In the Stabroek and Kaieteur newspapers this week, columnist/political scientist Freddie Kissoon and historian Nigel Westmaas have raised some welcome and provocative
remarks on our relation to history, and specifically the tragedy of Guyana’s pasts.
The recent passage of the Gambling Prevention (Amendment) Bill, in spite of the serious reservations of religious leaders and the opposition political parties, has brought an entire series of questions about Guyana’s future to the fore.
This nation, such as it strives to be or become, indeed the whole world of nations, cry out for serious commentary, intense, informed analyses based on the study of the humanities, the philosophies and other rigid academic disciplines which human history has evolved for itself – and profound thought and conclusions which some other prolific writers seem capable of offering us.
This pointedly brief piece published on this day is my own way of expressing unqualified solidarity with the Stabroek News and Sunday Stabroek in their issue with the Government regarding the latter’s withdrawal of State advertising from the two ‘papers.
I can’t say Happy New Year (too much pressure shopping).
When is comes to VAT it is clear that this tax was implemented by Government with the express purpose of collecting more money (revenue) from the Guyanese people.
Whatever the motivation for zero rating split peas while retaining a consumer tariff on black-eye peas, the implicit associations with the ethnic usage of those products and their post VAT consumer costs should not be ignored or even discarded.