I tire truly of the world’s and Guyana’s sordid goings-on. These days I often wonder whether I could have been a media reporter required to write those daily new-stories of tragedy and misery – murder, other crimes, assaults, arson, accidents, corruption, etcetera.
If even regarded by some as ramblings or waffle, I return to my lead issues with pointed brevity.
I can claim to be no political scientist nor analyst. I am a layman of some one-time Party affiliation and experience in Public Relations during three major elections campaigns.
Within a five–day period thousands of us interested enough were able to be treated to varied “explosions of sound” emanating from the PNC/APNU/Parliamentary Opposition Leader, retired Army Brigadier, David Granger.
– The Politics of the Seventh Parliament In these Op-Ed pieces one is given to (hopefully) well-thought out analyses and conclusions, strongly-held, truth-and-fact views, sometimes preachy “lectures” and heavily-referenced or endorsed dissertations.
Two most brief lecturettes today as senior years muse on values and virtues lost, providing origins and causes for our socio-national decline.
Your might detect, rather easily, that I tend to leave some of the more topical issues to those commentators eminently qualified to analyse and share opinions on the numerous matters of “national significance”.
-Our 2014 “Summer” has arrived These brief notes on my lead subject are occasioned by both my involvement in and with a Non- Government, Civil Society Public Policy Group and two recent letters to the Press.
I actually missed the news item on Gecom and campaign funding which one friend mentioned.
Hello friends, today’s lecturette is both brief and also my personal search for assistance with regard to the issue raised in the caption.
Another Friday of my trying to be more light-hearted than intense or profound.
A few columns ago I took you all to GUYISLE, that independent state off the five Guianas Shield.
Yes, my regular readers would discern whenever I attempt to be escapist. To avoid the unrelenting stress of “Pressing matters of national significance.” (Just how does a certain columnist manage to buse the government every day!?
The Law and Karan’s Nose So the world is now a Global Village?
-Still coming: Inside this ministryThe Guyana Constitution, under the provisions which “guarantee” our Rights and Freedoms, permits, even protects citizens wishing to engage in peaceful public protests and demonstrations against the widest possible range of issues which those citizens deem unjust or somehow against personal, community, workplace or national well–being.
Ezekiel, Farrakhan, Flight 370 – and Wheels A little less than two years ago I dared to venture out of my depth to explore the lead topic indicated above.
Seven Self-Employed Bandits, Crime as “Employment” Not with an actual “heavy heart” but with some deliberation, I restrained myself from personal commentary on yesterday’s Labour Day or on Monday’s Arrival Day.
-Abduction, Detection, Prosecution Believe me friends, there is no joy, no “satisfaction” having to broach such issues as indicated in my caption – crime, abduction et al.
Today, of course, is the Christians’ Good Friday. Local experienced attorney Leon Rockcliffe reminds that it is indeed a Good Christian Day second only to the greatest Monday of the resurrection.
Even though I am a relative dinosaur, still not (idiot -) friendly with computers, I welcome the few, but pointed, responses to last Friday’s offering: ‘Inside GuySuCo, today’s ideal police commissioner’.
When I considered exploring today’s lead issue, during last week. I suspected that it might just generate stimulating, even animated exchanges in the Assembly.
It is my habit to leave weightier issues like National Budget Analyses to those much better qualified.
Personal and collective respect for law, order, discipline, reasonably-civilised standards of behaviour, service and of living itself.
The Bandits’ Briefing/Meeting is the Summary of the Minutes of my own sometimes – creative mind.
The latter-day Chinese have fashioned a gem of wisdom which advises that “women hold up half the sky”.
There is still one senior PPP-man (a People’s Progressive Party Stalwart) – that I can relate to as a somewhat principled gentleman.
Pre-Republic Day Greetings to those “regulars” who have followed this man-in-the street feature over its twenty-one years, as well as to those newer readers of the column.
Leaving the contention and debates with respect to the acting Chief Justice’s ruling, Budget preparations and Money Laundering Bill to the more competent, I had (my own) today’s topics thrust upon me.
Independence. Republicanism. During the February months of 2012 and 2013, the Central Mashramani Planning Committee agreed that I should respond to requests to discuss basic aspects of Republicanism and the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion with post-primary school students in three Regions of our Independent Republic.
Hello all. Today’s date, thirty-first January 2014, marks two significant personal landmarks for me.
Hello there Comrade Minister. The “comrade” is a salute to and recognition of your former Communistic but still Socialist-oriented disposition.
-Suriname’s Civil Society While I have long decided to relinquish my right to vote for persons to govern me and this land, I usually pay reasonable attention to the statements and activities of the Parliamentary opposition.
This lead piece – a very summarized partial history really is most significantly different from what was planned for today’s offering.
(A peaceful, healthy and successful 2014 to all citizens from this soon–to–be twenty–one year–old column.) I have temporarily misplaced it, but I’m sure I did a piece titled “Sovereignty Belongs To The People” a few weeks ago.
I’ve never been persuaded to become a resolute believer or activist in any religion although, from childhood, my roots were decidedly Christian.
Even though I’m edging towards seventy it cannot be “old age” that is responsible for my increasing intolerance or cynicism with respect to the once–beautiful festival of Christmas.
Crimes against cleanliness. Crimes against the environment. Beginning in 2004, those were captions I used to show off my grasp of the challenges and possibilities with respect to the daily, necessary and vital issue of solid waste management.
Businessmen-cops, the “lessons industry” Except for the comments on the Procurement Commission, I’m again wearily exploring that which has attracted repeated commentaries and analyses elsewhere.
The conversational encounter described hereunder is very much taken from my imagination. The “interview” is probably merely a wish; just hypothetical.
Today I again side-step the usual, high-profile “issues of national significance”. Other commentators, including those professional letter-writers who command hundreds of column inches daily, are attending to those “issues”.
Frankly Speaking a few folks would most likely, berate me for daring to juxtapose the illustrious Jessica Huntley’s name in the same (literary) vicinity next to Priya Manickchand’s.
Frankly Speaking, it is no longer surprising to me that certain issues of national significance keep repeating themselves as the years roll by.
Pity that in Guyana – and the world – of today, the issues as reflected in my lead caption attract national attention to the extent that they impact on the quality of citizens’ lives in terms of security and comfort.
I’ll understand if some readers are saturated with this issue of Guyana’s now-entrenched narco-trans-shipment and trafficking status.
Those readers interested in this column would no recall that some six months (25 Fridays) ago, I penned a piece captioned ‘Inclusionary Democracy My Eye!’ I discussed the intent of the much-touted Article 13 of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
Today is preachy-sermon day. This brief is another perspective on my well-worn theme of the new morality/abandonment of acceptable, old-fashioned values and virtues.
Academic, Historian, Ideologue/Military Officer. Now Leader of the People’s National Congress and Leader of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition.
Again I avoid today what those more competent will address – the economy, the crises of all categories, crime, controversy and Syria.
I concede, I confess, I admit: it is, perhaps, the third time in eighteen years that I’ve employed today’s caption to explore, most briefly, a favourite provocative theme of mine.
At the very real risk of upsetting my friends at ACDA – the African Cultural and Development Association – and other Afrocentric activists – (they could let me know that it’s none of my business”) – I, never-the-less, repeat some of my strongly-held Emancipation-Month views.