Letters to the Editor

Crime — the veiled monster

Jamaica must define the face of crime and target transforming would-be perpetrators.

Dear Editor, The local news media often refer to our pervasive and spiralling crime problem as a “monster”. Although well-intentioned, this practice takes this real and serious matter, gives it form, and puts it into the realms of science fiction and fictitious tales, which serve to mak ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing an Observer team last Friday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Holness gets an ‘A’ for diagnosis, not prescription
Dear Editor, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has every right to pat himself on the back for a fairly ... Read More

Lisa Hanna Dancehall — the scapegoat for crime and violence
Dear Editor, In light of the comments made by former Minister of Culture Lisa Hanna, the age-old ar ... Read More

Incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel Vybz Kartel doesn’t educate, elevate
Dear Editor, Let me get back up on my soapbox and address this Vbyz Kartel person again. Some peop ... Read More

UK shares blame in current situation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Enraged Tory MP Philip Hollobone blasted the Jamaican government and demanded they take back the convicted prisoners. (Photo: The Sun)

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to United Kingdom Member of Parliament Philip Hollobone: I am Jamaican and note your comments on the recent decision by the Jamaican Government to turn down your offer to repatriate people who committed crimes in your country who are Jamaican. I would empathise, had it not been for your country’s culpability in Jamaica being in the predicament it is in economically and socially, causing many, if not most of these people to be in your country ... Read More

Read them the Beatitudes?

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Lawson Shearer

Dear Editor, Former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer took a lot of stick in the late 1960s when he asserted that the police, when confronting criminals, “Should not read them no Beatitudes!” It seems that nearly 50 years later, Prime Minister Andrew Holness wants exactly that. He still has offered no credible plan to fight crime, but says abusive policing is not in character with him. So perhaps he wants to have the Beatitudes read to the murderers of Shineka Gray and Peter Abrahams. I ... Read More

Social media use is good, but when it’s bad it’s bad

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Dear Editor, Social media is a necessary evil. Although it has made doing business a lot easier, so has it been with committing crime and violence against humanity. Call me old-fashioned if you wish, but I have long contended that technology, with all its forms and features, has become the enemy of human progress. In too many cases it is used as a weapon to carry out character assassination as well as to fuel crime and violence. The world has evolved rapidly over the last 30 years in terms of ... Read More

‘Choose ye this day’

Monday, February 27, 2017    


Dear Editor, I have been listening to the various comments about Government’s preventative detention plan. If my hearing is not failing me, it was the same set of people who cried out for something like this when 20-year-old Alisa Garey was stabbed to death in Ocho Rios. According to reports, the male went to Garey’s house and threatened to kill her. Garey later went to the Ocho Rios police and reported the threat. The man was warned by the police and both left the station in oppos ... Read More

Kartel’s case highlights the challenges faced by modern incarceration

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel

Dear Editor, Even though Vybz Kartel is supposed to be imprisoned in a maximum security establishment, he has continued to release hit songs. Gone are the days when people who are sent to prison are locked away in some dark hole, cut off from the rest of civilisation and forgotten. This is especially true of prisoners (or, as they are sometimes called, “guests of the State”) who are serving terms that will end sometime in the future. Modern rehabilitation, these days, no longer invo ... Read More

Roadwork needed!

Monday, February 27, 2017    

Dear Editor, Getting around the city on certain streets is no easy matter when having to contend with some drivers who are neither courteous nor observe the road code. One often wonders whether some drivers have contracts with body repair garages and have quotas to meet. However, there are scores of traffic intersections in the city which need traffic control lights, but I specifically refer to the intersections of Beechwood Avenue and Half-Way-Tree roads, Mountain View Avenue and Stanton Terr ... Read More

Lisa Hanna vs Kartel’s fans

Friday, February 24, 2017    

Minister of youth and culture and Miss World 1993 Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, The backlash towards Lisa Hanna from the supporters of Vybz Kartel speaks volumes to the ignorance and illiteracy of many Jamaicans. To see the many threats levelled at her because of her opinion is an indication that our society is lost. To see people defend a convicted criminal with very little to offer to society but lyrics filled with garbage is frightening, especially when many of these people are parents raising children. Sadly, what was evident in many of the comments was ... Read More

Obama secure in black history

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

In this February 12, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama puts his hand to his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 102nd Abraham Lincoln Association banquet in Springfield, Illinois. When he walked into the White House he had one, clear job: Piece together the shards of a shattered US economy. It wasn’t smooth, and it wasn’t fast, but Obama ultimately succeeded. (AP)

Dear Editor, With much conviction, many Jamaicans, African Americans, and African descendants in the Diaspora are observing Black History Month. And so it is fitting to highlight briefly some of the achievements of former United States President Barack Hussein Obama, the first African American to hold this office. Many of us will agree that the determined president left an indelible mark in different areas of life as a legacy that the people of the United States of America and African people w ... Read More

‘Everybody’s a star’ thinking breeds fake news

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Dear Editor, Welcome to the modern era in which social media has made us all some sort of experts. First, Facebook made us all professional photographers, and later graphic designers, with those ridiculously edited photos. Of course, Twitter cleared the path and made many people social activists. Everybody has become all riled up for some cause, and don’t you dare go against the new ‘norm’; they’ll tweet you into condemnation. Later, Instagram created way too many mode ... Read More

Towards the change...

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Dear Editor, I know that my purpose in this world is to make a change, and I believe that by helping each other we can all make a change. Why it so easy to impose judgement, rather than empathy? We bury all men under the banner of worthless, lazy, and even deadbeat father as oppose to uplifting them. Our men are strong, they are the breadwinner and goal setters. It is safe to say that when we speak positive and powerful life changing affirmations our young males and females becomes such. Conve ... Read More



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