Dear Editor,Public figures, especially politicians, are always in the public eye. The manner in which they conduct themselves is used as a tool to measure the level of respect and concern they have for the citizenry. Therefore, they are always expected to conduct themselves with decorum and a high level of professionalism, both locally and internationally.It was therefore with a high level of dismay and shock that I viewed the video clip of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan publicly denigrating a media operative during the course of the past week.The minister’s public (and seemingly uncaring) display of arrogance in its most powerful form is reflective of his attitude towards the nation as a whole.His angry outburst that he could “use expletives if he wants” and his uncouth chastisement of Mr Dennis Chabrol are indicative of the low level of respect he has for the media, and indeed the nation as a whole. He seemed not to care that cameras were focused on him, recording every word spoken and every gesture made.This incident is a great embarrassment to the Granger Administration, moreso since it involves one of its most senior Government functionaries – a Vice President and Public Security Minister at that.This is just one in a continuous string of events in which Government officials have displayed their pride, arrogance and absolute power over the citizenry. It is an alarming trend, and no apologies have been made to the victims, despite many calls by NGOs and other public interest figures for such.Government officials seem to think that Guyana belongs to them personally; the people are to be treated as they see fit and the country’s vast resources are at the disposal of their personal interests. Self-indulgence and the propensity to wantonly spend sums of money on meaningless projects with no long term gains have become the norm. The right of citizens to be consulted on matters pertaining to their welfare has been tossed by the wayside, and arrogance, greed and corruption have become institutions in our beloved land.The citizenry voted for the good life – a promise fervently made by the current administration during its election campaign — one that was embellished with many fanciful illusions of grandeur for all.The ‘road to the good life’ seems to be still under construction three years later.I, like many Guyanese, do not believe it will ever see the light of day.SincerelyVanita Mahadeo
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Authorities today announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who killed a 15- year-old Van Nuys boy. Johnny Cano was shot to death shortly after noon on Jan. 6 near the southeast corner of Sherman Way and Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Witnesses told police that the victim was walking near a bus stop when he was approached by a male in a gray hooded sweatshirt and white baggy shorts who pulled out a handgun and fired several shots for no apparent reason, striking Cano in the chest and head. The gunman ran to a nearby parking lot and got into a white car, which was driven by another male. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLos Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas and police Capt. James Miller of the LAPD’s Van Nuys Station will hold a news conference on the southeast corner of Sherman Way and Van Nuys Boulevard at 11 a.m. today to publicize the reward. Anyone with information about the slaying was asked to call Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818) 374-0040. On weekends and during off-hours the 24- hour toll free number is 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855). For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.