Ways of Looking & Feeling
Port Kaituma bustles with taxis shuttling people to and from the small airport, a hyper-busy commercial centre crammed with pickup trucks, SUVs, cars and ATVs, and boats traversing the calm, brown Barima and Kaituma rivers .
Travelling around the hinterland talking to Guyanese inspires a great belief in the future of this nation .
Statistics tell one story .
Choosing what kind of government we want to govern us as a people is the whole point of free and fair, democratic national elections .
For a decade, from about the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s, this nation saw such severe economic deprivation that a generation may have been lost under the weight of poverty and social degradation .
How could this nation create a brand new future; one that sees that astonishing, elusive, national potential become real?At this elections time, leaders emerge on platforms making grandiose promises, seeking power to govern the people .
In this elections campaign, Government hails its macro-economic policies and parade economic statistics to prove that it has developed this country over the past 19 years .
How do we nurture this society to be the best place for Guyanese to spend their days, to call home?Most Guyanese feel they could be way happier .
Even as experts bemoan the fact that 85 percent of this country’s skilled people migrated and gave their talents to overseas societies, we still have a pool of great people who stayed here and battled the tide of deterioration .
Serena Williams lost the US Open tennis final recently, and ended up on the front page of the world’s newspapers .
Democracy promises power to the individual .
Working hard to hone and develop inner character rewards one with a deep appreciation of life’s beauty .
Cultivating the reading habit presents any person with the greatest of gifts .
Words play a vital role in a person’s life .
Democracy works best as a triangular love affair between the people of the society, elected government under free and fair national elections, and an independent, diverse, credible and ethical mass media .
In the time since this nation achieved political independence from Britain – over the past 50 years - several nations saw their people lifted out of gross poverty .
Promise and potential exist side by side with plight and hardship in this country .
Berbice exudes the kind of charming calm that countryside living offers .
People coming into this country travel along the shocking eyesore that is the East Bank Demerara corridor .
To endure the rat race of living in a world of all-too-frequent troubles, it’s useful to cultivate a big goal, a life pursuit that furnishes one’s days with fun, .
Internet-driven technology continues to transform the world, and the new future rushes at the global village so fast that the old order comes crashing down with hardly any warning .
Craig Village lies nestled, serene, on the eastern bank of the Demerara river, mid-way between Georgetown and the international airport at Timehri .
Sir Shridath Ramphal co-chaired the Commission for Global Governance with the Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson in 1992 .
My first job after graduating Central High School saw me turn up to work every morning to face a blank blackboard .
Mentors make men and women strive for the extraordinary .
Shivnarine Chanderpaul stands out as a great Guyanese, joining the long list of sportspersons who escaped the poverty of small-village rural living to conquer the world .
How could poor societies uplift their citizens? What action could this country take to safeguard the next generation against the numbing effects of poverty?The rise of India, China and our own neighbouring Brazil has seen the lifting of nearly a billion people out of gross poverty .
Innovation stands as the new buzz word of the world’s top business leaders .
Once the Garden City .
Something is indeed rotten in the state of our nation .
“Some people don’t just live: they lead a life .
What kind of society do we live in?I am friends with a former senior St Lucia government official and top businessman there who, when he heard about the gross corruption rampant here, said business-state corruption riddles Caribbean societies .
In this Information Age where knowledge ranks as the top traded commodity in the global village, our society seems deformed and dysfunctional .
“Where shall wisdom be found?”This question forms the title to a probing book by literary critic Harold Bloom that seeks to investigate where humankind may find the fundamental answers to life’s fundamental challenges .
Who is a Guyanese? What makes a person qualify to be a Guyanese? This question becomes important because we see all manner of shenanigans as various sub-cultures become vociferous in demanding their place in the society .
We look up to our leaders as mentors, inspiring examples of how to live well, and as having our best interests at heart .
One laptop hooked up to wireless internet hands power to the single individual in society .