Letters to the Editor

Congrats on your OD, NMW

Novia McDonald-Whyte

Dear Editor, The board, management and team members of the Devon House Development Company Limited wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to an outstanding member of your editorial team, Novia McDonald- Whyte, on her selection as a recipient of Jamaica’s Order of Distinction. Her sel ... Read More

Louis Farrakhan What has Farrakhan taught J'cans?
Dear Editor, I watched the million man march anniversary event and the first thing that came to my ... Read More

Walter Rodney Don't be naive about Walter Rodney
Dear Editor, Walter Rodney was blown to bits in 1980 when he foolishly went to a rendezvous with an ... Read More

Tan abraad! No com' bak a yaad!
Dear Editor, Something is not right with the current 'returning resident policy'. To qualify for th ... Read More

Farrakhan is out of order!

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Louis Farrakhan

Dear Editor, I'm not even sure why Jamaica was chosen for this Nation of Islam "Million Man March" anniversary meeting, but if freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion is what it's all about then I suppose no harm done. That is, not until Nation of Islam controversial leader Louis Farrakhan took to the podium and started speaking. There is a reason this leader is considered controversial and divisive internationally. I saw a brief clip online where he spoke at the meetin ... Read More

Our reactive Gov't failed the people's test

Monday, October 20, 2014    

DALLAS, Texas — This photo released via Twitter by the Dallas Police Department
shows members of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Haz Mat-Unit decontaminating common
areas near the The Village Bend East apartment of a second healthcare worker who
has tested positive for Ebola, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, It is said experience is the best teacher, but clearly not in this country. There is also another saying that if you do the same thing more than once then it is not a mistake; it is deliberate. That is what happens in this country. With the threat of a global Ebola outbreak in the air and CHIKV still lingering, one would have thought that our authorities would have responded with a sense of urgency and purpose. There is absolutely no acceptable explanation why a Liberian man shoul ... Read More

Gender neutrality need not be an issue

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Dear Editor, Woman Inc's submission to the parliamentary committee reviewing the sexual offences laws includes the change that sexual intercourse be defined as "the penetration of the vagina of one person by the penis of another person". This definition is that only women and girls are protected from forms of sexual violence. Even as we forward the cause of greater equality for all woman-kind, we must not continue to leave behind our boys and men who already disadvantaged as it pertains to adv ... Read More

Farrakhan should not have been given permission to come here

Friday, October 17, 2014    

Louis Farrakhan interacts with a child on a visit to Heroes’ Park
yesterday.

Dear Editor, While I can understand the reason Yasin Abu Bakr, who was planning to attend the "million man march", was deported from Jamaica on account of the potential threat that the Government saw in him, I don't think that this kind of restriction in regards to that planned march should be limited to Yasin only. Indeed, I don't even think that Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam or his march should be allowed here. For those who don't know Yasin Bakr, he was the man who led an attempt ... Read More

Wait for Ebola, Minister

Friday, October 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Having been judged incompetent in his handling of the CHIKV epidemic, the minister of health now seems to be displaying pseudo-Messianic hopes of being infected in order to be "touched with the feelings of our infirmity". As a CHIKV sufferer, I am neither impressed nor amused. I would suggest that the minister waits for the arrival of Ebola to suffer with the people. Firstly, since mosquitoes do not take instructions from people, he can more effectively orchestrate his infection ... Read More

Let's impose a travel ban on Ebola-affected countries now!

Friday, October 17, 2014    

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A health care worker in protective gear
is sprayed with disinfectant after working in an Ebola treatment
centre in the west of Freetown yesterday. The deadly Ebola virus has
infected two people in what was the last untouched district in Sierra
Leone, the Government said yesterday, a setback in efforts to stop the
spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, Officials were yesterday locked in a high-level meeting over the arrival of a man here in Jamaica who admitted to airport authorities that he travelled to Liberia in the last 10 days prompting a national chorus calling for a travel ban to be imposed on Ebola-affected countries. The question is, though, why haven't we done so already? Seeing that Ebola is not detectable or contagious until the patient develops symptoms such as fever and vomiting, normally after 4 - 21 days, it will ... Read More

Do we have a ICT framework?

Friday, October 17, 2014    

An artist impression of the ICT
project planed for Mandeville

Dear Editor, The Government of Jamaica has been unhurried in taking advantage of information and communication technology (ICT) to renovate and streamline the public sector, and in adopting a perspective that ICT governance is as significant to national infrastructure as energy, water and roads. Related projects are delayed, for example, the ICT Road Map speaks to creating a secure network linking all MDAs and providing data and voice services (p 34). However, its implementation deadline of Ma ... Read More

Act wise!

Friday, October 17, 2014    

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the painful
chikungunya virus.

Dear Editor, It's not my thing to talk politics and I don't take pride in doing so. But, while the system of governance is being blamed in Jamaica for not taking respective measures towards preventing the outbreak of chikungunya virus, I believe that the responsibility of taking precautions also lies in the hands of citizens. How many times has the Government disappointed the nation, made impossible promises and ignored serious issues such as this? As a nation we need to wise up. No matter th ... Read More

No reduction in holidays proposed

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Lascelles Chin

Dear Editor, I am not proposing a reduction in the number of public holidays, as indicated by Timothy Cawley in his letter published on Tuesday, October 14. My proposal is for Independence Day and Emancipation Day to be celebrated on Monday and Friday, respectively. I agree with Mr Cawley that public holidays are meant for "rest, reflection and in some cases, celebration", and assert that these goals would be greater served if non-religious, national holidays are observed at the end of the we ... Read More

Today is World Food Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Ban Ki-Moon

Dear Editor, Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world. They preserve natural resources and agro-biodiversity. They are the cornerstone of inclusive and sustainable agriculture and food systems. It is fitting that, in this International Year of Family Farming, there are 100 million fewer hungry people than 10 years ago. Sixty-three countries have halved the portion of their population is undernourished. Our vision of ... Read More



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