Police ranks did not strip Naith Ram

Dear Editor, Cognisant of media reports concerning protest activities by a number of persons on the Essequibo Coast on Friday, July 4, 2014, the Guyana Police Force is denying the allegation that police ranks stripped the protest leader Mr Naith Ram, Chairman of the Essequibo Paddy Farmers’ Association, during their engagement with the protestors.

Defensive cover?

Dear Editor, Dr Roger Luncheon, Head of the Presidential Secretariat may have intended to provide cover for and defence of acting Foreign Minister Ms Priya Manickchand whose toast at the Fourth of July celebration of the Independence of the United States of America and farewell for its Ambassador to Guyana Mr Brent Hardt has drawn widespread criticism, including words like “disgust”, “lacking decorum”, “descent into the gutter.” But none of these can compare with Dr Luncheon’s “feral… blast” which by implication reduces Ms Manickchand to the level of a wild beast.

Prior to 1992 the PPP begged foreign missions to intervene in local politics

Dear Editor, I consider the reactions by the PPP and the statements by President Donald Ramotar in response to outgoing United States Ambassador Brent Hardt’s comments at the Blue Caps function, that many of the issues raised by the American diplomat “are really way out and the Ambassador would do very very well, instead of getting involved in local politics, to really represent the interest of his country properly,” duplicitous and hypocritical.

The US Ambassador has played a helpful role in Guyanese society

Dear Editor, In response to your article, ‘Manickchand booed during attack on US ambassador,’ (July 3), I join with my fellow Guyanese at home and abroad in distancing ourselves from the Minister’s unrestrained outburst directed at the outgoing US Ambassador for allegedly meddling in the affairs of Guyana for urging the staging of local government elections.