Letters to the Editor

Raising the bar for MPs

HOLNESS... will
win next election

Dear Editor: There is often the lament that Jamaican politics has more to do with combative exchanges and one-upmanship than anything substantial or uplifting. Indeed, our political culture is of such that meaningful ventilation of the issues takes a back seat to political clientelism and expedienc ... Read More

Is there a threat to the soldiers?
Dear Editor, The Tivoli Enquiry recently heard evidence from two soldiers of the Jamaica Defence Fo ... Read More

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
signs the guestbook at Jamaica
House on Wednesday. If you want to give us a gift...
Dear Editor, This an open letter to UK Prime Minister David William Donald Cameron: As a resident ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller hugs British PM David
Cameron. Let them keep it!
Dear Editor, Let Prime Minister David Cameron keep his Trojan horse. Cameron's failure to apologis ... Read More

Where is our dignity?

Monday, October 05, 2015    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller greets British Prime Minister David Cameron with a hug on his arrival at Norman Manley
International Airport in Kingston yesterday. Looking on in the receiving line are Opposition Leader Andrew Holness (second right)
and Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

Dear Editor, I want to think that all our heroes are upset with us. No heroism is left in the entire country. No one to step to the fore and advocate for the nation, no leadership. The prime minister of Britain visited us with a platter of money and our Government wined and dined him. Money come! But with it comes repatriated prisoners; just the right set of people to build our already crime-burdened society. Where is our pride and dignity? Did it go through the window, due to poverty and des ... Read More

$330 for a 3-y-o on a JUTC bus!

Saturday, October 03, 2015    

Students need
smarter cards to get
concessionary fares
on JUTC buses.

Dear Editor, Yesterday I took a Jamaica Urban Transit Company premium bus, which runs from Kingston to Old Harbour. Upon entering the bus with my three-year-old daughter in my hands, sleeping, I was asked her age. I told the driver her age. The woman then said to me, "You will have to pay for her." I said, "Okay, how much?" I, along with other passengers travelling with children, had to pay $330 as an adult, and an additonal $330 for my child. Now, if that is not evil, I don't know what is. A ... Read More

Health ministry doesn't seem to be taking disease outbreak seriously

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Dear Editor, I am a Jamaican formerly employed to the public health system in Thailand. I see news reports over the last few days highlighting an outbreak of the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). I must express my absolute shock and dismay with the way in which the disease outbreak is being handled. I am particularly concerned at what appears to be an attempt by the Jamaican health ministry to water down the significance of the disease. This is especially so when the health authorities shou ... Read More

We're taking on more crosses to bear

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is very disheartening that at a time when many Jamaicans are complaining about the austere measures under which we must live, that our own Government would invite a head of state to tell us they are planning to build a 25-million (pound) prison and repatriate the prisoners to serve their time in Jamaica. What madness is that? Things like these further show just how out of touch the Government is with the realities of Jamaicans. The UK is seeking to save millions of their taxpa ... Read More

Prison ‘exchange’ just like DR ‘kick out’

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Dear Editor, This British gift is a slap in the face of Jamaican pride and self-imagery. Britain is, in fact, saying, "This is all unnu good fah! Hold a big prison and jus' kool." The jails in Jamaica were built in the 'bad ole colonial days' and yes, they need upgrading. But didn't the Government announce, some weeks ago, the building of a new prison? I'm sure it did. So was this a done deal from then? It smacks of the worst piece of blatant "licky-licky" that I have ever seen from this Admi ... Read More

Suddenly not a citizen?

Friday, October 02, 2015    

British Prime Minister David Cameron addressing a joint sitting
of the Houses of Parliament, yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL

Dear Editor, On his recent visit to Jamaica, British Prime Minister David Cameron dared to tell Jamaicans to forget about slavery for, after all, Britain led the way to its abolition -- after they had extracted enough of the Caribbean's wealth coupled with our forefathers' labour to add to their nation's coffers. Let it be clearly understood that I believe we [Jamaicans] should move on with our lives, not allowing the shadow of slavery to negatively affect our brilliant future, but it is not the UK prim ... Read More

Ensure economic benefit from prison project

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Dear Editor, Ever since the announcement by David Cameron, UK prime minister, of a grant to build a prison to house Jamaican prisoners who will shortly be deported, I have heard varying opinions and views about the proposed development. People are questioning whether or not we are really independent; others are saying that this is not a priority as there are more important things that the money could be used for at this time. Let me state that while I, personally, could list more than a thousa ... Read More

Cameron is doing his job

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

UK Prime Minister David Cameron
signs the guestbook at Jamaica
House on Wednesday.

Dear Editor, A £25-m prison gift? Why do I feel that we're being set up here? I can't help thinking: Trojan Horse. We're not even worth the dignity of a civil conversation about redressing the ills of the past. No, we're only worth being used as a prison location. And, much like slavery could only have thrived as it did in the past with the co-operation of Africans who turned on each other as they helped the slave traders. We, today, are suffering from lackey, self-serving leadership th ... Read More

Watch it, Usain!

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Usain Bolt

Dear Editor, Could you take a look at today's TMZ or Daily Mail Online websites and view the video of Usain in a strip club slapping the backside of a stripper and sticking dollar bills in her thong. Last week there was an article in the Daily Mail Online of him accidentally running up a £10,000 drink tab at a London nightclub. Someone close to Usain needs to remind him of how he should be conducting himself. When a company sponsors athletes, they want them to portray a clean image; he i ... Read More

Gov't selling out and foreigners buying in

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Dear Editor, Anything and everything that can be sold by the Government, it would seem, is up for sale. It would prove challenging to refute such claims. A fire sale of the country's assets is clearly on and foreigners are "buying in" in no uncertain terms. Our bauxite industry has Russians as its principal while the Chinese and Japanese have more than a toehold in our sugar and coffee industries, respectively. The Spanish, not to be outdone, have snapped up some hotels, and the French are "ea ... Read More



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