I’m agreeing with the opposition-increasingly!

-some social situations attracting my attention

-one Brigadier, two Majors-General (Two upfront “relevant digressions”: Do you realise that one, two or three representatives of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have letters appearing in three local newspapers, daily!?

Those women of emancipation

-After Granger and Jagdeo, who?

-Gosh! Just what should I eat? Try as I intended, it doesn’t seem that I could “leave Emancipation month alone”.

Guyana and Carifesta

-Why we admire our ministers

– Farewell, rest well Hector   This is the briefest of reminiscences of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts – Carifesta.

The prisoner and his warder

The President’s personal `reasons’

Emancipation economic projects From the mouths, pens and computers of writers, analysts, qualified, experienced and wise persons – as well as the ordinary, law-abiding and vulnerable citizens – there flowed an outpouring of views and suggestions regarding the recent prison riots, arson and escapes.

Minds affected by authority, then power

-When? Not before I die!

“Assisting” our “Independence” Even though today’s should be among my most brief, I suspect, nay, I know, that again I’m stepping into waters I know little about (their depth).

Concerning next week’s Cabinet meeting

-’Banana Republics’ pursue corruption

Decades ago I actually was allowed to experience two separate Cabinet meetings for very, very brief periods, representing the then Ministry of Information.

Really getting to know Guyana

-As the bandits do

-Time to give up? To lose hope? Co-incidentally, the sentiments expressed through today’s lead caption were first published in this column, in similar style, nine years ago.

Pre-empting current corruption temptations

– opposition and media ‘watchdogs’

– another Caricom week, with Brazil Recall that quite early on in the life of the APNU-AFC tenure there was talk of a ministerial/senior public service code-of-conduct.

Arnie joined the army

“…To the lesser count of manslaughter”

“… For the purpose of trafficking” Today I ask my editor for one of those “time-outs.” From the consequences of mis-management of the (political) economy to the daily doses of crime, traffic mayhem and corruption–related reports, I become frequently overwhelmed mentally.

The cartels and national drug strategies

-Race has little to do with thievery right?

Compelled to return briefly to my lead issue above, I remind that I wrote in part last Friday: “From submersibles in the North-West District to light aeroplanes to sawmills to arranging US visas, which type of individual(s) is/are most “qualified” to manage such enterprise?”  But is it true?

Towards a courteous, caring, competent Public Service

On passing-the-buck and cover-ups

Trump supporters: ‘Lock her up!’ Two setting-the-scene, background points relevant to my lead issue: (1) I myself was a teacher in the public school system for eleven years before editing and producing educational supplementary readers for the Ministry of Education long before current efforts.

St. Matthew and taxes as Easter week ends

Developing Georgetown’s D’Urban Park

A sufficiently–prominent Guyanese personality provoked my poor-man senses when he claimed that there is now some new tax on dray-carts, meaning dray-cart drivers/owners.

Towards the 2020 Jubilee elections…

-and another government –and oil!

bravado and big-time thieves Why – as current cost-of-living, quality of life, bread and butter issues “consume” the Guyanese Citizen – am I fast forwarding to some Jubilee general election three years away?

The modern morality and executive thievery

-`America First’, aid and theglobal economy

-the Radio set and water tank and self-reliance Gosh! Bear with me as I feel compelled to return to the issues of SARU and stolen state assets addressed herein last Friday.

The headstart – how executive criminals escape

-Ryhaan’s bound-yard

Are they “executive criminals” or “criminal executives?” You choose any appropriate description for those greedy selfish persons who, once elected or catapulted into high public office, use governmental corridors of power to illegally secure wealth from the public purse, exclusively for their inner circle of relatives, friends, cronies and comrades.

Competent community government?

-Independent editorial management?

-On judging art and talent Before I invoke the early warnings of former Member of Parliament, UG lecturer and knowledgeable commentator Sherwood Lowe, I offer anecdotal observations relevant – even if indirectly – to this lead topic.

Freedom’s call – From Kofi to Lincoln

-One huge reason for white racism?

Believe me friends: it is not laziness that drove me to recycle most of the following sentiments which were first penned in this column four years ago.

Collision and confrontation versus co-operation

-Loving, respecting, empowering women

– 24 years not out today!! One of my New Year’s prognostications about probable Granger Cabinet changes came through swiftly, (though we were “assured” such would not have occurred.) Believe me then that I had wondered quietly why – or if – someone like Elisabeth Harper (who would be a Prime Minister) couldn’t be tapped for her expertise and institutional acumen at the APNU+AFC Foreign Affairs Ministry. 

