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Dear Editor,

The infamous causeway!

Everyone already knows what the bottom line is. Government (read: Theo and his cohorts) will misuse taxpayers' money to push through the construction of the causeway. There are no ifs and buts about it. Along the way some heads will roll to get it done, but alas, so be it!

My heart goes out to the unfortunate Hendrik Jan van Ieperen of the Department of VROMI, who, while giving an explanation at the Town Hall meeting, was blissfully unaware of his misstep, when he "went a step further and stated planning permits had been prepared for Port de Plaisance end of the causeway, to provide for an expansion of the hotel." I'm sure that this statement that raised a few eyebrows in the Allen Halley Community Center also raised eyebrows elsewhere. I can only surmise what his penalty would be for this slip-up. I did notice in the Saturday and Monday editions of The Daily Herald that government went immediately over to the "damage control" mode.

I think it is sad and disturbing to see that government and other organisations (utility companies, banks, etc.) are oblivious to the real needs of our community and continue to give frivolous matters first priority. Outrageous amounts are donated by government, utility companies and banks.

Carnival and Heineken Regatta seem to be at the top of their list, while education and other vital community projects are ignored. When all is said and done, who has really benefitted from these two events and how have they improved our communities? The millions they now intend to squeeze out of us, the taxpayers, to fund this unnecessary causeway, can surely be put to better use, e.g.:

* The Simpson Bay roads are in dire need of repairs/maintenance. What about sidewalks? Does government consider these an unnecessary luxury? Maintenance projects have never been of much interest to government. Maintenance work will entail doling out money and that is certainly not their objective. They are more interested in thinking up new projects that will rapidly fill the pockets of a select few.

* The so-called beautification project of the St. Peters district has never been completed. Only the St. Peters Road itself received a facelift and the rest of the neighbourhood was left in a deplorable state.

* Most of the streetlights on the island are not working. What about spending some of our money on their maintenance? Do government officials drive at night with night vision goggles or do they only drive their cars in daylight?

* All the public schools are in need of maintenance work and the lack of qualified teachers is great. So far all I've seen donated are items such as second-hand computers, pencil pouches or an insignificant monetary donation.

* The Census Office is in dire need of upgrading of personnel and equipment. The issuing of IDs and driver's licences has become one long, agonising process which has to be endured by us, the unlucky common folk. Instead of a clueless clerk, perhaps a pre-recorded "go come back" message could be played continuously at the window.

These are just a few that come to mind right now, but I'm sure there are more urgent matters that have to be tended to before squandering the taxpayers' money on unneeded projects.

D. Peterson


Dear Editor,

The infamous causeway!

Everyone already knows what the bottom line is. Government (read: Theo and his cohorts) will misuse taxpayers' money to push through the construction of the causeway. There are no ifs and buts about it. Along the way some heads will roll to get it done, but alas, so be it!

My heart goes out to the unfortunate Hendrik Jan van Ieperen of the Department of VROMI, who, while giving an explanation at the Town Hall meeting, was blissfully unaware of his misstep, when he "went a step further and stated planning permits had been prepared for Port de Plaisance end of the causeway, to provide for an expansion of the hotel." I'm sure that this statement that raised a few eyebrows in the Allen Halley Community Center also raised eyebrows elsewhere. I can only surmise what his penalty would be for this slip-up. I did notice in the Saturday and Monday editions of The Daily Herald that government went immediately over to the "damage control" mode.

I think it is sad and disturbing to see that government and other organisations (utility companies, banks, etc.) are oblivious to the real needs of our community and continue to give frivolous matters first priority. Outrageous amounts are donated by government, utility companies and banks.

Carnival and Heineken Regatta seem to be at the top of their list, while education and other vital community projects are ignored. When all is said and done, who has really benefitted from these two events and how have they improved our communities? The millions they now intend to squeeze out of us, the taxpayers, to fund this unnecessary causeway, can surely be put to better use, e.g.:

* The Simpson Bay roads are in dire need of repairs/maintenance. What about sidewalks? Does government consider these an unnecessary luxury? Maintenance projects have never been of much interest to government. Maintenance work will entail doling out money and that is certainly not their objective. They are more interested in thinking up new projects that will rapidly fill the pockets of a select few.

* The so-called beautification project of the St. Peters district has never been completed. Only the St. Peters Road itself received a facelift and the rest of the neighbourhood was left in a deplorable state.

* Most of the streetlights on the island are not working. What about spending some of our money on their maintenance? Do government officials drive at night with night vision goggles or do they only drive their cars in daylight?

* All the public schools are in need of maintenance work and the lack of qualified teachers is great. So far all I've seen donated are items such as second-hand computers, pencil pouches or an insignificant monetary donation.

* The Census Office is in dire need of upgrading of personnel and equipment. The issuing of IDs and driver's licences has become one long, agonising process which has to be endured by us, the unlucky common folk. Instead of a clueless clerk, perhaps a pre-recorded "go come back" message could be played continuously at the window.

These are just a few that come to mind right now, but I'm sure there are more urgent matters that have to be tended to before squandering the taxpayers' money on unneeded projects.

D. Peterson