Tuesday, July 22, 2014


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Run St Michael’s like a home, not a jail

I have been following with great concern the increasingly disturbing reports about the operations of the St Michael’s Home for Boys. The use of the word “Home,” in the name of the institution in and of itself is inappropriate. The placement of at-risk boys in an institution run like a prison; that appears to lack policies, procedures, operating systems and standards of care, is negatively compounded by the fact that the “keepers” have little or no educational background, training and philosophy in care and service. Read More »

Send them to foreign safe homes

It is crystal clear we are incapable of taking care of the young men of the St Michael’s Home for Boys. And while we begin the traditional finger-pointing exercise, the boys will continue to suffer in ways we may never even know. Read More »

No respect for humanity

the extent to which dishonesty pervades official circles today is alarming. Aphorisms such as “honesty is the best policy”, “all men are equal”, the “rule of law”, “equal justice for all”, “democracy”, “no one is above the law”—these are dead! Read More »

Mistake to change name

Changing the name of King George V Park to Nelson Mandela Park was yet another a bad choice, similar to changing the name of Marine Square to Independence Square. In the latter case, Woodford Square was the obvious choice for a name-change, as that was where much of the song and dance about independence took place. Read More »

Scrapping new library a backward step

Oppression is when privileged people use their position to undermine the rights of others. Democratic governments should prevent oppression however, at times the State apparatus becomes the instrument of oppression. Read More »

Crocodile tears over Palladium

So many persons are posting on social media how sad they are that Palladium cinema is closing—but how many of them continued to support Globe and its sister movie houses after the multiplexes opened? I can proudly say that I have never been to the multiplexes (even though I live close to one) and I have been to IMax just once. Read More »

Go back to basics with our watchwords

I wANT to expand on these three words coined as our national watchwords by the late Dr Eric Williams who first identified them at a youth rally on the eve of our Independence on August 30, 1962. Our current leaders will do well also to understand the significance of those watchwords. Read More »

PM must end confusion over ‘illegal’ soldiers

It is with some concern that I view the statement attributed to the acting Commissioner of Police in yesterday’s newspapers. Read More »

Good move by Govt to go after HCU’s Harnarine

I live in Dow Village, Couva. When Caroni (1975) Ltd was operational, the villagers’ lives revolved around the sugar factory at Brechin Castle. Read More »

Who’s looking out for the common man?

While the public servants have a shoulder to lean on, the question begs: On whose shoulder does the common man cry? In recent days, the nation has once again witnessed another upheaval thrust upon our citizens by the directives of others, resulting in stress, inconvenience, desperation and loss to many. Read More »

Shameful display in the Senate

I am ashamed as an older Trinidadian. I am deeply embarrassed by the Senate proceedings as seen on television and reported in the newspapers. Read More »

Fixing St Michael’s, YTC a crime-stopping measure

Every NGO, with the right intentions, that has ever done work at St Michael’s School for Boys, could have disclosed what is now in the public domain. We have witnessed it and seen it for years—helplessly. Read More »

It’s a monster, not a mother!

What mind is this that deafens its ears to tender human pain and shovels out blows in copious amounts on a pleading, defenceless offspring? Read More »

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