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


The government will be supplying potential sugar estate owners with billions in subsidies

Dear Editor, The GAWU, through reports that appeared in several sections of the press, was, to say the least, surprised to learn that the state-owned NICIL Special Purpose Unit (SPU), according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, was seeking financing in the region of $10billion to $15billion in order to resume operations at East Demerara and Skeldon Estates.

Consumers have a part to play in safeguarding themselves from being attacked after visiting banks

Dear Editor, Like many Guyanese, I have been following the increasing number of reports regarding persons being attacked/robbed after conducting financial transactions at various places, including banks.

Judging rules were not observed in Senior Panorama Competition

Dear Editor,  What were the judges looking for when deciding the winner for the Senior Panorama Competition 2018?

GPOC needs to address the weaknesses in the pension payment system

Dear Editor, During last week, the Stabroek News reported that the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) and the Ministry of Public Telecommunica-tions are currently researching the introduction of a “debit card-like system” for pensioners to receive their monthly payments.

Burke’s statements included falsehoods

Dear Editor, As a proud member of the Guyana Bar Association, I took grave offence when I read a letter written to the editor by Rickford Burke and published in the press on the 21st Feb, 2018, seeking to denigrate an association of some of the most distinguished professionals in Guyana.

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