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OPINION: What election gimmickry

by GHK Lall The vulgar dissonance that has characterized the Berbice Bridge from its conception, birth, and now sickly if not obese presence continues.  Dissonance is being polite; it is more like river-crossing robbery; in reality the political precursor and equivalent to the piracy on the high seas further pass that same bridge.  Now in the ongoing frenzies of cleverness, ...

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OPINION: I support government’s temporary takeover of the Berbice Bridge

By GHK Lall I must go against the grain and embrace a contrarian position.  It is the extreme position of agreeing fully with government’s “temporary takeover” of the Berbice Bridge.  In so doing, I think it signals the administration’s impatience and disgust with the commercial hustlers of another era, who with the colluding and blessing of supportive political leadership ripped ...

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OPINION: Guyana’s brain has little to nothing left to drain

By GHK Lall There was this troubling article titled, “Guyana’s brain drain at worrying levels -US State Dept. highlights shortage of even semi-skilled individuals” (KN October 20) that brought to a halt.  Though this supports existing private assessments, I do not think that the headline tells the whole story, the embarrassing story of how bad things really are. The Guyana ...

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OPINION: The related farces of integrity, amnesty, continuity

by GHK Lall As I observe the latest hullabaloos over conflicts, integrity commissions, disclosures and that dysfunctional family tree, I ponder again as to why so many, sometimes, make life complicated and difficult.  I am perplexed and alarmed as why straightforward personal matters that rightfully should be disclosed before official, need-to-know, domains become so tangled. I remind: it is not ...

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OPINION: David Granger “allows too many crass venal comrades to besmirch his visions for a clean Guyana”

by GHK Lall As I continue my self-appointed role as Granger watcher, I confess to uncharacteristic uncertainty, traces of hesitancy.  There is much to dissect, more to parse; and even after those, I find myself coming up short and wondering. Perhaps I am analyzing too much, thinking too much. A start is made at revisiting the elusive elements of a ...

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OPINION: Local commentators coy and silent about local ‘Exxons’… pre-oil poor will be poorer after oil

by GHK Lall Everybody (except me) have dived into the national sport that is Exxon bashing.  Though I still stand by what I shared from the inception, I agree that some of the barbs and blows might be deserving.  But I believe that the attention and obsession of the sentinels and verbal pile-drivers are misplaced, and indicative of coyness and ...

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OPINION: Another racial call, another opportunity to really try

By GHK Lall I would usually welcome and embrace any call by anyone from anyplace at anytime to remove prejudice from the midst of thinking, visions, and practices.  There was one such call uttered here recently by an influential figure.  I confess readily to instant skepticism; such is the creep of cynicism, the chronic crises of confidence that bedevil this ...

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OPINION: Government’s anti-corruption vision was a goose that was cooked on many fronts

by GHK Lall I read that two leading commentators, Ram and Hinds-neither a new accounting firm nor political consulting one-observed that the coalition government has moved away from its once sturdy anti-corruption posture. Rather regrettably, I must agree and strongly so. Like that other, once arresting vehicle, social cohesion, government’s anti-corruption measures, muscle, and volume all seem a quiet echo ...

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OPINION: Failure to agree to arbitration panel embarrasses govt

by GHK Lall I thought that this was going to be troublesome, but does everything in this country have to be this hard, this insoluble? This suspicious? Rise to the level of a life and death Samurai confrontation? I am talking of the quest to identify and agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitration chair in the teachers’ business at hand. From ...

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