Letters to the Editor

Bahá'ís say thanks to the late Sir Howard

Late Governor General
Sir Howard Cooke

Dear Editor, The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Jamaica and the entire Bahá'i community of this island and the Cayman Islands joins in expressing condolence on the passing of this humble, astute, wise, kind, loving gentleman who was a friend to all. Our late Go ... Read More

Can't watch police statistics
Dear Editor, While the police statistics say robberies are on the decrease, on the ground experienc ... Read More

Gay Name the substance used by Gay
Dear Editor, I share Bolt's disappointment about the "slap on the wrist" one-year ban awarded to Ty ... Read More

Shashana Lawrence, 2014/2015 LASCO Nurse of the Year, receives her trophy from
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left), chairman and chief executive
officer of LASCO Group of Companies Lascelles Chin (second right), and managing
director of LASCO Distributors Limited Peter Chin. Wanted: Male Nurse of the Year
Dear Editor, Nursing, like all other professions of a nurturing nature, continues to be female-domi ... Read More

If we are to see success...

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Dear Editor, Every generation has a picture of success and that picture causes us to behave in particular ways and do particular things. The generation born in the late 60s and early 70s has not done something properly in providing for our children this picture of success. Therefore, we see our young people doing things which the nation finds so unacceptable. One of the guests on TVJ's All Angles aired on Wednesday, July 23, said that life was hard and he saw that girls got what they wanted. ... Read More

I stand by my statement, Observer

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Anthony Hylton

Dear Editor, This letter is response to the editorial that appeared in the July 15, 2014 edition of the Observer newspaper titled 'Stop fulminating and promote Investment', which provided an inaccurate portrayal of my position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. The editorial misconstrued the basis of my sotto voce response to Opposition MP Dr Kenneth Baugh during his presentation in the recently concluded sectoral debate in Parliament. I reminded the Oppositi ... Read More

Really, PM, you don't know hunger

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... I feel the
pain and suffering of my people

Dear Editor, While watching the local news broadcast recently I was quite disheartened to hear our dear prime minister's remarks at a political rally about hunger. Surely, I must have heard wrong so I searched online and was able to play back the video clip which confirmed what I had heard. She stated: "I feel the pain and suffering of my people, I feel it, I know what it is, because I know what it is. Despite the fact that you may look at me and say 'prime minister can't be hungry,' there ... Read More

Our apathy has caused our parlous state

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Minister Robert Pickersgill

Dear Editor, Transformational leadership has become a rather popular topic these days, but we often ignore the importance of effective followership in determining the quality of a leader. Jamaica is a like a company in which the shareholders and employees alike do not expect superb performance from management. This apathetic attitude has resulted in declining profits, lower returns on investments for shareholders, and eventually massive lay-offs for employees, since a failing company will no ... Read More

NWC to be blamed again

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

The National Water Commission Eastern Divisional Office in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

Dear Editor, The rotten egg smell emanating from the gully that runs between Wellington Drive and Wellington Glades in the Liguanea area has become unbearable and it is downright wickedness perpetrated by the National Water Commission. This smell is linked to hydrogen sulphide, among other things like methane, ammonia, which in high concentrations can cause death, in lower concentrations causes irritation of the respiratory tract and eyes, resulting in nausea, nervousness, drowsiness, and hea ... Read More

The death of the youth club movement

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Some time ago I wrote on the youth club movement losing its influence, but it now seems that apart from the police youth clubs, SDC (Social Development Commission) clubs are nowhere to be found. The youth club movement had its genesis in the days of the Social Welfare Commission. Now the SDC has almost been discriminated against with the change in community relationships values and attitudes. Youths clubs, up to the 80s, were vibrant, with clubs displaying strong leaderships an ... Read More

For the sake of history

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Rosa Linton

Dear Editor, IN reference to your Memories of Jamaica article by Donna Hussey-Whyte in the Observer of July 16, 2014, entitled 'Rosa Linton remembers when women could not vote', there are a couple of political points made that need to be clarified and put into context. But first, let me congratulate Ms Rosa Linton of Summer Hill, St James on the attainment of her 100th birthday and commend her on the extent of her wonderful memory of past events in historic Jamaica. Not everyone who reaches su ... Read More

Did Mayor Brown Burke misspeak?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Last Wednesday, July 9, 2014, on TVJ's nightly news I heard the Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew Angela Brown Burke addressing the issue of unpaid property taxes. She said that, according to the law, if someone rents a place and the property tax is in arrears then the assets of the tenant can be seized. Can this really be true? I have always thought that property taxes is the responsibility of owners. I just cannot see the logic or justice in the mayor's statement. She then pr ... Read More

Want more than lip service from Seiveright task force

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, I am delighted to see that for the first in a long time a group of intelligent people are not only concerned about the neglect and underdevelopment that is the parish of St Thomas today, but are working to put a plan together to address it. I urge Delano Seiveright, Peter Young, Juliet Cuthbert, and Dr Peter Nelson to make sure that we don't just get lip service but real action as they move forward with this St Thomas Eastern Development Taskforce, as read in the Sunday Observer. ... Read More

Dr Fenton Ferguson cannot manage health sector

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Fenton Ferguson

Dear Editor, In a state of utter shock, I saw Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson on TV during a tour of Bellevue Hospital defending his stewardship of the public health sector. He boasted of attending many international conferences and being involved in global conversations about universal health care. I urge Dr Ferguson to wake up and smell the coffee. No amount of PR can mask the realities in Jamaica's health sector. The Bellevue Hospital is in a state of crisis and incredible injustice i ... Read More



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