In the face of stunning failures at State level to transform our nation, we must applaud the few citizens who envision and lead private initiatives to make a defining difference for Guyanese.
To self-develop, a person must exercise that crucial essential life-skill of critical thinking.
Citizens concerned about this society want urgent action to rid our communities of crime.
In our quest to create the kind of future we aspire to, we must cultivate the ability to know the root cause of why we are where we are today.
Questions of corruption dog this Government with determined persistence. The list of State projects and shadowy dealings over which huge question marks hang runs long, and problematic.
We fail to audit the real results of our efforts at developing our society.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Facing critical challenges in the Guyanese homeland, like our shortage of skills and lack of a world class human resource capital pool, we need to exercise creative thinking to find solutions.
Our society faces these three crucial, persistent problems as 2013 enters its last quarter.
Walking through the Georgetown Public Hospital becomes an experience of profound despair. The Men’s Surgical Ward, for example, houses ailing men in rooms occupying six beds each, with the concrete floor cold and bare.
Young people across this land tackle their personal development with great faith that they could build a solid future.
We face big challenges that feel impossible to solve, in our efforts to develop the Guyanese civilization.
We imitate the society around us. This social theory, which the French thinker Rene Girard expounds with particular eloquence, explains why we behave the way we do, and why society stumbles into its blind spot of a default future.
Young people, the new generation now coming of adult age, feel they must take responsibility for the state of the society, and launch citizen initiatives to solve crushing problems.
Cultivating the Guyanese society calls for a keen sense of where we’re at, and where we could be as a nation.
Below the surface in our society so much happens. Secrets abound. People speculate.
Scanning our society for the focal point, the cornerstone of our development potential, the foundation pillar on which we build everything else, the critical key that allows our people to develop into a world class society, we come to one answer: our people.
Without strong reading and writing skills, we cannot develop this nation. We may build massive hotels on the edge of the ocean with imported Chinese labour, but we cannot harbour a refined culture, cultivate our creative energy, or reap intellectual innovation, if our reading and writing remains poor.
Tales of poor literacy skills in this country fail to move Government with the urgency that this emergency requires.
“There is a literacy problem in Guyana. Indeed it is estimated that there is a 21 percent rate of absolute literacy in Guyana, and an overall functional literacy rate that is just over 50 percent.
Facing our society’s vice-grip of gross illiteracy, with the Education Ministry failing to install a sound literacy strategy, citizens must confront our social decay before the rot becomes unworkable.
Our 47th anniversary of political Independence from Britain, observed last Sunday, saw most Guyanese shrug their shoulders in resigned abandon.
Our nation sits in a slump, a sort of non-progressive stupor, and those who care talk of change.
Raphael Trotman’s call for a Council of Elders to mediate decency and good sense in our nation, as inspiring as the idea is, does not consider the contribution, talent and wisdom of our gifted young.
We must encourage and propel, in every possible way, the critical need for the education system to put literacy first.
In exploring who we are as a nation, where we want to go as a people, and how to get there, we must find a way to delve deep into our creative reservoir, to look inside ourselves.
In awarding its highest national honour, the Oliver Tambo Award, to the late President Forbes Burnham, South Africa recognises a crucial integrity of character in us as a nation.
We see stormy waves kick up every so often as frustrated citizens demand justice, fair play and equal access to the corridors of power.
Clear signs abound that our nation’s development is steaming ahead. But the picture may not be as rosy as it looks.
People across this land go about their daily life oblivious to the shenanigans of their Members of Parliament, who this week engage each other in an exercise filled with acrimony, strife and distrust.
Aunty Baba, 90, wakes up every day looking forward to her calm, peaceful, tranquil lifestyle at her Canje, Berbice home.
Hope for our future as one nation, with one destiny, stirred our hearts this week when House Speaker Raphael Trotman and former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran echoed each other in scolding their quarrelling colleagues, while calling for good conscience to govern public behaviour.
How could we motivate and inspire our fellow citizens to live their best, to wake up every day believing in the Guyana Dream, to tackle the task of self-development with zeal and gusto?
Our nation plunges to pathetic social depths so often that citizens may now be immune to the shock.
News reports in the State media show that senior Government officials persist in branding independent thinkers in this country as agents of the “opposition”.
How could we build a decent society if our leaders sap their own energy, inspiration and initiatives with constant strife and quarrels?
Inspiring people, accomplishing amazing feats, live all around us in our nation. Role models accomplishing feats of excellence inspire us, causing us to believe in ourselves and our nation.
We used to be a generous, kind, friendly nation. Today, however, we harbour a sort of cynical hardness of heart, with economic exploitation for personal gain, sadly, an accepted norm.
– Experiencing the frustrating New Amsterdam Hospital. Vibrant and alive, this country hums with economic energy.
We could learn two valuable lessons from Jamaica, in fast-tracking our leap into a 21st century society.
Electing leaders for villages, towns and the city offers Guyanese exciting prospects. Such opportunity, denied the citizen for close to 20 years, offers everyone the personal power to determine who governs their neighbourhood.
High Commissioner of Guyana to Canada, Harry Narine Nawbatt, and Sattie Sawh, Consul General in Toronto, Ontario, hosted a New Year’s get-together at the Guyana Consulate office in Toronto last Friday.
Could our Guyanese nation resolve to make 2013 the best year in our history?
Looking forward to a brand new year, and looking back at the last, we want as a nation to both resolve to make 2013 our best year yet, and reflect on 2012 with sober wisdom.
Government ends 2012 with its draconian abuse of the Guyana Chronicle, our State newspaper, showing no sign of relief.
To solve a critical problem, one has to first face up to it.
For such a poor country, we seem to generate enormous wealth through organized crime.
Hope renews the heart, re-energizes the soul and regenerates one’s optimism to strive for a fruitful life.
How could a ship with goods from Guyana end up in Malaysia with US$7M worth of cocaine?
Official world reports continue to paint an awful picture of our homeland. We make it on the global brain-drain list for our alarming level of skills depletion stemming from our extreme migration pattern; we appear on the global index of State corruption year after year; the US State Department lists us as violators of human rights, citing us for extra-judicial killings and other problems in the law-enforcement sector.