Letters to the Editor

Look out, Cuba is coming!

This screen shot taken from live video from the TN channel shows
President Barack Obama (right) and Cuba's President Raul Castro
addressing their nations at the same time, from Washington, DC, and
Havana, respectively, yesterday. Obama announced the reestablishment
of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic
and travel restrictions on Cuba, declaring an end to America's
‘outdated approach’ to the island in a historic shift that aims to bring
an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity. Castro welcomed
restoration of diplomatic ties, saying the two countries would work to
resolve their differences ‘without renouncing a single one of our
principles’. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, the United States and Cuba had a landmark moment in their relationship. The US president ordered that the process begins to normalise relations between the two countries. As a result of cold war tensions for the last 54 years, the US and Cuba have been ... Read More

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuban members of parliament cry as they watch a screen
in which Cuban President Raul Castro speaks in Havana yesterday as he
announces Washington’s release of three Cuban spies who had been in a US
prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War
stand-off towards a historic close yesterday, agreeing to revive diplomatic
ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. (PHOTO: AFP) Good news about Cuba — our long-standing friend
Dear Editor, Global Watch Jamaica welcomes the news that United States President Barack Obama has a ... Read More

(L-R) TUFTON... has a lot of work to do in playing catch up on JLP's
behalf. PRYCE... direct, articulate, and every bit the match for veteran
journalist Cliff Hughes Tufton's return good for Ja's political future
Dear Editor, I write this letter in response to Chris Burns' article in The Agenda of Sunday Observ ... Read More

Intelligence in voting
Dear Editor, Writer Robert Mitchell's letter to the editor in the Daily Observer of December 16, 20 ... Read More

With Cuba/US relations on the mend, our tourism sector needs to be boosted...now!

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

This screen shot taken from live video from the TN channel shows
President Barack Obama (right) and Cuba's President Raul Castro
addressing their nations at the same time, from Washington, DC, and
Havana, respectively, yesterday. Obama announced the reestablishment
of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic
and travel restrictions on Cuba, declaring an end to America's
‘outdated approach’ to the island in a historic shift that aims to bring
an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity. Castro welcomed
restoration of diplomatic ties, saying the two countries would work to
resolve their differences ‘without renouncing a single one of our
principles’. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, Yesterday President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. He declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the 'communist' island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity and I am in celebration. Finally! I have never been to Cuba, but have experienced the culture from stories Cubans have shared and other friends who have visited. It is a beautiful place to behold, I am told. So, after I got excited about ... Read More

Good job, Observer team

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Moses Jackson (centre), founder of the Business Leader Award
programme and chairman of the Award Selection Committee,
greets Lester Garnett, Jamaica Yellow Pages general manager,
while Charles Ross, founder of Sterling Asset Management and
member of the Award Selection Committee, looks on.
(PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate Moses Jackson and the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award team. I agree with the statements made by Mark Wignall in his column titled 'Encouraging signs in the Jamaican business community' published on December 11, 2014. The article made mention of Moses Jackson and his team who have organised the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards for 18 years and so I must extend congratulations to them for doing a phenomenal job in recognising excellence in Jamai ... Read More

Muzzle Lambert Brown, PM

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Lambert Brown

Dear Editor, I note with much displeasure the audacity of the unelected Lambert Brown, who sits in Parliament at the pleasure of the prime minister, to suggest a ban on protesting civil society members from sitting on public bodies -- a clear move to sanction those who dare to criticise the Government. In other self-respecting societies he may not have been a worthy person to be selected to sit in the hallowed halls of Parliament. Civil society and citizens have a vested interest in the prese ... Read More

Do the people we elect know anything about managing a country?

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Gordon
House

Dear Editor, I have faith in only a handful of politicians, especially in this country. I know the howls of protest and condemnation will come when I say that Jamaica longs for the days before 1962. Not to be governed by "externals", not to have backra massa return, or to a time when the colour of your skin might help you to progress or, conversely, retard you. What I long for is a stable economy and strong dollar; manageable levels of criminality; and the absence of burglar bars and security s ... Read More

Congrats Observer Business Leader 2013 — Small entrepreneurs need right support to grow

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Jamaica Observer Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart (second left) and Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart (left) present
award the 2013 Observer Business Leaders Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes, operators of Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Dear Editor, Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Burrowes on winning the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award 2013. I have to admit my bias, in that I am particularly proud because they are from the west. However, as a small entrepreneur, I am also encouraged by the stories of people like the owners of Dolphin Cove who conceptualise an idea and grow such an idea into a multimillion-dollar business, despite economic hardship and other external challenges. As budding entrepreneurs, we need the righ ... Read More

Why is columnist Gordon Robinson so thin-skinned?

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Gordon Robinson used my guest column in the Jamaica Observer of September 3, 2014 to award the newspaper his local "Domino Dunce Award for Journalism". I don't know whether to laugh or cry. To begin with, the domino is such a popular pastime for countless Jamaicans that I can't for the life of me comprehend how Robinson could reduce it to the lowest common denominator and cass-cass. He is also suggesting that a newspaper is deserving of his kind of diatribe just for publishing a ... Read More

How hath the 'Fighting Irish' fallen!

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, I couldn't help but give a healthy dose of laughter at the Clovis cartoon in last week Thursday's edition (December 11, 20140), depicting CEO of Digicel, Colm Delves, knocked out cold on the canvas in a boxing ring by the fitter, leaner, LIME CEO, Garry Sinclair. As I rocked back to balance myself in near uncontrollable laughter, I pondered: How hath the mighty fallen. But then I also pondered where has the revered spirit of the 'Fighting Irish' gone? Seems as if Digicel has lost ... Read More

Is JCF lock-up policy really in practice?

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Permit me to emphasise the general need for effective execution of our well-written policies. Based on the Revised Lock-Up Administration Policy, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is responsible for the "proper" management of all police lock-ups and the safety and welfare of all those in police custody. It means, therefore, that people who are kept in lock-ups after being sentenced to short-term imprisonment, or in the case of the recent casualties, awaiting trial, are to have t ... Read More

To whom much is given, much is expected

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, The recent article which appeared in the Sunday Observer publication where the mayor of Falmouth lost his licensed firearm in bizarre circumstances is symptomatic of the carelessness of our leaders, both in speech and action. If a mayor cannot protect this extremely important and critical aspect of his life and well-being, how can he protect the people of Trelawny through the various arms of local governance in the parish? How can he protect the assets of the council, whether fina ... Read More

Benefits and loyalty determines Jamaican votes, not education

Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

K D Knight

Dear Editor, It is often said that once the Jamaican public becomes educated they will make better voting decisions, hence the eradication of the diehard or "diehearted" voting practice that currently obtains. I have always wondered what evidence there was in Jamaica to support this nonsensical position. I listened to a clip from a newscast on one of our major radio stations on Friday, December 5, 2014 and heard Government senator K D Knight speaking. He articulated more than a few excellent p ... Read More



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