There should have been a better information programme on VAT

Dear Editor, With all the outrage being expressed by the Guyanese consumers after experiencing the ‘hands on’ effects of VAT, I thought I should voice my opinion on this entire ‘shebang’ that has caused widespread confusion.

Guyana can benefit from the diaspora meeting in Delhi

Dear Editor, The global forum in New Delhi where Guyanese are participants has relevance and application for Guyana and an effort should be made by the government to obtain copies of papers presented especially those relating to development.

Poll shows Manning winning easily unless opposition unite

Dear Editor, An opinion survey conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association 9NACTA) in Trinidad finds widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling PNM government but voters are not pleased with the opposition parties.

We are investigating Mr Rogers’s claim

Dear Editor, I refer to the letter penned by Ret. Fire Chief, Carl Rogers, DSM captioned “Emergency reported to electricity company on December 22 but still no action” (06.12.30).

Sport Letter

Dear Editor, Allow me to join in commending Nicolette Fernandes for her rewarding contribution on the international circuit in the sports discipline of “Squash” just recently.

My camera was stolen at the airport

Dear Editor, As a foreigner living and working temporarily in Guyana I want to make travelers and tourists aware of organized thefts going on at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in conjunction with airlines personnel.

The purpose of a dress code is to impose some sort of order

Dear Editor, Over the Christmas weekend one of the local television channels provided, for family entertainment the movie ‘The Sound of Music.’ It is a story set in Austria during the German occupation, with all its tension.

Barama drove a very hard bargain

Dear Editor, I am very glad that Mr Trevor Atkinson in his letter captioned “Barama came in at a time when investment was badly needed and has been in the vanguard of sustainable forest management” (06.12.16) pointed out the harsh/cruel and difficult circumstances under which the Barama deal was negotiated with the Hoyte /PNC Govt.

Road transport proved more expensive than the railway

Dear Editor, I refer to Navindra Singh’s letter captioned “Critics have ignored the context in which the decision to scrap the railway was made” (06.12.21) wherein the writer seeks to provide an excuse for those who closed the railway.

The Berlin wall is quite different to the American fence

Dear Editor, In early December, 2006 I had written in reference to your editorial “Wall of shame” where you were attacking the United States for building a fence to keep out illegals from Mexico and other countries.

Animals depend on us to be considerate

Dear Editor, As an overseas Guyanese visiting my homeland twice in the last six months, it is with grief that I see the everyday painful suffering and misery of street animals, especially dogs just fighting for daily survival.

VAT shifts the tax burden to lower income levels

Dear Editor, A summarized political biography on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the online Literary Encyclopedia includes the paragraph: “Wishing to balance the budget, Thatcher introduced lower taxation and a reduction in public expenditure.

Our Human Services Department gave this wheelchair

Dear Editor, It is noted that in your article of January 1, 2007 captioned “Glarey gets wheelchairs, supplies” (on page 14 of your newspaper) it was reported that a wheelchair was donated by Gafoors and a wheelchair and some foodstuff by the Ministry of Human Services.

What is needed is a more decentralised system of local government

Dear Editor, I refer to a letter purportedly written by an Abel Matthews captioned “Bishop Hammie has no congregation” (07.01.01) suggesting that the recent revelations by Mayor Hamilton Green on the “sorry state of affairs at City Hall” is the last spin of the Mayoral Dice, whatever that means.

Our tourism sites must be properly maintained

Dear Editor, On a recent trip to some of Guyana’s interior attractions, I was shocked to discover that an unsightly PVC pipe had been laid in the middle of the Orinduik Falls, for some unknown purpose, by the caretaker.

VAT should not be imposed on zero-rated items

Dear Editor, I have followed closely all releases, interviews and messages from the Guyana Revenue Authority, and all other relevant organizations with respect to the regulations governing the administration of Value Added Tax.