Following factory article SN should find out about cement manufacture issues

Dear Editor,

As one of the more respected outlets of public information in Guyana, your newspaper can take opportunities to look further into promotional releases by commercial interests. For one example, your recent report on a nascent factory in Berbice left your readers wondering about several issues in cement manufacture, noticeably not covered in your article.

We have always understood that Guyana must import cement because we have no easily accessible deposits of limestone. It would be for you a newsworthy breakthrough if the new factory owners have discovered either local substitutes or sources for calcium-rich raw materials, or cheap ways to import them.

The process to make cement has huge energy needs for heat, well beyond those for materials transportation and handling.

There is a limit to the net energy contribution of burning waste tyres and plastics, considering the high costs of collection and of removing pollutants from the chimney gases and solid residues.

The question arises of what happens to those rubber and plastic wastes if and when Guyana becomes an oil and gas producer, allowing cheaper pollution control. The press can encourage our EPA and its political directorate to be watchful on these matters.

In the midst of controversy over media inclusion of public service announcements, enforced by law, I know that you, Editor, share a vision of independently serving the public’s need for truth and fairness in information.

May we all hope that your paper will be more thorough in the handling of news generated to serve commercial and political purposes.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Forte


Why did housing authorities not recognize that nobody squats for the love of it

Dear Editor, Red Thread is in solidarity with the women, children and men who are squatting in Sophia.

The Guatemalan model is evidence that Guyana’s sugar industry can once again be viable

Dear Editor, I was invited to be part of a discussion on sugar on Monday evening.

The Indian Arrival Monument should be sited at Highbury

i The report in Stabroek News of October 16 suggests that the authorities are bent on rewriting history by persisting with erecting the Monument generously donated by the Indian Government at Palmyra as opposed to Highbury, which is unquestionably the actual site where our forefathers from India first arrived in the then British Guiana.

GuySuCo’s press encounter further exposed its disdain for the workers

Dear Editor, The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), through reports appearing in several sections of the media, has taken note of the reported comments and statements made by officials of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) on October 13, 2017.

Microsoft CEO supports three formats of cricket

Dear Editor, Those unfortunate readers who have been subjected to my attempts to make the case for the three formats of the game as being in its best interest, and therefore deserving of the administrative support of the ICC and individual cricket boards without invidious comparisons, may find my submissions less annoying by virtue of their endorsement by none other than the head of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.

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