Letters to the Editor

Welcome back, Madam PM

Dear Editor, I am relieved to know that my Prime Minister (PM) Portia Simpson Miller is in the best of health and her voice is not damaged, as that was my thought for a few years now. Over the past few years, the PM has not been accessible to anyone, well — let me rephrase that — the PM ... Read More

NEW YORK,  USA - The United Nations Security Council meeting in New York. On December 18 the Security Council passed a resolution for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, urging the Syrian Government and the rebels to start peace negotiations by early January 2016. Those Security Council hypocrites!
Dear Editor, While the latest missile test is being hailed as a success by North Korea, the United ... Read More

Don’t play politics with the debates!
Dear Editor, I note with grave concern recent reports that the People’s National Party (PNP) ... Read More

Two friends debate whose candidate will win the St Catherine West Central seat on February 25. Divine intervention or what?
Dear Editor, Have you noticed that with all the election cycles and all the rhetoric of our politi ... Read More

Enough murdering!

Friday, February 12, 2016    

The bodies of Lansil Gregory and his wife Corita were found at their home on Monday.

Dear Editor, There are no words to describe how I felt after reading an online Observer article ‘Murdered Manchester couple were returning residents’. Only the demon-possessed or the mentally challenged would have done something so evil as that. After working so hard and spending so many years in a foreign country, one should have the right, the freedom, the privilege to happily come back to his country to help in contributing positively to the betterment of the country, or just t ... Read More

Jamaicans must demand better

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

People’s National Party supporters (top) and their Jamaica Labour
Party counterparts (bottom) at rallies for their respective parties.

Dear Editor, There are so many intellectuals running around in Jamaica and they are allowing a general election to take place without any debates. The reason for having a debate is to have a formal discussion on particular topics in a public forum in which opposing arguments may be put forward and candidates can defend their positions. It is evident that no election promises can be broken because we have yet to hear what the promises or agendas are. In America candidates contending for the t ... Read More

Forget the rhetoric, JLP! Explain the plan!

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, Recently, Andrew Holness released a 10-point plan to convince Jamaicans that he is the right man to lead the country. Although these plans are not spectacular, two are worth discussing. Of particular interest are his proposals to create a special council of investment ambassadors and a Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The issue with the former is that Jamaica’s missions abroad are already promoting the nation as an investment destination, so the position of Hol ... Read More

What a ‘hell-ocracy’, indeed!

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

I wish to congratulate Mario Boothe who, as a young person, has said what so many Jamaicans are afraid to say in his piece ‘Why damn non-voters to hell-ocracy?’ Like him, I see no reason to participate in this current democratic farce. Raising the points about what comprises a democracy is a great start. It does require dialogue, and my experience with the politicians of Jamaica ever since I have been aware of them is that, once elected, they shun the people. What I also know is tha ... Read More

Will St Elizabeth NE be the start of a political revolution in Jamaica?

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

We need to take Jamaica’s current spatial plan out of Government committees of technocrats and politicians now.

Dear Editor, On February 25, 2016, the voters of St Elizabeth North Eastern will be going to the polls to choose from four candidates representing the People’s National Party (PNP), Jamaica Labour Party, Independent People’s National Party and United Independents’ Congress (UIC) who have declared their interest in being the member of parliament (MP) for the constituency well known as a PNP stronghold or garrison. But should the word “revolution” be tagged to the ra ... Read More

Recognition for those who have served

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Dear Editor, The People’s National Party (PNP) is regarded as an illustrious political organisation which has played a pivotal role in unearthing individuals who have left us proud in the corridors of international prowess with inestimable achievement. Formed in 1938 during the time of disagreements between the ruled and rulers about rights, freedoms and privileges under post-colonialism, professionals were engaged in the two world wars and were determined to ensure that post-colonial ch ... Read More

Term limits now!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

PERSAD-BISSESSAR...lost election after polls indicated a win

Dear Editor, When Trinidad and Tobago’s former prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, amended her country’s constitution last August, to allow term limits for that office, it was roundly condemned by her regional counterparts. Kenny Anthony in St Lucia and Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines criticised the legislation. In an August 2014 editorial, ‘Let the people decide’, the Jamaica Observer said the Trinidadian Government acted with “indecent has ... Read More

Good thing there’s no white history month

Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

A poster to commemorate Black History Month catches the
attention of Brownies (from left) Raniqua Skeen, Kimone
Brooks, Chrisana Davis and Lathania Browne.

Dear Editor, Even though Black History Month is one of the most depressing months of the year, and is certainly not a month I look forward to, I must say I am relieved that there is not a white history month. For, were there one, not only would I be depressed, I would be crushed. Black History Month is supposed to be a month to celebrate black pride and achievement. However, every year all we are told to take pride in are entertainers of all sorts — athletes, supposed historians with str ... Read More

The what to life?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

Dear Editor, The letter came from the St Catherine district prison (as it was called then in the 1980s) and from a man on death row. I was then the pastor of the Phillippo Circuit of Baptist Churches. He said he had read my articles in the newspapers but had never seen one with my view on the death penalty, and he was urging me to write and make the public aware that even though he was convicted and sentenced to hang for murder he had a right to life. In my weird brain I thought to myself &ld ... Read More

Crime rears its head

Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party Leader Andrew Holness (centre) is flocked by enthusiastic supporters as he makes his way to the stage during Sunday night’s mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square, St James.

Dear Editor, I am deeply saddened by the horrific incident that took place in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on Sunday. I am terribly devastated by this unfortunate and senseless incident that has sent shockaves across the island.The incident is a telling reminder that crime is rampant in our country and is indeed no respecter of persons. For many, the crime rate in Jamaica is way too high. At this point, when the two political parties are seeking to get the reins of the country, both should ... Read More



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