Letters to the Editor

Phillips misleading public sector workers

Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, Peter Phillips is attempting, either through ignorance or deception, to cheat public sector workers out of a fair wage increase. He is quoted as saying: "The lowering of inflation has been making it easier for Jamaicans to survive." There is a strong implication here that the lower in ... Read More

Yard sale in Ja! Everything must go!
Dear Editor, I've never seen a country with leadership that finds joy in selling income-generating ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller PM in Wonderland
Dear Editor, I actually took the time to listen to the prime minister of Jamaica's Budget presentat ... Read More

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Retire the monarchy!
Dear Editor, It was reported in the news recently that the Barbados prime minister has announced pl ... Read More

It's really time for a Portmore hospital

Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

It’s really time for a Portmore hospital

Dear Editor, The continuing state of affairs which sees the Riverton dump being set ablaze with an almost surgical precision yearly has once again catapulted a number of local issues into the spotlight of public scrutiny. Among these issues are the recycled opinions and views as to what to do with that former landfill as well as how to go about ensuring that the dump doesn't continue to burn with such regularity. All of these views, important as they be, sadly may be continue to be returned to ... Read More

No apology for transfer policy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Ronald Thwaites

Dear Editor,  The Ministry of Education is puzzled by C Barrow Williams' assertion in his article on March 13, 2015 titled 'Thwaites' iniquitous regime strips parents of their rights', stating that the ministry is “circumventing my right (as a parent) to make decisions in the best interest of my child”. Williams further argued that “in an attempt to curtail the 'buying' of students, my inalienable rights as a parent are to be stripped of me”. The minister has not ... Read More

Solving the high school poaching problem

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Dear Editor, Yesterday morning I was feeling mischievous, so I called up one of my Calabar friends, ardent athletics fan, and asked if he had heard the latest news that Usain Bolt was now running for England. I could sense the anguish in his tone as he asked if I was serious or joking. "It's not even April 1 yet," he opined. Well, after a few minutes he realised I was joking. So I got serious and said: "Now you see how it feels for Calabar to take the best athlete from my old school, Cornwal ... Read More

Was Lee Kuan Yew really our friend?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Singapore’s first prime
minister Lee Kuan Yew,
pictured here on August 6,
2013, one of the towering
figures of post-colonial Asian
politics. (PHOTO: AFP)

Dear Editor, When people die our brains can become really fuzzy; either in the extent of our relationship with the deceased, how perfect a person he/she was, or our fictitious memories of things they said or did. I have been to funerals where the departed was anything but all the glorious things being said about him or her. While the person is being painted as the best person since Mother Teresa, the crowd of mourners are snickering and wondering if they are at the right funeral. Now, did som ... Read More

Ja's food security more than a sham

Tuesday, March 24, 2015    

Dear Editor, I am encouraged by the article of guest columnist Fabian Rhule that our young people have become engaged and indeed outraged by the perfunctory treatment of this critical issue of food security by our political elite. Since 1992, we have, for all intents and purposes, adopted as national policy the fallacy that our food and nutrition security lies in a strategy of dependence on cheap food imports. Ignoring all the obvious signals and warnings that cheap food is, in fact, a mirage, ... Read More

We are not the Wild, Wild West!

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Dear Editor, I'm sorry, but, I'm not one of the gullible ones who believe in the "gunman engaging the cops in a shootout" theory. This happens far too often to be believable, and with the all-too-familiar ending of two gunmen dead with a third escaping into nearby bushes. Gunmen may be barefaced, but they're not stupid. They would realise by now that the odds are definitely against them, so why would they initiate, or want to be involved in a shootout with a passing patrol? If they were stupid ... Read More

This Gov't seems to have no clue

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Dear Editor, When the country elected this Government it was with the understanding that it would do better than the Andrew Holness-led Administration. All of that is now appearing to be a big mistake. This Government has a crisis on policy implementation. It is failing to execute settled policies effectively. Key government ministers are slacking off without any sort of accountability. Everybody is just doing their own thing. Why is Fenton Ferguson still the minister of health? Why is Lisa H ... Read More

Thumbs up, Holness

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, When politicians do and say irrational things, neglect their duties, or fail to address issues in a meaningful way, we take turns to crucify them as they so deserve. I am of the strong belief that when they do well and show their commitment to the country, through various forms, we must recognise, congratulate and encourage them to do even more. Andrew Holness delivered a thorough and respectable presentation last week in Parliament and I would like to congratulate him for his con ... Read More

Thanks, NSWMA board...loyalists usually safe

Monday, March 23, 2015    

It is clear Portia Simpson Miller will never ever demand accountability from those who are her personal allies and loyalists who have been distastefully rewarded with key public positions. The prime minister has been given numerous opportunities to make actionable the sweet words of transparency, accountability, and good governance she used at her installation in 2012. The Richard Azan matter, the National Housing Trust (NHT)/Outameni matter and now the NSWMA/Jennifer Edwards matter are key ex ... Read More

Garbage in, politics out

Monday, March 23, 2015    

Dear Editor, Jennifer Edwards was doomed to fail from the outset. Her employment may have been political, but having only 37 per cent of her budget approved meant that she couldn't perform and, in the end, not even political contacts could save her. In fact, the prime minister's feeble attempt to shield her didn't make a difference. It was simply a case of garbage in at the Riverton dump and politics out. Peter Espeut, a former board member, suggested that when the Jamaica Labour Party is in ... Read More



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