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Depend on hard work not handouts

Since this coalition Government came into power, all I can read and hear is about corruption, ineffective leadership, worst prime minister in history and so on. In addition to that, Trinidad and Tobago has been bombarded with protest actions like never before; we have seen protests for any and everything.

While it is our right to have a good standard of living and our job to keep the Government under scrutiny, we need to take responsibility for our own actions, or inaction as in most cases. For instance, I read of people complaining about the lack of jobs. The Government recently initiated many projects such as the Colour Me Orange and went on to improve existing CEPEP (Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme) and URP (Unemployment Relief Programme) projects, yet a protest was subsequently staged.

Apparently, these people were outraged and thought 69 dollars for four hours (emphasis on four hours) was unfair. Can you imagine the audacity of these people? I'd have them work for 69 dollars a day! These people are accustomed to free handouts and have developed a "gimme-gimme" attitude over the past two decades. These people need to learn to work hard for what they want and the meaning of sacrifice. We all do it, so should they.

There are so many technical and vocational programmes funded by GATE (Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses) to help people improve themselves. No one in Trinidad should say there isn't equal opportunity when it comes to education—from free tuition and school laptops to library access, among many others. We need to take our own initiative and decide where we want to be in life, not sit down idly all day and say, "Well, the Government eh doing this and they eh doing that." All facilities and provisions are being made available to each and every citizen, and we need to be grateful and make use of it because the older folks, like myself, had no such access in our days.

Not everyone successful was born with a gold spoon in their mouth; take the Prime Minister, for instance, whose mother cultivated rice to educate her children, or the Attorney General, who came from a family of 18 and had to rely on his mother and sister who sold doubles to educate him. Even I, my mother was a housewife and all eight siblings depended on my dad who drove a bus to support his family. I saw my dad struggle and sacrifice, and from these experiences, I learned a great lesson. Now, I am successfully employed, married with two children and able to support both them and my parents.

It aggravates every nerve in my body to see these ungrateful and lazy persons live off taxpayers, I can safely say we have successfully created a welfare-dependent society, and any amount of provisions the Government puts in place cannot change the mindset of these indolent ones. I encourage the Government not to give in and feed this society; they have to work for what they want. This is not a handout country.

Michelle Debideen

Point Fortin

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