Letters to the Editor

Ramp up national awards...wheelchair ramp

Dear Editor, I watched with pride the televised National Heroes' Day awards ceremony, where several people who serve or have served our country received awards in their area(s) of specialty. It was equally refreshing to see our military and constabulary men and women perform with sharp salutes and ... Read More

Call it the $4-m waste that it was
Dear Editor, When Jamaicans are denied entry to a foreign country, be it Barbados, Trinidad, Englan ... Read More

Identifying, preventing Chikungunya Save the natural enemies of the mosquito!
Dear Editor, When did you last check on those healthy spider webs that grace the eaves of your hous ... Read More

ABU BAKR... persona non grata in Jamaica 2014 We waste so much more than $4 million
Dear Editor, I still cannot believe that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), sections of the media, and ... Read More

Substitute teachers needed

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites 

Dear Editor, I am imploring the Ministry of Education to streamline a portal to deploy substitute teachers in our schools. Over the years, I have realised that full-time teachers often have to balance a hectic timetable with incumbent substitution schedules. Consequently, their 'free time' becomes consumed with additional work on occasions when a few of their colleagues are unavoidably absent. This practice has caused a tremendous strain on many of our teachers, who are already struggling wit ... Read More

Before you 'bun dung Rome', Chronixx

Thursday, October 23, 2014    


Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx. Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries. Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae s ... Read More

Peter Bunting...our hero

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

Peter Bunting

Dear Editor, We are presently contending with an outbreak of chikungunya, the threat of Ebola and, to top it all, a Trinidadian "terror" that could have made the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke look like a Sunday picnic. We have Minister Peter Bunting to thank for saving us from a possible coup d'etat. We elect leaders to make decisions on our behalf. If they make incorrect decisions, it will cost us. We cannot purchase infrared thermometers to scan possible Ebola cases, we have to de ... Read More

Before we waste another $28m

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

Director of the Planning Projects, Evaluation and Research Division at NEPA, Novelette Douglas (right) points out some of the
plant and animal species that make up Jamaica’s vast biodiversity to (from left) programme specialist at the UNDP Richard Kelly,
deputy director general of the PIOJ Claire Bernard, and senior director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate
Change Gillian Guthrie. Occasion was Thursday’s inception workshop for the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
project at Courtleigh Hotel. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

Dear Editor, The Jamaica Observer of October 22, 2014 carried a story in Envionment Watch on the updating of Jamaica National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) at a cost of some US$250,000.00 or roughly J$28 million. There were the usual platitudes, assurances and commitments from various government officials, but there was no reported assessment of the success of the first 10 years of the NBSAP. The most cursory glance at this document will reveal significant failures. For example ... Read More

Ebola infection procedures

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

ALABANG, Phillipines — Health workers show the proper way to don an Ebola suit during a
media tour of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine facility to show the Government’s
readiness in dealing with the still Ebola-free country yesterday at Alabang, Muntinlupa city,
south of Manila, Philippines. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, The government could take a page out of Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) procedures book. (As reported by the BBC.) They have been operating in the hot zone continuously from the start of the Ebola epidemic and very few of their doctors and nurses have contracted the disease, even after thousands of contact hours. They use three sets of gloves, multiple suits, aprons, face masks, boots, and a lot of tape to tape off the joints of the gloves, boots, etc and then they have a second simi ... Read More

Watch what we say

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

A health care worker in protective gear is sprayed with disinfectant after working in an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown yesterday. The deadly Ebola virus has infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra Leone, the Government said yesterday, a setback in efforts to stop the spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, While attending a funeral recently in my neck of the woods I heard an elected official giving greetings and he spoke about the deadly Ebola virus. He made mention of a rumour that was being circulated that Ebola was in Jamaica and that it was in Mandeville. In his statement he told the congregation Jamaica was not ready for this virus. It is my view that the official's statement was quite careless because, instead of bringing hope and comfort to those who were grieving, he instead ... Read More

Farrakhan shouldn't let rhetoric influence him

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Louis Farrakhan

Dear Editor, I have always been mesmerised by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who I consider one of the greatest orators/debaters of our time, although I could never endorse his religion -- which treats women as second class citizens, but that is another matter. Last weekend, at the anniversary of the million man march, Minister Farrakhan did not disappoint, despite having reached the grand old age of 81. For man of his depth, however, I was disappointed how he allowed himself to be influenced by ch ... Read More

Gov't handling CHIKV well

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the painful
chikungunya virus.

Dear Editor, I listen and read with great interest all that has been said about the government and their handling of the chikungunya virus and their preparation for a outbreak of the deadly Ebola. A lot of the talk that is going around is out of sheer fear and lack of knowledge. The Observer has had a field day in bringing mostly negitive news. This is not the first time that Jamaica has been faced with this kind of situation. There was the bird flu very near to us, there was SARS, yet none wa ... Read More

Deportation money could have been better spent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Abu Bakr

Dear Editor, I note with amazement the Government's chartering of a flight to deport Abu Bakr for $4 million. They have no sense of priorities. This against the total ineptitude with which the Government is approaching the CHIKV/Ebola fever detection at our ports of entry. I've heard that it's too expensive to buy the Infrared, non-contact thermometers. So, on the Friday newscast I saw that donations are expected to get these for the airport staff at a price of about $30,000 each. This techno ... Read More

Keep doing good, Observer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Georgia Lindsay on her to the Norman Manley International Airport departure lounge with her dad George and sister Geonna
yesterday. Georgia left for China to study medicine, courtesy of the kindness of Jamaica Observer readers here and abroad.

Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate the Jamaica Observer for its invaluable contribution to the Jamaican society. Indeed, such work will and should not go unnoticed before the eyes of many Jamaican. I have witnessed many instances in which the Jamaica Observer's intervention has caused persons to be on track with their dream. The most recent is that, through the intervention of the Jamaica Observer, Georgia Lindsay has gone to study medicine in China. Without a doubt, one can conclude that had ... Read More



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