Frankly Speaking

Our youth: Plight and potential

American citizen, Guyanese national

Various countries and cultures and the United Nations Organisation all define what they deem to be the World’s “youth”. Dictionaries define “youth” to be the period of life “between childhood and maturity.” (Not unlike the meaning of “adolescence.”)  Again various countries decide on who is a child, a “youth” or an adult legally.

Corruption: A global evil of the rich

- Searching for good since May 1966

Quite often, when guilty, immoral or indifferent persons are confronted with deeds or thoughts which are negative to good order, to righteousness, even national development, they slink and hide behind one mantra: “It happen everywhere, not only in Guyana.” Not choosing to come out publicly, even privately, to denounce wrong-doing, they – usually normal folks – choose not to be courageous.

Bad police, good police

-Auditing the audits and commissions

-The Anniversary Broth: Too many (new) cooks?Some years ago my column containing some of the following sentiments was titled, in part-creole, `Aftuh Gawd, is Police!’ The expression meant that no matter how the working-class society disparage the police service, whenever there was imminent or present criminal danger, after soliciting divine assistance from their heavenly creator (God) folks swiftly sought recourse to police expertise and personnel.

Slowly understanding their Indianness

-After her heritage poem

-‘It was always illegal’ Two small up-front points: I’m glad I actually purchased a Guyana Times this past Sunday (I’m not too much a regular); secondly, what follows is as much a testimony to my fascination with other people’s Indianness in Guyana, as it is a brief nano-summary of my continually-delayed enlightenment on the issue, the phenomenon, the complex matrix of (a) people’s origins, history, culture, religion, ethnicity and generational lifelong bond.

Arrival, ‘cohesion’, Douglahs

- ‘J’ for Jubilee, ‘J’ for Jamaican

The American “Solidarity Forever” trade union battle song was meant to say it all: in unity there is working-class strength; strength to negotiate workers’ rights even though there should be no need to have to “bargain” for just rewards.

My own trumpet, before and beyond Jubilee

- Controlling your PPP blood pressure

-Primo passes pellets Most of you will bear with me and this short sharp blast on my own personal trumpet.  (Sometimes if you fail to recognise your own worth and contributions no one else will; self–respect might even earn external respect/appreciation?) But perhaps in keeping with Historian/President Granger’s penchant for a renaissance in terms of national heritage and identity, this is a mere auto-biographical snapshot of my perspective on being a cultural patriot, a steadfast citizen. 

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