Letters to the Editor

PAYE payroll mash mash

Dear Editor, Come December 31, 2016, businesses that have salaried personnel who earn monthly no more than $796,536 and no less $592,800 after allowable deductions such as national insurance and pension (statutory salary) will have employees who should apply for a tax refund if they have no other s ... Read More

Gaston Browne ‘I wouldn’t invest one red cent in Gaston Browne’s Antigua’
Dear Editor, The article by Loop News in the Jamaica Observer titled ‘Why Caribbean governmen ... Read More

The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Words from Bermuda’s premier that warrant repeating
Dear Editor, Bermuda held a non-binding referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriage or civil u ... Read More

A view of downtown Kingston, including the Oceana building (third  multi-storey building from right on the harbour). Accurate, but...
Dear Editor, The Urban Development Corporation wishes to correct a statement carried in the Jamaica ... Read More

Traffic disasters waiting to happen

Friday, July 01, 2016    

This truck carrying chickens overturned after crashing into three other vehicles on the Spanish Town bypass. (File Photo)

Dear Editor, The present traffic situation where St John’s Road joins the Spanish Town bypass is a disaster waiting to happen. It is about time that control lights be installed at that intersection because it is very difficult, especially for right-turning traffic to get unto the bypass. Attention has been drawn to this situation on numerous occasions, both in the press and radio, but nothing has yet been done. There are several other intersections requiring similar facility. In addition ... Read More

Long live Denbigh High #nonamechange

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Mike Henry

Dear Editor, In light of the discussion being waged in the public domain about whether the Denbigh High School should be renamed in honour of octogenarian Mike Henry, I want to add my few words in opposition to this proposal. Mike Henry is one of my absolute favourite Members of Parliament, as he comes across as a diligent worker. Surely he should be given all the respect, but taking away the school’s name and replacing it with his is, to my mind, not a prudent thing to do and should be ... Read More

No luxury of personal opinion

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

Dear Editor, The plea for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to replace Marlene Malahoo Forte as attorney general is fully supported. We in the Diaspora are so troubled to have Jamaica’s name being pushed way down again. The international press has not been kind. But Phillip Mascoll’s column in the Jamaica Observer missed, perhaps, the most important aspect of the issue: The attorney general says that the sentiment expressed in her tweet was her own personal view. Well, what would be ... Read More

Landmark peace declaration

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, is received by Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel upon arrival to Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba. (File Photo: AP)

Dear Editor, The Jamaica Peace Council joins with all the peace-loving peoples of the world in our unwavering support for the historic peace agreement which has being signed by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- People’s Army(FARC-EP) in Havana Cuba on Thursday, June 23, 2016. This agreement comes against a background of over close to four years of negotiations which was brokered by Cuba and other regional States, including Venezuela, after 51 years ... Read More

Kudos to Lloyd B Smith and Robert Dalley

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Lloyd B Smith (file photo)

Dear Editor, I have lived in some countries and I am quite experienced in observing politics from a global perspective. Jamaica’s politics is still underdeveloped and immature in many respects. Oftentimes Jamaicans who criticise political parties here in Jamaica are sometimes pilloried because of the backward nature of the politics. Whenever Jamaicans speak their minds eloquently within the public domain they need to be applauded. As a citizen residing in Montego Bay, I would like to ope ... Read More

Congrats, JTA president-elect

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Dear Editor, I am delighted with the assurance of the overwhelming confidence that Jamaica Teachers’ Association members have entrusted in new president-elect Georgia Waugh Richards. Her victory, with such a large margin, not only provides us, her admirers, with immense joy, but also prevents legalistic “ginnalship” from taking away well-deserved success. Waugh Richards’ commitment and dedication to education and youth development is well known. The transformation of t ... Read More

Respect due ...always

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

The American and rainbow flags being flown at half-mast at the United States Embassy in Kingston recently.

Dear Editor, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte’s tweet essentially spoke to disrespect vis-a-vis Jamaica’s laws. Red herrings thrown in by others should not be allowed to confuse us. She deserves the highest commendation and support for the bold stance she took regarding the brazen and highly disrespectful flying and parading of the gay flag at the US Embassy in Jamaica. Undoubtedly, Jamaicans sincerely sympathise, given the unfortunate loss of the 49 human lives in the US at ... Read More

Could The Queen very well have to intervene to stop break-up?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

The Queen. The Privy Council’s authority comes from her.ALASTAIR GRANT

Dear Editor, Now that the vote regarding Britain’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) is over, there is one thing about the United Kingdom that is becoming very clear — she is anything but united. It’s not very often that we see so many divisions contained in one country. Yet, from where I sit, it seems that there remains one authority that can maintain unity for Britain – the sovereign. Perhaps the greatest threat to Britain’s unity right now is th ... Read More

Dr Phillips’s comment was tongue-in-cheek

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Dear Editor, On Tuesday, June 21, the Daily Observer carried a news story under the headline ‘Phillips: People upset the PNP not yet back in power’, ostensibly reporting on an address by Dr Peter Phillips, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) spokesman on finance and the public service, at a meeting of PNP supporters in Montego Bay on Thursday, June 16. The story used as its lead and major point a cursory reference made by Dr Phillips that was decidedly ironic and tongu ... Read More

America’s red flag

Tuesday, June 28, 2016    

Dear Editor, Call me naive, but show me one Jamaican who has ever been dissed by ISIS, al-Qaeda, or Hezbollah, yet they have become our enemies too. Why? Because America tells us that they should be. Whether we think it is merited or not is not the point. We have to obey. Remember what the late, great Muhammad Ali once said, “Why should I fight the Viet Cong when they have never attacked or insulted me?” Let’s say, for the sake of argument, Jamaica wants to show solidarity ... Read More



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