…But still an unlikely, military politician So you are some category of Guyanese – and over eighteen years.
Concerning the GNBA and NFMU No. It’ll be appropriate for me to “boast” that I was first to “advise” that the imminent Local Government Elections (LGE) would generate robust, even rancorous divisive contention for the rest of the year.
-When His Excellency retires – at 80… Sometimes “repetition-for-emphasis” – an old-school teaching technique – can be useful.
-do you care to vote in November? I suppose that every year I indulge – in muted exasperation – and acceptance?
Sexual misconduct: America and the Third World This humble column hereby lays claim to directing national attention – some two years ago – to the fact that the 2020 General Elections will attract some robust characteristics.
-Teachers, sugar-cakes – and “lessons” In sequential truth, I should begin with the misnomer “Amerindian”.
-When going on strike these days… Seeing the aged security guard sound asleep at her post the other night, then wondering about the reflexes of a very, very “matured” taxi driver provoked me to re-cycle the following thoughts, last repeated four years ago.
Dr Jagdeo’s LCDS, the Brigadier’s GSDS Perhaps I do bore some of my regulars by pledging that “this will be my most brief yet.” (See, I wasted one whole sentence above.) But because this social issue easily attracts many pages I shall try hard to be succinct.
-Rum, proverbs – and a priest As just one week of August is left for this year I return to reflections relevant to this month, evocative for virtually two generations ago.
His Excellency is staying on – with victorious Volda I held Mr. Paul Slowe in high regard as a professional police officer of fair play and integrity.
Being futile? Another attempt to be most brief today? Lead caption presents a repetitive lament.
– Afro-Business: Land? Manufacturing? Firstly, two personal contextual points: my avid interest in Guyana’s social history was really ignited by the late historian Vere T.
Empowering Afro-Guyanese business-persons – only? As both a “then–PNC man” and professional public servant who doubled as General Elections PR/Publicity head for three elections, I attracted the ire of the PPP-plus opponents and other independent or “civic-society” types.
Mosa’s Pants – and Deuteronomy Just another of my very brief, non-intellectual offerings today.
-His Excellency is not retiring! Hello. Read on to appreciate that this is bound to be a brief offering today.
More vivid World cup joy! Appreciate that this man-in-the-street unlettered columnist A.A. Fenty, who never-the-less acted as the country’s Chief Information Officer and was even once a “PNC man”, is now in my vulnerable seventies.
Even if not the state’s Supreme Executive Authority as His Excellency is, some forms and levels of authority can empower you to come up with brand new names, titles and descriptions for national occasions, events, agencies.
-Black Germans, Afro Swiss If, like me, you’re a mere mortal of a layman often befuddled by the law, the concept of justice and many conclusions by legally-trained arbiters, read and consider my opinion relevant to the appointment of the Head of our national Elections Commission.
Please respond to Melinda and Tony I think Dr Cheddi Jagan was President when a most loyal Party-Man-Minister, Harripersaud Nokta, essayed to outline vision when articulating a grand transportation plan across the three counties.
(Bet today’s piece will rank amongst my “most-brief” as I seek some “time-out”) I’ll skip the usual classical definitions of corruption – as in executive, governmental corruption – those shady illegal practices.
-Recognising and awarding chosen citizens Were not our First People – the so-called “Amerindians” –among our very first “Independence Heroes”?
Coming soon: elections watch Yes friends, it’s nearly ten years ago I used the identical proverb–caption for a column as repeated above.
You-all know that this man-in-the street columnist knows his place. Lofty subjects like the (vagaries of the) law, I leave to those qualified.
-Free education very expensive! Expectedly, all the pronouncements from political and trade union leaders, the commentaries from Rights Activists, the “sensitivities” aroused, conspired to stimulate almost national debate about the May fifth “arrival” of Indentured Immigrants from the Indian sub-continent.
