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Monday, January 29, 2018

If the information in the public domain about what is happening with the selection of a new Police Commissioner is true, the Police Service Commission may be perceived as less than transparent and more than compromised.

It is therefore now urgent that this issue be clarified and in the public domain. Secrecy has shrouded this selection process from day one, yet millions of our limited dollars have been spent on retaining people and firms to guide the process.

This newspaper believes the public has a right to know if the KPMG recommendations were factored into the selection process, and if not, why not?

We also believe that citizens have the right to know if the person reportedly selected for the job actually applied for the position or a different one, and if a change was made to the applicant list by the PSC itself, why it was done, under what authority?

This is not a private company matter we are speaking of, this is about the selection of OUR new Commissioner of Police. For the sake of the incoming commissioner, whoever that may be, the issue must be addressed, not just because of the money spent on the process, but because we, the public, need to trust that the person filling the position, is the best one for the job.

Embarrassed enough yet?

The death of Daniel Rose at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital is exactly why there is little faith in the local public health care system and exactly why private institutions (with the same doctors) continue to make millions.

Daniel’s story is a reality that continues to disgust this newspaper every day because there are too many cases which mirror his. While there are professionals fighting to deliver their utmost best within the public system, it will simply never be an option for those who can afford to trust their health elsewhere. To everyone who has lost a loved one in circumstances like this, we share your grief. To the Ministry of Health, aren’t you embarrassed enough yet?

No potholes just for Carnival?

It is great to hear a Government minister so passionate about filling and fixing potholes on the road…for Carnival. Mas, after all, is played on the streets and no one wants a broken toe or sprained ankle. It would be nice though, if the minister’s pothole filling priority would continue in other parts of the country, and all year round.


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