It is with a sense of incredulity that I observe this penchant some have for saying that “Trinidad is not a real place.” Freedom of expression is thankfully alive and well in this country and while it is not my intent to deny anyone that freedom, I respectfully beg to disagree. It is my considered view that many Trinbagonians are not real.

Over time accusations of wrongdoing by those sworn to protect and serve have been swirling in the public domain. There have even been many instances of police officers being hauled before the courts for a variety of offences, inclusive of murder and kidnapping. Clearly that state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue in an institution charged with the responsibility of upholding the law.

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Curiouser and curiouser best describes the conflict between the chairman of State-owned Tourism Trinidad Ltd (TTL) and the Government regarding the tenure of the Board of Directors of the tourism state enterprise.

Don’t know about you, but nowadays when the Prime Minister speaks, I want to reach for the headphones or a violin. What a whiner.

With its previous iteration having endured four years of legislative purgatory, the Andrew Holness administration has finally resurrected the sexual harassment bill, in a form that it says will better address a problem that disproportionately affects women in a society where male power is dominant and sexual ego among its defining characteristics.

This week saw two instances where citizens fought back against the criminality that seems to have covered the nation. In Couva this week, bandits were shot by a security guard. The outcome, had the guard not been there and properly armed and/or trained, we would not have been able to tell. Would it have been another headline, “Business owner and security guard murdered”?

In the mid-60s, Paul Simon wrote, “And in the naked light I saw/10,000 people maybe more/ people talking without speaking/people hearing without listening/ people writing songs that voices never share/and no one dared disturb the sound of silence”.