PPP could have insisted that Houston by-election be held

Dear Editor, It was very gracious of Mr. Clement Rohee, a notable international statesman and a political official, on March 30, 2019 in a letter to Stabroek News `Those who claim that the PPP was/is ‘not a model of electoral purity’ must provide incontrovertible evidence to justify their case’ to comment on my letter of March 26, 2019 `The PPP was not a model of electoral purity’.

West Indies Head Coach

After being elected as Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, two Sundays ago, Ricky Skerritt declared that the immediate focus of the new administration would be rejuvenating the high performance centre, governance reform and finding a permanent West Indies Head Coach.

Is Minister Hughes still awaiting legal advice?

Dear Editor, Could the nation be kindly advised if Minister Cathy Hughes is still awaiting the legal advice that she said she was seeking about whether her position as a Cabinet Minister is a conflict of interest considering her husband’s vast financial interest in Guyana’s oil and gas business?

The 34 argument would also apply to the majority needed to form a gov’t

Dear Editor, Numerous contributors have submitted letters in these columns stating that the Constitution of Guyana, Article 106, does not say that an absolute majority is needed to pass a no-confidence vote, so the matter ends there; that is, unless it was the intention of the framers of our Constitution that 34 votes be necessary to legitimize a no-confidence vote.

President David Granger

The announcement just over a week ago that the first phase of President David Granger’s medical treatment in Cuba for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma has been successfully completed and that his doctors are satisfied with his response to the chemotherapy which he has had to undergo and with his overall physical well-being, is a development that should be welcomed and celebrated by Guyana.

Fly Jamaica customers need relief now

Dear Editor, Did the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) actually say that the only way they can tap into Fly Jamaica’s deposit (to refund passengers) is if the company shuts down operations?

There was no reason to say `absolute majority’

Dear Editor, I do not understand why even distinguished lawyers are having protracted arguments about the fact that our Constitution does not use the word “absolute” in describing the type of majority required for the successful passage of a vote of no confidence.

Word games with the constitution

Dear Editor, Let’s play a game; I did not invent it but the parameters and rules have been set by Guyana’s Court of Appeal (2-1), in this game players add a single word  to an Article of the Constitution then make an argument that this is what the framers intended; it seems a simple and innocuous enough premise and should the recent addition of ‘Absolute’ be upheld by the Caribbean Court of Justice, we can expect decades of fun and fees for the legal luminaries in the jurisdictions that subscribe to that court.

GECOM Chairman’s vote against Vishnu Persaud

On February 6th, 2019, a subcommittee of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) completed a report into a complaint that had been lodged with it by the three Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) opposition-nominated commissioners that employment practices have been biased and also that Deputy Chief Election Officer (DCEO) Roxanne Myers had been unfairly selected over the former holder of that position Vishnu Persaud by virtue of the vote of the Chairman, Justice (Rtd) James Patterson.

Don’t bash our judges

Dear Editor, Following the recent court decisions resulting from the “No Confidence Motion”, there has been unprecedented commentary in the public sphere about our Courts and Judges.

Models of decency

Karl Popper’s much quoted aphorism that institutions are like fortresses: they have to be strongly built and well manned, is as applicable in Guyana as it is elsewhere.

Guyanese are not compassionless

Dear Editor, Could it be our lack of response and perceived compassion as a people/nation to the recent suffering and destruction caused by Cyclone Idai be attributed to matters of national import which caused us to lose focus of other happenings around the world?

I have been sued by Christopher Ram

Dear Editor, I was visited at approximately 7pm on Monday, March 25, 2019 at my residence, New Providence, EBD, by attorney-at-law Mr Christopher Thompson in the company of a Court Marshal, and served a stack of documents.

The “Collusion Delusion”

The first hint of the media narrative that would turn into “Russiagate” surfaced on October 7, 2016 when the US intelligence community announced that foreign hackers had targeted email servers at the Democratic National Committee.

Dr Jagan was silent on the termination of 7,000 sugar workers

Dear Editor, The GAWU recognized from a letter which appeared in the March 22, Stabroek News from Dr Joey Jagan under the headline `Voters of our Republic will reject the do-nothings who dominate the PPP today’, certain accusations were levelled apparently aimed to tarnish our Union’s reputation and character.