Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Disgraceful treatment from CRH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Disgraceful-treatment-from-CRH_77804 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> A few days ago I visited Cornwall Regional Hospital&rsquo;s (CRH) Casualty Department, taking an uncle of mine for emergency treatment. I had to wait six hours before receiving medical treatment for him from doctors at the type one medical facility.<br /> <br /> The emergency waiting room was half-filled and nurses and doctors, from personal observation, were working at a slow pace, exhibiting very little concern for patients, despite working in an emergency room setting. What&rsquo;s more, the nurses and two doctors who attended to my uncle were rude, uncaring and obnoxious, and operated as if patients were not human and had no feelings.<br /> <br /> Individuals awaiting emergency medical treatment were at times very annoyed at the hours upon hours in waiting time that they were enduring and at times could be heard shouting for help, which in my view is a disgraceful indictment on the management of the hospital.<br /> <br /> The restroom located at the Casualty Department was filthy and smelly &mdash; another disgrace.<br /> <br /> After my uncle was treated by doctors he received a prescription to be taken to the hospital&rsquo;s pharmacy, where we waited another two hours before reaching the dispensary window, only to be callously told that the three prescription items were out of stock.<br /> <br /> I am calling upon the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton to immediately conduct an investigation into the operations at the CRH, and thereafter take the relevant measures to rectify the disorganisation, the deplorable and disrespectful conduct of nurses and doctors who serve at this emergency department, and the shortage of drugs at the hospital&rsquo;s pharmacy.<br /> <br /> My uncle and I were truly disappointed with and shocked at the poor treatment which we received at CRH. Things cannot continue in this disgraceful way. <br /> <br /> Over to you, Minister Tufton. We taxpayers are entitled to first-class medical treatment at any publicly operated and funded hospital.<br /> <br /> Andrew Bedasse<br /> <br /> Lucea PO, Hanover<br /> <br /> andrewbedasse@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13357415/234674_61806_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM No entry: bare shoulders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/No-entry--bare-shoulders_77912 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s next? No blacks, no dogs, no Irish?<br /> <br /> I am a student of one of Jamaica&rsquo;s foremost universities. Yesterday I went to use the computer lab to have my devices configured for Wi-Fi access. I was denied access as I was told by the security that, as my shoulders were bare, I could not be allowed to use the lab. Yes, you read that right.<br /> <br /> A three-piece suit or its equivalent is required to access the computer lab at the University of Still Stuck in the Dark.<br /> <br /> Upon my objection, I was directed to look at the pictures behind me, where I noted various graphics depicting hats, bandanas, shorts, fringes, etc, which some colonialist has decided is inappropriate for university wear.<br /> <br /> Never mind the fact that, as a paying client and a human being, I was disrespected in no uncertain terms based on the opinion of someone who feels the need to dictate how I, as a reasonable person, should look and dress.<br /> <br /> The most galling insult to my person stems from the fact that services are so limited at this university &mdash; even as we try our best to understand Jamaica being in a difficult economic situation. The Wi-Fi is mostly unavailable, library facilities are inconvenient, and the one computer lab doubles as a teaching lab, at which technician is not always at hand to help. The classrooms are hot, and in summer or by the second semester unbearable. I recall an incident during the sitting of one exam in which I was so overcome by the heat I had to take a good four- to five-minute break to gather myself, while a sympathetic invigilator tried to find me water and get me to a window and nearer to the one fan.<br /> <br /> The objective and morale of this public institution of higher learning need to be seriously reassessed. The alacrity with which presumed infractions/breaches are addressed is almost unholy when compared to seeming lack of regard for quality service and basic common decency and good sense.<br /> <br /> Charmaine Smith<br /> <br /> Kingston 8<br /> <br /> che8492000@gmail.com http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13231310/221644__w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM &lsquo;Rio Salute&rsquo; programme constructed with consultation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/-Rio-Salute--programme-constructed-with-consultation_77672 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I am a person who supports good things, and I am a patriotic Jamaican, so I want to take the chance to comment on the criticisms made of the recently held &lsquo;Rio Salute&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> This is not about taking sides of political parties, but about supporting the people who give us glory and that is really what everyone should be focusing on, rather than finding things to criticise. It is a pity that the effort the Government made to be all-inclusive in our national honour of the Rio Olympians has been made into the tool of political criticism.<br /> <br /> I am happy to have been a member of the team of people who were invited to undertake various aspects of the salute, so I am qualified to clarify some issues relating to the entire programme to honour the great achievements of our national team. The budget of $82 million was not spent on the Rio Salute at the National Indoor Sports Centre. The figure includes cash awards of $42 million to athletes, coaches and officials of the Rio delegation, airfares to Jamaica for athletes living abroad, transportation, and hospitality for five days in Kingston and western Jamaica, as well as the cost of hiring the National Indoor Sports Centre for rehearsal, the cost of staging the actual event, paying the choreographer, dancers, lights and sound technicians, as well as the artistes.<br /> <br /> The production of the entertainment in the Rio Salute programme included several aspects of national culture. There was gospel music, reggae music and dancehall music. Some athletes were asked while plans were being made which artistes they wanted to see perform. Just as Kevin Downswell was named by members of the team who like gospel music, and Chronixx was chosen by the reggae fans, Spice was one of several named to represent those for whom dancehall is their choice of Jamaican music. I have heard criticisms for including gospel music, and I have been told that some people left the event because they were disappointed with the Chronixx set. These criticisms were not as vicious as those who objected to Spice&rsquo;s inclusion in the show, yet I have heard much praise from those who thoroughly enjoyed her performance as much as I enjoyed Chronixx.