What’s in a date?

Dear Editor,What’s in a date? Here in Guyana it could be nothing, something, anything, and everything, especially now that an election is involved .

A contradictory statement from the Council of Ministers

Dear Editor,Perhaps reeling under the intense glare of the brightening international spotlight, Guyana’s Foreign Minister, Ms Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, tried to make good on her faux pas about the Commonwealth Secretary General denying the British High Commissioner’s remarks that the organization is considering sanctions against Guyana, by now assuring the Caricom Council of Ministers that general elections in Guyana are “imminent” – whatever that means to her and the PPP regime .

Guyana is a signatory to the Commonwealth Charter to which it is failing to adhere

Dear Editor,In response to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s weak statement that the Commonwealth Secretary-General said there has been no discussion about the situation in Guyana (‘No discussion by Commonwealth about situation in Guyana -Rodrigues-Birkett,’ SN, January 15), I think the ministry either missed the essence of the High Commissioner’s remarks or is deliberately attempting to deflect from Guyana’s abysmal failure to adhere to the Commonwealth Charter .

Would the GFC place documents relating to joint  ventures with Bai Shanlin in public domain

Would the GFC place documents relating to joint ventures with Bai Shanlin in public domain

Dear Editor,Twice in the last few days the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has re-asserted in the government-owned or related press that the Chinese transnational logger Bai Shanlin has legal access to a much smaller area than was claimed by CEO Chu WenZe in November 2012 (see http://www .

Internet service restored

Dear Editor,We thank you for the opportunity to respond to Mr Leon Suseran’s letter published in Stabroek News on January 16, 2015 (No internet service for two days’) .

Playing field is not level in the timber industry either

Dear Editor,I am bemused by the article in your paper (Gov’t drops tax on fuel for miners by 10 %’ SN, January 15) .

Chapel Street NA is in poor condition because of beverage company

Dear Editor,The continued abuse and destruction of Chapel Street, New Amsterdam by a popular beverage company whose operations and bond are housed there is most disgusting .

Atlantic Hotel named Marriott investor in May last year

Dear Editor,Both the editor of the Stabroek News and I know perfectly well that speculation, whether informed or not, should be confined to the editorial columns of a newspaper and not introduced as news reporting where the reader expects fact, not fiction .

Only small minds do not recognize the greatness of the PPP

Dear Editor,It is amazing the extent to which some people will go to denigrate the PPP and the role played by the PPP in the liberation struggle for a free, democratic and prosperous Guyana .

Chronicle article was not truthful

Dear Editor,The Management of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would like to express its profound disgust and shock at an article appearing in the Guyana Chronicle of Friday January 16, 2015 under the caption, ‘Confusion or Dictatorship in our Cricket .

Guyanese must decide how much more of the same they want to endure

Dear Editor,It is no easy task these days to open any of the dailies in Guyana that are not mouthpieces of the current Government of Guyana, as one is invariably confronted with what is, should, could, and ought not to have been .

Why has Lodge been bypassed in the Clean up my Country campaign?

Dear Editor,Several months ago the Clean Up my Country team held a consultation with residents of Lodge regarding the cleaning up of our community .

Contractors on the East Bank road will not speed up construction at this late stage

Dear Editor,In an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) on January12, Geoffrey Vaughn, Coordinator of the Work Services Group (WSG) of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) expressed MPW’s dissatisfaction with the pace of construction of the East Bank, Demerara four-lane road extension after its three contracts ended on December 31, 2014 .

Sunday Stabroek cartoon should be condemned

Dear Editor,With reference to the cartoon published in the Sunday Stabroek of January 11, the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) wishes to bring to your attention its observation regarding same .

‘Informed speculation’

Dear Editor,The editor of the Stabroek News in responding to a letter from the Chairman of Atlantic Hotel Inc, Mr Winston Brassington, published on 11th January, 2015, introduced a new practice of journalism, the reporting of “informed speculation”, to justify unsubstantiated, undocumented, unsupported reporting published as fact by his newspaper .

New Leonora court not so comfortable

Dear Editor,On the 17th January, 2014 at the re-commissioning of the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, President Donald Ramoutar said that the magistrate would now have a more comfortable environment to work in .

A balance between the sacred and the profane

Dear Editor,The awful assassinations of the French Charlie Hebdo journalists have shown us, once again, that sacredness means something profound – and something very different – to just about everyone .

