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TAJ News Talk: May 24th, 2017

Title: Money to burn

It’s another midweek as the manic month of May winds down slowly.

But the news continues unabated with the usual suspects taking centre stage.

The crime wave is now bordering on a tsunami as innocent persons, pregnant mothers, pensioners are not just murdered but mutilated.

The Opposition sits down as it has the Government dancing fancy in the courts over the property tax.

It has registered yet another victory as the administration’s appeals have fallen on deaf airs.

And UNC Chairman David Lee says the Finance Minister is coming perilously close to breaking the law.

This as the tax is on hold, Colm Imbert encourages homeowners to submit their valuation return forms.

But the major issue that comes to the fore is corruption.

Shamfa Cudjoe roamed large for 4 days and cost 52 thousand dollars.

Darryl Smith had a Tobago retreat with his Ministry of Sport colleagues and cost 92 thousand dollars.

Smith has since deflected saying people are looking for corruption within the Ministry.

But isn’t that what we are supposed to do?

We don’t sacrifice to pay taxes, eat bread and sausage while you dine on steak and pasta.

The Minister added the trip was not just for one event.

Not to mention, it can be certain that they had no travel issues, while Tobagonians cannot even get home.

This is not a case of “Oh it’s this party.”

It’s the case of it’s all the same thing, no matter who is in power.

The question remains how do we make them answer for their disregard for the people of this country.

A.C. Chan
A.C. Chan

Andrew is first and foremost a writer. Since he was seven and realized this, his life’s pursuit has been researching and understanding all the specific elements and genres of his craft. These genres include creative prose and poetry, to journalistic, copywriting, blogging and academic writing. As the News Editor and Presenter for TAJ 92.3FM, Andrew gets to pursue a number of passions: reading, writing and talking to people! He is currently pursuing his BA in Communications with a Minor in Literature at the University of the West Indies. Andrew is an avid West Indies and Liverpool FC fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, swimming, reading and of course, writing!

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