<br /> <br /> I am glad to have been there because I represent a certain demographic, and I was very proud that Chronixx enlivened the show with his song Smile Jamaica and gave us a blazing finale, which was a fitting end to a great evening of entertainment enjoyed by everyone in the centre.<br /> <br /> It is not possible to please everyone at national events. I know Minister Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo; Grange will continue to try to do her best as minister of gender, culture, entertainment and sports. She knows that criticism is par for the course, and will surely respond in another space, while I take the opportunity to respond in mine. <br /> <br /> Barbara Makeda Blake Hannah<br /> <br /> jamediapro@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368758/235417_62517_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Public defender&rsquo;s dead babies&rsquo; report wanting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Public-defender-s-dead-babies--report-wanting_77674 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I am appalled at the broad-brush approach that the Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry employed in her investigations into the deaths of eight premature babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) following the Klebsiella and Serratia outbreaks in June 2013.<br /> <br /> In her report that was released on October 14, Henry said: &ldquo;There was no outbreak at the Neonatal Unit between June and October 2015. That which transpired was not unusual and the infectious happenings were part of the hazards of low birth weight, undeveloped organs and immune systems and the hospital environment.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> She summarised her findings by stating: &ldquo;The premature babies, who were particularly susceptible to infections, became the unfortunate victims of an under-resourced medical facility,&rdquo; and that it &ldquo;appears from the evidence that the concept of an outbreak was purely a media creation&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> In her wisdom, it was prudent to chide the media and investigate the hospital staff, but failed to consider the statements of the UHWI&rsquo;s then CEO Dr Trevor McCartney which spoke to the troubling resource inadequacies. It is no secret that the hospitals countrywide are woefully under-resourced and poorly managed.<br /> <br /> In the context of questionable cleaning practices and the hospitals&rsquo; failure in ensuring protocol adherence, how could she form the reasonable view that there was no evidence of medical negligence in the treatment, care and management of the dead babies?<br /> <br /> It is trite that each case must be assessed on its own merits; however, she made no particularly distinctive application of the law on the facts and her broad-brush approach is unacceptable.<br /> <br /> What was the objective of her investigation? To absolve the concerned officials of the extensive damage and suffering that they caused to the parents of these dead babies resulting from their own mismanagement? Did she expect that the concerned staff would incriminate themselves? More importantly, was independent scientific evidence sought?<br /> <br /> Negligence was demonstrated and the hospital staff must be held civilly liable. Henry failed to incorporate the evidence of the parents; that which was supplied by the ministry&rsquo;s technocrats; or any independent scientific evidence, which I believe was relevant and substantial to the case.<br /> <br /> It is only fitting to circumvent this controversial matter before a high court judge who is objective, balanced, who possess critical reasoning skills, and who pays attention to detail.<br /> <br /> What about the dead babies at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, or has she applied her generic (anecdotal) approach to those individual cases as well?<br /> <br /> Harrison Henry&rsquo;s wanting investigation and misguided determination may well be damaging to the integrity of her office. It must be vigorously reviewed and challenged.<br /> <br /> Dujon Russell<br /> <br /> dujon.russell@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12763112/191438_20911_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Hope the MPs read Grace Virtue&rsquo;s column http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Hope-the-MPs-read-Grace-Virtue-s-column_77658 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> The country must thank Dr Grace Virtue for clearly stating the obvious in her column in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.<br /> <br /> I read with dismay some of the reactions to the pit bull near-massacre.<br /> <br /> Why was the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation only considering contributing to the financial needs of this unfortunate family? Why has no legal action been taken against the owner(s) of these dogs?<br /> <br /> This is not a private matter, as was reportedly said in one newspaper. The laws clearly show the illegality of possession of these dogs in Jamaica. This I have known since 1963 when I worked in the travel industry in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> It seems that the ownership of these dogs, these killing machines, is a status symbol, or evidence of gangsterism.<br /> <br /> In some jurisdictions in the US these dogs (pit bulls) are banned because of their vicious nature.<br /> <br /> No citizen should be afraid to walk on the public streets because of dogs.<br /> <br /> Thanks, Dr Virtue for addressing this matter.<br /> <br /> I hope all the Members of Parliament, those with cojones, stand up and do what is necessary &mdash; the elimination of these dogs from Jamaica&rsquo;s shores.<br /> <br /> Our children and adults are more important than pit bulls.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Louis A Hemans<br /> <br /> Hyattsville, MD, USA<br /> <br /> Lahemans@aol.com<br /> <br /> Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Arscott&rsquo;s shameful tribal comments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Arscott-s-shameful-tribal-comments_77632 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I feel compelled to agree wholeheartedly with Robert Dalley who wrote a well-written letter published in the Jamaica Observer of October 13, 2016. He asked, &ldquo;Why is Arscott seeking to politically discredit and tear down Government&rsquo;s impressive preparedness? Where is the evidence to substantiate the claims from Arscott that the Government politicised the distribution of hurricane relief items?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As a concerned citizen, I am truly disappointed in Arscott trying to shamefully discredit the Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, when he and government agencies (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, National Meteorological Centre, etc) all did a remarkable job of preparing the country for the hurricane.