Letters to the Editor

End injustice against children

A resident cries on Thursday after two children and a man were killed Wednesday night when gunmen invaded the community of Williamsfield in Hanover. Photos: Philp Lemonte

Dear Editor, Every human being has his/her own concerns or situations which he/she believes should be dealt with in order to make a change. Children are no exception, and the United Nations declaration grants children certain rights that are not incumbent on race, colour or creed. My major concern ... Read More

Lead can be found in gasolene, pipes and paint. It could be the lead!
Dear Editor, Einstein famously said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over ... Read More

(From left) RJR Sportman of the Year Usain Bolt, runner-up hurdler Omar McCleod and Sportswoman of the Year Elaine Thompson pose for pictures at the RJR National Sportsman and Sportwoman of the Year awards function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) ‘Jackass seh wurl nuh level’, but...
Dear Editor, “Jackass seh wurl nuh level” is an expression used by Jamaicans that speak ... Read More

Robert Montague (File photo) Tackle the crime monster seriously, Minister
Dear Editor, The debacle of crime has served as one of the greatest hindrances to Jamaica’s ... Read More

A stroke of genius

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Deejay Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Pryce, addressing police yesterday at the Jamaica Conference Centre. (karl mclarty)

Dear Editor, When I took up the papers this week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Ministry of National Security took the initiative to host a motivational seminar for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. I think if anyone or group in the Jamaican workforce or public service needs motivation it is the police. How very fitting and well deserved! Even a few hours to unwind and take time to be entertained while garnering tips from guest speakers is a step in the right direction. I ... Read More

Strong families the answer to crime

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (centre), Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at yesterday’s 35th National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness: I was one of the ministers sitting on the platform at the prayer and fasting service at the National Arena on January 4, 2017, as you gave your address. In your speech you mentioned rightly that “having wholesome and functional families will be critical in solving some of the gruesome acts of violence” in our nation. I would like to use this opportunity to further state why effective policing ... Read More

Solid message from DJ ‘lecturers’

Friday, January 20, 2017    


Dear Editor, Rodney “Bounty Killer” Price and Desmond “Ninjaman” Ballentine were used as motivational speakers at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Blast Off on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Both were invited to share encouraging words to members of our security forces. From all the articles I’ve read, it’s clear that the entertainers’ messages were well received by the officers. Many will debate that these two shouldn’t have been invited to ad ... Read More

Jamaica must not become extension of any country’s penal system

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Dear Editor, This is a case which reminds of “look a gift horse in the mouth”. The UK offer seemed a good deal considering our overcrowded and deteriorating prisons. But the reality is that we would be relieving the UK of three million pounds annually by taking their prisoners. On top of that, we would have to provide for them, according to international standards and their UK customs, fish and chips with a “pint” perhaps, and tea and biscuits? Would doing that for our ... Read More

Murray’s involvement blown out of proportion

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

MURRAY ... tried to prevent photographer from taking pictures of accused Rupert ClarkeJamaica Observer file

Dear Editor, Heather Murray, principal of Hampton School, unfortunately, became the centre of the sexual offence matter involving clergyman Rupert Clarke. She is a wonderful principal of impeccable character. My daughter is a past student of Hampton — a school which provides the young ladies with wholesome education. Murray has defended the ladies at Hampton, and at the Parent-Teachers’ Association meetings would occasionally warn the ladies and parents of the negative impact of rel ... Read More

Handling the crisis of a scandal

Thursday, January 19, 2017    


Dear Editor, In 1982 the company that manufactured the pain reliever Tylenol (Johnson and Johnson) had a major crisis on its hands. In October of that year in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, seven people dropped dead after taking this over-the-counter medication (which was their number one money maker at the time). It was subsequently discovered that the pills were laced with cyanide. Instead of trying to sweep this issue under the carpet, the company fully cooperated with the federal ... Read More

Obeah, Minister?!

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

National Security Minister Robert 'Bobby' Montague

Dear Editor, We can all agree that crime is an issue in Jamaica that needs every hand on deck to solve and to rid our country of this noose that is around the neck of Brand Jamaica. Since this Jamaica Labour Party Administration took office the Jamaican people are yet to hear from the minister of national security a comprehensive plan as to how his Administration will tackle this issue of crime. This after the prime minister rode in on a promise that Jamaicans would soon be able to sleep with ... Read More

Fighting crime really not about the money

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Dear Editor, For many Jamaicans, one of the main reasons this battle against crime has taken so long is we lack resources to effectively win. If we had enough wealth then we could afford the required unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to support naval vessels to secure our coastline and prevent guns and drugs that support our gangs. We would be able to afford more fixed wing aircraft to supply the Jamaica Defence Force, more and bigger guns for the police and the army, X-ray equipment to secure ... Read More

Accepting UK prison deal could mean higher taxes

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.(File Photo)

Dear Editor, Generation 2000, the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, commends the Andrew Holness Administration for not accepting the ‘UK prison deal’ as such a deal would likely mean higher taxes for Jamaicans. The agreement that the previous Government was attempting to get into would mean Jamaicans would likely have to pay higher taxes, as the UK was only funding 40 per cent of any such project. That means the Government would have to find an additional $6 ... Read More

Change criminal laws, not commish!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Acting Police Commissioner Novelette Grant speaking at a news conference at police headquarters in Kingston yesterday.(Bryan Cummings)

Dear Editor, Here we go again, once more around the mulberry bush. Yet another commissioner of police has quit; yet more irrational calls for yet another national security minister to resign. When are we going to conclude that the problems do not lie with who holds these two positions? Jamaica Observer columnist Christopher Burns, in his The Agenda column in the Sunday Observer of January 14, 2017 notes that “desperate times calls for desperate measures”, which supports Gleaner ... Read More



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