Frankly Speaking

Wanted: Integrity at the top – and Commissioner Felix

Even though I am a relative dinosaur, still not (idiot -) friendly with computers, I welcome the few, but pointed, responses to last Friday’s offering: ‘Inside GuySuCo, today’s ideal police commissioner’ .

Inside GUYSUCO: Its directors, its managers

Today’s ideal Police Commissioner

When I considered exploring today’s lead issue, during last week .

On budgets and growing old

-Western aid equals poverty?

It is my habit to leave weightier issues like National Budget Analyses to those much better qualified .

Law, order and standards: A Granger Presidency?

Poor people’s money and just two roads

Personal and collective respect for law, order, discipline, reasonably-civilised standards of behaviour, service and of living itself .

The bandits’ briefing – and love-making

Our Sugar: Competence, Decisions

The Bandits’ Briefing/Meeting is the Summary of the Minutes of my own sometimes – creative mind .

Kowsilla, Cheddi, Protest – and Struggle

Ten-year visa, ten years jail

The latter-day Chinese have fashioned a gem of wisdom which advises that “women hold up half the sky” .

Our World is a Corrupt Place

-The Church as Business

There is still one senior PPP-man (a People’s Progressive Party Stalwart) – that I can relate to as a somewhat principled gentleman .

How Civil Society becomes compromised, neutralised

Some Real Heroes of Our Republic

Pre-Republic Day Greetings to those “regulars” who have followed this man-in-the street feature over its twenty-one years, as well as to those newer readers of the column .

Cocaine’s Success Stories

- Drivers’ Licences: Guyana, Trinidad

Leaving the contention and debates with respect to the acting Chief Justice’s ruling, Budget preparations and Money Laundering Bill to the more competent, I had (my own) today’s topics thrust upon me .

Our independent Republican dream

The Constitution, The Court, The Majority

Independence .

The employed poor, any lighter side?

Still Mashin’ – at 21 today!

Hello all .

Dear Comrade Minister Rohee, Sir…

Pragmatists? Or Philistines?

Hello there Comrade Minister .

Petamba and his beloved P.P.P

`Mih vote fuh alyuh forevva. But dis overbearing now; de whole farm duck again’

-Suriname’s Civil SocietyWhile I have long decided to relinquish my right to vote for persons to govern me and this land, I usually pay reasonable attention to the statements and activities of the Parliamentary opposition .

Radio Guyana – and Terence Holder

-The President As Party–Animal

This lead piece – a very summarized partial history really is most significantly different from what was planned for today’s offering .

On sovereignty, civil society – and fear!

-My own 2014 wish list

(A peaceful, healthy and successful 2014 to all citizens from this soon–to–be twenty–one year–old column .

Mary and Mothers, Virgin or Not

Loving our soldiers, cooks and cleaners...Wake up the pepperpot! C.S.O.’s

I’ve never been persuaded to become a resolute believer or activist in any religion although, from childhood, my roots were decidedly Christian .

Christmas: A lovely welcome lie?

Towards a cleaner New York?

Even though I’m edging towards seventy it cannot be “old age” that is responsible for my increasing intolerance or cynicism with respect to the once–beautiful festival of Christmas .

Violating the Environment

Sir-Lessons, Miss-Lessons

Crimes against cleanliness .

A visa, a coffin before twenty-five

Not “compromise”, the constitution!

Businessmen-cops, the “lessons industry”Except for the comments on the Procurement Commission, I’m again wearily exploring that which has attracted repeated commentaries and analyses elsewhere .

A.A. Fenty ‘speaks’ with President Ramotar

-Different Caribbean persons

The conversational encounter described hereunder is very much taken from my imagination .

Christianity’s Origin, Caucasian Church?

-Not on our People’s T.V?

Today I again side-step the usual, high-profile “issues of national significance” .

Jessica, Priya: Two Sunday Letters

-Organising, Empowering Civil Society

Frankly Speaking a few folks would most likely, berate me for daring to juxtapose the illustrious Jessica Huntley’s name in the same (literary) vicinity next to Priya Manickchand’s .

The FOI: Our right to know

-R. Kelly: The Blitz, The Payments

Frankly Speaking, it is no longer surprising to me that certain issues of national significance keep repeating themselves as the years roll by .

On Guns, Jail and Punishment

Respect due?

Pity that in Guyana – and the world – of today, the issues as reflected in my lead caption attract national attention to the extent that they impact on the quality of citizens’ lives in terms of security and comfort .

Cocaine’s take-over: The Dog and Dubai

A morning with “Civil Society”

I’ll understand if some readers are saturated with this issue of Guyana’s now-entrenched narco-trans-shipment and trafficking status .

‘Sovereignty belongs to the people’, says who?

Is Mr Bharrat Jagdeo wealthy?

Those readers interested in this column would no recall that some six months (25 Fridays) ago, I penned a piece captioned ‘Inclusionary Democracy My Eye!’I discussed the intent of the much-touted Article 13 of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .

Admired and accepted, but corrupt and crooked

- Sparrow – and heroes recognition day

Today is preachy-sermon day .

Mr Granger’s youth lament

Citizenship—A Guyanese Trinidadian

Academic, Historian, Ideologue/Military Officer .

On saints, sinners – and sex–workers

- The Economy and Eton

Again I avoid today what those more competent will address – the economy, the crises of all categories, crime, controversy and Syria .

Whither Black Business?

Please answer Ram, Mr Brassington

I concede, I confess, I admit: it is, perhaps, the third time in eighteen years that I’ve employed today’s caption to explore, most briefly, a favourite provocative theme of mine .

Some hoped-for Emancipation projects

-Creole Cheddi-beyond August

At the very real risk of upsetting my friends at ACDA – the African Cultural and Development Association – and other Afrocentric activists – (they could let me know that it’s none of my business”) – I, never-the-less, repeat some of my strongly-held Emancipation-Month views .

On Speakers – and falls

-Some August-month Ramblings

With respect, I repeat my own view that the typical working-class citizen of this big beautiful, but blighted land makes little time to consider the role of the National Assembly and its chairpersons, described as speakers .

Producing corrupt generation?

- August – time trivia

Senior–Citizen moralistic lamentations again? I suppose so .

Emancipation? “You went to school in August?”

Those “Hospitals”

A reflective Emancipation weekend to all .

Those Constitution Commissioners – and another Commissioner

-“The Number of “Casual” Murders”…?

I did my best to discover just who reviewed and “reformed” Mr Burnham’s 1980 Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .

Jimmy in jail – and the bandits’ parents

Our remarkable Prime Minister

Does not crime and punishment hold a permanent place in most societies?Prison, jail, penitentiary, correctional centre, detention centre .

The Opposition as “Government”

- Guyanese Remittances: Be Not Ashamed

“The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) team met with a group from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) in what will be interpreted as a growing recognition in the international community that the Opposition is in charge of the legislature .

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