Letters to the Editor

Some guidance, please, Minister?

REID... the ultimate strategy is for schools to get more resources

The following is an open letter to the Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid: Dear Sir, I would be grateful if I could get some clarity on a few things concerning your ministry. As a recent graduate from a university in the Corporate Area, I am having a serious problem obtaining a job interview ... Read More

The countries of Caricom started the process to their separate independence 54 years ago when Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago became nominally sovereign states in 1962. Yet, after half a century of sovereignty the picture is not rosy in not even one of these countries. Jamaica gets too little from Caricom
Dear Editor, The constant disrespect being meted out to Jamaicans when travelling toTrinidad is cau ... Read More


No need to amend the Bail Act
Dear Editor, Reference is made to your editorial of May 27, 2016 under the headline ‘There is ... Read More

Barack Obama
Obama is just too right
Dear Editor, I commend the American political delegates and voters for having chosen Barack Obama t ... Read More

Failed parenting in Jamaica

Tuesday, May 31, 2016    

Dear Editor, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”: a verse from Solomon, the wisest man. The behaviour of the youth in our society is grave cause for concern. They do anything they feel, say anything they choose, with no respect for themselves or others. Our children are on a collision course going south and have long exceeded the speed limit. In order to come up with a solution to the problem, let us first find the root cause. ... Read More

Patrick Roberts should replace Davies in St Andrew Southern

Monday, May 30, 2016    

People’s National Party candidate for St Andrew West Central Patrick Roberts (second right), gets support from Dr Omar Davies (left) and members of his campaign management team Joan Gordon-Webley and Warren Blake.

Dear Editor, I believe when Omar Davies retires from representational politics and his St Andrew Southern seat becomes available, he should be succeeded by the hard-working music mogul Patrick Roberts. Roberts hails from and is quite familiar with that particular constituency. Even though he has been the losing candidate in another constituency over the years, he has put in lot of work in the St Andrew Southern constituency as well, even back in the days with Beenie Man. And the reason I bel ... Read More

ZIKV is a real threat!

Monday, May 30, 2016    

Dear Editor, I am a family physician currently practising in St Catherine. In 2014, a new mosquito-borne virus had reached the Caribbean area. As a general practitioner working in St Catherine, I dutifully read up about it and, in an effort to protect patients, began to encourage mosquito bite avoidance for patients and families, and mosquito control. A few months later, we began to see patients with a constellation of symptoms, including high fever, joint pains, headaches, vomiting, weakness, ... Read More

Excellent JLP performance so far

Monday, May 30, 2016    

Dear Editor, The incontrovertible fact is that the Portia Simpson Miller-led Administration was successful in passing 10 consecutive International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests and deserves some credit for stabilising the Jamaican economy over the period. However, the then Simpson Miller-led Government miserably failed to implement sound economic policies that would achieve yearly economic growth; the unemployment rate increased over the period; exports decreased while imports substantially increas ... Read More

The case of Cain

Monday, May 30, 2016    

Dear Editor, Your publication on May 25, 2016, of my comments on Professor Stephen Vasciannie’s article, ‘The death penalty and its impediments’, appearing in Sunday, May 15 issue of this paper, has drawn numerous reactions to my opinions, particularly those relating to the biblical teaching on the subject. One undeniably strong response is that of a friend who is on the side of abolition. He made reference to the case of Cain, who slew his brother Abel, but who was exempted ... Read More

Brittanie Cohen’s death points to poor infrastructure in St Thomas

Friday, May 27, 2016    

Recent photographs of Brittanie Cohen
who died, while trying to get home, during heavy rains in St Thomas on Tuesday. Photo: Karl McLarty

Dear Editor, While I mourn the death of my little cousin, 13-year-old Brittanie Cohen ­— who was swept away by raging flood waters in Cheswick, St Thomas, on Tuesday night, and later found wrapped around a tree in probably a desperate attempt to save her life — her passing should be a wake-up call regarding the poor infrastructure, lack of development, and lack of opportunities for the people of St Thomas over the years. Having migrated over 14 years ago, I have, on visits, seen a ... Read More

Co-operation on crime

Friday, May 27, 2016    

The Hanover police processing the crime scene.

Dear Editor, I sat at my dinner table eating a freshly made salmon, shrimp and potato (and other vegetables) pie, with salad, a glass of white wine and half-a-litre of water, reading the article, ‘Holness calls for bipartisan co-operation on crime’ on my iPad. I don’t think it is a good call because that only shows that we don’t know what Jamaica’s priorities are. Yes, crime is high in Jamaica and any news relating to fighting crime is welcome by many Jamaicans. ... Read More

Minister Chuck is simply calling a spade a spade

Friday, May 27, 2016    

Minister of Justice - Delroy Chuck

Dear Editor, I refer to Dr Ford’s letter headlined ‘Minister Chuck has opened Pandora’s box’ in yesterday’s edition of the Jamaica Observer. Dr Ford appears to be taking on a role akin to WWF, his victims being the judges. Here is what he must remember: The justice system includes all who work to deliver justice; this includes witnesses, police and all those in-between, up to the judges. So, all of them, in some way, contribute to the poor delivery — along ... Read More

Big up, Ms Sasha Harris

Friday, May 27, 2016    

The Ministry of Labour on North Street in Kingston

Dear Editor, I would like to use this medium to say a big thank you to one Ms Sasha Harris from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) office at Heroes Circle. I don’t know if anyone has ever had to call this ministry, but let me tell you, it would be easier to call a stranger and beg and get money than getting through to the MLSS. I submitted an old age pension application for a former employee from February 2015 and have been calling the ministry from December last year. ... Read More

SPM has no special resources for Labour Day activities

Friday, May 27, 2016    

Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay (centre) helps to bag waste during the clean-up of Mandeville on Labour Day.Photos: Gregory Bennett

Dear Editor, SPM Waste Management Limited wishes to provide clarity to a story published in the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, entitled ‘Mandeville Mayor Lashes NSWMA’. Our focus continues to be conducting our normal function, which is primarily the collection of solid waste from residential communities. Also included in our regular function is the collection of solid waste from major town centres in late evenings and early mornings. This is quite critical for the colle ... Read More



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