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OPINION: Say it ain’t so, Mr. President

By GHK Lall How could you, Mr. President? Say it ain’t so, Excellency… Except that it is. I am the short end of the stick here; it is a dirty, undesired one. Spiked too. For there I was repeatedly trashing those tardy public servants, who lapsed through negligence, or contempt, or impatience, or disinterest (or some combination of all those) ...

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OPINION: Perfectionism, meritocracy, and Protestant work ethic under attack

By GHK Lall “NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has made ‘whiteness’ toxic, Department of Education insiders claim” (NY Post May 18). Unfortunately, switch the color scheme to ‘brownness’ or ‘blackness’ and that claim would quickly find volume and mileage right here in political and bureaucratic Guyana. All one has to do is weigh the years. First, some foreign context. The ...

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OPINION: How asinine and unthinking is this government!

by GHK Lall I thought that this government had hard and heavy matters with which it is wrestling strenuously. I thought that this government had serious—very serious—priorities on which it was determined to table and see through to successful ends. And to do so, despite all the obstacles and forces arrayed against its efforts. Apparently, I am woefully wrong on ...

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Op-Ed: The current voters list is fundamentally flawed and should be scrapped

by James McAllister It is a fact! The voters’ list in Guyana is bloated by at least 30%. The names of over 180,000 dead, missing or non-existent people are included on the voters’ roll. Of this number, a minimum of 40,000 are the names of dead people. National Census figures, the House-t0-House registration of 2008, and Guyana’s vital statistics published ...

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OP-ED: Unwarranted attacks on the integrity of civil engineers must stop

by James McAllister The article, “Questionable Engineers Estimates costing Guyana billion$”, in the April 19th edition of the Kaieteur News, is another attempt by the media to distort and peddle misinformation. Accusations of corruption and incompetence were leveled against engineers. This is not the first time such accusations have been leveled against engineers by people who know little of what ...

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OPINION: Political and bureaucratic cheating brings intense personal recoiling

by GHK Lall When I read of one suspiciously underhand episode after another involving senior people in this country, there is intense personal recoiling. For in my book, their three-card character, believed sophisticated schemes, and too many times rickety defenses fail either to win sympathy or to garner any speck of support. Rather, there is sharp disgust for what I ...

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OPINION: Minister Hughes’ actions were appropriate and sufficient

by James McAllister The recent public outcry about possible conflict of interest by APNU+AFC Government ministers was an indication of positive things happening in Guyana. The fact that a significant number of the people speaking out are vocal supporters of the government makes it even better. This is a clear indication that Guyanese are not in the mood to allow ...

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