Our performance as a nation is not so commendable

Dear Editor,M Maxell is correct: ‘It is time for hard hitting commentaries on the Guyana condition…’ SN, August 4 .

The WICB’s brave, new world

West Indies Cricket Board CEO Michael Muirhead has defended the Board’s decision not to sanction the two cricketers who made themselves unavailable for the Test series against Bangladesh, beginning today .

Ramkarran’s proposal may be the best system for Guyana

Dear Editor,The three political parties are on record as opposing the kind of political system Speaker Ralph Ramkarran is proposing – ‘Revert to Cabinet system of government’ (SN, Sep 1); not one of them has proposed reverting to the British model of governance .

Electronic waste disposal is a growing problem

Dear Editor,The Environmental Community Health Organization (ECHO) has expressed concern about the emerging problems of e-waste in Guyana .

September 30 is not a realistic date for completion of the Hope Canal Project

Dear Editor,The Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) announced on August 29 that it had completed under contract to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) construction of eight stainless steel (SS) rectangular gates with accompanying guides for the Hope Canal Project (HCP) on the East Coast of Demerara .

Who was the superior that called off a police investigation following a report made by the Mayor et al?

Dear Editor,Last week a delegation headed by the Mayor of Georgetown made a visit to the Head of the CID, Mr Leslie James .

Our problem is not structural and solveable by redesigning the architecture of our institutions

Dear Editor,No new constitutional arrangement, change of government, amelioration and extension of the electoral system or executive power-sharing model, will eliminate or diminish the adherence to race as a prime mobilisation and retarding force for most within our societies .

What is taking place today is not enshrined anywhere in the constitution

Dear Editor,Our forebears fought against enslavement and indentureship when there was no United Nations (UN) to declare human rights .

Guyanese in the Warriors were not afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents

Dear Editor,Now that the curtains have come down on CPL 2014, arguably the biggest entertainment in the Caribbean sports calendar (and ‘the fat lady has sung’) it would be appropriate to attempt a critique of the team’s performance under Coach Harper and Captain Ramdin .



Cartoons .


To say that tact appears not to be the strong point of this administration is one way to very mildly explain the constant “eh?” moments one has while listening to its members .



Politikles .

Florida foundation to be set up to train very young cricketers

Dear Editor,In a move to continue the trend to have more Berbicians in the West Indies team, a popular cricket lover/administrator and attorney has announced that he will set up a foundation in Florida to realize funds to train very young cricketers .

BaiShanLin recognizes it has a responsibility to the Guyanese people

Dear Editor,BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc has issued several responses regarding concerns that have been recently raised in the media about the company’s operations .

Victor Ramraj had a special relationship with the late Sam Selvon

Dear Editor,The passing of Victor Ramraj is sad news for us all, I think, and I want to add to what Clem Seecharan and David Dabydeen (distant cousin) said about him, from my Canadian perspective .

We need to go beyond facile analyses and look at the historical development of all race groups in Guyana

Dear Editor,I regard with some unease a letter appearing in the September 1 edition of SN, written by David Hinds .

Still to receive refund from Travelspan

Dear Editor,It’s now been three weeks and I am yet to receive a refund for an all-inclusive ticket I paid for a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Reservation #115679) .

What as Muslims is the position of Ali and Chickrie on secularism?

Dear Editor,Ms Shabnam Ali and Mr Raymond Chickrie in their letter, ‘An inconsistent position on secularism,’ (SN, August 25), are guilty of a blatant use of fallacious analogy in seeking to connect the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) .

Ramraj had an undying love for Guyana

Dear Editor,Can I add my sadness to that of my colleagues and friends Professors Dabydeen and Seecharan on the passing of Victor Ramraj .

An over-used game plan

Dear Editor,I am compelled to write this piece .

‘A creeping shotgun marriage’

Dear Editor,We are witnesses to this inexorable public march towards a fateful political embrace .



Politikles .

Struggle over Ukraine continues

We feel almost forced to return to the struggle between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) powers and Russia over Ukraine, so soon after our last editorial on this issue .

Are the mothers to be penalized for home alone children able to access affordable daycare?

Dear Editor,Our attention having been captured by the headline of the Sunday Stabroek report of August 31 (‘Parents of home alone children will be charged…’), we read the article carefully to check that the caption was not out of step with the context of the Minister’s remarks .

Victor J Ramraj, 1941-2014: A fine scholar dedicated to a life of the mind

Dear Editor,       I am very sad to learn of the passing of Victor Ramraj, Professor of English at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he taught for over four decades .

Did not propose the introduction of ‘the Suriname system to Guyana’

Dear Editor,I do not propose the introduction of “the Suriname system to Guyana,” a misconception upon which much of Mr Mike Persaud’s presentation ‘Consociationalism cannot work’ (SN, August 25) rests .

Victor Ramraj was a special scholar and man

Dear Editor,News of Victor Ramraj’s death stilled me .

Why has Bai Shan Lin remained silent?

Dear Editor, Doesn’t it seem odd that Bai Shin Lin has remained silent during the national debates concerning misuse use of their forestry concessions and Guyana’s forestry resources? Isn’t it strange too that the Guyana Forestry Commission, government representatives, individuals and groups aligned to the governing administration have become the spokespersons for Bai Shi Lin?Well as the saying goes the person paying the piper requests the tunes, this strange silence is not only indicative of how the company does business but it is clear that it is part of a coordinated effort to mislead Guyanese into thinking that Bai Shin Lin is doing so good for small loggers and local saw mills and that the company’s illegalities should be overlooked .

An electoral system is no excuse for poor governance

Dear Editor,From the time the 1980 constitution was promulgated the then opposition political parties and some commentators dubbed it repugnant .

Government should implement policies protecting Indigenous well-being and cultural knowledge

Dear Editor,The First Peoples of Guyana are enjoying an entire month of heritage celebrations as we open our wonderful communities to Guyanese of all walks of life so they can participate in the many national heritage events that will be taking place from coast to the hinterland during September .

Mike Persaud not Mahadeo Persaud

Dear Editor,I note that a letter published in SN on September 1 captioned ‘We should return to the earlier constitution,’ by Vishnu Bisram was intended as a response to a letter I had written earlier (‘Consociationalism cannot work,’ SN, August 25) .

Can’t get telephone fixed

Dear Editor,Soon after my arrival in Guyana in April, I visited the New Amsterdam Office of GT&T to inquire as to the latest developments involving telephone service 333-4645 .

Another school year gets underway

Pity indeed that our education system is not afforded the luxury of leaving the previous year’s difficulties behind at the start of a new academic year .

We should rewrite the constitution

Dear Editor,The Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu famously said, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves .



Politikles .




Not one recommendation from constitution reform committee for at least last decade

Dear Editor,The Guyana Constitution must be given a chance to work .

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