It is the people through a referendum who should decide whether there should be shared governance or not

Dear Editor, I read the two letters written by two members of the ACDA, Messrs Tacuma Ogunseye (‘The people’s support for shared governance is of paramount importance if it is to succeed, January 5) and Eric Phillips (‘ACDA believes shared governance can only flow from constitutional reform that has public input,’ SN January 12), and while it is not possible to deal with their individual points, I would have to say, from the general tenor of their letters, we have a lot more in common than what may divide us .

Government’s position on Gaza conflict does not represent a national consensus

Dear Editor, I watched with disgust and amazement as the Government of Guyana squandered my voice, by issuing a statement on my behalf as a Guyanese, condemning Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip, and picketing the Embassy of the United States of America with slogans accusing the US of supporting “the murderous campaign of the Israelis .

Causa belli not casus belli

Dear Editor, The action of Hamas, whether justified or unjustified, is not the causa belli but is rather the casus belli in Gaza .

Nursery school has no playground

Dear Editor, It’s a shame that the President Jagdeo-led regime talks about developments for youths when  they seem to have little regard for even our young ones .

ACDA believes shared governance can only flow from constitutional reform that has public input

Dear Editor,Instead of a new vision for Guyana, this new year begins with the three political parties asking Guyanese to play a game of three-card monte with them .

The Chesney sluice which drains by gravity is more effective than the pumps

Dear Editor,At the end of the Chesney drainage canal in Corentyne are two electrically operated pumps that lift the water from the canal into the ocean .

South-east Cummings Lodge roads are of a poor standard

Dear Editor,The roads constructed around and within south-east Cummings Lodge are of a very poor standard .

The President engaged in a political ploy

Dear Editor,President Jagdeo’s comment published in SN dated January 8, in which he is reported to have said that PNCR infighting ruined political cooperation, can be described as nothing more than political propagandizing .

The penalties in the DUI law should be more severe

Dear Editor,The President’s decision to hold off on signing the drunk driving legislation is truly a wise one .

Altering the course of history

Dear Editor,After you published my letter about 12 great men, some of your readers inquired of me why I did not include any Guyanese on the list like Cheddi Jagan, Eusi Kwayana, Walter Rodney and Sir Shridath Ramphal .

Surprised at the PNCR leaders’ position on Commissioner Henry Greene

Dear Editor, I left politics three years ago and I am not associated with, or member of any political party .

Vendors should not be allowed to block pavements

Dear Editor, According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, Cap 28:01, the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown is the local organ responsible for conducting the affairs of the city and its people .

Now is the time to make changes to GuySuCo’s organizational structure

Dear Editor, I do not intend to answer every point made in the letter by EB John on January 8 in the Stabroek News (‘The Guysuco management reconstruction seeks to upgrade performance while diminishing the status of most of the targeted performers’) .

The people of Linden must work to create an event to replace the Kashif and Shanghai finals

Dear Editor, January 1 was not the same in Linden .

Should we not be using laterite in road construction?

Dear Editor, I was fortunate to recently visit the road construction work ongoing at the Takutu Bridge and also over in Bom Fin, Brazil .

Pleasing developments at Vryman’s Erven Secondary School

Dear Editor, The letter columns are a place where frustrations are vented, where lies and corruption are exposed .

‘Investigations’ holding up issuing of pension books

Dear Editor, On Tuesday, January 6, 2009, one would have expected all our vulnerable senior citizens, who must now tailor their lives to fit a paltry $6,300 per month, to be in receipt of their first pension for the New Year, if pronouncements from the Human Services Ministry are anything to go by .

Frustrated with National Assembly, not the PNCR and Mr Corbin

Dear Editor, Reference the Stabroek News article on the reasons for my resignation from Parliament (‘Vieira withdrew resignation as PNCR-1G,’ 9 .

Critics do not understand the benefits derived from the investments made in the drainage and irrigation system

Dear Editor, Perusing the contents of a letter written by Mr Lall Kumar Ramsingh in the January 7, 2009 letter columns of Stabroek News (‘If so much money has been spent on drainage, why is the system not working?’), I firmly believe that casting aspersions, apportioning blame and foolishly grandstanding serve no purpose in dealing with the issues at hand, and are counter-productive to addressing the challenges presently encountered as a result of the current intense rainfall .

