Thursday, March 30, 2017

Letters

The case of the dead iguanas

Mar. 29, 2017, 9:41 PM AST Comments

All that is wrong with our people, and by extension our society, can be seen in the daily headlines, which for all intent and purposes, briefly describe the degrees of ridiculousness with which we are confronted.

Cloud over our common future

Mar. 29, 2017, 9:39 PM AST Comments

I am not upset that Donald Trump’s latest executive order once again attacked the Obama era and scuttled plans for the US lead role in the climate change issue.


How to speed up that tax

Mar. 29, 2017, 9:36 PM AST Comments

Implementing the property tax as suggested by the Finance Minister, whether it is done through the rental value or through the value of properties, would take considerable time. It means hiring hundreds of people, then training them on how to assess a property before they can begin work.


Our very own world class mess

Mar. 29, 2017, 12:13 AM AST Comments

The lack of compassion and discourtesy experienced by citizens when visiting most Government offices is alarming. Staff are rude and unhelpful and if you ask to see the manager it gets worse. To them, customer service is a foreign language — world class. It is alleged the protective services

Property tax revenue necessary

Mar. 29, 2017, 12:12 AM AST Comments

Property tax is an essential source of Government revenue. There is no civilised society on the developmental path that does not have meaningful taxation. It can be viewed as an economic partnership between the Government and its citizens for the supply and maintenance of public goods.


What and when to hate

Mar. 29, 2017, 12:10 AM AST Comments

The uncle of murdered mother Sharlene Somai has called on her relatives and by extension the country not to be hateful because of the tragedy. To hate means to loathe, detest, feel hostile towards, despise, be unable to stomach, regard with disgust and to shudder at. In this context hate is good, a


Spare the poor home-owners

Mar. 29, 2017, 12:9 AM AST Comments

I am in agreement that the property tax should not be implemented at this point in time, with the dire state of the economy and the general inability of people on fixed incomes to cope with any new taxes. People have been made to pay heavily in recent years due to the severe drop in energy prices.


Total disregard for rule of law in T&T

Mar. 27, 2017, 7:21 PM AST Comments

On March 25, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a total of 120 murders in 85 days (Express tally shows 114 as at March 25), the highest murder statistics ever recorded in our nation's history.


Please stop our ‘ghost riders’

Mar. 26, 2017, 10:6 PM AST Comments

MANY years ago Johnny Cash, the great US country and western singer, sang a most beautiful ballad called “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” At the age of 65, I still remember that melody. I recall, too, that the then named Coca Cola Silver Stars created musical mayhem with it at a “Bomb


Make the parents liable

Mar. 26, 2017, 10:4 PM AST Comments

Why is it that every time an eruption of violence in our schools occurs, it seems that our Education Minister is trapped on the back foot? School violence has always been around, but lately it seems to be occurring more frequently and with a higher level of boldness.


The tough forex challenge

Mar. 26, 2017, 10:3 PM AST Comments

This is an open letter to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert, the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and others who have promoted the current forex distribution system.


No crime plan without legalising drugs

Mar. 25, 2017, 7:38 PM AST Comments

Imagine a society where all drugs are legal, and persons can openly purchase any drug of their choice from licensed and regulated distributors, just like they already do when purchasing cigarettes and alcohol.