Are people really interested in what is going on around them? When I listen to the Auditor General’s last report and see that the government owes itself several billions of dollars, I know that it is something which will slowly be allowed to slide back under the carpet, I am amazed. Now, I thought about it, and between the “restoration” of MP’s salary and monies owing, I can understand why I have not received my income tax return for 2014 yet! Is anyone interested in the interest which the government is supposed to pay on outstanding funds owed to people just like when we owe? I hear that one has to apply for it by letter. Well I sent in a letter of application over a year ago for my interest on 2013. Nothing happened. Not even a response. Why is this being allowed to go on? Who is looking after our interests?
Is there any interest paid to the implementation of certain laws in this country? What about instructions from the Town Planner? Certain people get away blatantly and others get their little “shanty” or brick wall torn down. Who is interested in the many individuals, children and adults alike who have to leave home at odd times to go to the hospital to be nebulized? Why? Smoke morning noon and night. Up to this week I had to call the Police. I must say thanks to the Honourable Donville Inniss, who as Minister of Health, made strides towards the cessation of indiscriminate burning during his stint. Despite his efforts, and those of CABS (Citizens Against Burning Stuff) that matter has gone further back on the burner. GIS had put out a an educational documentary but it probably showed once. The current minister has done nothing in this regard. He is not interested because I spoke to him on it already. Someone else has to die from smoke? This is 2016 and, regardless of inappropriate traditions, we can’t talk about green this and that, and environmental this and that and have people burning stuff every morning right next to their neighbour with total disregard. So in whose interest is it when we get the run-around from Police to Fire Service to Health inspectors and back to Police and NOBODY is taking responsibility for enacting the laws of this country related to persons being a public nuisance. No interest lies here!
Is there interest in the issuing of licenses in this country? Why is there not a special test done for persons over 70 years who might just get a certificate of good health but can’t hear well, can’t see well, whose reflexes are so slow that an approaching bike looks far away. Then they swing. Then the biker is dead. My interest here is in the welfare of both the driver and all the other persons with whom he must interact on the road. Some interest must be paid in correcting this. Too many have gone already either as “victim or perpetrator”. Speaking of licenses, what about the older folk who get their firearm licenses renewed and can barely take the gun out of the bag; hands trembling; can barely stand; voice shaky. In this situation safety is of interest to me. The safety of that person as well as those who will be around him with that weapon.
Within the last few years, many persons have discovered that they are Gluten Intolerant or have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Who is interested? Those persons cannot use flour, wheat, barley, rye or spelt. That means no fried stuff, no biscuits, no bread, no pie, no beers etc. Wherever you go people are frying with flour. The people with this unfortunate condition now have to seek other forms of food that exclude these items. Those who impose the taxes on these items which have to be imported need to be interested enough to understand that such alternatives are already very expensive. The acquisition of such items can mean the difference between life and suffering! So, I am clamouring for reduced or VAT free taxes on items related to gluten avoidance. More interest should be paid to this area and suppliers of foods at various events need to include items that can be used by persons with Celiac disease, and indeed there are many.
Are some radio station DJ’s interested in the welfare of persons who attempt to contribute to the musical arena in this country? There is one in particular who should ply his trade in the open seas based on the name he chooses to use. For years he has been interested only in himself, claiming to be an expert on every kind of music, in particular Calypso, which he had very little interest in years ago. If he would only pay some interest in upgrading his knowledge and use of the English language and its grammar, improve his ability to read the news properly and pronounce people’s names correctly, he would be in a better to position to openly criticize people’s work in a public forum. When that criticism wreaks its initial havoc, others jump on his bandwagon, agree and then that particular song is dead. Musicians who spend time, money and energy on a project, writers and producers who make a valid contribution to the arena are totally discouraged when they are told that a piece of work is “crap” but the person who says so will still play offerings of a far inferior quality, even if coming from his offspring. Is it personal? What is his major focus or interest? Is it in the downgrading of others? In “killing off” an effort before it can even get off the ground? Well he has gone through the years doing it and seems only interested in perpetuating that kind of behaviour much to the detriment of some and joy of others.
Finally, has BAPPSS replied yet to the minister? A body of principals whom he has said should be locked up for doing their job as set out in the act? If they were really interested in calling a spade a spade, we would have had a huge response. I suppose in their own interest, they have to keep quiet and “toe the line”. I observe with interest.