Election Day: Now and beyond

Frankly Speaking By A A Fenty

Strange defections and “unity” Some choice campaign quotes Obviously, this is my final Pre–Polling Day contribution to the Elections to be held on Monday.

Assessing the Parties and Candidates

Frankly Speaking

A government of “National Unity”?  No PPP?   Hello.  Even as I attempt these semi-moralistic, advisory pieces, I bear in mind today’s changed values, norms and mores, from my young adult-hood. 

Some speeches after polling day

-A.A. Fenty to get land!?

Perhaps it is in the context of the most interesting pre-polling day “defections” and political cross-overs occurring weekly that I create these (hypothetical) fictitious remarks likely to be delivered hours or days after Election Day, November 28, 2012.

The right to change your mind

... And your Party

Recall that it was just last Friday I wondered, in print, who would join the growing list of “defectors” or “cross-overs” before Nomination Day?

My American visa and vacation(s)

-The Brigadier, Mr Boodoo and “Overseas Voting”

I was once a “student” of American Visas – categories, types, usage, who could qualify for which.

Gecom on Election Day

Frankly Speaking…

Joe Hamilton’s crossover: any meaning? Up to the time of writing this, President Jagdeo was still awaiting Gecom’s official intimation that it is quite ready and capable to conduct the General and Regional Elections some time before December 2011 ends.

Cocaine: substance, trafficking, morality

Frankly Speaking…

Dr Luncheon – And my Grandchild Believe me, I had decided to explore, yet again, this issue, before I fell upon the editorial in this Tuesday’s Stabroek News.

A God of love – and of fear?

Frankly Speaking… By AA Fenty

careers and companies thru’ cocaine Look Friends, I appreciate that the captioned lead today is, perhaps not an issue for a Friday columnist.

The lighter side as vacation ends

-Hinterland Airstrips, Another Plea

For some, their minds, psyches and vocabulary heavily influenced by foreign lifestyles and development, the Guyana “summer” is at an end.

Any exemplary role–models left?

Let’s go to Paramaribo!

If only it’s because I’m past my mid–sixties, indulge with me as I share regrets and laments, in waffle and preaching today.

Getting out the vote (GOTV)

Frankly Speaking

-Good Police, Bad Police If we consider this pre–season of the Elections Campaign we may want to evaluate, even recommend, certain actions and activities related to that campaign.

Some Community Security Issues

Two Minister in One Mini-Bus

I suppose, nay I know, that it is easy for me to sit at a desk and offer commentary and advisories to victims or would- be victims of crime.

Some Green Land for Black and Brown

-and the President’s Friends

If you’re objective, open–minded or, especially, a–political, you’ll be hard put to find fault with the general objectives of many of the government’s programmes, policies and promotional events.

A new corruption–free government?

-Lessons from 1823

Regulars would have read my frequent offerings on the themes of Corrupt Practices, Bandit Businessmen, New Values From The Cocaine Reality, the Power of Perception and sundry and varied related issues.

Our diaspora, our deportees

—requesting 10 election projects

Again the brightest of observations and notes on the subject of Guyanese migration and its consequent diaspora – or dispersal, which now sees very much more “born-Guyanese” living permanently away from their homeland.

On issues of education – and “polarisation”

-What the Traffic COPS Say…

A comment stimulated by my recent piece on “honest businessmen”; our challenged University’s struggle to produce “relevant” educated citizens and (election) talk about our society’s “polarisation”, have all caused me to revisit these issues today.

Cheddi’s honest, patriotic capitalists

— and why the world becomes “American”

My brevity today indicates that this offering is one of my “time-out productions.” However, as I read, weekly, of the huge cocaine busts which now irrevocably taints my Guyana as some “Cocaine transshipment/trafficking point,” thoughts of the stories of some of our legendary business families cross my mind.

All God’s gays?

“Public” Information? Freedom? Access?

Guess what? I’m pretty sure that in last Friday’s offering on issues related to same-sex/gender matters, Guyana-wise, I had promised to take a long time out from such topics.

“My two Mommies live together

-On Marriage, Martyrs and Rodney

I’ll probably leave this lead subject alone after this treatment.  I’ve explored, cursorily, male and female homosexuality in two previous pieces over the years.

Komal Chand on May Day

-At Le Repentir On Mothers Day

Occasional association with GAWU President Komal Chand was good enough to arouse my interest – and curiosity – a few years ago.

Hours over Region Eight

-accepting mediocrity as normal

What happens if you ask coastlanders – especially our under-20s – what and where is “Region Eight” in Guyana? 

