Letters to the Editor

Reggae Boyz World Cup dream attainable, but...

Dear Editor, Given Jamaica's shaky start to the CONCACAF semi-final round of World Cup qualifiers, coupled with some off-the-field issues, I nevertheless remain optimistic -- despite some detractors -- that the Reggae Boyz can mount a formidable challenge and ultimately qualify for Russia in 2018. ... Read More

Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party at a
party rally recently. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS) JLP was 'sold a dummy'
Dear Editor, A popular term used in football matches when a wily forward sends the opposing defende ... Read More

Prime Minister and People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller (centre) and other
party stalwarts sing the party’s anthem during Sunday night’s mass meeting in Portmore, St
Catherine. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Not enough ram goat, so no election
Dear Editor, Our prime minister told us that she was waiting for the master to tell her when to cal ... Read More

vehicles on
the wharf. Don't let them drive off with Customs money
Dear Editor, I write to offer unsolicited advice to the minister of finance, to help save the count ... Read More

Where do I go to get my reputation back?

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, I must ask: Where do I go to get my reputation back when it appears that three powerful institutions of the State — the Attorney General's Department, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Office of the Commissioner of Police — have, over several years, conspired in behaviour that results in me, a citizen of Jamaica, suffering much psychological pain and severe financial losses? Where do I go to get my reputation back when all the institutions of t ... Read More

Do the honourable thing!

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dr Andrei Cooke

Dear Editor, With the continued furore about the disastrous state of the public health sector and its terrible politicisation and mismanagement by former Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and the ministry's broader leadership, it really is an embarrassment that Dr Andrei Cooke, the chairman of the powerful South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) continues to occupy that role. That authority overseas all public hospitals and health centres in the capital Kingston city, St Catherine and St ... Read More

Can we trust our police with the DNA legislation?

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is noted that the DNA Evidence Act has recently been passed by the House of Representatives. Since then, I have had the opportunity to read the 74-page document, which I found well put-together and easy to read, without excessive legalese. The Act has closely followed the British version of making it possible for an "authorised person" to have a DNA sample taken from anyone suspected of, charged with, reported for, or convicted of a "relevant offence". The interpretation secti ... Read More

Stop this MP-Caretaker foolishness

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

People’s National Party supporters (top) and their Jamaica Labour
Party counterparts (bottom) at rallies for their respective parties.

Dear Editor, Recently, I have been noticing a new self-aggrandising political term called "MP caretaker or caretaker MP." As far as I am concerned, the joining of the names of the two positions is utter rubbish and it trivialises the Jamaican Parliament. The term "MP" is reserved absolutely for an elected member of the parliament and a "caretaker" is a non-elected official who is a representative of his or her political party that lost in the previous election, or is newly placed in a constit ... Read More

The cost of singing

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, The current Television Jamaica programme All Together Sing is just another flimflam to use students to generate revenue for the major sponsors. It has very little to with talent and developing the young voices of students. I watch with disgust as students walk around with containers soliciting money to vote. They also mount major fund-raisers weekly to get funds to submit votes to get an opportunity to win $1,000,000. I was surprised to hear from one of the choirs that made it to ... Read More

Clear and discernible political expediency

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller watches as candidates Hugh Buchanan (centre) and Evon Redman greet Comrades
in Black River on Sunday night. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will have us believe that her decision to postpone the general election was borne out of concern for the over 37,000 newly enumerated people. Really? Her decision comes more as a result of political expediency, rather than any principled stance or commitment to ensure that those 37,000 new electors were not disenfranchised. Why didn't we hear any reference to this before Sunday? There is a clear and discernible pattern of political expediency ... Read More

Peg it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Peg it!

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Finance Minister Peter Phillips: With all due respect Minister, the Jamaican people do not need another bureaucracy to stabilise the Jamaican dollar. Just peg the dollar to the US dollar, like Cayman and The Bahamas. The Jamaican economy is not fundamentally different from these economies and they are doing great. It is quite clear from the combined effects of a devalued dollar and low oil prices our exports should be booming. But this is not the case, t ... Read More

I dream of a new Jamaica

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Dear Editor, Recently, I overheard a conversation of a diehard People National Party adherent who vehemently stated that he will not vote at all because his party is not playing its role; and he absolutely will not vote for the Jamaica Labour Party. Don Anderson was quoted in the Observer article on November 5, 2015: "In the 2011 General Election 48 per cent of persons eligible for voting did not vote." That is approximately half the electorate. In addition, he stated that the average uncommit ... Read More

No glory in poverty

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Dear Editor, The recent political ranting and raving by officials of the the People's National Party (PNP) about the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness's house leaves much to be desired. The PNP is busy patting itself on the back for passing 10 consecutive International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests, and achieving macro-economic stability is all well and good. The future prospects for Jamaica are looking up. The aim is now to go for growth. What are the results from this economic growth that ... Read More

The crime and abortion link

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Dear Editor, Crime is Jamaica's national challenge. What can we learn from other countries that successfully faced this challenge? Data indicate that crime in the United States of America started to decline in 1992. The Impact of Legalised Abortion on Crime, published in Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2001, authored by Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago and John Donohue of Yale University, points to the fact that males aged 18 to 24 are most likely to commit crimes. Jamaica has the sa ... Read More



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