Face the people or face the music

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Regarding a letter written by Dr David Hinds dated March 4, 2019, and captioned “We have been in a permanent state of constitutional crisis since 1953,” I looked for a solution in this missive but there was none to be found. His missive comes across as offering an excuse for the bully actions from the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition today.What Dr Hinds is not telling the nation is that all sides have suffered because the human social development in Guyana has been extremely uneven over the years. More so, under the undemocratic Burnham regime and now clear for all to see, under Granger. He chooses to not assign the word evil to these periods but was quick to assign that word to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) rule. That position is most unhelpful since it lacks honesty and integrity. All of our people are suffering from actions taken by all sides, Dr Hinds, and there may be shades of evil in all camps.In this letter Editor, I am paying particular emphasis from a strictly economic viewpoint rather than the political viewpoint, because politics has never put bread on people’s tables. While there is a myth being peddled by some social commentators that Indo-Guyanese are wealthy, when one disaggregates the facts, the evidence paints a very different picture. This fallacy has fuelled a PNC-led strategy of racial supremacy designed to reward mainly the friends and family and party members from the PNC with the top jobs, contracts, and other state benefits. These PNC policies continue to get buttressed by people like Dr Hinds as we can see in this letter of his where he can only assign evil to the PPP in the fourth paragraph. He sees nothing wrong with the PNC-ed coalition employing 85 per cent of the newly hired heads of department from one group and 16 of the 17 Permanent Secretaries from the same group. Such racist actions by a government are not evil in Dr Hinds’ books. It is people like Dr Hinds who continue to do the most harm to Guyana by continuing to provide academic cover for the misguided policy of this ethnically supremacist PNC-led Government who has done very little to economically empower all since May 2015.No one will dispute the fact that the majority of the top 200 richest families in Guyana are Indo-Guyanese families. But they are not an accurate representation of the demographic framework of the nation. Guyana has some 72,000 Indo-Guyanese families, so by no stretch of any imagination, can 200 families constitute the majority. Actually, the latest poverty statistics reveal that some 22,000 Indo-Guyanese families do live in poverty compared to 15,000 Afro-Guyanese families and 9000 Amerindian families. So clearly, the Constitution, the Judiciary, the several Executive governments have not worked for these people at the bottom of the economic barrel. But what is clear is that since Team Granger came to power, some 3000 more Indo-Guyanese families have slipped into poverty especially on the sugar estates and therefore all this academic gibberish from Dr Hinds illustrates that we are not committed to the solutions but rather prefer to kick the bucket down the road by meddling with the problem using academic cover.This PNC-led Government has enough time to implement constitutional reform that would have provided a solution to this nation of minorities but chooses not to act. So how can the PPP be blamed for this?The PNC had their chance to fix Guyana constitutionally and they deliberately choose ethnic supremacy as their tool of the rule rather than a model that socially, economically and politically empowered all. That is inexcusable. Time for a change is here again and the PNC, unfortunately, has now lost that moral right to the hot seat. Delaying the inevitable will just make their chances at the next polls less good, every day after March 21, 2019. Their choices are simple face the people for face the music.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Campuses burglarized, vandalized

By on December 25, 2019

first_img At nearby West Ranch High School, offenders broke into the student store by breaking a window. Once inside, they smashed a glass cabinet and threw a hammer into a computer monitor. The intruders got away with $120 in cash, a computer monitor and a Palm Pilot from the student store at Valencia High School, while damaging the cash register. The student store at La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country was also vandalized. The recent break-ins follow a spate of similar incidents over the Thanksgiving holiday where Hart and Canyon high schools were vandalized. According to Weiss, the amount of damage exceeded the amount of money or items taken by the intruders at those locations. “I’m just surprised nobody heard anything,” Weiss said. Detectives are continuing their investigation of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Clarita station at (661) 255-1121. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The first time, they put a shovel through the window of the student store and took some candy and chips, but didn’t do too much damage. But this morning, they came back and took a computer monitor. “I just don’t know what these kids were after.” Bolde said it could have been worse. There are two safes in the student store; one that is used by the staff was left open after Friday night’s break-in so anyone would know it was empty, but another, older safe that hadn’t been opened “in years” was destroyed. “They got it open,” Bolde said. “They sure went to a lot of trouble to get nothing.” At Rio Norte Junior High, the glass of the gymnasium door was shattered and damage was done to the doorjamb of the student store. SANTA CLARITA – Several high school and junior high campuses were burglarized over the weekend in what authorities said was the continuation of criminal activity that started over the Thanksgiving holiday. Lt. Bill Weiss of the Santa Clarita Valley station said there was “no rhyme or reason” as to the selection of the five schools hit between Friday night and Monday morning. “We’re looking at the same types of break-ins, prying off the top of the air conditioning vent, or a window or prying hinges off a door,” he said. “It’s reasonable to assume it might be a group of people, but we’re still investigating.” “It’s stealing from the students, which is so demoralizing,” lamented Saugus High Principal Bill Bolde, whose campus was hit between midnight and 4 a.m. Saturday and again Sunday evening. Sunday’s break-in was the third in the last four weeks. last_img read more

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Cambridge University rescinds offer of fellowship for Jordan Peterson

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgCambridge University in Britain says it’s rescinded an offer of a visiting fellowship for controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.A Cambridge spokeswoman says Peterson requested a two-month fellowship at the school’s Faculty of Divinity, which had been slated to take place in October and November of this year.But she says the university opted to rescind the fellowship opportunity after a review of Peterson’s work.Peterson has earned a global following after becoming an outspoken critic of political correctness and advocate for free speech on post-secondary campuses.The best-selling author says Cambridge did not directly notify him of the fact that the fellowship he requested after a 2018 visit was rescinded, an allegation the university denies.In a blog post, Peterson called the school’s decision “a serious error of judgment” and wished the Faculty of Divinity “the continued decline in relevance that they…deserve.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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