Greetings on the coming of gregorian year 2018.
The past year 2017 has left us with many things to be thankful for.
It has also left us with spiritual, social, cultural, economic and other debts that need to be addressed as we move forward in 2018.
Capitalist modes of engagement still predominate many countries of the world including our own. Some countries were able to stay relatively close to their projected growth for calendar year 2017.
There has however been threats of war, and slavery has raised it’s ugly head once again as Africans have been subjected to the horrors and trauma of slavery especially on the continent of Africa.
GMO produced foods have swamped our markets.
Weather patterns have been unpredictable and have posed considerable challenge particularly small scale farmers.
What can we learn from those experience and what can we do to minimize potential loss.
All of our great leaders have always stressed the need for UNITY.
Our people MUST UNITE WHEREVER WE ARE.
There is dire need for a common ideological position to engage the threats that we face.
Here in Trinbago and the Caribbean our several geopolities MUST FIND SOLUTIONS to the multiple border issues we engage with each other.
The vision of political cooperation must cross the current lines of languages and America/Caribbean paradigms that we have always utilised whensoever we attempted to address these challenges.
Trinidad & Tobago is amply blessed with multiplicity of resources, subterranean and marine.
We are blessed with an idealist vacation location.
We are blessed with rich and diverse cultures that have safeguarded ancient mysteries over many years.
Why can’t our political managers work with our people to effectively utilise our blessings and our resources so that every citizen in our land can live in comfort.
This land of ours that have squabdere into the millions of dollars SHOULD HAVE NO “HAVE” AND “HAVE NOT”. ALL OF US SHOULD BE IN THE POSITION OF HAVE.
It is time that the leaders of government from which ever party SHOULD FEAR THE PEOPLE. For too long government servers elected by the people have abused their privileges and have not paid the cost for their abuse of the peoples trust.
Trinbagonians MUST ORGANIZE NOW to engage the challenges that lie ahead.
Too much of the prime real estate of this land is being given away to greed interests that do not reinvest into our communities and have no social conscience whatever.
THIS MUST STOP.
Whatsoever legislative action that needs to be taken by our politicians should be engaged to ensure that working and effective mechanisms are put in place to avoid the theft and misuse of our people’s monies and physical assets.
There is still the under addressed issue of REPARATIONS FOR THE FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES AND AFRICAN DESCENDANTS WHO WERE THE VICTIMS OF COLONIALISM AND SLAVERY.
It is not idealistic to expect just compensation by law to those who have been vandalized,dehumanized and whose lands and cultures were violated as a direct consequence of the European contact with the First Nation Peoples and Africans.
Legal mechanisms to address some of these issues have been put in place and as yet there is no effective forward ground gained as a direct consequence of government”s inaction in this area of necessitated action.
Many world leaders have spoken about “participatory governance” yet this remains at the level of propaganda and “ole talk”.
Our government MUST MAKE A SINCERE EFFORT TO LIAISE WITH COMMUNITIES AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS OF ALL ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AND THAT THEIR REASONABLE AND REALIZABLE GOALS ARE REPRESENTED IN POLICY ACTION AND MONEY ALLOCATION TO FUND THE REALIZATION OF THE COMMUNITIES SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT FOR THEMSELVES.
There are several other areas of concern to be addressed.
A genuine effort by government to hear from the people what our concerns are will lead to further enhancement of the government’s intentions to serve the people.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
May we not fail our Ancestors.