Carrington bill on marijuana should be revisited

Dear Editor,

According to a report in the August 2, 2017 edition of the online news magazine ‘News Source’ , a 25-year old father of eight children, Mr Derick Persaud, was charged and refused bail for the possession of two ounces of marijuana.  Editor, it is time that we as a nation put an end to this absurdity and rectify this unjust system that disproportionately leads to the incarceration of people from low-income communities.

Our citizens and policy-makers need to be bold and creative in formulating and passing appropriate legislation that addresses this cruel and unreasonable chastisement that imposes an enormous cost on human potential, families, taxpayers and our communities.

It is time we revisit and hurriedly table the proposed Michael Carrington parliamentary bill to uproot the provisions of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Control Act 1988 and remove all penalties for small amounts of marijuana possession.

Yours faithfully,

Clinton Urling


Why has the GSPU not been audited for 13 years?

Dear Editor, I would like to express a few concerns about the recently concluded 22nd Delegates Conference held by the GPSU on 27th September-29th September 2017.

It is befuddling that the President cannot find one person on the three lists who is ‘fit and proper’ to be Gecom chairman

  Dear Editor, The Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) has been without a Chairman for almost one year and consequently, its work is being stymied.

City authorities were derelict in their duty

Dear Editor, It must be queried what the authorities hoped to achieve by their failure to act with alacrity on report of the sex abuse of a minor by a City Constable.

Small Business Bureau should create jobs for ex-sugar workers

Dear Editor, GAWU should not slam GuySuco, a moribund entity about its plans to lay off thousands of workers by year’s end, but instead challenge the Small Business Bureau (SBB) and Minister of Business to create jobs for those workers.

Smart employers foster employees’ mental well-being

Dear Editor, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) absolutely agrees with the Director of Mental Health, Dr Util Richmond Thomas, that smart employers do foster their employees’ positive mental wellbeing.

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