This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.
Dear Prime Minister
I hope this letter reaches you experiencing the best of health.
It is your 20th month at the helm of the MS T&T and the noise from the deck and the dock is increasing. Indeed you may not appreciate the analogy of boats and ships at this time!
I am reading a book by Jeff Speck called “Walkable City” which answers the question: “How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people”.
I recall your stridency on the campaign trail talking about transportation being a quality of life issue. May I suggest that you appoint a committee of urban planners and give them the brief to find modern solutions to our transportation issues even if it means bringing Jeff Speck to provide some advice.
Let me know if you wish to borrow my copy when I’m finished reading it.
Yours for our country!
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Comm
Dear Prime Minister,
Today is the anniversary of your 14th month at the helm of our country and from all indications there is very little for us to celebrate.
On the campaign trail, you stated that the traffic situation is a quality of life issue which is intolerable. You further promised a mass transit solution and inspired the population with your rhetoric about what we could do if we did not spend 4 hours on the road.
I am requesting an update on the status of the mass transit plan as you promised.
Yours for our country
Dear Prime Minister,
We say we are pegging our future on the success of a strengthened Tourism Industry but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot by not strengthening Caribbean Airlines nor presenting our strategic plan. The current shouting about Sport Tourism will fail because there are NO bedrooms around the excellent facilities which have been built in Central Trinidad.
To borrow a phrase from Dr. Gabrielle Hosein, “If I was the Prime Minister” here is what I would do to make sports tourism a reality.
I would convert the Couva Children’s Hospital into a sports tourism complex which could house athletes and provide a service for the convalescence of international, regional and local athletes. (There is no facility where athletes can convalesce in the region).
I would invite accomplished sports doctors and physiotherapists to function there during the winter periods or periods which coincide with off-season training of athletes and cyclists.
I would go after the hosting of a major international swim or cycling activity to show off my facilities to the world.
The Couva Hospital is ideal because it has a good combination of wards (which can provide dormitory facilities for athletes), private rooms which can house officials and medics, cafeteria facilities, recreational facilities and medical facilities. More importantly, it is within an easy commute from our world class facilities. Without bedrooms and other amenities, the aquatic centre and the cycling centre would have a difficult time attracting the traffic that is needed to make them viable.
These suggestions will put us ahead of the curve in several ways.