Letters to the Editor

Is there racism in Miss Universe pageant?

The top five contestants of the recent Miss Universe pageant on stage
in Miami on Sunday. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, Admittedly, there were some gorgeous women competing in the recent Miss Universe pageant, including our very own Kaci Fennell -- who did amazingly well! I agree with many that she should've won, or at least placed much higher than fifth. These pageants are often laced with controversy ... Read More

100 murders in a month?!
Dear Editor, The crime situation is quite alarming and the fears of the Jamaican people of the spik ... Read More

Jamaica should consider coal with an open mind
Dear Editor, The dangers of coal have decreased with advancements in clean coal technologies (CCTs) ... Read More

We want justice!
Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller: On beh ... Read More

Special thank you

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, This letter serves to highlight the good deed performed by a driver of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Greater Portmore #17 bus who diverted from his route to take my mother to the doctor at the Edgewater Medical Complex, as she was experiencing severe breathing problems. It happened on Friday, January 23, 2015 about 7:00 pm. The passengers who played significant roles in ensuring she was well attended to while on the bus also cannot be overlooked. An extra special thank you to ... Read More

Bill Clinton was in fact impeached

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

Bill Clinton

Dear Editor, Maybe the holiday spirit had got into your usual on-point writers in your December 31, 2014 edition, when one wrote: "Former United States President Bill Clinton was almost impeached and removed from office for a sexual act which was not illegal and was socially acceptable." This, as far as I am aware, is incorrect, as I believe your writer is under the impression that impeachment in the US system implies being removed from office, though it may be so in other jurisdictions. Pre ... Read More

Charge vendors a fee to sell on buses

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

vendors a fee
to sell on buses

Dear Editor, The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and by extension the Jamaican taxpayer, has had to contend with haemorrhaging losses on a daily, weekly, and ultimately annual basis. To say that losses at the State-run bus company are seemingly permanent fixture is to put it mildly. Along with this big elephant of financial losses, the transport giant has had to contend with other issues, especially as it relates the cleanliness of the internal environment of the buses. It is this niggli ... Read More

The sacrament of 'herb ganja'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

A ganja plant.

Dear Editor, Members of the Rasta faith only want to cultivate ganja to be used for religious purposes. Those people who are not Rastafarians want to allow the enemy of Rasta and busybody people to highlight Rasta as exporters, when we are not. When Matthew speaks of "senior members", who are these senior members? And why are they hiding The Church of Haile Selassie I from the public, when the Church of Haile Selassie I is the only legal entity for Rasta in Jamaica. Now dealing with the "her ... Read More

Public sector workers should be realistic

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, It would seem that some of our public sector workers are now expecting a wage increase that is commensurate with the years that they have been holding fast. I heard one trade union announcing that it plans to ask for to 40 per cent wage increase over three years, including a 15 per cent increase in the first year. I would caution these workers not to bank on that. I know that these trade unions that are asking for such a high wage increase are sticking to a well-known negotiating ... Read More

How quickly the Gov't has recreated a telecoms monopoly?

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Minister Phillip Paulwell (file photo)

Dear Editor, Cable and Wireless's merger with Columbus (Flow) will give control of the island's fibre and Internet connectivity with the rest of the world to one company, which will essentially have a monopoly over fixed line, fixed broadband, and subscriber television services in Jamaica. The Government approved the creation of this telecommunications monopoly with lightning speed. It was surprising to see that Minister Phillip Paulwell gave his nod to this deal in just two months. Some custo ... Read More

All the best for Lloyd Bogle

Friday, January 23, 2015    

Dear Editor, Well done, Jamaica Observer, on your ongoing coverage of the plight of Lloyd Bogle. I recently had a setback at the hands of the Canadian High Commission. My mother, who has been living in Toronto since 1992 with my sister, who is a citizen since the early 70s, turned 100 in September and as we all know, 100 should be a big celebration. So all my relatives from all over the USA and Canada were present. I applied to the High Commission for a visa to attend and was turned down. Act ... Read More

CWC/Columbus merger Christmas again

Friday, January 23, 2015    

Phil Bentley, chief executive officer of Cable and Wireless Communications (left) and Brendan Paddick, CEO and chairman of Columbus Communications are all smiles after inking the proposed merger agreement between both companies earlier today in London.

Dear Editor, My sincerest gratitude to Minister Phillip Paulwell for approving the merger of Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications, parent company of Flow. Not only is the merger a positive move, but both entities as well as their customers will greatly benefit from the marriage. With CWC already being dominant in the landline market, the merger with Flow will drastically increase its presence in the telecommunications, broadband, and cable markets, which will giv ... Read More

Puffing weed up judges' noses beyond contempt of court

Friday, January 23, 2015    

The medical fraternity holds no objection to ganja being decriminalised for medicinal use, but there is no support for cannabis being ‘freed up’.

Dear Editor, Much has been made of the Government's commitment to the rule of law in its relations with the international community. While our commitment to the international community is admirable, it is disingenuous to parade ourselves as obeying international laws when we ignore our own laws at home. Every day there are new instances of the chipping away of the fabric of our civil society. The dwindling of a society of law and social order takes place as much within the halls of government ... Read More

Deal with waste, stop wasting money

Friday, January 23, 2015    

A garbage-filled gully which runs along the Port Henderson Road in St Catherine.

Dear Editor, I am sure there were many who were shocked to see the volume of garbage being dragged from the drains of Kingston by government workers at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars. And then they would have been equally disappointed as a lukewarm plea went out from local government officers urging people to stop dumping garbage in drains and gullies. Many people before have made such pleas and have got nowhere. So, please, get real! The Ministry of Local Government has generally ... Read More



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