Corrupted youth, thievery, as honesty dies

‘Look how nuff different tings gone-up girl…’

Yes, here I go again early in this still “new” year. A repeat sermonette on the cancer of local corruption, the potentially lost youth as thievery thrives.

The full year (2016) before another ‘Coalition Christmas’

Prognostications: What a word!

The APNU+AFC Coalition Political Partners squeaked into power electorally in May 2015. Recall that APNU, essentially the PNC –People’s National Congress- itself a Burnhamite PPP decades ago- with some amorphous other “Baby Parties” linked up, on Valentine’s Day 2015 to contest the May 2015 elections with the Third-Party AFC.

Blackouts and Bethlehem

-Lily passed before legislation passed

-SARU, SARA, SOCU: 2015-2017 Hey and hello all. I hope to be relatively light-hearted dealing with three (3) serious issues as many (most?) of you attend to Christmas-time matters – in the country or in the home.

Indications of a modest post-budget Christmas 2016

-People and places to rob before year-end

–  Another plea for pensioners 2017 Fortunate still to be experiencing more months to my age and life span, I am increasingly wont to restrain my “celebration” of the Festival of Christmas.From poor, challenging childhood to teens the BG “colonial Christmas“ were a grand mix of European traditions and (British) Guianese elements- from the wintry jingle bells, sleighs, snow and frosty to masquerade, steel band tramps, breaking-up-the-house, renewal and church-going — and yes, our own delectable Christmas Cuisine.

Budget blues, credibility and reputation

So many fatherless homes for Christmas

– Feliz Navidad companero Moses   If you’re really into the year-end Christmas “syndrome”, this very brief budget 2017 commentary might be the column for you.

Who cares the most for sugar workers? Why?

God, the villages - and “African” business

Bartica, Byderabo: What’s “Best”? Because I appreciate all the elements of the national issue that is the fate and future of this country’s sugar industry; and because I do have a connection with Sugar Union GAWU- however distant- I make bold to offer a few simple but pointed and fundamental comments on a challenge that is bound to be “nationally sensitive”.

Today’s PPP, the Chronicle and CNN

Victoria: A God neither Black nor White?

It doesn’t take any rabidly – anti-PPP individual or group to raise their eyebrows – or ire whenever that Party essays a particular type of criticism of the Granger administration’s style of governance, missteps or obvious blunders.

What I liked about Trump

-As concerns seriously linger

-My simple anti-crime suggestions The commentaries, analyses and dissertations regarding the stunning upset electoral victory of billionaire-businessman-playboy Donald J Trump are not likely to end.

The drug baron’s welcome charity

-Gunmen in the National Assembly?

-Elections USA: Some “Black” Presidents Okay friends, bear with me as I return yet once more to my dubiously-favourite theme of a modern-day moral dilemma.

Cannabis and Coca: Not that “Green”!

-Independent thinkers- The Party/ Government line

Far be it for me, an ageing patriot who chose to live and stay solely and only in this country of my birth, to bad-talk it negatively in a consistent manner.

Election Campaign USA: Personal perspectives

-some puzzles from the Coalition Cabinet

Firstly, I am aware of the numerous analyses, predictions and conclusions being published daily regarding this 2016 (unconventional) election campaign now raging in the USA.I still add my layman’s bit as anyone with just a bit of interest in electoral politics – and has Cable TV- must be enthralled by the rather strange goings on across the US at this time.

…And justice for some?

“C” is for Corrica, Calypso, Canary- and clay blocks

Up front I’ll concede that today’s lead topic above consists of my layman’s ramblings on a societal issue that is very complex, complicated, technical, even profound.

Station-cell incarceration: Human rights violations

-Coalition politics and victors

The man I knew as “father” was a policeman all his life. Even in his retirement when he taught young recruits to drive and was himself the driver and “Man Friday” for Sir Shridath Ramphal, he remained an “Ole police” at heart.

Our Golden Senior Citizens

-The Brigadier’s first major press conference

I realise that, most likely, it is because I am at the cusp of plunging into the heart of that demographic that is the Guyanese elderly that I return to this theme almost annually.

Our First People, our land, our constitution

“Single-parent Guyana”

To his socio-political credit, David Arthur Granger, whilst on the pre-May 2015 Election Campaign trail did visit and interest himself in many hinterland communities at a very personal level.

Corruption and scandals: Probable participants

- ‘Thief man nah like see ‘e mattee wid bag’

Whether the reason or cause is personal economic hardship, innate disrespect for honesty and the law, greed or some disdain for (hard) work, there are parents or guardians who will knowingly accept stolen items generated by their younger relations.