We all have a role to play and we need not criticize
As a resident of Lodge, I would like to respond to Mr. Balwant Persaud, whose letter was published in the Kaieteur News on June 7, 2012 to comment on the diplomatic community seeking publicity rather than to make a difference in communities in Georgetown.
He goes through the same rhetoric that many of the politicians in Guyana use to discredit the work of anyone, citizen or not, who tries to make a difference “give us the money and we will do it” but nothing ever gets done.
I personally do not support the position of Mr. Persaud, the Guyanese community is growing short of role models, and so what if those role models in Guyana happen to be diplomats and people from the community.
I also believe that it is the responsibility of every citizen to meaningfully contribute to the care of his/her environment, however we can clearly see that the task of caring for the City is undermined by the thinking of people like Mr. Persaud, who simply want to sit and criticize everything someone else tries to do but show no evidence of what they themselves have done to improve this country.
Does Mr. Persaud not recognize good news for Guyana when he sees it anymore?
My hope is that this clean-up initiative and any others that may follow would awaken the sense of responsibility in our young people and others who crave for a cleaner environment.
Instead of attacking people who are trying to make a difference, Mr. Persaud should find a place where he can volunteer with other caring citizens and use his scholastic talent to enrich the lives of Guyanese. He can write so that the growing trend of violence against women increases and diplomats try to do something with the community to reduce it, or maybe he thinks that this is a job for the Government too.
We all have a role to play and we need not criticize when an approach does not meet our political expectation.