Letters to the Editor

Opportunity in Cornwall Regional crisis

The Cornwal Regional Hospital in St James (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

Dear Editor, It is well known that the Chinese word for crisis is constructed by two characters representing both danger and opportunity, respectively. The issues now unfolding at the biggest public health facility in western Jamaica, Cornwall Regional Hospital, can be described as being nothing s ... Read More

People’s National Party President Dr Peter Phillips address supporters at the party’s special delegates conference held at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) Peter unlikely to lead the PNP to victory
Dear Editor, Now that Jamaica’s main Opposition political party, the People’s National ... Read More

Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips Make haste while still in Opposition
Dear Editor, The day is far spent, night is upon us, but let us make haste on the journey left befo ... Read More

The Bible ... a wonderful book Hope politicians get transformed like Zacchaeus
Dear Editor, This was what Zacchaeus said to Jesus: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I giv ... Read More

Land tax making pensioners desperate

Monday, March 27, 2017    

The Islington Post Office lies in ruin while elderly pensioners are forced to travel for miles to Port Maria to collect their benefits. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Dear Editor, Pensioners may soon have no choice but to forfeit their homes given the onslaught of property tax increases; first the 150 per cent from the People’s National Party Government, and now a giant increase by the Jamaica Labour Party Administration. Amongst the vulnerable are over 100,000 of us, NIS pensioners, in danger of losing our homes and land. The reason there is $13-billion plus in outstanding taxes is simply that, with a limping economy and our inability to find even p ... Read More

Let’s not cry over tax on health insurance

Monday, March 27, 2017    

Dear Editor, When it comes to health and tax I, like every human, shudder in fear, but if you put emotions aside you’ll get the bigger picture. So the first person who came out swinging against the Government’s planned application of General Consumption Tax on group health insurance premiums was the former chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee and the current CEO of Sagicor Group. Let’s look at their flagship programme of Sagicor Life. The company reported ... Read More

We need more ‘Butch’ Stewarts

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

Dear Editor, I am comforted to know that we have people like Gordon “Butch” Stewart who can put country above self. I wish we had more people like him. His suggestion to give half of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) money to assist the Government in taking Jamaica out of the rut we are in is the kind of attitude we need at this time. As Stewart said, the tourism product is based on our beautiful island. The industry should recognise that it is making a good living from what belo ... Read More

Toward reducing crime

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Dear Editor, “Fear follows crime, and is it punishment.” — Voltaire According to police statistics, 1,350 Jamaicans were murdered in 2016. Despite the downward trend of other crimes, such as rape, aggravated assault and robbery, the murder rate for the island has been rather troubling to say the least. Sadly, successive governments have been unable to address the island’s spiralling crime rate. According to police data, the murder rate in 2016 was an 11 per cent increa ... Read More

August will still be happy; SLB safe

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Customers stand outside the former SLB location

Dear Editor, It is in response to the letter ‘SLB cut almost brought me to tears’ scripted by Kimberley Thompson, published on March 22, 2017 that I write. Education is not a political football and I do not appreciate such games. It was released on March 21, 2017 that the Government was slashing crucial funding for the most relied on tertiary education fund in Jamaica — the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB). The thought of such an abhorrent act made me squirm, and I was deter ... Read More

Respect for the rule of law

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Dear Editor, Lord Anthony Gifford, in his public piece ‘Human rights and the Tambourine Army’, shared his views on the prosecution of Latoya Nugent for malicious communication using a computer. He argued that: “We live under the rule of law, and the justice system should be there to ensure that crimes are reported and investigated, and the perpetrators punished. The presumption of innocence means that we should not label people as guilty until they have been so found after a ... Read More

Can Phillips fix it?

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips making his budget debate presentation in Parliament yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Dear Editor, On Sunday, March 26, 2017 Peter Phillips will take over the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) but, like Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Phillips will be nothing new — same old. Dr Peter Phillips was general secretary of the PNP from 1991 to 1994. Many say he was parachuted by then leader Michael Manley. He ran for chairmanship of the party in 1992 and was whipped by ‘Chairman for Life’ Robert Pickersgill. He was vice-president of the PNP from ... Read More

‘Nuh mash up Champs’

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

The annual Inter-Secondary Schools Boys’ and Girls’ Championships, otherwise known as Champs, is the pinnacle of high school athletics in Jamaica.

Dear Editor, “Mi a beg onnu, nuh mash up Champs,” which has been described elsewhere as “arguably the highest quality Jamaican product of international standard — a veritable oasis of excellence”. I will always consider winning the Class 2 discus event at Champs in 1959 for the victorious Jamaica College (JC) team as the greatest achievement in my life. I know Michael Clarke very well from his days at JC when, under his guidance, we won Champs for five years. Cl ... Read More

Portia’s legacy: She did no harm

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Portia Simpson Miller

Dear Editor, It’s been said that comparisons are odious. But before the sun sets on the discourse about Portia Simpson Miller’s legacy may I offer a perspective which may be somewhat different from current chatter. If one were to judge her solely on the basis of what good she did during her 40-plus years, even her fiercest boosters would have to admit that her contribution — even such as stabilising the economy — pales alongside those of Michael Manley’s social po ... Read More

Welcome reduction in SLB interest rate

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Dear Editor, During the past few weeks the 2017/18 national budget debate has found its way into the conversations of most Jamaicans. Labelling it as a ‘journey to prosperity’ Finance Minister Audley Shaw, in his presentation, indicated that the development of our human resource must become a priority, with education as the vehicle to reach this destination. According to the government website www.JamStats.gov.jm, the gross enrolment rate at the tertiary level has been steadily de ... Read More



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