Letters to the Editor

Praying is pointless!

Dear Editor, For some time now our country has been struggling with a worsening crime crisis, especially in the west. In addition to the numerous talk shops that have been created to deal with this problem, our churches are now putting their hopes for a solution in a national day of prayer. For the ... Read More

(file photo) TVJ invented Absalam
Dear Editor, Had it been Abraham instead of Abram, Sarah instead of Sarai, or Elijah instead of Eli ... Read More

How lack of sleep can
affect your health Not losing any sleep over politicians’ net worth
Dear Editor, I don’t know about anybody else, but I lose about five seconds of sleep each nig ... Read More

the beast within
(again) J-FLAG should celebrate Emancipendence, not homosexuality
Dear Editor, I am deeply concerned about the plans the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All Sexuals and G ... Read More

Let Trump build (us) a bridge

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, After the tragic loss of six lives in the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine some people are asking for Donald Trump to build a bridge to replace Flat Bridge. Donald Trump can build skyscrapers, plazas, other buildings, golf courses, a wall maybe, but he has not built a bridge; not even across a three-foot-wide tributary. If he becomes president he still will not be able to bridge relations — not even with his allies; he is just too divisive. No matter where Hillary Clinton goes ... Read More

TVJ needs to answer

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

Dear Editor, On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 an article published in The Gleaner, written by former secretary of the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) Basil Waite, raised some very important questions related to the suspensions of Kingston College for two years and Camperdown High School, for three years, from the Schools’ Challenge Quiz by Television Jamaica (TVJ). The reaction of the KCOBA community at home and abroad to Basil’s article was widespread, as there ... Read More

A Brexit based on emotions

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

The flags of the European Union and the United Kingdom.Photo: AFP

Dear Editor, With respect to Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU), I bemoan the divorce it represents, as with any other divorce. On the other hand, I am in objection to any form of peer pressure which may stifle, disrespect or fail to appreciate the individuality of a member of that group. Britain is, and perhaps will be for a while from now, a traditional and conservative society. One just has to look at the sacrifices that it has made in delivering basic health care ... Read More

Corporate Jamaica disappointed my child

Wednesday, July 27, 2016    

Dear Editor, Today I felt very defeated and at a loss for words when I saw my daughter cry; not because of a broken heart, but the agony of disappointment from corporate Jamaica was too much to bear silently. My daughter graduated from The University of The West Indies, Mona, twice. First with a first-class honours distinction in psychology and then a Master of Business Administration in marketing, again with distinction. I thought that, with her accolades, finding a job in that field would no ... Read More

Deterrent or not, use death penalty!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

GOLDING ... the overwhelming favourite to become the next chairman of the St Andrew South constituencyKenyon Hemans

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to Opposition spokesman on justice, Senator Mark Golding: Senator Golding, in seeking to justify your argument in the media against the death penalty, you mentioned that it is not a deterrent in so much that, although the death penalty was carried out in Jamaica in 1980, we had the highest number of murders. Senator, I am sure had you done your research on the issue you would not have made such a statement. The murder figures for 1980, for the most ... Read More

Don’t disrespect Comrade Karl Blythe

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Dear Editor, The People’s National Party (PNP) has a proud reputation of being a democratic party adhering to tenets of democratic socialism and working unremittingly to uplift the poor and marginalised within the Jamaican society. The decision of former PNP Cabinet minister and vice-president, Dr Karl Blythe to be nominated for the position of party president should not be condemned because any PNP member has that democratic right to so offer himself to party delegates at party conferen ... Read More

Enact national town planning strategy before third city

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, I write in response to the directive issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to the Urban Development Corporation to create a third city. In this regard it is critical that a national spatial strategy is completed before consideration is given to building a new city. Jamaica urgently needs to adopt an integrated approach to the planning and management of urban spatial development across the country if sustainable urban development is to be achieved. Current planning approaches wit ... Read More

Perilous times ahead in the name of ‘rights’

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Time for a national human rights institution

Dear Editor, Some time ago I attended a panel discussion on human rights at The University of the West Indies in the Law Faculty. The purpose of the discussion was to introduce the idea of the setting up of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in Jamaica. The mandate of this institution would be to ensure that human ‘rights’ are protected based on a set of internationally recognised guidelines known as the Paris Principles. NHRIs are given the right to petition, lobby and int ... Read More

Let’s trumpet the road safety message

Monday, July 25, 2016    

The ill-fated 2007 Golden Dragon bus that was involved in the accident. Photos: Renae Dixon

Dear Editor, The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) wishes to commend Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who is also the chairman of the National Road Safety Council, for his video on road safety. This is an encouraging move. As we seem to be losing the fight on our campaign against road accidents and fatal crashes, we are calling on all political, private sectors, educational, and civil society leaders to get involved in the campaign in road safety. The number of people ... Read More

Takeaway lesson: No ‘sacred cows’

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during a news conference in London on July 6, 2016, following the outcome of the Iraq Inquiry report.

Dear Editor, On a recent visit to England, two news items caught my interest and caused me to feel some jealousy regarding the manner in which UK authorities/leadership responded to each issue. The first had to do with the Chilcot Inquiry report — named after the chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot. The inquiry dealt with the UK’s involvement in the Iraqi war of 2003. Among the many findings was that: “The UK went to war before peaceful options were exhausted…&rd ... Read More



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