Letters to the Editor

Punishment is not victimisation

GONSALVES… I am engaged in this matter not to help Dave Cameron, who I am
satisfied is the person primarily responsible for this debacle

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves and all other like-minded people: The word "victimization" is not to be confused with "punishment" or "disiciplinary action". You know it as well as I and many. If not, most other well-thinking ... Read More

9th most miserable country in the world
Dear Editor, I note with great amusement that we are considered the ninth most miserable country in ... Read More

David Fitton We welcome back, Mr Bogle...but be advised
Dear Editor, I congratulate the Jamaica Observer for drawing attention to the unfortunate case of L ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller PM gives good talk in DC, but 'dutty tough'
Dear Editor, During the prime minister's recent visit to the United States Congress, she expressed ... Read More

JLP needs more than a reshuffle

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Members of the new Opposition Cabinet announced today at the JLP headquarters in Kingston.

Dear Editor, As I read the Jamaica Observer article on the Opposition leader's proposed shadow cabinet reshuffle, I chuckled all the way to my keyboard and my trusted mouse to give a comment. While this may be a positive move on the part of the JLP, it should not be construed by the party's faithful as the "everything" that is going to re-engage the party in a love affair with an informed and an inquisitive electorate. In fact, this gesture is not even the main thing. What the electorate want ... Read More

100 murders in a month?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, The crime situation is quite alarming and the fears of the Jamaican people of the spike in the number of homicide is further exacerbated by the minister's statement to Parliament that murders may very well reach the 100 mark by the end of this month. Frightening indeed! Crime in Jamaica, like anywhere else in the world, is a social and economic problem. And, unless the Government and other stakeholders start treating crime as such our homicide rate will not reach any manageable le ... Read More

Jamaica should consider coal with an open mind

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, The dangers of coal have decreased with advancements in clean coal technologies (CCTs). These technologies minimise the release of pollutants, such as oxides of sulphur (SOx) and nitrogen (NOx), and particulate and trace elements, such as mercury, lead and arsenic. CCTs are a range of technological options which improve the environmental performance of coal. For example, converting coal to gas through integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), which uses up to 40 per cent less ... Read More

We want justice!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller: On behalf of our people, I am demanding that immediate steps be taken to give priority to improve the justice system, which is disgracefully underfunded, or everyone of you in Government should resign for denying justice to the people. It is no wonder so many people do not vote at elections. I am absolutely sorry for the chief justice and her department, she is being given 'basket to carry water'. The ... Read More

Special thank you

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, This letter serves to highlight the good deed performed by a driver of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Greater Portmore #17 bus who diverted from his route to take my mother to the doctor at the Edgewater Medical Complex, as she was experiencing severe breathing problems. It happened on Friday, January 23, 2015 about 7:00 pm. The passengers who played significant roles in ensuring she was well attended to while on the bus also cannot be overlooked. An extra special thank you to ... Read More

Is there racism in Miss Universe pageant?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

The top five contestants of the recent Miss Universe pageant on stage
in Miami on Sunday. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, Admittedly, there were some gorgeous women competing in the recent Miss Universe pageant, including our very own Kaci Fennell -- who did amazingly well! I agree with many that she should've won, or at least placed much higher than fifth. These pageants are often laced with controversy, politics, stereotypes, and even mischief. I had concerns immediately upon noticing the lack of ethnic diversity on the judging panel. It was not surprising that there was not one black-skinned girl ... Read More

Public sector workers should be realistic

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, It would seem that some of our public sector workers are now expecting a wage increase that is commensurate with the years that they have been holding fast. I heard one trade union announcing that it plans to ask for to 40 per cent wage increase over three years, including a 15 per cent increase in the first year. I would caution these workers not to bank on that. I know that these trade unions that are asking for such a high wage increase are sticking to a well-known negotiating ... Read More

Bill Clinton was in fact impeached

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

Bill Clinton

Dear Editor, Maybe the holiday spirit had got into your usual on-point writers in your December 31, 2014 edition, when one wrote: "Former United States President Bill Clinton was almost impeached and removed from office for a sexual act which was not illegal and was socially acceptable." This, as far as I am aware, is incorrect, as I believe your writer is under the impression that impeachment in the US system implies being removed from office, though it may be so in other jurisdictions. Pre ... Read More

Charge vendors a fee to sell on buses

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

vendors a fee
to sell on buses

Dear Editor, The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and by extension the Jamaican taxpayer, has had to contend with haemorrhaging losses on a daily, weekly, and ultimately annual basis. To say that losses at the State-run bus company are seemingly permanent fixture is to put it mildly. Along with this big elephant of financial losses, the transport giant has had to contend with other issues, especially as it relates the cleanliness of the internal environment of the buses. It is this niggli ... Read More

The sacrament of 'herb ganja'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

A ganja plant.

Dear Editor, Members of the Rasta faith only want to cultivate ganja to be used for religious purposes. Those people who are not Rastafarians want to allow the enemy of Rasta and busybody people to highlight Rasta as exporters, when we are not. When Matthew speaks of "senior members", who are these senior members? And why are they hiding The Church of Haile Selassie I from the public, when the Church of Haile Selassie I is the only legal entity for Rasta in Jamaica. Now dealing with the "her ... Read More



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