Vernon Khelawan

This, that, the other…

Usually I do not comment on political happenings in the country. And this is simply because politicians, of whatever ilk, hardly if ever, put the welfare […]

A crackdown on corruption

Remember when ‘morality in public affairs’ was a phrase used very often by almost everyone in the country? More than 50 years after our independence, can […]

Those mothering moments

Decades ago, more than six at least, ‘Mother’s Day’ meant very little to myself and many other children of that time. We knew it was a […]

What was far away, now seems close…

Please forgive me for returning to one of the biggest problems in Trinidad and Tobago…PROPER PARENTING. Imagine a 14-year-old student was killed during what reports describe […]

Let’s inject love and change society

So now we have come to the end of another Lenten season. Praise God! We did our denials or maybe we paid greater attention to the […]

Turning life around this Lent

This society, in which we Catholics form an integral part and play a major role, has become very angry. It is reflected on our roads. It […]

Simply maintaining a tradition…

I had planned to write some more on the season of Lent, which should create increased holiness and spirituality that this penitential season brings to us. […]

Connect. Restore. Change. It’s Lent.

Catholics are people of great faith and activities such as pilgrimages and attendance at night missions or special prayer services are not expected to suffer from […]

Show me your velvet…

YEAR after year, as a true born-and-bred Trinbagonian, I long for those days when Carnival truly displayed our ingenuity by producing good Calypso (humourous, satirical and […]

Seeking solutions

What a bloody start to 2019, which we thought would have been different. What was once a peaceful and beautiful country has turned into a nightmare, […]

A kaiso tent that takes you back…

My faith in the Calypso artform was restored following my visit to Trinidad and Tobago’s newest calypso tent ‘Back to Basics’ Kaiso Tent last weekend. Now […]

Justice and Health – Where are we going wrong?

I start the column this week by posing two serious questions. Are you satisfied with the pace of our justice system? And secondly are you comfortable […]

Peter was everything to everybody, but family first

“Dad’s first name is Peter and he lived up to his Catholic name because he was the rock on which our family was built.” So said […]

Last-minute, and looking for a ‘bligh’

I gave a small chuckle when I read there were thousands of motorists lining up to have their vehicles inspected for mechanical suitability and roadworthiness and, […]

Dare to be different

Let me begin by apologising to my readers and others for not wishing them a season full of hope, love and expectations full of spiritual fulfilment. […]

What’s missing from Christmas today

Would you say Christmas celebrations – the habits, customs and traditions – have changed over the years? I certainly do. The reason for the season, the […]

The world is mine

Soon we will all be caught up in pre-Christmas activities, shopping for gifts for children, loved ones, family and friends. Parties of all sorts will crowd […]

In the midst of uncertainty, make Advent real

Today is the second day of the last month of 2018. It is the start of the Advent season leading up to the birth of Jesus […]

As our society strays

Many people living in Trinidad and Tobago are holding their heads and bawling or wringing their hands in apparent surrender to the criminal and gang element. […]

Parenting ills

With increasing regularity, we get news that schoolchildren, primary and secondary, are engaging in fights, bullying and truly violent behaviour in many of the government schools […]

Loving thy neighbour…

Towards the end of last month, Trinidad and Tobago experienced a flooding disaster unparalleled in recent history. We were spared any deaths but experienced great trauma. […]

Lighting up the past

Recently, on my annual trip to the cemetery to clean the graves of my deceased parents, grandparents, in laws and other family, I found myself in […]

Real snaaaaail mail

Remember the Pony Express delivering mail decades ago? That was slow. However, in 2018, with all the various improvements and technological advances, mail in a developed […]

Changing our litter legacy

While everyone else is thinking about or analysing the recently read 2018–19 budget and looking at the different ways it will affect them, I prefer to […]

Riding our wavy roads of potholes

Trinidad, I am not too sure about Tobago, is in line for a world award—the world’s bumpiest roads. It takes the greatest toll on suspensions, shocks […]

A tribute to our ‘Uncle Syd’

  As a boy I have always known ‘Uncle Syd’ to have a big heart, especially when it came to his many nieces and nephews. He […]

Fashion high

I remember when a few decades ago, as a little boy, you were embarrassed to wear a pair of trousers which had a hole somewhere, or […]

Good family life must be at centre of special days

by Vernon Khelawan Today we celebrate Father’s Day and as good Catholics, do we really honour our fathers on their special day for who they are, […]

An imbalance in the scales?

by Vernon Khelawan From where I stand, it would seem that the administration of the law is somewhat skewed: it is not equally or fairly applied […]

An association working to better society

by Vernon Khelawan Ever heard of the word ‘Traffickliters’?  It’s a small group of ex-employees of the Traffic Department of the former national carrier British West […]

