Let’s get rid of all those useless laws

THE EDITOR: As I peruse the daily newspapers I am driven to wonder if Trinidad can be saved from the abyss into which it has been allowed to fall. It seems that nothing has been done to improve conditions since achieving independence.

We have the same archaic laws that were relevant then but are totally useless now. For example: Drivers without right arms have to paint "No Hand Signals" on their beautiful new cars. Similarly, "Left Hand Drive" for vehicles from the US. Everyone is driving with windows up and air conditioners on so hand signals are no longer an issue.

How about people found littering have to be brought to court. Why not make it a ticketable offence.

Let us get rid of all those useless laws and be more efficient in our approach to law.

Just because the US does something does not mean it is correct or good. We do not have to follow the US in everything it does. Example: You cannot put teenaged boys and girls in the same school. The young girls are blossoming and the boys are curious and testerone is raging. The boys will fall behind in their studies and the girls will fight because of jealousy.

Lowly workers are being kept in poor conditions because of a silly clause in the rules of the National Insurance Board. A worker on attaining age 60 who has the requisite 750 contributions has to first resign, giving up his/her only source of income (which could possibly be more than the pension amount) in order to qualify for the pension. Why can’t that worker keep his or her job and collect the pension as well, thereby raising his/her quality of life.

These are just a few thoughts and I am sure if the people elected to run this country took time to look a lot more can be found and done.


Diego Martin


"Let’s get rid of all those useless laws"

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