<br /> <br /> Minister McKenzie and Prime Minister Andrew Holness were on the ground ensuring that the agencies did what was necessary to put the country in a prepared position to face the hurricane if it came through Jamaica. Over three hundred shelters were opened across the 14 parishes managed by parish councils, and the shelter managers were in direct charge of supervising them. <br /> <br /> Dalley asked other important questions in his Observer letter, &ldquo;Why didn&rsquo;t Arscott implement complete local government reform while serving as local government minister? Why did he allow the Jamaica Fire Brigade to rundown during his tenure as minister? He should be embarrassed for allowing the fire service to be totally neglected and not equipped under his watch. Now he has the audacity to be criticising the Government on every talk show and in Parliament when the Government acted promptly and professionally in activating its emergency hurricane centre and gave the country regular updates on the hurricane and its tracking information.<br /> <br /> Arscott&rsquo;s sort of tribal politics has no place in today&rsquo;s Jamaica. I am really ashamed of Arscott.<br /> <br /> But should I be surprised of Arscott&rsquo;s tribal comments when the Opposition party has been a disaster to date with a lame duck team of spokespersons.<br /> <br /> Andrew Bedasse <br /> <br /> Lucea PO, Hanover<br /> <br /> andrewbedasse@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13117277/Noel-Arscott_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Waste management is our challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Waste-management-is-our-challenge_77464 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I write in response to an column published in the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, October 13, 2016 &lsquo;Stop it! Wi too nasty!&rsquo; by Odane Plummer. Although the heart of Plummer&rsquo;s article is in the right place, I think he has failed to fully grasp the complexities of Jamaica&rsquo;s solid waste management challenges and the potential solutions to the problem.<br /> <br /> Plummer starts by emphasising the need for greater incorporation of waste management education into Jamaica&rsquo;s school curricula. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and many other non-government organisations, community-based organisations, and government agencies have been engaged in several school-based environmental education initiatives for decades. Most, if not all, have included a component aimed at raising awareness about proper waste management.<br /> <br /> Over the many years we have been implementing these programmes, JET has discovered that schools, by and large, understand the importance of managing garbage properly, and for the most part are able to effectively pass on this message to their students, resulting in clean school environments. The real problem begins once a student steps outside the school gate, into the wider society, where the message of proper waste management is not being reinforced. This is what led JET to launching Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica in February 2015.<br /> <br /> Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica is a public education campaign, funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, that aims to improve Jamaican citizens&rsquo; knowledge about the impact of poorly handled waste on public health and the environment, while encouraging personal responsibility for the generation and disposal of waste. Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica cannot clean Jamaica&rsquo;s streets, gullies or beaches (although we have inspired many people to do so); we cannot provide bins (although several corporate partners have donated bins to the campaign); and finally, we cannot collect garbage or enforce Jamaica&rsquo;s anti-litter laws &mdash; these are all State functions.<br /> <br /> Despite Plummer&rsquo;s perception, Jamaica does in fact have several laws and policies which govern littering and proper garbage disposal. They may need revision and updating, but they do exist. The problem is that enforcement is weak &mdash; as Plummer acknowledges. The average litterbug sees no reason that they should not drop their plastic bottle in the street, even with a garbage bin only a few steps away, as there is no perceived penalty for doing so.<br /> <br /> Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica has been short-lived by public education campaign standards. Our 18-month campaign has simply not been around long enough to change behaviours and attitudes towards garbage which are deeply entrenched in the Jamaican culture and psyche &mdash; although we feel that we have managed to get Jamaicans talking much more about the issue than ever before. Contrary to Plummer&rsquo;s beliefs, JET has widely used social media platforms and popular Jamaican social media personalities to engage with the public about garbage management issues using the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign platform.<br /> <br /> Improving garbage management in Jamaica requires a multi-stakeholder approach &ndash; citizens, civil society, the private sector and the state all have a role to play. It will require improvements in garbage management infrastructure and collection, enforcement of laws, public education and, most of all, acceptance of personal responsibility for generation of waste. I invite Plummer and all Jamaicans to learn more about their garbage, where it comes from, where it goes, and what we can do to improve its management by checking out Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) and at www.nuhduttyupjamaica.org.<br /> <br /> Suzanne Stanley<br /> <br /> Deputy chief executive officer<br /> <br /> Jamaica Environment Trust<br /> <br /> sstanley.jet@gmail.com <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13333350/232530_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:00 AM Trump&rsquo;s &lsquo;talk&rsquo; sad, pathetic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Trump-s--talk--sad--pathetic_77631 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> It is not often that I take this route to address an issue, especially something as polarising and as divisive as the upcoming US presidential election. However, it would be remiss of me not to respond to letter writer Andre O Sheppy&rsquo;s piece, &lsquo;Trump&rsquo;s no scumbag, he&rsquo;s a scapegoat&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> I am really not sure what to make of his reasoning, or of what exactly it is that he is trying to say. However, this I know for sure. No amount of spinning or attempt to rationalise can excuse what we all heard on that now infamous Access Hollywood bus tape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.<br /> <br /> For Sheppy to suggest that &ldquo;any man on this planet could have been caught executing plans similar to what Trump had&rdquo; is a fallacy of the highest order. In all my days here on Earth, and in my many interactions with male friends and acquaintances, I have never engaged in or have heard anybody admitting to what Trump admitted to doing to women on that tape. And this is not to say I haven&rsquo;t heard men making crude remarks or talking about their sexual exploits. Certainly no one is na&iuml;ve enough not to believe that things are said in private that would probably cause us some discomfort, if not embarrassment, if made public. What I am saying is that real men would in no way sit and entertain discussions about groping women and making unwanted attacks on them. That is sad, pathetic, and maybe even criminal.