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Wednesday 16 January 2019
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Govt has role incutting poverty

THE EDITOR: It seems as though poverty exists in TT not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we cannot satisfy the rich.

We are a rich nation that could do better and government officials must do more to alleviate the high levels of poverty.

Greed and corruption are causing great material and moral damage and are a major threat to our continued development.

Greed and corruption are perceived as among the most important and increasing problems. They are creating ever deeper public distrust to most significant political and administrative institutions.

The Government plays an important role in the fight against poverty. Most right thinking people agree that it should at the very least try to assist those most in need. However, there is an ongoing debate on how exactly this should be implemented. In fact, there are a number of government policies to reduce poverty.

Poverty and inequities hurt all of us in the long run. They erode social cohesion and create a burden on all taxpayers to pay for poverty reduction, healthcare services, unemployment, crime and homelessness.

Our economic system and well-being are currently at risk of even more serious deterioration unless we take action now.

SIMON WRIGHT, Chaguanas

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