Letters to the Editor

What has become of Vision 2030?

Dear Editor, I encourage Jamaicans everywhere to have a look at Vision 2030. It is easily accessed online at http://www.vision2030.gov.jm/. Vision 2030 has as its central aim, the vision of "making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business". Vision 2030 is the res ... Read More

OBAMA...Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and
destroy ISIS so that it's no longer a threat, Alternative boots on the ground
Dear Editor, Please consider the following recommendation for President Obama: The repetitive mant ... Read More

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe delivers his speech during celebrations to
mark his 90th birthday in Marondera Sunday, February 23. Mugabe who is
Africa's oldest leader has been in power in the Southern African nation
since 1980. (Photo:AP) A crisis of conscience
Dear Editor, Throughout the current global crisis, a great dishonesty has been at work. The issue h ... Read More

CAL has introduced non-stop
services to Barbados and
Guyana three times a week. CAL being beaten by the laggards
Dear Editor, There was a time in Jamaica's history when our image in aviation was one to envy. We a ... Read More

Cameron should go even if Scotland stays

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Cameron should go
even if Scotland stays

Dear Editor, The BBC is reporting that the British Prime Minister David Cameron has gone to Scotland to plead with them to stay in the union. While Cameron is trying all his best to let the rest of the world think that he is sincere in his desire to preserve Great Britain, many of us have doubts about his sincerity. Atop the list of questions many have of him about going to Scotland is: Why now? The campaign for Scottish independence has been going on now for some time. Yet, it seems clear th ... Read More

Four missing years? Really, PM?!

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, in revving up the People's National Party's (PNP) propaganda machine in preparation for the upcoming elections, has been referring to the last Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) term in office from 2007 to 2011 as the "four missing years". It is her claim, quite disingenuously advanced, that the JLP wrecked the country's economy during their term, and is the reason behind Jamaica being so economically depressed today, forcing her PNP Government to emba ... Read More

Caring for the mentally ill improves public safety

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, Jamaicans here at home and across the globe has earned a mark of respect for our resilience, creativity, and genetic abilities to vocalise our disagreement with any system that dehumanises our brothers and sisters. It is on this socio-cultural pillar that I seek to advance the view that the greatest failure in our country is not the escalation on our national debt, but to see a Jamaicans or any human being in our country rummaging through our garbage as we have not implemented the ... Read More

Take ministers from outside the pool of MPs

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Dear Editor, I completely agree with the opinion of columnist Lance Neita in his Sunday Observer piece on September 14, 2014 on how to select ministers of government in order to get the best persons for the job. I also see that a reduction needs to happen in the number of ministries, and this list should be defined and protected by the Jamaica Constitution. I often thought that these ideas were purely my own idealism, but it is good to know that there is at least one other that shares that op ... Read More

I want to come home, PM; handle the chik-V

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Much like Jamaica, I find myself this morning in a kind of quandary. Why? I have an upcoming trip planned for the island as I wish to see my mother, daughter, as well as some old friends. In addition, I have some business there that I need to attend to. Meanwhile, swirling down there in Jamaica is the mushrooming chikungunya virus crisis. This mosquito-borne illness, although not a new virus, is still not clearly defined, and it is clear that the Jamaican health authorities have n ... Read More

Wishful solar thinking

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Solar panels installed by
Alternative Power Sources
on the University of
Technology, Jamaica, Papine

Dear Editor, After reading an article in the Jamaca Observer on Wenesday, September 10, 2014 about the University of Technology's solar system success, it got me thinking. Living in the tropics solar energy is a viable option for Jamaica as sunshine is the most reliable source of energy, not much rain or wind. The Government could look at the option of investing in its country instead of constantly borrowing to cover overheads and pay debts. There is a lot of land owned by the taxpayers that t ... Read More

When IMF’s gone we are sure to depart...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Reformist politicians seem to be quite popular everywhere these days — except Jamaica Although some may praise this Administration for adopting bold measures, the reality is that our reform programme is quite tepid. Fiscal austerity is necessary for debt-laden economies like Jamaica, but beyond this policy parliamentarians on both sides have little interest in reinventing the State. For example, we do not get the impression that the finance minister is passionate about his ... Read More

Remember the two sides make one Gov't

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, With only a year left in our current Government's term, it seems members of both parties have been scrambling to highlight their relevance to Jamaican voters and leave an impression that they have been "working". But, let's face it, as is oft the case, voters will follow party tribalism, jump on the campaign trail and sell their vote for a plate of curry goat and a drink. This is not intended to be an attack on how Jamaicans choose to exercise their franchise, instead, I would like ... Read More

Public health cannot be fodder for political gain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dear Editor, Is there any issue that is safe from politics? It appears not in Jamaica. I believe the discourse about chikungunya has been very irresponsible from the standpoint of the political football that it has become. Many Jamaicans are being misled just so that people can take cheap political shots even to the point of pretending to be ignorant of the issues so that they can spread misinformation. We have to allow the health authorities to lead the process. If there is an issue, the res ... Read More

Making sense of the Pistorius verdict

Tuesday, September 16, 2014    

Oscar Pistorius

Dear Editor, The Oscar Pistorius murder trial commanded much interest around the world as Pistorius "The blade runner" is a celebrated athlete and Olympian, despite his disability. Many were actually stunned at the verdict -- not guilty of murder, but guilty of 'culpable homicide' the equivalent of manslaughter. Murder, as we know it, implies intent. The judge, assisted by two legal experts in lieu of a jury, explained that the prosecution did not present a strong enough case to prove premedi ... Read More



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