<br /> <br /> I would urge Sheppy to be more careful with his thoughts before making them public. Not because Trump is &ldquo;very rich, very popular and a front-runner for the US presidential race&rdquo; he can do and get away with anything. This kind of super-elitist behaviour and feeling of entitlement have led to a breakdown of almost everything that is decent in today&rsquo;s world and set a very bad example for our children &mdash; yours and mine.<br /> <br /> Our leaders have to lead from the front. They have to understand that words do matter, and that when it is all said and done there is still a thing called good morals and ethics &mdash; or better yet, values and attitudes.<br /> <br /> Garwin Davis<br /> <br /> Ironshore, St James<br /> <br /> natchilusd@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13356727/Trump_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:00 AM It&rsquo;s clear Gov&rsquo;t is not seeing the big picture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/It-s-clear-Gov-t-is-not-seeing-the-big-picture_77401 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> It is counter-intuitive to be accelerating the decline in the domestic debt stock and at the same time devaluation is increasing the value of the external debt, thus lowering the rate of decline in the national (total) debt.<br /> <br /> This is regressive fiscal and monetary policy.<br /> <br /> You can see from the chart that the value of the external debt stock is moving with the exchange rate and counteracting efforts under the debt exchange programme to reduce the value of the domestic debt stock.<br /> <br /> Silbert Barrett<br /> <br /> net_sbarrett@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363405/234760_62277_repro_w300.jpg Letters to the Editor Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:00 AM Parson nah ramp! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Parson-nah-ramp-_77641 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I am so tickled to see the slate of awardees on this year&rsquo;s roster who have been given national honours. &lsquo;Parson nah ramp!&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Truly, today some people must be saying,&ldquo;Man, we have really become an egalitarian State, where we don&rsquo;t care who you are, or what your contribution has been like, we will just randomly give out these prizes to all and sundry to let them know that we appreciate their contribution to our &lsquo;nation-building project&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Truly when we see the quality of the society that we have worked so hard to build, we can&rsquo;t now, in all conscience, leave out any of our major stalwart contributors to this fine fabric of a society we have crafted, and will be bequeathing to our children and our children&rsquo;s children.<br /> <br /> In light of this, I should just nominate some of our superstars in the music industry for meritorious recognition next year on the said stage. They are truly deserving. Maybe Spice, Tanto Blacks, or Gully Bop? If not next year, perhaps 2018. Just make sure to add some more wicked hits like you have been doing. <br /> <br /> See y&rsquo;all come next year when it should be bigger and better. I think a red carpet should be in order then.<br /> <br /> Darolyn Henry-Cross<br /> <br /> hdaro36@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13180245/219311__w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:00 AM Minister, is this all corruption? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Minister--is-this-all-corruption-_77519 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> The former People&rsquo;s National Party Government wanted to establish an oversight body for the Independenet Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which I thought, at that time, was useless and unnecessary. I still subscribe to the view. Since the appointment of Robert Montague as national security minister, he has stated that the work of INDECOM is very important and a memorandum of understanding will shortly be signed with the Jamaica Constabulary Force to develop a specific working protocol between both organisations so that a clear understanding will be had as to how the police should interact with INDECOM and their lawful instructions.<br /> <br /> I cannot understand why it is that some police officers are failing to adhere to the instructions of INDECOM investigators and the failure of Police Commissioner Carl Williams to discipline police officers who refuse to follow the lawful instructions and requests of the commission. This should be forthwith addressed by the commissioner and any officer who fails to follow the instructions of INDECOM should be departmentally charged and fined by a properly constituted police panel of enquiry &mdash; for all officers have a lawful responsibility to at all times comply with any instruction given by INDECOM. There is no need for any oversight body to be established for INDECOM. Parliament is already the oversight body.<br /> <br /> INDECOM has been performing professionally since its establishment by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, and the police&rsquo;s fatal shooting rate has been greatly reduced over the past six years. INDECOM, especially chief Commissioner Terrence Williams, is to be congratulated for doing an excellent, outstanding and professional job.<br /> <br /> Also, the corruption in the force must be dealt with. On two occasions recently, while traveling from Falmouth into Montego Bay, I was stopped by police officers who, after checking my documents, asked for a &lsquo;pocket money&rsquo;. On one occasion I was told that I had exceeded the speed limit by 20 km/hr and was asked for $3,000 for him not to write a ticket for speeding. I also parked on Harbour Street in Montego Bay last week Tuesday and went to transact some business at the bank and on returning to my vehicle I was informed that I was in a no-parking zone and the tow truck was ordered by the police to tow away my vehicle to the pound on Belvin Avenue, and instructed to pay $9,000 for the wrecking fee and was also ticketed with a fine to be paid of $8,000.<br /> <br /> My vehicle was towed from Harbour Street in Montego Bay to Belvin Avenue at the Transport Authority pound, less than a quarter mile, yet the tow truck fee was $9,000? Is this right? Add the fine and I had to pay a cumulative total of $17,000!<br /> <br /> Why wasn&rsquo;t I just ticketed by the police for the offence and allowed to pay the fine at the tax collectorate? There was absolutely no need to tow away my vehicle when I was on spot at the time after returning to my vehicle. Is this right? I believe it is wrong and inconsistent with the law. It amounts to police corruption.<br /> <br /> Minister Montague must look into this unacceptable state of affairs. Jamaica needs a corruption-free, professional and honest police force urgently.<br /> <br /> Ramesh Ogilvie<br /> <br /> Falmouth PO, Trelawny<br /> <br /> rameshRameshOgilvieramesh@outlook.