Letters to the Editor

PM wanted a bailout like Greece

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller once said if Jamaica could ever get a bailout like Greece, we'd see Jamaica prosper! As simplistic as her comments were at the time, we now see that bailouts aren't the answer. Seven years ago, as Greece plunged deeper and deeper into an economic c ... Read More

Blame the captains, Brooks
Dear Editor, I was glancing through the June 30 issue of the Daily Observer when I saw this horrifi ... Read More

Transport Authority needs urgent rethinking
Dear Editor, I am no fan of indiscipline of any kind among motorists, including taxi and bus operat ... Read More

When will we stop 'dutty up Jamaica'?
Dear Editor, The 'Nuh dutty up Jamaica' campaign was launched in February of this year with the aim ... Read More

Time for a policy on bullying

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Time for a policy on bullying

Dear Editor, The recent beating of a 13-year-old male student of Yallahs High School in St Thomas by four girls has come and gone without much ire from civil society. We live in a society where double standards regarding how we treat the sexes are pervasive and oftentimes blurred. What if the opposite had happened, where four boys had beaten a girl? We can be sure that the society would have been outraged and demanded some type of punishment for the culprits involved? We still hold onto our t ... Read More

Value the civil service

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Protests are nothing new... here nurses protest for higher wages back in 2006

Dear Editor, If one is able to read this letter, thank a teacher. The civil service has been undervalued for far too long. While politicians are busy building dream homes and travelling all over the place, civil servants can't afford to survive. The civil servants must be given some priority if we want to see our country prosper. Why should teachers nurses and police suffer while we pay exorbitant salaries to politicians? Moral leadership involves prioritising other people's need. We must pay ... Read More

OUR has me on hold

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Dear Editor, I write to express my disappointment with the slow pace of an investigation that I referred to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) over three months ago. I wrote to the OUR on March 25, 2015 and they acknowledged receipt of my e-mail within days. The supplier of a utility, based on information supplied by the OUR, was in flagrant breach of several provisions of the Act governing their operations. I brought this to the attention of the OUR and was given an assurance that the ... Read More

An Opposition voice...

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Dear Editor, In Trinidad & Tobago we go to the polls every five years to elect those whom we trust to represent us in our Parliament. Those we elect are required to look after our finances and manage our affairs to ensure that every citizen, regardless of whom they supported, is able to access government services without prejudice. They are empowered to make laws to govern our nation. This is a sacred act and the most important act we as citizens perform each five years. The people we elec ... Read More

Thompson, Virtue make good points, but...

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites

Recently, I read a very thoughtful article written by Howard Thompson, a local educator. Then I read another by Grace Virtue agreeing with Thompson's opinions. I applaud Thompson for enunciating a rationale that seems to have escaped the Ministry of Education all these years. The practice of sending the brightest students to the best schools has the unintended effect of perpetuating an elite class. With the limited resources available to the ministry, the aim should be to offer all children an ... Read More

Sgt Hanna gives hope for the force

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Dear Editor, I don't know if it qualifies as a miracle, but on Sunday, June 28, 2015 I met the most polite, pleasant and professional, on-duty policeman I have ever encountered in my life in Jamaica. His name is Sergeant Hanna and he is in charge of the Prospect Police Station in St Mary. We met him when three of us entered the station to ask if we could use the restroom. Sergeant Hanna, from the get-go, welcomed us and cheerfully led us to the facility. Quite unlike his female colleague at th ... Read More

Family Court needs modernisation

Friday, July 03, 2015    

The Family Court in
downtown Kingston.

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter with pain and sadness in my heart due to the unnecessary suffering that the public is experiencing at the Family Court office that interfaces with the public. There is a lot of time wasting at the office because (1) the workers are uncaring about the public; (2) the system is archaic because there is no database with information for easy access; (3) supervision seems extremely poor. Recently I sought information for a court date because I could not reca ... Read More

I will miss the dignified Ken Jones

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Dear Editor, It was with a profound sense of loss that I heard of the passing of journalist and author Ken Jones. A quiet giant in the field of his choice, he epitomised that old world charm and dignified demeanour that is fast becoming extinct in the cut and thrust of news and news-carrying. As a writer of facts and history, Ken always sought to clarify and verify before he put pen to paper or tapping out at the typewriter to print. This need to chronicle history accurately for future generat ... Read More

NIS pension cheques should match minimum wage

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Dear Editor, If our Government can institute a law that the minimum wage must be a certain amount of money, then it is incumbent on the same Government to immediately increase the National Insurance Scheme pension cheques as of August 2015 to match the national minimum wage. It is extremely difficult, bordering on being impossible, for our pensioners to survive on any income below $6,000 per week in these times. I agree with Dr Denise Eldemire Shearer that, with immediate effect, all workers ... Read More

Don't be distracted by stray barking

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Dear Editor, "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks", said Winston Churchill. He highlights distractions as the ubiquitous barrier that impedes the advancement of man. Jamaica has lost its savoir faire and, instead, has adapted an ornery peccadillo of neglecting critical issues, only to replace them with trivial matters. In fear of having light shone on the mismanagement of the affairs of the State the Government feeds us frivolous informati ... Read More



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