It really won’t matter— significantly – if any cynicism or sarcasm is detected as I attempt today to actually congratulate His Excellency on specific policy statements and actual programmes.
`I’m a Berbician’ I’m offering most brief commentary on the lead caption about national registration for electoral purposes because it is easy for me to predict what a sensitive and contentious national issue this will soon become.
What about a `military’ Police Commissioner? Greetings. So very early on in the twenty-five-year-old life of this people’s column I would broach with government (s) the utilisation of our Guyana diaspora.
-`We will build a police outpost’ One dictionary definition of “minister” (of the governmental variety) goes as follows: “A high officer of state who heads a division of governmental activities”.
How Coporal Coppel, supplements his salary Firstly, let’s see how brief I can be today.
-when historian Granger writes about LFSBFor many years on this day, though trying to be more secular, I would discuss the definition of “faith” as it is understood by devoted activist Christians.
-The haughty officer’s bag of bones I suppose that folks into their seventies and eighties experience two levels of behavioural responses to social events that they do not necessarily appreciate.
-And His Excellency’s expectations I suspect that citizens of our Guyana need to be reminded of the status of all Presidents they elected since 1980.
-Dear City Hall, let’s celebrate with $500,000 Of course the entire lead caption is really “Lawlessness and homicides on our roads- a lack of discipline, education and enforcement.” See?
-National Flag, Corentyne’s Children “Her children pledge each faithful hour To guard Guyana’s Lands To foil the shock of rude invaders Who’d violate her earth To cherish and defend forever The state that gave them birth” The foregoing, of course is just a snatch from our Guyana’s Song of the Republic.
Two terse introductory points up front: because I don’t –and suspect can’t- write every day, a Selwyn Persaud (KN Sat.
-We’re now an “other-people” people? Nostalgia usually refers to (fond) memories of something pleasant; sometimes a yearning for a return to past events and times.
-GPL: British, Irish, Scandinavian, Jamaican If my regular readers discover that these comments are recycled from 2013 and last February (2017), they are absolutely accurate.
Look friends, I’m one (dubious) fan of our Historian-President’s penchant for naming things.
Jesus: His Egypt and his beer This might just be (the use of elements of) irony if this column turns out to be one of the most brief ones in a long time.
In twelve days’ time – if I make it – I complete another year into my seventies.
Granny Joycelyn’s pension – and her death! I pay genuine sincere tribute to our more analytical commentators.
How criminal enterprise pays Some may recall that I did a somewhat provocative piece a few months ago challenging the usage – and aspirations – found in our national motto.
(Okay, you-all know by now that at this time of year I love that word – “prog-nos-ti-ca-tions”.
Let’s agree that many of you – my “regulars” – might be allowing yourselves to be caught up in the hurly-burly homestretch to December 25 that Christmas Day widely known now to be misplaced.
Comrade Mrs Santa Claus and “Pashway” in the House The answer to the question, “should you/should we trust elected representatives?” is yes!
Sexual misconduct: His Excellency is aware With maximum respect to all, I lay claim at being among the first- if not actually the first to describe National Elections 2020 as the Jubilee–Oil Elections.
-His Excellency as Comrade-Leader There are occasions when you are quite aggressively upset with a generosity, a gift, even advice offered when you should accept “philosophically” (as in “calmness of temper and judgement”).
-coming quite soon – development, increases… Yes. Keen observers and readers of this space are correct: I did use a very similar sentiment for my lead caption four (4) years ago.
Immigrants of quality! Dammit! And to think I had promised myself not to join real knowledgeables in commenting on People’s National Congress (PNC) leader David Arthur Granger’s remarks to his Party faithful gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA two weeks ago.
-“Neither here nor there” – Harmon Of course, it depends on your political perspective and affiliation or sympathy; even your subjective tribal kith-and-kin links and loyalties, combined perhaps with your reasonably thought-out strategy for personal survival, then progress, which easily or eventually colours your assessments of our current national leaders.