Apr 06, 2011 Letters
The decision by the government of Norway to give Guyana the $40M(US) on the LCDS initiatives is timely and a good decision; this country needs the money to continue its development, once the money is spent wisely and invested in a good future for our children.
There will be naysayers and critics like Freddie Kissoon who writes nonsense and launch vitriolic attacks on everything outside of his limited scope.
Imagine this man would write an open “essay” telling the Norwegian Minister sheer nonsense and trying to hang dirty linen for the Minister to see, even accusing this government of being “fascist”.
This man hides behind his own hysterical pontifications. Kissoon spins a web of stupidity and nonsense which will confuse the electorate and drive them to the PPP government because when the voters examine his ranting and ravings, they will say to themselves that it is better to vote for the PPP than listen to political misfits like Kissoon and those who choose to echo him; those in opposition who are trying to displace this government and bring positive change had better stay far away from the likes of Kissoon as he will contribute to lost votes for any opposition and gains for the PPP.
President Jagdeo has begun a process which will be beneficial to all of us. The low carbon initiatives, if carefully husbanded and realistically applied, can make all of our lives better. But while these developments are welcome for our country, what about the local shortages of good lumber and at decent prices? About $175 per BM!!
We still need lumber to build homes for our citizens; building homes with lumber, especially for the low income and middle income citizens, makes sense because concrete and steel homes are more expensive and requires more time and effort.
When one goes to an oil-producing country, gasoline is relatively cheap for the citizens so how come we, the citizens of Guyana, who need lumber for all kinds of structures and when there are so many forests in our country, have to pay so much for wood products?
When one looks out the windows of an airplane coming in to land at our international airport at 20,000 feet in the air, one cannot help being amazed at the jungles spreading out as far as the horizon and yet, wood for our people is priced at ridiculous high levels. The government needs to address this problem, just as it is earnest about the low carbon initiatives with Norway’s commendable help. They both go hand in hand and this government cannot expect praise for its low carbon policies when the people of Guyana cannot even afford the high prices on lumber.
This government is following a path which all communist survivors of the lost battle against modern capitalism are taking and that is: to hold on to power through strictures on democracy at the political level and strictures on the real growth of private enterprise at the economic level with more government bureaucracy, while tightening its grip by Stalinist measures within the PPP.
Nevertheless, certain accomplishments by this government like the LCDS deal with Norway, have to be praised, and will hopefully bring real benefits to the Guyanese population.
Maybe, the government could use some of the LCDS money to subsidize the price of lumber for us.
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