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157720/217155__w300.jpg Letters to the Editor Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM Trump&rsquo;s no scumbag, he&rsquo;s a scapegoat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Trump-s-no-scumbag--he-s-a-scapegoat_77517 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> The revelations made of so-called &ldquo;locker room talk&rdquo;, which featured Donald Trump&rsquo;s sexual pursuits, has enlightened those among us who have scientific interests in human sexuality and the reactions to it from various segments of the society. Unfortunately, the vehement reactions to Trump&rsquo;s failure in this regard have shown that our attitude to human sexuality is losing its bearing.<br /> <br /> The hypocrisy was remarkable. Any man on this planet could have been caught executing plans similar to what Trump had, and reacting to rejection in similar fashion. Our continued existence depends on this basic heterosexual attraction, and it turns out that men are most often the sex given the task of pursuing it.<br /> <br /> A woman who has a son and is looking forward to grandchildren might better understand these dynamics and, indeed, it has been anecdotally suggested that the sexuality of women bearing boy children is different from those bearing girls.<br /> <br /> The criticism of the Trump tapes by US first lady, Michelle Obama, could be more greatly understood beyond party lines, based on such anecdotes. This debacle has also shown that women are less appreciative than ever before about this natural instinct of desire for sex, and its role in forming a natural unit of intimacy which should be the true basis of progeny. This could be partly attributed to the numerous other sexual preferences and sexual titles that now exist, and the &lsquo;threat&rsquo; of technologically assisted fertilisation and pregnancies in bypassing the original way of doing it.<br /> <br /> Generally speaking, though, Trump might be just a convenient scapegoat, the one to suffer for all those scumbags with whom the women are up in arms about. People won&rsquo;t like you or want to be like you if they can&rsquo;t be like you, and Trump is very rich, very popular, a front-runner for the US presidency, and gets away with saying the most contentious of things. Rejection of the desire for intimacy is embarrassing, especially for a man of such means, and with it being so publicised, but Trump does not need to apologise for it, and has been unfairly criticised to the extent that he has been thus far.<br /> <br /> Andre O Sheppy<br /> <br /> Norwood, St James<br /> <br /> astrangely@outlook.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319895/225263_58517_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM Convict them for their foreign crimes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Convict-them-for-their-foreign-crimes_77516 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> From time to time, we get reports of deportees who had commited crimes when they are abroad and who have been sent here to, effectively, continue their lives of crime in this country.<br /> <br /> As far as I know, whenever such people are convicted abroad, they cannot be convicted here. I think that the time has now come when we should change this.<br /> <br /> While I don&rsquo;t think that we should charge Jamaicans who commit every crime abroad when they come back here, I think that when they commit certain crimes abroad, like murder, the crime that they committed abroad should be treated with appropriate punishment.<br /> <br /> Many times, when these people are deported, they are processed and then set free. Oftentimes, some of these same &lsquo;foreign&rsquo; felons end up leading dangerous gangs that cause all sorts of mayhem. When they do, the police have a hard time finding them. I think that once these criminal deportees land here, they should be taken into immediate custody.<br /> <br /> Our anti-gang and other laws should be changed to have a classification of an extra-national component. That is, once we leave this country and commit this class of crime abroad, it should be considered that those crimes were committed here too.<br /> <br /> There are several advantages to doing this. For starters, it may act as a deterrent for some of us who think that just because they leave this country and commit a serious crime abroad, when they are caught abroad and deported here, they will be free to resume their life of crime here, as we now cannot touch them. Some of them may think twice before starting a life of crime, either abroad or when they are dumped here.<br /> <br /> We have seen too many cases in which after we process deported criminals and then let them go, they resume their life of crime and the police cannot find them. Many times, they kill people.<br /> <br /> I know that it will not be necessary to make all crimes committed by us abroad automatic criminal acts here. However, based on our crime problem, and the impact of deportees, there are some that we should make so.<br /> <br /> Michael A Dingwall<br /> <br /> michael_a_dingwall@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11489093/JailCell_w300.jpg Letters to the Editor Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM Time to put money on plastic recycling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Time-to-put-money-on-plastic-recycling_77533 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I participated in the recent International Coastal Clean-up. My community collected a total of 26 bags of garbage; three jumbo garbage bags of styrofoam food containers, one bag with pieces of net and rope; 20 bags of plastic water/drink bottles; two bags with glass bottles.<br /> <br /> We observed that the glass bottles we collected were non-returnable roots wine, malt, and a few rum and vodka bottles. We collected no bottles that could be returned. This goes to show that if we have a return/recycle policy on all glass bottles we would have collected fewer bottles, or none at all. The same holds true for plastic water and drink bottles.<br /> <br /> Plastic bottles are choking up our country, littering our streets, clogging drains and estuaries, and our former and now present governments pay only lip service to the environment.<br /> <br /> I believe that our Government should put money on plastic and put in place a national recycle policy through which every community would have places to dispose of plastic water/drink bottle, and citizens would collect on their deposit. We could start with $1 upon return. A dollar should then be added to the purchase price of these products. Citizens would not be so quick to discard their empty bottles anywhere, and this would create some employment.<br /> <br /> I also believe that no foreign drinks should be sold in our stores/supermarkets unless bottles can be returned to some point of purchase.<br /> <br /> I believe also that citizens should do their part in keeping their environs clean, but the Government should at least provide receptacles for garbage. Then we can vigorously enforce the litter law.<br /> <br /> Finally, I would like to know what plans the people at National Environment and Planning Agency have to curtail plastic bottles choking our country. Frankly, I think this agency is a waste; ineffective, all talk, and no bite. It is in need of serious reform.<br /> <br /> Authnel S Reid<br /> <br /> reidaut@icloud.