Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Letters

Route to self-sustaining economy

Sep. 27, 2016, 10:1 PM AST Comments

I am of the view that were it not for the addiction to freeness and a lack of fairplay—features which unfortunately seem to be ingrained in much of our population—the economy of Trinidad and Tobago, given the country’s past wealth in human and financial resour­ces, should today be

FATCA can expose wrongdoing

Sep. 27, 2016, 10:0 PM AST Comments

A classic Greek tragedy play asserts, “There is no avoidance in delay”. This is what Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and all who would lay equal blame to both parties, ought to remember. The FATCA (For­eign Account Tax Compliance Act) problem is a large, long-signalled issue.


Our real riches

Sep. 27, 2016, 9:58 PM AST Comments

Recently, we were informed by a senior financial expert in the Public Service that “the good times were over”, which was taken to mean that the money supply needed to finance our previous orgy of consumerism had largely dried up.


Faulty reasoning by disability activist

Sep. 26, 2016, 7:31 PM AST Comments

In her response to my letter of September 19 on the difference between the Olympics and Paralympics, Nicole Cowie, disability activist, chastised me for “trying to diminish the achievements of Paralympic athletes”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The wine of disappointment

Sep. 26, 2016, 7:28 PM AST Comments

At his inauguration ceremony, the President of our Republic spoke with such candour, asserting that “the powers you think I have I do not, the powers that you think I do not have, I do”.


Our Head of State short on answers

Sep. 26, 2016, 7:27 PM AST Comments

The arrogance of Anthony Carmona seems unrestrained. His decision to use his Republic Day message to take cheap scatter-shots at vague enemies was yet another of his ill-advised actions. One cannot chase after every passing car. There is a term for that in T&T and it's not presidential.



Blame both sides for FATCA mess

Sep. 25, 2016, 10:18 PM AST Comments

I am truly convinced that neither the PNM nor the UNC has the interests of the people of Trinidad and Tobago at heart. The shameful, scandalous, sickening, surreal and sadistic event that passed off in Parliament, on September 23 as the Tax Information Exchange Agreements Bill (2016) non-debate by o

Try trade-off between the govt and groups for fair play

Sep. 25, 2016, 10:14 PM AST Comments

The FATCA issue is taking away the focus from the upcoming budget although it is believed that they are fiscally related. It did not surprise me to hear from the Bankers Association, the Energy Chamber, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the American Chamber and others who have risen from their


Relying on the media

Sep. 25, 2016, 10:13 PM AST Comments

I refer to the latest outburst by the President at the media (Sunday Express, September 25). The President and so many others of status and those in positions of authority love to have a go at the media when any adverse reports are made against them. They use their positions to defend themselves.



Bring government closer to us

Sep. 23, 2016, 10:34 PM AST Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, did we sign a concordat with our govern­ments and our Parliament to take pressure and do nothing? We are seeing all those traffic jams coming down the main valleys and arteries into Port of Spain. Coming from Chaguanas and Arima, from the Santa Cruz Valley into the East-West C


Many in need of sensitivity training

Sep. 23, 2016, 10:33 PM AST Comments

Hats off to the Ministry of National Security for providing “sensitivity training” for this nation’s Immigration officers. It is expected the “hoggish” attitude on display by these men and women while performing their tasks will be a thing of the past.