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Published: 
Monday, February 26, 2018

The intelligence world is naturally shy. Those who work in the sector say and show very little.

It is no surprise, then, that questions over why Russia’s spy navy ship Viktor Leonov is back on our shores were left unanswered. Same with a US military plane which, coincidentally, came to visit us at the same time.

We are to be forgiven for the sense of paranoia but given the recent terror threats, the presence of these spying machines can raise more questions than answers. Or maybe their main interest is south of Trinidad, as Venezuela’s political and economic situation shows no sign of improvement.

Whatever they are doing here, at least we hope our leaders asked our visitors to switch off their listening devices. It is not polite to eavesdrop into conversations of friends.

Trigger unhappy

It is laudable to see the Arima Business Association doing its part to help tackle crime by repairing the local police station’s cars. A much needed help as police fleet are left rusting all over the country, making it less effective in stopping crime and further wasting taxpayers’ money.

Their call for speedier issuing of gun licences is also a good one. It’s ridiculous that such requests languish for years at the police. Those who applied for one ought to know the outcome sooner than later.

Where we somewhat disagree with the ABA is its suggestion that the issuing of licences will help reduce crime. That’s unlikely. As we know from recent events, it is very easy to get a gun licence in most US states but that doesn’t seem to make the country any safer, quite the contrary.

Asking for more guns to avoid crime is like asking for more fire engines to avoid fires. What we must be pushing for a way to remove guns from criminals and a proper border security system to avoid more coming in illegally.

Club 100

Although the human race is slowly moving up the life expectancy scale, reaching 100 remains a major milestone. Yesterday and today, this newspaper featured two Trinidadian women who have just achieved that and in rude health: Onecimus Caprietta and Catherine Cauldero.

As centenarians ourselves—ours was last September—we wish them many more happy returns. And a continued role in helping shape the next generation of citizens in their communities, just like they have been doing for more decades than most of us will live.

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