stop

Apr. 20, 2017, 7:2 PM AST Comments

Time for order in our society. It was exceedingly disappointing to hear a radio talk-show host on the evening drive home condemning the present administration for not distributing the wealth of the nation.

Property tax for all or some?

Apr. 20, 2017, 7:0 PM AST Comments

First, I have no objection to paying property tax. I’d like to find out if or how those who have built properties and even business throughout the length and breath of Trinidad and Tobago illegally (squatters) would be subject to property tax payments.

Cuffie saw big picture

Apr. 20, 2017, 6:59 PM AST Comments

Were the minister’s political opponents justified in calling for his removal from office, based on his Easter message?

Governance against the people

Apr. 19, 2017, 9:12 PM AST Comments

Since the election results of September 7, 2015, which saw the People’s National Movement (PNM) become the elected government of Trinidad and Tobago, replacing the People’s Partnership, the national state of affairs of this twin-island republic has experienced a constant rate of decay.