Letters to the Editor

Is it 'do as you please' at NHT?

This recent purchase action, coupled with past deeds of the Government regarding the use of NHT funds, raises the issue
of the governance policies of the entity.

Dear Editor, Both political parties' annual conferences are behind us, and are but distant memories. However, National Housing Trust (NHT) purchasing an indebted company is still fresh in our minds. NHT's mandate is to provide housing for contributors, but so far it has engaged in a multitude of t ... Read More

The National Housing Trust (NHT) board of directors, top row from left: Chairman Easton Douglas; Government Senator Lambert Brown; former lecturer, University of the West Indies Robert Buddan; Jamaica Employment Federation Boss Brenda Cuthbert; general secretary, Jamaica Association of Local Government Officer, Helene Davis-Whyte; Opposition Senator Kavan Gayle; president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association O’Neil Grant; former senator and president of Arc Systems, Norman Horne; director of Planning and Development at the Office of the Prime Minister, Sonia Hyman; Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents President Percival LaTouche; National Workers Union of Jamaica former President Vincent Morrison. Time for public hearings to fill State boards seats
Dear Editor, Clearly the Jamaican state is urgently in need of reform in terms of governance. There ... Read More

Craft items on display in Jamaica. Quality craft is available
Dear Editor, Having been involved in Jamaican art and craft since the late 1960s, I read your artic ... Read More

Digicel Building Whoever jumps the highest wins!
Dear Editor, The discourse concerning Digicel's call for strict regulatory and fiduciary oversight ... Read More

JLP gov'ts always respected the statutory mandate of NHT funds

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Bruce Golding

Dear Editor, I have noted an article appearing in the Jamaica Observer of Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in which it is stated: "When the Jamaica Labour Party used money from the Trust to purchase lands at Ferry the accusation of self-interest by the PNP was strong." I wish to point out that the lands at Ferry were purchased not by the National Housing Trust (NHT) but by the Urban Development Corporation. Further, contrary to the assertion made in a statement by the church groups yesterday that ... Read More

It's a pity Holness can't trust his own

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Jamaica Labour Party President Andrew Holness (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Dear Editor, At the Jamaica Labour Party Annual Conference on Sunday the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness said: "One of our greatest assets is that our final court is an internationally recognised court of arbitration and appeal, and we want to tek weh ourselves from it." It would appear that Holness and the Opposition have finally decided that under no circumstances whatsoever should the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) be our final court. I would now expect, therefore, that the talk ... Read More

Obama's plunge in popularity

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

President of the United States
Barack Obama

Dear Editor, A true leader should not allow opponents to define him but, by his own strength and weaknesses, he should not fail to justify the confidence placed in him. President Obama, now with little to lose, should use his constitutional powers to do the right things for the American people and by extension the rest of the world. Being a leader is not a popularity contest, as leaders are given almost divine powers to motivate others both by actions and words, even when you cannot satisfy e ... Read More

We need to think about the economic benefits from ganja

Thursday, November 20, 2014    


Dear Editor, I am a little concerned about the message of Clovis's cartoon on Monday, November 17, 2014 about "Pass the chalice..." in relation to ganja. I am worried for the fact that, as a nation, we are still not conscious of the great economic opportunuity that ganja decriminalisation will present and our government is still moving at a snail's pace to get policies in place so that we can get the production rolling. What we need to understand as a people is that if we don't use the marij ... Read More

PAJ, Vaz send OD congrats to Desmond Allen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Desmond Allen

The executive of the Press Association of Jamaica wants to place on record our warmest congratulations on the national award with which Desmond Allen was recently conferred. We are especially proud to know that a former president of our association has been honoured in this way. His contributions to the field of journalism over the years are too numerous to mention, but the comprehensive and fascinating profiles of prominent Jamaicans, and the media critiques as The Spike spring readily to mind ... Read More

What about our crime-free Christmas?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Police Commission Carl Williams

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller: I have noticed that the new police commissioner, Carl Williams, has assured the Chinese nationals in the country of my birth, of which you are leader, that the police will be doing everything in their power to make sure that they -- businessmen and women in downtown Kingston -- have a crime-free Christmas period. So, Madam Leader, what kind of assurances are being made to the everyday people of Jamaica who are b ... Read More

Don't continue to insult our intelligence, PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller answering questions on
the Outameni issue in Parliament last week.

Dear Editor, The explanation provided by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller regarding the National Housing Trust (NHT) purchase of the Orange Grove/Valley (Outameni) property speaks to the continued insult of intelligence of the Jamaican population. The NHT has far outgrown its original mandate with assets greater than the commercial banks. But instead of investing and redirecting the finances to meet the needs of the emerging population, the Trust has opted to invest in tourism. Unless ther ... Read More

I'd take a non-bailout too

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

LITTLE-WHITE… neither history nor
the taxpayers of Jamaica will ever
forgive us

I would like to be 'not' bailed out like Lennie Little-White. Don't put one red cent in my pocket. Just make your cheque payable directly to my creditors. Remember, don't make a mistake and give me one red cent. Better yet, I don't really mind if all/some of my debts were also written off. I wouldn't even mind being treated like a criminal by being barred from entering any property I may have sold for over 15 times its value. I may, however, drown myself in sorrow at my being a Jamaican -- b ... Read More

Quick question

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Patrick Robinson

If Jamaica has the calibre of judges that can sit at the International Court of Justice, why do we, as an independent people, have to look outside (London or Caribbean) for our final court? Joan E Williams Kingston 10 gratestj@gmail.com Quick question --> Read More

Support J'can Anita Antoinette in The Voice

Tuesday, November 18, 2014    

Anita Antoinette

Dear Editor, The 2014 season of The Voice is on and one contestant is a beautiful young Jamaican-born lady Anita Antoinette. I ask why is there no support for her, even a fraction of that given to Tessanne Chin winner of the 2013 competition? Where is our Ministry of Tourism, and our media houses on this one? Could someone step in and give Jamaicans at home and abroad an opportunity to see and support another potential winner. I do not care whether she is from the "uptown browning class" or f ... Read More



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