Le Repentir should be cleaned

Dear Editor, I attended a funeral in the Georgetown cemetery and while there I decided to accompany some of my relatives to another section to check out the tomb of a late close relative .

Employees of the Chronicle may well be public officers

Dear Editor, I have seen for some weeks now a repeated statement that the Government of Guyana is refusing to pay a pension to a person employed by the public sector in past years .

Mini-buses are still overcharging their customers

Dear Editor, Although gas prices continue to decrease, and there has been an announced fare reduction by the Minister of Commerce, Mr Manniram Prashad on November 15, most mini-buses continue to overcharge their passengers .

A new political culture of competency is required

Dear Editor, The focus of Eustace Harlequinn’s letter to Kaieteur News (Jan 5), captioned ‘Is Van West Charles trying to become Leader of the PNCR?’  is on leadership succession politics at a time when we need to get  rid of the vicious political culture of murder, intimidation and the trampling of human rights, within and without political parties .

There is no better way for all Caricom states to demonstrate the time for action is now than to adopt the CCJ as the final court of appeal

Dear Editor, Recently, three prominent legal personalities in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have referred to the need for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to be adopted by all the member states as Caricom’s final Court of Appeal – a step only Barbados and Guyana have so far taken .

There should be a dress code for minibus and taxi drivers

Dear Editor, The madness on our roads continues .

Promotion of Mr Merai is an act of provocation

Dear Editor, The appointment through the agency of the Police Service Commission, of Mr Steve Merai, a newsmaker of sorts, of undisclosed whereabouts, as Assistant Commissioner of Police is an act of open provocation .

It’s time for the people to take back their government

Dear Editor, I wish to respond to your news article, ‘PNCR infighting ruined political cooperation – Jagdeo,’ (January 8), in which the President reportedly said on Wednesday, that an initiative to improve cooperation between the political parties unravelled because of infighting within the main opposition party .

History will one day judge the invasion of Gaza

Dear Editor, Technology has opened windows of information to us some of us, which at times could be considered graphic and at others useful .

President’s statement on Gaza situation should not be considered a ‘Guyana’ position

Dear Editor, The Guyana Chronicle of Wednesday, January 7, 2009 (‘Guyana condemns atrocities perpetrated against Palestinians – President Jagdeo’) carries the unfortunate comments of Guyana’s beleaguered President on the Gaza situation, noticeable in its carelessness and misrepresentation for the outrageous comments that Israel’s strong military response to years of day-by-day, unprovoked, Gazan missile-fire is somehow tantamount to “sanctioned genocide .

Al Jazeera is showing the Arab world what Israel is doing

Dear Editor, Since this new Israeli massacre of the Palestinians has started I have watched BBC, CNN, Fox News and other reporters interview Israeli leaders and sympathizers and all I hear is that Hamas is a terrorist organization .

The Guysuco management reconstruction seeks to upgrade performance while diminishing the status of most of the targeted performers

Dear Editor, We must be in the land of Oz – for there is precisely where the sugar industry is being placed .

There ought to be a much more transparent process for the appointment of Senior Counsel

Dear Editor, In 1996, six lawyers were appointed Senior Counsel and elevated to the inner bar .

Cuban lecturer was dedicated

Dear Editor, Please permit me a few paragraphs to express my sympathy to the family and friends of Edwardo Bar reios .

Travel with less ‘paranoid’ airlines

Dear Editor, Very interesting, Mr Bisram’s letter of January 6 in SN headed ‘Airlines should use a commonsensical approach to screening passengers,’ with the advice that “Passengers would be wise to dress in such a way as not to attract much attention about their religious faith…”  Would that make much difference, I wonder?  After 9/11, I  (a part-Indian 70+ woman) was conscious of being monitored − sometimes very closely − on board airlines with headquarters in North America, although I was dressed in  typical UK mode .

Numbers count for the purposes of the Trades Union Recognition Bill

Dear Editor, The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and PNC cannot blame the government for the Trades Union Recognition Bill .

Monthly rental for GT&T customers in Essequibo should be waived

Dear Editor, Until such time as GT&T can provide an efficient landline service to customers in Region 2, which stretches from Pomeroon to Supenaam, the monthly rental being charged now should be waived because of the constant defects in the new system .

NCN not available on Jump TV

Dear Editor, The National Commun-ications Network is carrying a message over the airwaves informing listeners of being able to listen to NCN on the internet at www .

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