Lady Guymine received the Medal of Service

Dear Editor,

One could not help feeling saddened about the events at President’s College. This institution was established in 1985, the brainchild of former President Burnham, and was designed to facilitate the educational advancement of young people who had achieved outstanding results at the Secondary Schools Entrance Examination (SSEE). Irrespective of the family’s financial situation, it provided food, books, accommodation, etc, to allow for the proper development of a student’s full potential.

As part of a philosophy to damage the legacy of Burnham, this excellent initiative has over the years been undermined. This is sad, because the victims of this crassness and sheer stupidity are our young innocent Guyanese. Recall in this process to diminish Burnham’s efforts, one member of the PPP appointed to the Board of Governors wanted the portraits of all Guyana’s presidents to hang alongside that of Burnham in the school.
Let us hope and pray that a sense of decency will prevail and allow the present government to restore the lofty ideals that allowed the establishment of President’s College in the first place.

On an unrelated matter, I see a letter from Mr VO Patrick referring to Lady Guymine in Stabroek News (June 11) which says that Lady Guymine was never given a national award.

Lady Guymine – Monica Chopperfield – was undoubtedly an icon in the male-dominated calypso world.  Mr Patrick is incorrect about the award, however, since I recall in 1982 she was awarded a Medal of Service, and had she not migrated I am sure would have had that upgraded.

At the funeral service conducted by Councillor Hector Stoute, a rank from the Guyana Defence Force in full ceremonial uniform was present with her medal to honour her.

Yours faithfully,
Hamilton Green, JP,


There is a need for resilience planning

Dear Editor, The 41st annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America wrapped up here Friday with the issue of disaster resilience planning dominating the discussions, against the backdrop of  Hurricanes Irma and Maria which struck the Caribbean region within weeks  of each other in September, resulting in the almost total devastation of  several islands.

Closing the estates could provide opportunities for sugar workers

Dear Editor, There was the time in the USA when the primary mode of transportation was by stagecoach.

‘Draining the swamp’ is impossible

Dear Editor, For about a hundred and fifty years “draining the swamp” has been a flourishing glowing part of the American political lexicon. 

Pomeroon should be promoted for growing coconuts

Dear Editor, The Pomeroon was once a food basket; today it is neglected, and farmers have moved away from their lands in search of a better living seeking gold.

The President’s ability to unilaterally appoint Justice Patterson is a constitutionally lawful act

Dear Editor, The PNCR Canadian Chapter wishes to state renewed support for the position of our Attorney General Basil Williams defending the actions of President David Granger in his lawful constitutional selection of the Gecom chairman Justice Patterson.

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