No internet connection for two days

Dear Editor,I am at my wits end right now .

Bulkan could only present fewer than 10 examples in his attempt to nullify the PPP’s good record on freedom of expression

Dear Editor,It is so amusing that those who deliberately attempt to distort the PPP’s record on press freedom and freedom of expression are perhaps the most vocal and outspoken in our society .

Guyanese should reject all political parties which cannot commit to a new constitution

Dear Editor,If one looks at the main constitutions of the nations in the British Commonwealth, one struggles to find any case for the executive to have unlimited powers or unfettered access to these kinds of powers so that the executive can use them to undermine Parliament’s ability to represent the people who elected them .

Let us break the back of intimidation

Dear Editor,I wish to join in supporting all who contributed meaningfully and sensibly to decry the act of cowardice against our brother, Mr John Adams, a qualified maths teacher of Aishalton Secondary School, Region 9 .

UG Board of Governors on its own did not renew Insanally’s contract

Dear Editor,Please permit me to respond to Freddie Kissoon’s letter of January 12, captioned ‘UG Council had never before fired an academic on its own,’ in which he states, “Prior to my contract termination by the Council of the University, there has never been a single instance where the council since the birth of the university in 1963 fired an academic without a request for such coming from the academic/administrative organs of the university .

Not impressed

Dear Editor,I am not impressed by the response published by Republic Bank to my earlier query for information requested by longstanding existing customers who wish to continue doing business with the bank (‘Republic Bank seeks to adhere to new local laws…’ SN, Jan 13) .

Car story

Dear Editor,Last Thursday morning, January 8th, at approximately 7:15hrs, I was driving along the western carriageway on the East Coast of Demerara on my way to Georgetown during a heavy downpour of rain when the driver in front of me suddenly made a left turn into the Industry area, causing me to apply brakes .

Rice farmers are under strain

Dear Editor, Farmers have sold paddy for more than 5 months now and have not been paid .

The prorogation must be lifted

Dear Editor,Clement Rohee must be told that the wellbeing of this nation is for the people to determine .

When the law is applied it is like a flare-up on an old stove

Dear Editor,I tried not to make this letter about an incident that ended 2014 and started 2015 reflect a sour note since it is my first for the year .

‘Power concedes nothing without a demand’

Dear Editor,In a recent letter, Mr Sase Singh disagreed with a statement that I had previously made, calling it “hogwash .

Contrary to natural justice

Dear Editor,Lloyd and Walsh are legends .

Two city council nurses are outstanding public servants

Dear Editor,I salute Sandra Hanover and Sharon Chase, the two city council nurses who have been denied their salaries for five long months .

The next administration would have to be more solution oriented

Dear Editor, Perhaps the most frequently asked question in Guyana these days is, ‘When you think is elections?’ This, however, speaks to the awareness and interest of the population currently in our country and its affairs and development .

Why does the Essequibo Coast always seem to have a fuel shortfall?

Dear Editor,I note with interest the recent letter by Mr Badrie Persaud, the Managing Director of Guyoil published in your papers in which he outlines reasons for the recent fuel shortages that affected so many stations countrywide (‘All Guyana oil companies are affected by a gasoline shortage at the refineries,’ SN, January 10) .

There should be a system in place whereby an injured animal receives immediate attention

There should be a system in place whereby an injured animal receives immediate attention

Dear Editor,Sometime on the night of the 7th January a driver knocked down a horse at Houston and injured her so badly she could not get up .

Excess bagasse does exist at some sugar estates

Dear Editor,Your kind permission to respond to Mr Tony Vieira’s latest missive in the Stabroek News (January12) is again sought .

Fines for drunk driving are too low

Dear Editor,During the festive season I travelled around Georgetown and the West Coast Demerara and was very pleased to see the police presence around .

Leaders should be the voice of reason

Dear Editor,The American President John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more to do more, to learn more, to become more, you are a leader .

The three parties should work out a compromise to recall parliament

Dear Editor,In light of calls by British High Commissioner Andrew Ayre (SN, Feb 12) and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office Tobias Ellwood (SN, Feb 9) to end the prorogation of parliament, I urge the three parties to put aside their differences and work out a compromise to recall parliament .

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