Writers should accommodate the viewpoints of others

Dear Editor,

I have tremendous respect for columnists and letter writers especially those who use their columns to promote a progressive world view. Credit must be given to those who have consistently been contributing to the national discourse on fundamental issues of governance, such as national unity and reconciliation, and a peaceful, cohesive, tolerant society.

I have always advocated the view that in the market place of ideas, let a thousand ideas bloom. No single individual has a monopoly on ideas. This is why it is so important for writers and columnists to be tolerant and accommodating of the viewpoints of others. The tendency by some writers is to focus on personalities and not issues. This is infantile and unproductive and will not promote a healthy and unbiased discourse.

As we approach a new year, I wish to encourage all those who have an interest in a peaceful, cohesive, democratic and prosperous Guyana to stand up and be counted and let their voices be heard.

As the saying goes, the pen is always mightier than the sword. The best way to counter a bad idea is to come up with a better idea.

Yours faithfully,

Hydar Ally

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