Monday, April 21, 2014


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Rule of law gets licks in schools

I am against corporal punishment, or physical child abuse, for any reason. If you beat a child (no matter how slight) to force them to do your bidding, you are a bully and a child abuser. If you were beaten as a child, you were abused and all the people who beat you are child abusers. This fact is hard to admit, as it leads to the unthinkable—that the people you admired most in your life and looked to for protection and direction were the very ones who abused and humiliated you; and that you are possibly an active child abuser or have been in the past. Read More »

Do cops have anything to fear?

Did I read and hear correctly?—the Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, saying, in relation to the leaking of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) report, the PCA “must be careful that it does not do more harm than good by appearing to be over-zealous in its investigations against police officers. It must strike the right balance in the public interest so that police officers will not become too fearful about performing their duties”. Read More »

Regulate pet stores

Pet stores are in urgent need of regulation. While driving along the Eastern Main Road recently, just east of Morvant Junction, I was appalled at what I observed. Located just outside a store front was a horizontal cage of rabbits, exposed to the full glare of the sun. The rabbits were packed like proverbial sardines in a tin and were suffering in the heat of the sun. Read More »

Saving us from spiritual blindness

In this country, where scandals seem to be the norm, murders and other serious crimes are soaring and corruption is the order of the day, it is easy to let another Easter season pass by, unremarked. Let us use this season to resurrect right behaviour from the quicksand of ignorance, greed and anger. Did we wash away our feet of ignorance on Holy Thursday? Crucify our ego on Good Friday? Read More »

Rapid Response Units only for those who need it

I read a letter by a Jonathan Cooper (Saturday Express), applauding the work of a recently launched unit in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), interestingly identified as the Rapid Response Unit (RRU). Mr Cooper seems quite impressed with this unit, to the point of taking time out to highlight and applaud their efforts. One cannot help but wonder why, in this land where no one has confidence in any of the many State institutions, especially the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). Read More »

Spend less time on negatives to see more positive change

Indeed, it appears to be open season for alleging sexual improprieties at Government officials, evident by damning reports in the news over the last two months. Read More »

Education not security creates better pupils

Recently, there has been an increased focus on misbehaviour/negative behaviours of schoolchildren. To my mind, the media has gone on a kind of feeding frenzy on this issue. Read More »

The only viable step for First Citizens board

On this Holy Easter weekend as Chris­ti­ans worldwide celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I am indeed saddened the First Citizens bank’s board of directors has, to date, not found the courage or the decency to do the honourable thing by resigning. Read More »

Rapid Response Unit working to keep us safe

Let’s get something straight here. In recent times, the validity of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) has come under some serious fire because some Special Reserve Police (SRP) officers who were attached to the unit were involved in an incident with an ill-fated result. Read More »

Govt lacking in tourism upgrades

Although I am a San Fernan­dian, the Point Fortin Beach Resort is very dear to me, so I was very surprised and amazed, almost to the point of embarrassment, to see the Minister of Tourism, and by extension the Government, play such a prominent role in the ceremony for the completion and handing over of this facility. Read More »

Use Easter message to save our country

In this country where scandals seem to be the norm, murders and rapes are at an all-time high and corruption is the order of the day, it is easy to let another Easter season pass us by. Read More »

Why repeat errors of our parents and teachers?

I wish to thank the Express for its editorial of March 14, headlined: “Demand better schools, not licks”, Alicia Hoyte, for her letter published on March 22, headlined “Positive discipline, not sound beatings, and Vaneisa Baksh for her column of April 17, entitled: “The short brutish life of Brandon”. All of these publications, and others in similar vein, including writings by Kevin Baldeosingh and Basil Pires, contribute in no small measure to our understanding of the negative effects of corporal punishment on children. Read More »

Consider public’s interest in First Citizens fiasco

I would like to commend Peter Permell, minority shareholders advocate, on his astute, incisive and coherent letter in respect of the First Citizens IPO fiasco. Without committed and fearless persons like Mr Permell, this issue would have disappeared. Read More »

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