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9526641/DSC_2909_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM Resurrect the hero in you! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Resurrect-the-hero-in-you-_77196 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> As we pause to reflect on our heritage, <br /> <br /> To our national heroes we pay our homage,<br /> <br /> For their tireless work, their strength and courage, <br /> <br /> So we can celebrate our freedom from bondage!<br /> <br /> We salute Sharpe, Bogle, Gordon, Manley, <br /> <br /> Bustamante, Garvey, and our fearless Nanny,<br /> <br /> Who fought for our rights and put an end to slavery,<br /> <br /> I pray we&rsquo;ll emulate such bravery!<br /> <br /> That bravery to resurrect that hero inside, <br /> <br /> To stand up for what you believe in, with dignity and pride! <br /> <br /> To fight for what you want, though no one may be by your side, <br /> <br /> And to let your instinct be your guide!<br /> <br /> Yes, that hero lies within!<br /> <br /> It is your duty to resurrect him. <br /> <br /> That hero that tells you, &ldquo;You can achieve,&rdquo; <br /> <br /> That hero that gives you a reason to believe. <br /> <br /> That hero that always tells you, &ldquo;You can,&rdquo; <br /> <br /> That hero that propels you to stand up and be a man!<br /> <br /> That hero in you need to be resurrect, <br /> <br /> So you can be proud, having a positive mindset. <br /> <br /> Unearthing the great qualities you possess, <br /> <br /> And showing the world, you&rsquo;re a hero in your own uniqueness.<br /> <br /> Shauna- Kay Douglas<br /> <br /> douglasshauna91@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358572/234738_61884_repro_w300.jpg Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM Bring back ISCF! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Bring-back-ISCF-_77406 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I have observed letters in various print media about returning district constables to their districts. However, the same way that letters are highlighting the vending problems on the streets, use the same means to help and lobby for the return of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF). They were a force to reckon with and were more recognised than the district constables, who some people are now asking to do enforcement on the roads and resort areas.<br /> <br /> Since the merging of the ISCF and the Jamaica Constabulary Force vendors have taken over the town centres islandwide. Everything is out of control. The town centres are not being policed.<br /> <br /> Peter Phillips, while the minister of national security, positioned the ISCF to take over the town centres to prevent vending and keep town centres safe, as well as taking on praedial larceny, while the JCF concentrated on hard core crime fighting. These measures worked very well until the Government took the wrong decision to remove them by way of merger.<br /> <br /> From what I see, there was no good reason to merge both forces.<br /> <br /> Also, I am not sure what Minister Robert Montague is up to, but he needs to start something!<br /> <br /> Concern Jamaican<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10644389/JCF-Transfer_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM No red carpet to wear http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/No-red-carpet-to-wear_77399 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I recently received an invitation to be among the many who would be at the National Indoor Sports Centre to salute the member of our 2016 Olympic team on Saturday, October 15.<br /> <br /> I was somewhat excited thinking that, finally, I get to meet some of these valiant young men and women in the flesh.<br /> <br /> But, as I read down the invitation, I became somewhat bemused at the place where it mentioned &ldquo;dress code&rdquo;. It said &ldquo;red carpet&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Well, my first thought was: &ldquo;I have no red carper to wear.&rdquo; You see, the only carpets in my house are all gold and brown. So I declined the invitation. I didn&rsquo;t think anybody would miss me anyway.<br /> <br /> But seriously, though, haven&rsquo;t we gone a little overboard with this? When did &ldquo;red carpet&rdquo; become a dress code?<br /> <br /> If I remember correctly, &ldquo;red carpet&rdquo; came into the lexicon (fashion-wise) as a prop for movie stars usually going to a high-profile premiere. But when did we start wearing it?<br /> <br /> If you want me to come to your event appropriately dressed, then tell me how to dress &mdash; casual, business/lounge suit, or black tie. I am sure the purists and the nouveau riche have a few others.<br /> <br /> Stephen Harrison<br /> <br /> St Mary<br /> <br /> stepharrison28@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309161/230025_57380_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM Why 3? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Why-3-_77395 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> We cannot be throwing around statues like confetti. Not only are they too expensive, too many of them devalue the honour.<br /> <br /> The truth is that Usain Bolt is the only one deserving of a statue. But if we must include everyone, or honour team effort, let us have two statues that represent the male athletes and the female athletes. That would be less expensive and perhaps fairer to all.<br /> <br /> And let us find top-class sculptors and not embarrass ourselves with a repetition of statues like the mould-poured monstrosity at Independence Park or the Frankenstein&rsquo;s monster of Nethersole in downtown Kingston. Wint at the stadium was well done, and so was the cricketer at the entrance to Barrington Watson&rsquo;s place on Hope Road. If we don&rsquo;t have the best, let us find them in Africa and Haiti.<br /> <br /> Still, statues for everybody just makes no sense!<br /> <br /> Orville Brown<br /> <br /> Bronx, NY, USA<br /> <br /> thewriter.brown@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358306/Rio-3_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM Legally diminishing heroism? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Legally-diminishing-heroism_77384 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> I am a bit puzzled at the current move to clear the criminal records of some of our national heroes, et al.<br /> <br /> Since Caribbean history was not a bright spot in my academic record, and I am no lawyer, I&rsquo;ll ask questions for the most part.<br /> <br /> Is there no difference between having your record expunged and being pardoned? As I understand the issues (perhaps in ignorance), when a criminal record is expunged the conviction and sentence are assumed as bona fide, but the accused, after a span of time, and after honouring the sentence of the court, is given a clean slate for the future.<br /> <br /> Isn&rsquo;t a pardon a species of mercy and thus, strictly speaking, not a justice issue? So, again, conviction and sentence are not being contested but, isn&rsquo;t the jury still out on the point that &lsquo;an immoral law is still a law&rsquo;?<br /> <br /> What does either having one&rsquo;s criminal record expunged or being pardoned say about the calibre of the activism of said heroes and others, if anything?