Forgiveness – integral to life and society

by Vernon Khelawan Trinidad and Tobago, in more ways than one, is standing on the edge of a very deep precipice. And many of us are […]

Shine your light, Madam President

by Vernon Khelawan Trinidad and Tobago has had five Presidents— all male until now. The sixth is Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes. This column takes great pleasure […]

What our women’s groups should do

by Vernon Khelawan I am almost sure to incur the wrath of the women’s groups that exist in Trinidad and Tobago. I write this following the […]

More in the mortar…?

by Vernon Khelawan Before I begin this week’s column I want to make pellucidly clear that I belong to no political party. My interest as a […]

Suffering children – are we for real?

by Vernon Khelawan Years ago, we were disciplined by a few strokes on the hand with a leather strap and sometimes on other parts of the […]

Show leadership, Mr PM

by Vernon Khelawan The leader of Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley seems to be abdicating his responsibility. As I write this column […]

Problematic is spelt ‘PH’

by Vernon Khelawan So many times you hear the question being asked, “Why is Trinidad and Tobago so lawless?” One doesn’t have to look very far […]

Let’s talk prayer & forgiveness

by Vernon Khelawan In just a few hours many Trinidadians and Tobagonians will succumb to the gay abandon that is our Carnival—a time of the year […]

Year-round business

by Vernon Khelawan Is it a lack of entrepreneurial acumen or the dependency syndrome of the ‘gimme-gimme’ culture which has finally caught up with two of […]

Out of the blue…

by Vernon Khelawan Forgive me for not understanding this new ferry issue. How is this government, which is always crying broke; no drugs in the hospitals; […]

Total disorder

by Vernon Khelawan People many times wonder why Trinidad and Tobago continues to be a lawless country. You just have to look around, listen and observe […]

My hopeful New Year promise

by Vernon Khelawan First, I want to sincerely congratulate Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon on his ascension to the leadership of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. […]

Hoping for change in 2018

by Vernon Khelawan Today we stand on the cusp of a brand new year. What is in store for us in 2018 is anybody’s guess because […]

Christmas–An opportunity for true forgiveness

by Vernon Khelawan This is not the season to bother about the childish games being played out in our Parliament. The ‘kicksin’ is not funny anymore, […]

No escaping the issues

by Vernon Khelawan Weeks ago, I had decided to stay far away from the various political situations in our beloved country, but with each passing week […]

Reaping the whirlwind

by Vernon Khelawan The recent incident at the Beetham was certainly a wake-up call for many. Protests are normal, but when advantage is taken of the […]

A ‘revolution’ to counter the kicksin’

by Vernon Khelawan Many people are asking: What is happening to our beautiful country? They also ask where is it headed? The answer to these questions […]

MPs, it’s not about power, but service

by Vernon Khelawan When politicians come to you at election time, they come for one, single purpose – seeking your vote. At that time, they make […]

Floods brought out our best

by Vernon Khelawan It would seem that Trinidad is making a concerted effort to turn around its thinking and bring to bear the Christian principles of […]

Disasters and the environment: is there a link?

by Vernon Khelawan In recent times the number of natural disasters that are occurring around the world seem to be either increasing or our communications modes […]

Captivated by ‘Cumac’

by Vernon Khelawan It began with a small advertisement in the Catholic News titled ‘Captivating Cumaca’. As a little boy I was always fascinated by the […]

Time for better service to seniors

Vernon Khelawan We listened intently to the 2017–18 budget presentation in Parliament by the Finance Minister Colm Imbert but it sounded like we had heard similar […]

I support the PM’s call

Two major hurricanes moved through the northern Caribbean within just days of each other, causing widespread damage, decimating several islands, even making some uninhabitable. Electricity went […]

Where’s the development?

by Vernon Khelawan Ten years ago, our government halted the operations of the more than 60-year-old airline British West Indian Airways (BWIA) because it was a […]

Taking matters in hand

by Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com Just ten days ago we celebrated, as an independent nation, our 55th birthday. And now that all the various forms of celebrations […]

Heal our broken land

by Vernon Khelawan Three days ago, in celebratory mood, we observed the 55th anniversary of our nation’s independence. Some folks went to the beach, others partied […]

Leaders – born not made

by Vernon Khelawan It was not long ago, in this very column I said what this country needs now more than anything, was proper leadership. I […]

A matter of trust

by Vernon Khelawan Every week when you think Trinidad and Tobago can sink no lower up comes something to make things worse and so good citizens […]

Are we watering down the brandy?

by Vernon Khelawan, vkmoose@gmail.com I have long believed that the biggest problem we have in Trinidad and Tobago is one of proper management of our financial […]