Letters to the Editor

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Tax on bank withdrawals evil, unjust

Finance Minister Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, The news that the Government plan to start taxing bank withdrawals effective June 1, 2014, is shocking! The announcement came on the eve of Easter, one of Christian’s holiest periods. The timing was perhaps intentional, as most persons would've either missed the news, or reacted ... Read More

Richard Byles Economic oversight still means economc woes
Dear Editor, Does Richard Byles, commenting recently on the state of the economy, not realise how c ... Read More

VYBZ KARTEL... sentenced to life in prison My life sentence vs Kartel's
Dear Editor, There is so much talk about life sentence these days, what with the sentencing of popu ... Read More

Paulwell has no more options
Dear Editor, I think it is an unfair criticism being levelled against Minister Paulwell with regard ... Read More

The Bible proves there was no resurrection

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Several artists have attempted to capture the essence of the scene of the Christian Last Supper.
Today being Holy Thursday many churches will re-enact this gathering, including the traditional
washing of the feet.

Dear Editor, Perhaps the best evidence against the resurrection of Jesus is the Bible itself. A careful reading of it should be enough to convince anybody that the claim that Jesus came back to life after his crucifixion is false. There are clear indications that the early Christian fathers were prepared to go to great lengths in their attempts to convince people that Jesus was a god. The book of Mathew would have us believe that at the point of Jesus' death, many people who were dead came b ... Read More

Is the GOJ in breach?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Dear Editor, We note with concern the furore over the removal of the Energy Monitoring Committee (EMC). However many have missed the point and wider picture. To begin, within the context of the the Partnership For Jamaica agreement [http://jis.gov.jm/media/PFJ-Agreement-final2_2013July31.pdf] isn't the removal of the EMC a breach of the signed document of which the Private Sector Of Jamaica (PSOJ) is a signatory? Let us examine this in a very simple and pragmatic way. The agreement's guidelines seek to: a) deepen the process of participatory decision ... Read More

The result of misguided talent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Vybz Kartel

Dear Editor, For the past several weeks Vybz Kartel has made every news headline. The publicity of his saga played out in the media, just for the trial alone, has received more coverage than many artistes have had in their entire career. Is it that negativity sells or the media is just another hyping tool one may ask? Over the years Kartel has emerged as one of the most prolific writers and lyricists in the history of Jamaican music culture. He has managed to remain relevant despite his inabi ... Read More

Is there really smooth sailing in the 360MW project?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Dear Editor, There are a number of questions that need to be asked surrounding the Energy World International (EWI) bid for the 360MW project. To the lay person EWI is smoothly pushing forward, the press reports the steady progress of the process with pictures of the minister and the preferred bidder visiting the future home of our energy needs. Is there really smooth progression? EWI wrote to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to say that they will not post the 5 per cent performance b ... Read More

Speak out against child abuse

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Dear Editor, It has recently been brought to my attention how little most of us know or even care about child abuse in Jamaica. Child abuse is an issue which is increasing at an alarming rate, and this is happening because we as a people have either lost our voice or we choose not to use our voice. Our children are being physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually abused on a daily basis and they are too afraid to speak up about it. This is mainly because they realise that the adults aro ... Read More

Time to resort to stoning

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Dear Editor, Thank God, I am free at last! This is just to note that I have decided to stop entertaining debates, dialogues, and conversations regarding matters of reproductive rights and human sexuality. Let us cut all this nonsense about critical thinking and allow the Bible to do the thinking. Uphold the biblical injunction against adultery, fornication, homosexuality, shaving of the beard, wearing multi-fabric clothing, and farming through intercropping. We are a country that is blessed ... Read More

Politicians need to have pride

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

A section of the sqautter community in Port Royal known as ‘Back a Wall’ or ‘Mitchelin’.

Dear Editor, I was amazed to read an article appearing in the Sunday Observer of April 13, 2014 entitled 'Crime fear grips Port Royal'. I want to ask how could shanty towns be established without the relevant bodies taking immediate action to halt the massacre of what should be preserved as Jamaica's rich legacy? It is bad enough that the politicians to date have done nothing to recognise and preserve those parts of Jamaica that are of historical importance, not just to Jamaica but to the re ... Read More

I can't sleep, PM

Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller: I am starting this letter at three o'clock in the morning. It is that important. Some years ago, during your first tenure in office, I recall, the then Netherlands ambassador complaining publicly about his inability to sleep at night, because of sound system noise. I was so ashamed. I assumed you would be too and that you would do something about this plague that stalks the land. Being naïve, I obviously overes ... Read More

CHEC's damming of Rio Cobre old news

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Dear Editor, The Government has been touting China Harbour Engineering Company's (CHEC) "new" plan to dam the Rio Cobre as the best thing since sliced bread, but this is really nothing new. Over 40 years ago, as a young engineer beginning my career, I heard of these plans and was told that investigations had been done and that they had not been found to be feasible; to the best of my recollection, because of faulting and porosity of the rocks. I have heard that from as far back as the 1950s o ... Read More

Freedom worth much more than 17 guns!

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Dear Editor, The Sunday Observer front page news story of April 13, 2014, was one of the most startling I've read in a long while: "17 Guns for Freedom". If there is any truth to the investigative report, which by all accounts is believable, that Kartel offered information to police leading to the arrest of several wanted men, and the recovery of 17 guns, law-abiding citizens of this country, must be stunned. The crime situation over the years has always been frightening with the murder rate ... Read More



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