Overcrowding on the Lady Northcote

Dear Editor, As a concerned resident who traverses on the Lady Northcote from the North-west to Georgetown, I would like to say that I was surprised at the unmannerly behavior of the staff on Monday, September 24, 2018, especially some of the security personnel.

Revise taxes on sedans

Dear Editor, I am asking the Finance Minister, through this letter, to revise the ridiculous, unreasonable and unconscionable taxes on motorcars, with specific emphasis on sedans, which are family cars.

Heading to Year Zero

2026 has been designated Year Zero. It is the year, environmentalists say, that wild animals could disappear from their natural habitats around the world, if humans continue on the same path of causing damage to the earth and at the same rate.

Pensioners continue to be mistreated

Dear Editor, The various summary reports on TV channels and in the press about the candidatures (parties, groups, individuals) for representation at the forthcoming Local Government (not communities) Elections, gave brief insights into their respective programmes, aspirations, and even reservations about the future prospects of their communities.

CCAA has folded when it is most needed

Dear Editor, I opened an e-mail last Saturday from Sally Yearwood, Executive Director of the Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) that began as follows, “Dear Wesley, Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) has always been an organisation driven as much by its programs and advocacy as by the people who have supported it over the years. 

High Commissioners, not Ambassadors

Dear Editor, I have noticed in some sections of the press, and moreso on the radio, where people are referring to Guyana’s diplomats as Ambassador when referring to a representative to Commonwealth countries.

Police Commissioner James and team and the burden of expectation

On August 30th, in a single fell swoop, President Granger, in one of the more significant decisions of his presidency up until now, shook up the leadership of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), bringing an end to a protracted period of public speculation regarding the future of law enforcement management in the Republic at a time when crime continues to be a matter of the greatest national concern.

Draft mining policy open for public comment

Dear Editor, As head of the mining policy drafting team under the auspices of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), I thank Kaieteur News for publishing last Sunday, a few notes from the document in its article “Draft mining policy to address critical developmental challenges”.

Get serious about teachers’ payment

Dear Editor, With the exception of Mr Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, no leader of the government in Guyana has ever focused specific attention on the importance of teachers, and the necessity for a salary to meet needs and offer a quality life.

City officials with unexplained wealth should be investigated

Dear Editor, With  information recently coming to the fore, some as a result of the long overdue and recently launched Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown, I believe that the need has become even more critical for the recently reconstituted Integrity Commission to turn its attention to the policymakers and administrative officials of the Georgetown Municipality, if it is to improve public confidence in the integrity of persons holding senior positions at City Hall.

Ethical issue

Best practices in modern governance require careful scrutiny of the private interests of elected officials – particularly ministers – to ensure that there is no actual conflict, or even an appearance of one, if, indeed, the government in question intends to maintain the highest standards of probity.

Workers’ rights cannot be put into abeyance

Dear Editor, Reference is being made to Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman’s comments in articles, “Gov’t looking at ‘replacement’ for Rusal – Trotman” and “Local Rusal workers in limbo” (SN: 3rd October and 24th September 2018, respectively).

Cohesion

Perhaps what strikes people most about the current government is its apparent lack of capacity for planning.

Good cases or time wasted?

Dear Editor, My attention was drawn to an article published in the Stabroek News, October 3, 2018 edition, headlined “Too much time being wasted on prepping criminal case files – SOCU adviser tells investigators, prosecutors.” This article followed an earlier article in Kaieteur News on August 15, 2018 entitled “UK getting “value for money” in SOCU’s operation – British envoy”.

Do not use miners as pawns in pursuit of political power

Dear Editor, The small miners of Guyana were deliberately attacked at a public meeting held at Bartica on Saturday, September 29, 2018 by the Opposition party’s speaker, who alleged that the government minister who formulated the Syndicate initiative, owns 87% of all the lands received by the Syndicates throughout Guyana.