Gold, Oil, Manganese – and the new Government

Who or what is ‘Presidential Material’?

Long-given promises and the realities in this Big, Beautiful, Blighted Land have turned me into something of a “Doubting Thomas”.

Whatever happened to ‘lean and clean’?

- accounting and defending

This offering, which threatens to be my most brief in months, attempts to provoke thought about two central issues in the news as they relate to the “character” of government and governance here these days.

Trying the ‘front track’

- when Gecom’s doctor speaks

Today’s lead topic is re-cycled from 17 years ago. Why? Because I am utilizing my rarely-used right to be professionally lazy; and also because migration to the USA has been a powerful blight in our national lives for some three decades now.

Race: The Parties and the People

-The Americans, The British and The Brigadier

At Guyana’s elections time just who raises the spectre of race first? Then how is that issue made an element of electoral consideration, further emphasized, and by whom?

Wisconsin’s workers, Guyana’s women

This will be one of those relatively “lazy”, time-out pieces today.  Extreme brevity as I dare to comment on two issues, seemingly so disparate.

Africans then, African-Guyanese now

- Granger’s military momentum

I have to meekly concede. My consistent indiscipline makes me again, intervene, intrude into what Dr David Hinds describes as “essentially black people’s business”.

Guyanese Culture in a Globalised World

-Black History, African Heritage

The Ministry of Culture has attempted to make good on its pledge to “widen the menu of activities” that it was sponsoring or endorsing as part of its official Republic Anniversary programme this year.

Do you relate to Mashramani?

On Judging Creativity

I’d guess that, at the minimum, half of our population is aware of the origins and reasons for the annual festival that is Mashramani.

Protect the People’s Money

Frankly Speaking

Don’t  Plunder the Public Purse Today’s offering, in one sense, may be considered as a tribute, of sorts, to the Kaieteur News, the other acknowledged private “independent” newspaper in this country.

Nyron at nineteen

And Photos On Phones. Why?

After proudly chalking up eighteen (18) years of this column, non-stop, last Friday, I’m taking one of those “time-outs” to be most brief today.

My Favourite Moral Dilemma

Frankly Speaking

And Purely Personal, After 18 years Ironically, I’ll understand if readers turn to something else after just a minute or two of glancing at this.

Frankly Speaking

Assessing your nominees and candidates

This is, or should be, serious business.  I mean choosing a candidate; then ultimately, voting for a party’s ‘Head of List’ who may end up as Guyana’s president.

Elections (mischief) cometh

Frankly Speaking

-Some response from GAWU Because I agree with Eric Phillips – ACDA official, one-time consultant in South Africa (How did that go?), Pan Africanist, ABC Founder, White House scholar – I quote him: “It is that time of pre-elections realities when the true feelings

The garbage of life

- the President and GAWU

I give thanks for being allowed to be alive with you in these first weeks of a new calendar year 2011, according to how we in this portion of the planet keep count of time.

Still a Guyana to love

Frankly Speaking By A A Fenty

– our president, my prognostications I suppose this will forever be my own patriotic position: The land of my birth, where I’ve decided to live all my years (left) – Guyana – will always be a land to love – despite… Despite and notwithstanding the bungling by its political managers which threaten to reduce it (further) to a socioeconomic mess and into an untidy, health-challenged home and even though I harbor strong doubts about them … about us … from time to time, I can’t see our Guyanese people allowing any professional political pretenders

Don’t die for Christmas

Frankly Speaking

-Sealandia’s Pots and Kettles Again eschewing the more profound, the cerebral and analytical, I caution instead those citizens willing to be reasonable, or conservative, for this “Season”.

What are we to believe (Ian)?

Frankly Speaking

-A white Christmas – Forever? -Oh, Thanks President Santa…Perhaps I can justify using this “season” of a rather universal virtually-invasive Christian celebratory festival, to cogitate upon Ian Mc Donald’s last Sunday Stabroek column.

Working-class Christmas gifts

-My government can respond, I’m sure My “working-class” here refers to the thousands of Guyanese actually holding down some type of employment in the country’s public or private sector.

Frankly Speaking…Domestic Violence, what Church?

-Bishop “Brev” – and a cane-cutter’s thoughts The primary objective herein today is to express my conditional support for the latest governmental initiative to confront, lessen or eliminate gender-based abuse, domestic violence.

Frankly Speaking…From the boardroom to Basdeo’s bedroom

-85,000 Hindus, Christians for Mash 2011 Just last Friday I had opined that the typical working-class Guyanese citizen cares little about (macro) economic issues or the more sophisticated even if necessary, questions of fiscal management – or our foreign policy.