Friday, May 27, 2016

Letters

Incompetent cops the problem

May 27, 2016, 8:7 PM AST Comments

This nation listened helplessly as the Acting Commissioner of Police attempted to justify his organisation’s inability to deal with the continued increase in murders facing this nation. He attempted to place blame on everyone and every institution in this society, except where the responsibil

Unfair to focus on Solo label issue

May 27, 2016, 8:5 PM AST Comments

The “Solo Coconut” label issue seems trivial amid myriad violations and inconsistencies regarding some consumer products. In recent times, we have seen an influx of foodstuff from China and South American countries with foreign language labels that the average consumer cannot make head


Sustainable growth an illusion

May 27, 2016, 8:5 PM AST Comments

“Sustainable” economic growth cannot happen. It is impossible to have an “everlasting” increase in the quantity of production because our planet — the source of the raw material used in that production — is not “everlasting”. If we extract too much of


Lend a hand to our sweet T&T

May 27, 2016, 8:2 PM AST Comments

The collective consequence of benevolent leadership coupled with the patriotic mindset of citizens putting country first are prerequisites that develops a nation to progressive status. Empirical proof of this is a country smaller than Trinidad and Tobago with less natural resources — Singapor


Govt impotent in fight against crime

May 26, 2016, 6:40 PM AST Comments

The figures are staggering: five murders in 17 hours in one weekend; 15 last weekend starting with Friday the 13th. It has never been this bad in Trinidad and Tobago. Former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar recognised the problem and on Friday last she asked the Speaker to adjourn Parliament&#


Govt’s duty to protect citizens

May 25, 2016, 8:48 PM AST Comments

The murder rate continues along its merry way and with the daily murder figures there is no telling at the end of the year how many grieving families there will be.


Permanent employment the answer

May 25, 2016, 8:47 PM AST Comments

Crime and disorder have as their root cause poverty and hopelessness. Governments in the past attempted to solve the poverty issue by short-term employment and a number of social interventions.


Let's say 'I do' at 18 or over

May 25, 2016, 8:44 PM AST Comments

The Marriage Act of 1923, which is still currently law in T&T, sets a minimum age of 12 years for girls and 14 years for boys and it varies across religions.



Dr Rowley, are you ready?

May 24, 2016, 8:29 PM AST Comments

I have never seen so many newspaper articles and letters about anything as I have seen about child marriages. So much comment by so many! But when are we as a society going to implement solutions (many of which have already been put on the table) to save the thousands of children who are exploited a


Cost of real coconut water sky high

May 24, 2016, 8:26 PM AST Comments

I would like the Food and Drug Department of the Ministry of Health to know that at no time was I fooled that the coconut-flavoured Solo drink could have been real coconut water. It was priced six times cheaper than the real thing and was on supermarket shelves alongside other flavoured drinks that


An equal place for all

May 24, 2016, 8:26 PM AST Comments

The issue of child marriage is more religious than it is political or social. The tradition, though containing elements of a social nature, seems to be more strongly rooted in religious dogma and thought.


Child marriage has no place in this modern world

May 23, 2016, 9:10 PM AST Comments

We must accept that there will be changes which may not be proper, religiously, traditionally or culturally, but which are politically and socially very correct and relevant in keeping with the world in which we live.