<br /> <br /> Isn&rsquo;t a central part of the celebrated heroism or extraordinary courage of our heroes and others the fact of consciously breaking [immoral] laws regardless of cost?<br /> <br /> Does &ldquo;Tacky&rdquo; really have a criminal record?<br /> <br /> A careful consideration of my uninformed questions could possibly save our nation some intellectual embarrassment in future.<br /> <br /> Rev Clinton Chisholm<br /> <br /> clintchis@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM We should not be purifying our heroes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/We-should-not-be-purifying-our-heroes_77374 Dear Editor, <br /> <br /> It is indeed welcome news that the Government will introduce legislation to expunge the criminal records of national heroes as discussed in &lsquo;Of national heroes and freedom fighters,&rsquo; by Lance Neita in The Agenda, Jamaica Observer, October 16, 2016.<br /> <br /> This would presumably apply to those who were convicted in Jamaica &mdash; Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Sam Sharpe and Marcus Garvey. Apparently, Nanny eluded capture, charges, trial, conviction, and execution.<br /> <br /> The Jamaican Government&rsquo;s future legislation would have no legal effect in the United States, where he was convicted and sentenced and there still exists a criminal record.<br /> <br /> We should not wish to rewrite history to implant what we now believe. To do so would diminish the mood of and the happenings in the society then. The current and future generations need to know the truth of what happened and the machinations of the ruling class in those times.<br /> <br /> Many of our present laws date from those times; our heroes were tried under those laws and found guilty, as the law took its course. Don&rsquo;t we believe in the rule of law?<br /> <br /> Now, if in today&rsquo;s times we deem that those verdicts were unjust because of the activities they engaged in then, and we are now to retrospectively deem laudable and morally right, the proper thing to do is to grant them a pardon; not expunge.<br /> <br /> The Government must remember that the general perception of a hero is one who has fought the oppressors, struggled and paid the ultimate sacrifice by injustice of the governance system. That should not be modified!<br /> <br /> Norman Lee<br /> <br /> Brampton, ON<br /> <br /> namronlee@rogers.com<br /> <br /> Letters to the Editor Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 AM Domestic workers finally getting &lsquo;security&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Domestic-workers-finally-getting--security-_77017 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> Finally the Government does something for domestic workers.<br /> <br /> You would think politicians would be more grateful to those people that keep their homes running and their children in order. I have no doubt that some of these helpers, gardeners and gatemen who create a wholesome environment for our nation&rsquo;s leaders are paid minimum wage.<br /> <br /> The International Labour Organisation Convention 189, which protects the rights of domestic workers, was recently ratified by the Government of Jamaica. One hopes it will lead to the creation of laws and policies to regulate the treatment of domestic workers.<br /> <br /> Our labour laws are woefully inadequate when it comes to protecting the rights of those people that work in and around the home. Were it not for the Minimum Wage Act, there would be nothing to stop those homeowners, who don&rsquo;t see domestic work as &ldquo;real work&rdquo;, from paying domestic workers $2,000 per week. Currently, there is no legislation which outlines the rights of domestic workers. There is no guaranteed lunch time &ndash; and I can just imagine the plight of those stationary gatemen who have to sneak to get lunch, and hope no one stops by. There is no legislated protection from sexual harassment leaving many helpers at the mercy of some abusive employers who often threaten to fire them if they speak up. There is no guarantee of health benefits or payments to the National Housing Trust or National Insurance Scheme. In other words, domestic workers have no safety nets in the case of illness, and God forbid not all employers will accommodate sick leave. On the matter of leave, there are no guarantees of same for domestic workers. In short, domestic workers are treated as less than their employers who are, for the most part, guaranteed all these employment benefits and entitlements.<br /> <br /> What is particularly unfortunate is that the people who routinely mistreat and degrade domestic workers by failing to provide adequate, safe, and healthy work conditions are those who have come from very little themselves. There is a chronic colonial psyche to treat those they believe to be beneath them as horribly as they can to prove their standing. This sounds eerily familiar to those freed coloured slave owners who were merciless to their slaves.<br /> <br /> There is a lot of work to be done to remind those who have recently entered the $1.5-million &ndash; $5-million tax bracket that when they ill-treat their domestic employees they are only repeating the treatment their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents had to endure to get them a start in life. They insult the memory of their forebears by not recognising the need to treat all people with dignity in light of their inherent humanity.<br /> <br /> Glenroy Murray<br /> <br /> glenroy.am.murray@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10857987/MoneyStack-sld_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Congrats to &lsquo;Butch&rsquo; Hendrickson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Congrats-to--Butch--Hendrickson_77016 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> It is with pride and pleasure that we read the very informative feature done on Gary &ldquo;Butch&rdquo; Hendrickson having received the Humanitarian Award from the American Friends of Jamaica. I join with the nation in congratulating Hendrickson on receiving this prestigious award.<br /> <br /> We at LASCO are also proud that Hendrickson will be this year&rsquo;s inductee in the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Hall of Fame. He is truly deserving of these accolades.<br /> <br /> We use this opportunity to publicly commend Hendrickson for his invaluable contribution to Jamaica, particularly to the less fortunate among us. He is an inspiration not only to me, but many more business people who should endeavour to emulate his good efforts. I have always maintained that we cannot rely on the Government alone to take care of all the social ills, particularly in providing assistance to the poor and needy. The private sector also has an important role to play in assisting the less fortunate. This is why many corporate companies, including LASCO, contribute to numerous programmes through sponsorships.<br /> <br /> We laud and honour Butch Hendrickson and wish for him continued success.