My April 07, 2020 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Congratulations on your 55th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Prime Minister, despite your stridency on the campaign trail in 2015, public transportation continues to be chaotic and unreliable.  I am taking this opportunity to suggest for the 3rd time that you make Chaguaramas into our first “Bus only” city.  This thought was stimulated by the “FluTag” disaster, St. Peter’s Day Celebrations, every Carnival Fete in Chaguaramas and the visual of 2 massive car parks which routinely house the private vehicles owned by members of the Regiment and Coast Guard.  The stadium can be used as a car park and regular bus shuttles could operate on time from there.  It would require the registration of resident’s vehicles and the issuance of passes.

I sincerely hope that you will at least establish a committee to identify the feasibility of this idea or some other idea which can positively impact transportation in Chaguaramas.

Yours for our country!

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Comm
Citizen

My February 07, 2020 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 53rd month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is almost 10 years since Despers was chased from the “Hill” by their children and the band continues to move from property to property in search of a home.

May I suggest that the property on which they now practice be converted into a National Pan Theatre and a home for Despers.  For many years the Government Printery was housed there which makes its allocation a simple exercise. Such a move by your government will not go un-noticed by the people of the “Hill” and the “Pan Fraternity”.

Yours in the interest of development.

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Concerned Citizen

My October 7th, 2019 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley
Congratulations on your 49th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

This is my 4th letter to you requesting that your government make good on its campaign promise to treat with Public Transportation as a quality of life issue.  

May I once again suggest that you appoint an interdisciplinary team of locals to publicly report on possible solutions within 90 days.  You are very aware of Dr. Trevor Townsend and Dr. Ray Furlonge who have both written and spoken publicly on the issue and whom I am sure would respond to any call for public service.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Concerned Citizen

My Sept 7, 2019 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 48th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

More than one year ago you indicated that in 2019 there will be a comprehensive ban on the use of styrofoam products and I wrote asking that single use plastics be included in that initiative.

I am requesting an update on the action plan associated with the implementation of this ban including the status of the legislative agenda.

Yours in the interest of development.

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications 
Concerned Citizen

My August 7th, 2019 letter to P.M. Rowley.

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 47th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Sir, the focus on guns and drugs is commendable however we continue to allow traffic violations and indiscipline on the roads.  Some of the indiscipline comes from the fact that people who “bought” their driver’s permit are unlikely to be able to read and write.

May I suggest a Public Awareness campaign of 15 second radio and television advertisements done in standard English and focussing on the rules contained in the regulations handbook.  

 Yours in the interest of development.

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)

MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications 

Concerned Citizen

My March 7th, 2019 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 42nd month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

For 10 years I worked alongside the late Dr. Pat Bishop as she arranged music for Despers and I held the position of Corporate Communications Manager at WITCO.  One memory I have is of her lamenting the absence of a Carnival Museum dedicated to telling our stories of Carnival.  She even mused that the Treasury Building on Independence Square would be a suitable space because of its thick walls, high ceilings and proximity to the Port.

This is brought to your attention in the hope that you will decide to use the Treasury Building to house our nation’s Carnival Museum.  Such a decision will require relatively small injection of capital and will bring an immediate solution to a historical problem.

I also recall spending a lazy afternoon into evening visiting the Panama Canal and understanding the tremendous income generator that it is for Panama City.  May I suggest that Carnival is to Trinidad and Tobago what the Panama Canal is to Panama.  A Carnival Museum in close proximity to the port of Port of Spain will be an income generator for the passengers on the Cruise ships as well as a place where our children can learn of our past Carnivals and be inspired to dream of a future filled with possibilities.

Yours in the interest of development,

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My January 7th 2019 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 40th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Here are 12 suggestions for your government for 2018 and I am simply repeating them for 2019 in the hope that you will give this list the positive action it deserves:

  1. Rationalize our public holidays in order to positively impact productivity.
  2. Publicize the performance appraisal system for the public service so that citizens know how public servants are judged with regard to performance delivery.
  3. Appoint a Minister of Communication to ensure that your government’s performance is positively highlighted and brought to the attention of the citizenry.
  4. Have the Regional Corporations develop and implement a 6 month plan for creating “walkable cities” in their Boroughs starting simultaneously in April 2019.
  5. Appoint a “Social Innovation Think Tank” to report within 9 months on key social innovations projects which can be implemented across the country.
  6. Ensure electronic transactions become the norm at Government and State institutions.
  7. Begin the obesity reduction programme with our protective services especially those in leadership.
  8. Place a moratorium on the approval of new franchises.
  9. Mandate Rituals and Starbucks to use 10% local coffee and increase that usage to 60% within 5 years.
  10. Place a moratorium on the importation of cars. (Effective February 2018, Singapore banned the addition of cars on its roads to reduce the permitted vehicle growth rate to 0%.)
  11. Implement a programme to ban the use of disposable plastic cups and plates.  (In September 2016 France became the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. A new French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home by January of 2020.)
  12. Mandate that garbage be separated in homes for collection by specially assigned trucks on specific days.

The country and indeed your government is suffering from inertia and you are in an ideal position to fix this.  As your election tag line implored: Let’s do this!”

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen

My December 7th 2018 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 39th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is more than 1 year since I wrote requesting that your government implement Sexual Harassment policies throughout the entire public service and State Enterprises and while there has been some cosmetic gestures the substantive issue remains outstanding.

While there are guidelines by the Equal Opportunity Commission, it is still necessary to implement the policies across the Public Service and State Enterprises.  Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago is behind on the passing of appropriate legislation.

I am once again requesting the implementation of the appropriate policies and the passage of the necessary legislation to successful deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications
Citizen 

My November 7th, 2018 letter to P.M. Rowley

This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.

Dear Dr. Rowley

Congratulations on your 38th Month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I sincerely congratulate you on the appointment of a Commissioner of Police however the goodwill generated by this appointment is being quickly eroded and I wish to make the following unsolicited recommendations.

  1. That the Commissioner of Police take a less combative style when communicating with citizens.
  2. That the Commissioner refrain from denigrating his predecessor because the knock on effect is that he is critiquing his own office.
  3. That there should be a greater focus on traffic management so that we operate in a less chaotic context. (Reference the broken window syndrome)
  4. That the Commissioner should reduce the focus on himself and place it more on the team of trained police who support him

I sincerely hope that you will consider these suggestions.

Yours Respectfully

Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass 
Concerned Citizen