David’s call for young people to participate in civil discourse is even more relevant today

Dear Editor,

This week as we observe the 9th anniversary of the passing of the founder of Stabroek News, David de Caires and after reading the contemplation of Doreen de Caires on what action he would have advocated today if he was still with us, I reflected on my own experience with David and remembered him telling me as a 24-year-old University of Guyana student, after I had congratulated him on the brilliantly written Stabroek News’ editorials, that he could not take full credit for all the editorials since there was a team of contributing writers  and that I as a young person should get involved in the public discourse and contribute my own views and thoughts on the topical issues of the day.  His urging persuaded me to start writing letters to the editor and joining several civil society organizations to lend my voice and knowledge to the public discussions of the day.

David’s call for young people to participate in civil discourse and for new faces to emerge is more relevant today than ever and it is something I’m sure he would have continued to exhort.

Yours faithfully, 

Clinton Urling

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