Letters to the Editor

Who is advising Chanderpaul?

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Dear Editor, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was never the most articulate of players, an observation that I made during an exchange with him in Antigua in 1997 when the West indies entertained New Zealand. Nevertheless, he survived two decades of international cricket, talking instead with his willow, and ... Read More

The Jonathan Grant Acting Society celebrate with their teacher Horace
Gordon after a successful run at the recent Jamaica Cultural
Develpment Commission ‘festival’ competition. Kudos to Horace Gordon and Jonathan Grant Acting Society
At this time, when our teachers are clamouring for a more substantive offer in their salaries and em ... Read More

COCKPIT COUNTRY: What we know now
Dear Editor, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica Environment Trust, Water Resources Authorit ... Read More

Dump on Negril beach
Dear Editor, Allow me to express my candid concern and deep disgust about the public beach located ... Read More

Labour Day has lost its significance

Wednesday, May 27, 2015    

Labour Day project at D Frank Early Childhood Institution in May 2013. (FILE PHOTO)

Dear Editor, The pride and joy residents generally display in Labour Day projects has decreased significantly over the years. Ten years ago, residents would be seen all over the island doing what they could to improve their communities. In the rural district where I grew up the school would be our major project, and whether the member of parliament or the councillor funded a project, residents would use what they had to make a difference. This was seen by residents cleaning a drain close to the ... Read More

Don't point all fingers at alcohol, many other reasons for crashes

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Many motorists
ignore traffic lights.

Dear Editor, I read with interest a recent article about curbing drinking and driving. Though the efforts of the National Road Safety Council are commendable, it is important to note that the consumption of alcohol is not the only reason why accidents happen and lives lost on the road. In fact, with booming technology, and the many applications available to the public, including Instagram, Twitter, and just basic texting, lives are being lost now because people refuse to put down their phones ... Read More

Focus on attitude to child abuse

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, We must fast-track child abuse cases through the courts. The real problem, however, is our attitude towards child abuse. We have so much love for a foetus and then we effectively "abort" our children by not providing them the protection they deserve. Our children are routinely exposed to physical, sexual and psychological violence in homes, schools and communities. We have betrayed the trust of our children as incest is a harsh reality in many of our poor, uneducated and unemployed ... Read More

NE Pryced, SE 'parched'

Monday, May 25, 2015    

(L) Raymond Pryce
Richard Parchment

Dear Editor, I am moved to write this letter after reading a Daily Observer article of May 18, 2015 titled 'State of fire services triggers alarm in St Elizabeth'. I beg to differ. It is perhaps the state of poor representation by our MP for St Elizabeth South Eastern Richard Parchment that triggers alarm. The article says the only functioning fire unit in the parish is the one in Santa Cruz. A few months ago the Observer published information about the clinic in Santa Cruz being the best one ... Read More

Make crime reduction an IMF target

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

While Jamaica missed its $121-billion target under the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility pact, the IMF has not declared the programme

Dear Editor, Let's indulge ourselves for a fleeting moment in a thought outside the box, a pinch of logic, and a dash of common sense. We all agree that crime is an inhibitor to Jamaica's economic growth -- there's not a dissenting voice within earshot, not even from political tribalists. The folks who claim expertise in economic matters tell us that the primary surplus target imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is punishing, and also a inhibitor to economic growth, as Jamaica is ... Read More

Playing the wage negotiations dice

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation for Government in its continued and confrontational wage increase contract negotiations with public sector workers. In fairness to the Government, the proverbial buck doesn't start and stop with them. They have bills to pay, loan repayment schedules to honour, and relationships with creditors to maintain or salvage. Further, empathy is also due to them for the fact that the heads of the people which they govern are "tough" ... Read More

Roll back the passport hike!

Thursday, May 21, 2015    


Dear Editor, The bad news has been widespread. The nation has been hit with another price increase for identification documents. The costs to obtain a passport, to renew and replace a passport have been handsomely increased. Renewing, replacing or first acquisition have all been given different charges -- I won't bother to repeat them. But, whichever way we turn, whatever position we are in, we are hard-hit by passport increases. Even the babes and sucklings have not been speared. Because of ... Read More

Telecoms struggle

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

The FLOW building in New Kingston

Dear Editor, Recently, Minister Phillip Paulwell engaged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to conduct an islandwide survey on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining to determine why the country fell in the global telecommunications ranking. Frankly, Jamaica will slide further in the ranking as prices go up, incomes go down, and a monopoly environment takes root again. It is not rocket science. As a struggling UWI student living on a tight budget, I'm forced to ... Read More

French debt cancellation no victory for reparations

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

SARKOZY... announced the cancellation of all of Haiti's US$77-million debt to
France in February

Dear Editor, It has now been reported that the Government of France has cancelled the debts owed to it by Haiti. Now, while those who have been pushing for reparations from Europe for the so-called crimes of slavery are celebrating, the French cancellation should in no way be seen as a victory for reparations. Third World countries like ours have been receiving debt relief for some time now. For example, Jamaica got $4 billion worth of debt forgiveness from Britain between 1997 and 2004. Haiti ... Read More

Careful how we pray for rain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dear Editor, The fires in the Blue Mountains burned for two weeks. This is unfortunate for a number of reasons. Coffee takes years to reach full production. The impact on that industry will be felt for several years. We are told that there is to be an evaluation to determine the way forward. May I suggest, respectfully, that -- important as it is -- we do not spend too much time on evaluation. Perhaps some corrective action could start in the meantime. I say that because the ground is now in a ... Read More



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