Letter: “Joey” Jagan praises PNC’s Granger

Dear Editor:
I saw Mr. Granger, the PNC candidate for President, on TV a couple of days ago and the answers he gave to the problems we face in this country were circumspect, clear and cognizant ; it is obvious to anyone with commonsense that this gentleman should play an important role in the future development of Guyana. Whatever the forthcoming elections bring to Guyana, the principles of a new dispensation for some kind of coalition shared governance is surely applicable if Mr.Granger loses, for he is a serious leader who would bring progress to any government formed after the elections and his leadership and vision in fields such as education, crime, unemployment and protecting the wealth of this country could be unparalleled.
               Mr.Granger shows calmness, common sense and a definite grasp of the issues affecting our country but his comments about socialism/communism which was experimented with in this country over the last 45 years , I happen to disagree with; socialism/communism was an unmitigated disaster and those ideas are of the past and have absolutely no place in our future. We have to reject such worn out ideas and move on. The only piece of advice i would humbly like to submit to Mr.Granger is that he should smile more on camera as I am sure he possesses a winning smile; the people need the smiles for the times we live in.
               Any government formed after this election should include Mr.Granger and some of his comrades , if he loses ; shared coalition governance  is the only way to “share the pie” in developing our dear country; recruiting the best and the brightest minds available, regardless of party affiliation or ethnic origins, regardless of religious or political beliefs and regardless of being in Guyana or living in the diaspora abroad. Editor, as a born Guyanese who has lived in North America for 32 years(Canada for 4 years and USA for 28 years-Brooklyn,NY. for 17 years-) and in Guyana for 30 years, I can say, with certainty, that when we talk of unity and purpose, we must include the diaspora and make real room for their presence in the future of this country, in every way one can conjure. So, Editor, shared governance has to be a coalition of unity and purpose to include all those dedicated to a better Guyana, burying egos and mistakes from the past, to create a better Guyana.
              Editor, the National Development Strategy agreed to by most of the political parties and civil society years ago has been buried under narrow political considerations of majoritarian rule here in Guyana. This developmental strategy encompassed broad sections of our society in building a better Guyana and stressing the needs of every section of our country; but it’s very nature calls for political changes in the way we are involving the citizens in their own self-governance and their means to get things accomplished. Editor, after all these years of independence, where the political boundaries are defined by race and ethnicity, is it not time to try something new, a new dispensation, a  real sharing of the political and economic “pie” to produce a united country ready to exploit God’s gifts of limitless gold, diamonds, high grade bauxite, high grade manganese, forests, powerful rivers with bountiful water, uranium, oil, snow white sand, herbs and medicines from our diverse plants, human resources willing to learn and work with decent wages and many other resources , which, properly exploited can increase our wealth.
              Editor, imagine a vision of , with the proper approach, the first “Jungle Disney” in South America, right here in Guyana or the first NASA blast -off center for outer space right here ion Guyana. Martin Luther King’s famous words were in his “I have a dream ” speech and today his dreams have been realized by the elevation of Barack Obama and the human and civil rights of King’s ‘children’. President Obama, when he was elected, chose to keep as his Secretary of Defence, Mr.Gates, an unprecedented move, since no other President had ever kept on an opposition party personage in such an important position in US history. We in Guyana have to dream of a country where all of our citizens have a stake in success and every section of our population feels part and parcel of development and ultimate success. An experiment in shared coalition governance is really the only way to go for a concerted effort at real development and a better future for our children.
Yours faithfully,
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  • Naraine Datt  On 06/20/2011 at 6:14 pm

    Your Honour,
    I have no more questions for this witness.

  • PAMELA GONSALVES  On 06/21/2011 at 7:16 am

    To those of you who say they want to build schools, low income homes etc. go ahead. There are lots of schools and what they need is a New Hospital with modern equipment. I am a member of Guyana Medical Relief Fund. They ship medical supplies from the US to Guyana hospitals. My sister Waveney Phillipe is on a committee to clean up the cemetery. They need chain saws, gas trimmers and a whole lot more. When last has anyone gone to the cemetery. You were able to drive through the main road all hours of the night. Well when I was there I thought I was in the jungle.

    We had to build a small bridge over the trench to get to the gravesite. Some of the tombs were empty cause people stole the caskets. Some were not built properly so they rose up due to flooding. If anyone needs to get in touch with my sister please feel free to call Waveney at 6-5199 in Guyana. Or you can email me for her address or contact my brother Joseph d’oliveira who was Consul for Guyana for over 30 years. Your donation is not too small. We can’t even find my father’s grave. Do you have relatives there. God Bless
    My e-mail is: pame940@twitter.example.com

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 06/21/2011 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with “Joey” Jagan when he said that “shared coalition governance is the only way to “share the pie” in developing our dear country; recruiting the best and the brightest minds available, regardless of party affiliation or ethnic origins, regardless of religious or political beliefs and regardless of being in Guyana or living in the diaspora abroad.”
    Divided, our country will never move forward as a nation.

  • Claire Wilson-Daly  On 06/22/2011 at 12:30 am

    Well said! I do agree that Mr. Granger needs to present a more approachable demeanor to the public he is seeking to woo. Also he needs to vet his entourage.

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