Letters to the Editor

Chik-V on vacation in the Caribbean

Identifying, preventing Chikungunya

Dear Editor, The Caribbean region known for its allure and beautiful white sand beaches now has a new visitor who has overstayed its welcome. All Jamaicans by now should know of someone who has recovered or who is currently experiencing the flu-like symptoms associated with the chikungunya virus. ... Read More

P J Patterson We can't honour those who brought us to this low
Dear Editor, Former Prime Minister P J Patterson is asking Jamaicans to show appreciation for polit ... Read More

Mario Deane  Why should we pay for their defence?
Dear Editor, It is happily noted that the Jamaican Bar Association, in a media release regarding th ... Read More

Dr Christopher Tufton You disappoint, Dr Tufton
Dear Editor, I was looking forward to Dr Christopher Tufton's lunch-hour speech last week on how ci ... Read More

Commish, cast an eye on Barnett Street

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Irate residents demonstrating in front of the Barnett Street Police Station, St James, on Tuesday over the controversial death of Mario Deane who was beaten while
in custody at the facility. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

Dear Editor, I was really hoping that for the sake of Mario Deane's family and a peace of mind for us all that we would be able to watch the news and not hear another bad report on this matter. It is ironic that shortly after we saw the new commissioner of police being sworn in, we heard of yet another terrible incident that took place at the Barnett Street Police Station, where an eyewitness in the matter, who is also an inmate, escaped from their custody through an unlocked window. I must a ... Read More

What has become of Vision 2030?

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Dear Editor, I encourage Jamaicans everywhere to have a look at Vision 2030. It is easily accessed online at http://www.vision2030.gov.jm/. Vision 2030 has as its central aim, the vision of "making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business". Vision 2030 is the result of true consensus across political divides and various civil interest groups and, to my mind, is truly something that all Jamaicans everywhere can embrace. It is for and about Jamaica and Jamaican ... Read More

Alternative boots on the ground

Friday, September 19, 2014    

OBAMA...Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and
destroy ISIS so that it's no longer a threat,

Dear Editor, Please consider the following recommendation for President Obama: The repetitive mantra "No American boots on the ground" rings loudly each time defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria is discussed in Washington. It is appreciated that US citizens are war weary and reluctant to become again involved in another military campaign in the Middle East. "No American boots on the ground" could be replaced by "alternative boots on the ground" to assist with the war effort if the US Government w ... Read More

A crisis of conscience

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe delivers his speech during celebrations to
mark his 90th birthday in Marondera Sunday, February 23. Mugabe who is
Africa's oldest leader has been in power in the Southern African nation
since 1980. (Photo:AP)

Dear Editor, Throughout the current global crisis, a great dishonesty has been at work. The issue has not been bank solvency, budget deficits, social welfare, or inceasing competition, through more privatisation in the West. The issue has been, and remains, the glaring disparity between living standards in the West and the poor countries of this planet, primarily in Africa, Asia, and the West Indies. For example, the Haiti earthquake exposed a multitude of Western sins: a country a little over ... Read More

CAL being beaten by the laggards

Friday, September 19, 2014    

CAL has introduced non-stop
services to Barbados and
Guyana three times a week.

Dear Editor, There was a time in Jamaica's history when our image in aviation was one to envy. We always took great pride in seeing the colourful Air Jamaica aircraft at an airport. I also made it a deliberate choice to fly with Air Jamaica. The decline and demise of the airline is well-documented. It was sad to see it go. What is even more painful is to watch its successor Caribbean Airlines (CAL) struggle to establish a position of dominance in the Jamaican market. A recent report in the Ja ... Read More

Cameron should go even if Scotland stays

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Cameron should go
even if Scotland stays

Dear Editor, The BBC is reporting that the British Prime Minister David Cameron has gone to Scotland to plead with them to stay in the union. While Cameron is trying all his best to let the rest of the world think that he is sincere in his desire to preserve Great Britain, many of us have doubts about his sincerity. Atop the list of questions many have of him about going to Scotland is: Why now? The campaign for Scottish independence has been going on now for some time. Yet, it seems clear th ... Read More

Four missing years? Really, PM?!

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, in revving up the People's National Party's (PNP) propaganda machine in preparation for the upcoming elections, has been referring to the last Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) term in office from 2007 to 2011 as the "four missing years". It is her claim, quite disingenuously advanced, that the JLP wrecked the country's economy during their term, and is the reason behind Jamaica being so economically depressed today, forcing her PNP Government to emba ... Read More

Caring for the mentally ill improves public safety

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Jamaicans here at home and across the globe has earned a mark of respect for our resilience, creativity, and genetic abilities to vocalise our disagreement with any system that dehumanises our brothers and sisters. It is on this socio-cultural pillar that I seek to advance the view that the greatest failure in our country is not the escalation on our national debt, but to see a Jamaicans or any human being in our country rummaging through our garbage as we have not implemented the ... Read More

Take ministers from outside the pool of MPs

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, I completely agree with the opinion of columnist Lance Neita in his Sunday Observer piece on September 14, 2014 on how to select ministers of government in order to get the best persons for the job. I also see that a reduction needs to happen in the number of ministries, and this list should be defined and protected by the Jamaica Constitution. I often thought that these ideas were purely my own idealism, but it is good to know that there is at least one other that shares that op ... Read More

I want to come home, PM; handle the chik-V

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Much like Jamaica, I find myself this morning in a kind of quandary. Why? I have an upcoming trip planned for the island as I wish to see my mother, daughter, as well as some old friends. In addition, I have some business there that I need to attend to. Meanwhile, swirling down there in Jamaica is the mushrooming chikungunya virus crisis. This mosquito-borne illness, although not a new virus, is still not clearly defined, and it is clear that the Jamaican health authorities have n ... Read More



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