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. The automatic reaction to this seems to lay blame on the banks. Sure enough, banks are expected to provide a secure environment to conduct business, but we the customers also have a part to play in safeguarding ourselves.

In fairness to the banks, let us not ignore the visible security presence both electronic and physical at these buildings, and their many advertisements encouraging the use of various methods to make payments instead of carrying physical cash. Reports of increased criminal activity are seen in print and electronic media almost daily yet many persons continue transporting large sums of cash at the risk of being targeted.  Of note as well, is the casual manner in which persons can be overheard discussing their finances and other activities in public, oblivious to their surroundings.

As citizens, we must do our part to inhibit the activities of the criminal element by changing our behaviour. It cannot be business as usual under these circumstances, and those operating businesses must also support this shift by using terminals to accept card payments, which will encourage consumers to pay electronically instead of cash.  These businesses will also be protecting their interests as they will not accumulate cash on their premises to attract criminals. This approach works internationally and Guyana should be no different, especially at a time when we hope to encourage foreign investment and the need for persons wanting to do business here to feel safe.

Yours faithfully,

(Name and address provided)


Lowe’s conclusion on case before CCJ was spurious

Dear Editor, In reaction to Mr Sherwood Lowe’s letter  captioned ‘Mendez has shifterd the CCJ gaze from Article 1 to Article 9 of the Constitution’ appearing in the Stabroek News of the 20th March, 2018, I would wish to submit that in my respectful recall the learned counsel for the Respondent in Richardson v Attorney General and Trotman asseverated that, in the absence of a credible definition of the terms “democratic” and “sovereignty” in Articles 1 and 9 of the Guyana Constitution, the court was required to construe these terms.

A stint in Parliament does not prepare anyone for proper management of a government ministry

Dear Editor, Our system of government is supposed to be the Westminster system, but it is not in use in Guyana today.

This society needs to embrace more liberated and progressive thinking

Dear Editor, Milton Bruce’s letter ‘The Editor-in-Chief makes all the decisions’ (SN, March 20) refers.

Realistic solutions not rhetoric are needed to bring relief to the sugar workers

Dear Editor, Regional Executive Officer of Region Six, Ms Kim Stephens, is reported in the March 19, 2018 Stabroek News, during her remarks at the ceremony to honour the Rose Hall Martyrs on March 13, 2018, “that that severed sugar workers are ‘timid and afraid’ of diversification”.

Government did not provide $68M in the national budget for the IDPAD conference

Dear Editor, It would be remiss of me not to address the Guyana Times article of March 9, 2018: ‘Govt yet to receive report on $68M IDPAD conference’, since it is either a malicious article or one in which the author is wallowing in ignorance.


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