Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Big challenges for Health Minister

Feb. 9, 2016, 6:19 PM AST Comments

As the exuberance of the Merry Monarch fades the country must take stock of the ripening of yet another crisis. The third instalment in the trio of crises which this nation must deal with is that of healthcare (the other two being crime and the economy).

Apply the law to vagrants

Feb. 9, 2016, 6:17 PM AST Comments

Why do the police authorities feel they can determine which laws to uphold and which laws to ignore? The vast majority of the public would like the idling/loitering/disorderly/vagrancy problem to be dealt with from a public-use perspective.

Help the children preserve real mas

Feb. 9, 2016, 6:16 PM AST Comments

Once again, I am in total agreement with our Minister of Education in his appreciation of the children’s Carnival presentation last Saturday. What we witnessed was creativity at its best with its attendant colour and pageantry. The adults who helped to put the mas together showed the children

Cut those ticket prices

Feb. 8, 2016, 5:37 PM AST Comments

We glibly say “Nothing is for free!” But should we be paying such exorbitant prices to sit in the Grand Stand or North Stand for any of the Carnival shows?

When dealing with mosquitoes, prevention better than cure

Feb. 8, 2016, 5:36 PM AST Comments

As a follow-up to the letter in the Express of February 8 headlined “A different approach to mosquito control” I would like to add that although we may never be able to eradicate mosquitoes, we could reduce their population by being more helpful in stopping the spread of this dangerous i

A plea and plan for victim support

Feb. 7, 2016, 5:49 PM AST Comments

Victim support and counselling is a vital function that is often underestimated and underappreciated in our society. When a victim of rape or a child who is sexually violated seeks help, it is the counsellor who is the first point of contact and who also has to assist and help that person or child g

Lean, clean and beautiful

Feb. 7, 2016, 5:46 PM AST Comments

The magnificent culture of Trinidad and Tobago is not dying. It is re-aligning and adjusting to this new world. Peter Minshall’s King for Carnival this year is stunning in its simplicity, grace and pathos of the inevitability of change It was lean, clean and beautiful.

Bombarded by non-stop noise

Feb. 7, 2016, 5:44 PM AST Comments

Carnival is really “silly season”, especially for authorities who certainly do not think straight, with mindless decisions or a vindictive and/or uncaring attitude or all of the above for party events. Residents are secondary to any decision.

A different approach to mosquito control

Feb. 7, 2016, 5:43 PM AST Comments

Several writers have criticised the use of Dyna-Fogging as a mosquito control method for good reasons. One of the main concerns is that the chemicals used kill both mosquitoes and their predators, which recover slower than the mosquitoes, is making the problem worse.