Letters

A ‘struggling’ Christmas gift to pensioners

Dear Editor, We the pensioners of Uitvlugt Sugar Estate experienced what a senior citizen once described as,  “When you turn pensioner you turn a begga.” This was evident at the annual pensioners’ party (December 10, 2011) when pensioners were given a Christmas gift of the following items:- 1 lb Powdered milk              580 2 pints Rice                            200 1 lb Salt                                     20 2 lbs Flour                              210 ½ lb Butter                            170 2 lbs Sugar (package)         180 1 bottle Smalta                      180 _____ 1540 _____ Putting an approximate cost to the list is a ‘struggling‘ sixteen hundred dollars, plus one thousand dollars for lunch and drinks – a ‘healthy‘ cost for an ex-sugar worker‘s Christmas gift.

Ian Chang for Speaker?

Dear Editor, I was reluctant to further enter this public debate on the Speaker of the National Assembly.  But I was dragged out from this solitary confinement after observing a comment from President Donald Ramotar who stated in a TV interview that “we live in a parliamentary democracy in the Commonwealth and the tradition is the government should have the Speaker.”  Editor, please permit me, with no personal disrespect to the new President whom I hold in high personal regard, to highlight just one small enhancement of this statement. 

Backer should be the first woman Speaker

Dear Editor, With Portia Simpson-Miller the elected Prime Minister of Jamaica, Michele Bachman in the race for the chance to be the Republican Presidential Candidate, Kamla Persad-Bissessar the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hillary Clinton the Secretary of State for the USA, Tarja Halonen the President of Finland, Angela Merkel  the Federal Chancellor of  Germany, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf the President  of Liberia, Cristina E Fernández de Kirchner the President of Argentina, Dame Louise Lake-Tack the Governor General of  Antigua and Barbuda, Dilma Vana Linhares Rousseff the President of Brazil  and Julia Gillard the Prime Minister of Australia  (just to name a few) there’s no denying that the role of women has changed and women are climbing the ladder of political and corporate leadership.

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