AWRIGHT DEN: Random thoughts
Over the years I have watched how Warrens has developed. I must say that I am pleased with the development as it provides me with easy access to certain services. As the development progresses, I find it strange that there has been no construction of a police station, fire station, ambulance response station or 24-hour convenience store.
A few Sundays ago, there was a discussion on The People’s Business about the upcoming amendments to the Road Safety Act. During the discussion, it was communicated that it is illegal for vendors to ply their trade on the layaways on the highways. I was quite shocked to hear that this is an illegal act when this practice has been going on for years and each year the tradesmen and women increase in number and variety.
It would be fair to say that if the selling of coconuts on the highway is illegal, then the selling of nuts, fruits and newspapers is illegal as well. I believe that we should all be given the opportunity to make an honest dollar but we cannot encourage people to continuously break the law.
I believe that it would be unfair, hypocritical and downright unprincipled for a citizen of this country to be prosecuted for any traffic violation when the law enforcers allow this illegal sales trade to continue.
This is the season of athletics within the public and private primary and secondary schools. Every weeknight, I eagerly await the sports news to get a glimpse of the latest school sports.
It is unwise and dangerous for schools to host their athletic championships on playing fields. Most of our playing fields are uneven, poorly prepared, filled with potholes and contain rocks, glass bottles and other objects which can be harmful to our potential CARIFTA, CAC and Olympic athletes.
I remember watching Harrison College’s sports highlights and seeing one of our top athletes narrowly avoiding a serious injury due to a poorly prepared field.
What would be our response if this athlete had broken an ankle or dislocated his hip?
We must see our athletes as an investment that needs to be nurtured and protected. Yes, there is only one stadium, but if we are serious about our athletics, others need to be built.
Recently in Barbados, legislation was passed, prohibiting individuals from smoking in public. I support Wayne Poonka Willock in his plea to see a similar law passed which would prevent people from burning leaves, garbage, animals, boxes and so on in public.
More often than not, the culprits are not the ones disadvantaged; it is those innocent people downwind. Will we wait until an asthmatic dies from the unkind, discourteous, selfish actions of others?
Many citizens are eagerly awaiting the release of the National Development Scholarships list by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources. A few years ago, I was told that the scholarships only support overseas studying.
I am hoping this year that the scholarships would also be provided to individuals who want to pursue their postgraduate studies online. If the programmes of study are so important to national development, then the method of study shouldn’t be that important.
For the last how many years, I don’t know, the Morning Traffic Report from the Royal Barbados Police Force seems to never change. I propose that the radio announcer each morning say: “Today’s traffic report is the same as usual. Bumper to bumper traffic in almost all directions.”
The sitting of Parliament and the Senate are two very important weekly sessions. Some days, I would love to tune in but cannot and I believe there are other people who do was well. As a result, I propose that the sessions be recorded and uploaded on a government website so all citizens can watch at their own leisure. Also, all the members in Parliament are referred to by the constituencies they represent and not their names and unless a familiar voice is speaking, the public generally doesn’t know who it is. A video recording would solve this problem.