<br /> <br /> Lascelles A Chin, OJ, CD<br /> <br /> Chairman<br /> <br /> LASCO Distributors Limited<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12849482/196639_25736_repro_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Lack of justice fuelling cynicism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Lack-of-justice-fuelling-cynicism_77011 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> In the aftermath of any tragedy that grips the national attention, say the brutal murder and rape of a young child somewhere in St Ann, or the horrific quintuple murder of an entire family somewhere in St Catherine, we, the citizens of Jamaica, are confronted by numerous ghosts, which never seem to cease haunting us.<br /> <br /> These ghosts &mdash; some say duppies &mdash; of our collective past, present and possibly future, serve as frightening reminders of the daily horrors which are visited, far too frequently, on many nameless citizens of this country. It goes without need for repetition that there are communities across the length and breadth of Jamaica which bleed daily.<br /> <br /> This latest massacre in March Pen has served to not only divert the nation&rsquo;s attention, if only for a flickering moment, from the inner city of Montego Bay, but it adds to the burgeoning statistics for both the categories of child and adult fatalities.<br /> <br /> But, unfortunately still, the ugliest reflection of this latest episode is perhaps the heavy dose of venomous cynicism which it has injected into the national bloodstream. This cynicism, which is fed by serious doubts and a lack of confidence in the investigative capacity of the constabulary and further nourished by a gaping abyss existing where justice should be, is growing and its insidious effect of learnt helplessness is becoming crippling.<br /> <br /> This cynicism, which feeds on our apathy, is only further buttressed when cases seem to drag on forever in the courts and when justice appears stillborn and out of reach of the ordinary Jamaican. Take for instance well-known cases such as the just recently concluded &lsquo;Oaklands murder trial&rsquo;, it took almost a decade for the case to be decided. Following on the heels of this case is the trial of the &lsquo;X6&rsquo; killing of a youth. Some five years after charges were levelled, this case is yet to seriously begin. And, lest we forget, some two years have passed and Mario Deane&rsquo;s family is still looking for the light at the end of a very dark tunnel in the case of his death.<br /> <br /> Yes, the scariest ghost of them all is the one which reminds us that the scales of justice are very much askew and out of balance. In this atmosphere which is pierced by cries for &ldquo;justice&rdquo;, people find themselves not only frustrated but also pushed to believe the dangerous view that the only justice that one will get will be the kind one exacts themselves. This view only adds fuel to a raging inferno.<br /> <br /> Noel Matherson<br /> <br /> noelmatherson@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12937387/-38-revolver_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Arscott unfair, tribal in criticisms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Arscott-unfair--tribal-in-criticisms_77023 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> Former Local Government Minister Noel Arscott has said that the Government poorly organised its emergency hurricane plans for the country. He did not state which Members of Parliament collected hurricane relief items and distributed them throughout their constituencies. McKenzie admitted that there were distribution problems with some hurricane relief items in some areas across the country, and that there will be a meticulous review of how hurricane relief items are distributed before a hurricane comes to Jamaica to improve things going forward. <br /> <br /> Why is Arscott seeking to politically discredit and tear down Government&rsquo;s impressive preparedness? Where is the evidence to substantiate the claims from Arscott that the Government politicised the distribution of hurricane relief items?<br /> <br /> No Government Member had sidelined any Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) official during the preparation for Hurricane Matthew, and on every occasion that Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie had a national news conference to inform the country of the preparedness and outline other information to the country the ODPEM was a part of the relevant evacuation plans for residents in flood-prone areas and communities throughout the country. Even an ODPEM banner was hung behind the speakers.<br /> <br /> Minster McKenzie and Prime Minister Andrew Holness did an outstanding job of working to have the country prepared and safe to confront the pending hurricane. Holness made one million dollars available to all MPs before the hurricane passed and this funding was clearly not appreciated by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, Arscott, and other Opposition MPs.<br /> <br /> Why didn&rsquo;t Arscott implement full local government reform when the PNP was in Government? Why did he allow the Jamaica Fire Brigade to become run-down under his tenure as local government minister?<br /> <br /> Arscott&rsquo;s criticism of the Government is disappointing. <br /> <br /> Robert Dalley, Esq<br /> <br /> St James<br /> <br /> robertdalley1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13330589/Arscott_w300.jpg Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Help, Ministry of Education! 3-y-o denied food! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Help--Ministry-of-Education--3-y-o-denied-food-_77012 Dear Editor,<br /> <br /> There is a burning situation that occurred in north-eastern St Elizabeth that I would like to air for the Ministry of Education to send help.<br /> <br /> October 11, 2016 has left a dent in my heart after hearing a parent complaining about how her three-year-old daughter was deprived of a meal. The parent claimed that she had taken her child to school and explained to the principal that she did not have the $500 to pay for the week&rsquo;s lunch for her daughter. The parent further lamented that she had intended to muster up some home-made lunch to take to the child, but due to a combination of reasons she was unable to do so. What is disheartening within this entire situation is the fact that when the parent went for the child at the end of the school day, the principal boldly turned to the parent and told her that the three-year-old child had been denied lunch because of no payment. What kind of nation-builder is that principal? Where is the love for children? Is that principal looking out for the future of this country? Is there no concern for the health, well-being and development of that child? At the very least, is there no consideration for the duty that a school has to ensure no child is neglected? <br /> <br /> I can only imagine how that poor child felt watching all the other students eat while she did not. What is equally troubling is that this child, according to her mother, is on the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). Didn&rsquo;t the Government just say that all students who are on PATH should be given cooked meal at school?<br /> <br /> Dwight Brooks<br /> <br /> dwight.brooks39@gmail.com<br /> <br /> Local Letters to the Editor Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM