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Letter: Address the challenges now!
Published on June 15, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Jamaica, Beijing China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Columbia, California USA and many countries in Europe have all experienced exceedingly high levels of rainfall in 2017. As a result, there have been reports of unprecedented flooding and consequential death.

In Trinidad and Tobago there is no urgency in clearing our water courses, removing people from dwelling in flood zones or upgrading our emergency response system. Every day without fail, the media reports condemnation after condemnation of politicians and political parties. Somehow it seems that if one criticizes enough; things will change.

The government may not be proactive but it is up to us to steer them in the direction that they need to go. If all we do is condemn without pointing out the flaws and suggest solutions, we provoke reaction to criticism rather than an incentive to act on behalf of the people. It is time for immediate action to prepare Trinidad and Tobago for a rainy season where extreme flooding is possible.

Trinidad and Tobago has many other major initiatives that are critical to our development. Among the many are:

• Charting a new economic model where businesses are more than traders or sects that depend on government for sustenance. A model that incorporates tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, carnival, the energy sector and asphalt in a long term economic plan for growth and development.

• Paying immediate attention to our infrastructure, repairing our ageing buildings, roads and bridges and constructing a new network of roads.

• Restructure our education system to prepare our youths to meet the challenges of a modern world.

• Partner with the business community to improve healthcare and insurance services.

It is imperative that the government realizes that the public cannot be continually called upon to pay for the sins of the few politicians that have been responsible for our bleak economic condition. Taxes, fines and fees imposed on a public struggling to survive is not the way forward. There is a lot to be done immediately. Let us stop the bacchanal and old talk for a while and concentrate on the challenges that confront us.

God bless our nation.

Steve Alvarez
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