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Monday, September 1, 2014

Commentaries

National Awards missteps

We congratulate all recipients of National Awards and thank them for their service to community and country. To one degree or another, all have distinguished themselves sufficiently to have been considered worthy of national praise, gratitude and accolade. Read More »

LifeSport on my mind

Throughout the Independence weekend, I found myself celebrating less —thinking of the $400 million LifeSport scandal more. Read More »

What might have been

I was out of the country last week when the Constitution (Amendment) Bill was being debated in the Senate. My schedule was such that not only did I not have time to write my column but I was not able to keep abreast of developments through the online versions of the daily papers. Read More »

Democracy wins...

“Whatever the merits or otherwise of this new legislation, (Kamla) Persad-Bissessar can count this as a political victory…(which) lies in having accomplished what former prime ministers have paid mere lip service to—concrete constitutional reform.” Read More »

Beyond tear-shedding, sober realities to ponder

By any measure, last week’s joint funerals of three young men, who had been shot dead by police in a single August 17 incident, marked a poignant occasion in contemporary Trinidad and Tobago experience. Rising to the occasion, remarks by Pastor Kirby Jackson of the La Horquetta Gospel Foundation merited attention wider than the pulpit of the church from which he delivered his homily. Read More »

August Senate

Since Roman times the month of August, at least the first half of the month, has been poorly regarded. This had to do with the hot summer weather in the Northern Hemisphere and superstition about radiation from the rise of the star known as Sirius, also called the Dog Star, to which animal sacrifices were sometimes made. Read More »

Race, Wealth, and Constitutional Debate

During the recent debate on the reform of the Constitution, the PNM was accused of whipping up ethnic fears about social collapse. It was argued that the PNM’s objection to the run-off vote provision was said part of a strategy to establish and demonise the Partnership. Read More »

Ebb and Flow of a People’s Independence

the farcical ending to the constitutional debate, in which the Prime Minister abandoned her high platform of majority representation for horse-trading so choreographed as to raise suspicion, did no justice at all to the heights of excellence scaled over three days of sparring in the Senate. Read More »

In blessed T&T, ‘change’ gets a hard time

For a 2014 Independence weekend rumination, anything resembling an endorsement of Prakash Ramadhar is certain to trigger fearsome volleys from that legion of haters rampaging in the badlands of the Internet. Masked and hooded like the Iraq/Syria jihadists, unidentified so-called bloggers could, for all I know, be awaiting my unguarded passage in some darkened area. Read More »

One dose of democracy

One thing we citizens can celebrate on the 52nd anniversary of the nation’s independence is just how dependent we are on our illustrious politicians to tell us what is wrong and what is right, what is good for us and what is not. Read More »

Welcome passion over the Constitution

Having stood firm in defence of the controversial run-off proposal, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Thursday saw the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 pass through the Upper House with 18 senators in favour and 12 against. Read More »

Handsome payments, ugly purposes

Dr Merle Hodge, an island scholarship winner and university lecturer, made a simple statement recently that offers considerable hope for Trinidad and Tobago. Read More »

The PNM’s ten points

As I indicated in my last article, the PNM says in point eight of its ten points on constitutional and legislative reform that the issue of Tobago internal self-government “must be settled to the satisfaction of the people of Tobago in full accord with their recommendations”. Read More »

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