Letters to the Editor

Have a referendum on crime, PM Holness

Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, Jamaicans ought to vociferously reject the voices of bleeding hearts like PNP Senator Mark Golding who object to the new Government’s reconsideration of reactivating the death penalty. Indeed, new Prime Minister Andrew Holness needs to go further. He has, in the past, shown his ... Read More

Jamaica Flag Where is our original flag?
Dear Editor, A few weeks ago, the of us, long retired senior citizens, watched as Britain paid homa ... Read More

Michael Manley Mr Higgins is right, but...
Dear Editor, Your columnist Garfield Higgins is right: the auxiliary fee policy is not about promot ... Read More

The Windsor Lodge Community Centre issue
Dear Editor, I am a resident of the Windsor Lodge community in Bull Bay. The community centre was ... Read More

What nightmare, Mr Caine?

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Dear Editor, I would like to make several comments about Tony Caine’s very comprehensive, interesting and provocative article headlined ‘Clearly, the JLP did the math’ that appeared in The Agenda on Sunday. The author claims “The election night turned out to be a nightmare for the pollsters...” Well, I certainly can’t speak for all pollsters, but before we get into my sleeping habits I would like to remind readers of the following. My last national poll ... Read More

After removing the Queen...

Monday, May 02, 2016    

The Queen. The Privy Council’s authority comes from her.ALASTAIR GRANT

Dear Editor, The Government has indicated that included on the legislative agenda for this parliamentary year is the plan to remove Her Majesty the Queen as the Head of State for Jamaica. This is commendable. However, there is nothing said about accepting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal. This is difficult to understand. Section 68 of our Constitution states that the executive authority of Jamaica is vested in Her Majesty. That is the section th ... Read More

Death penalty questions for the minister

Monday, May 02, 2016    

National Security Minister Robert Montague

Dear Editor, As the minister of national security has recently indicated that his ministry will be taking steps to determine whether there can be a resumption of hangings, it is worth asking what, as a punishment, that would achieve? Is it to be a deterrent to murders, and if so, where is the evidence that it will do so? Isn’t being locked away in one of our prisons worse than death? And isn’t that of itself a greater deterrent? It is, of course, very troubling that some of the ... Read More

Only God can save us

Monday, May 02, 2016    

Dear Editor, I just want to say a few things about the runaway crime situation that has now marred our beautiful island. Truth be told, this is not just a Jamaican thing. In fact, it boggles my mind to see that the so aptly called black-on-black violence is a featured characteristic of populations globally that are majority black. When I read about the latest one out there in St James where a father is alleged to have killed his offspring and then discarded her body, I was left to go into th ... Read More

Older generation has failed Jamaica

Monday, May 02, 2016    

Dear Editor, My parents were born in the late 50s early 60s and grew up during Jamaica’s ‘golden age’, when the economy was humming, albeit with inequality levels that would make one’s eyes water. They were shaped by the politics of the 70s and 80s and got their chance in 1989. Needless to say, the story ended badly as that generation allowed, for whatever reasons, an unimaginative People’s National Party (PNP) steer the ship for nigh on two decades. That gener ... Read More

Voters’ list and ‘vote paper’

Monday, May 02, 2016    

Electoral Office of Jamaica

Dear Editor, The five of us, very senior citizens, plead for the immediate fixing of the voters’ list. On the list used for the February 25 General Election, we saw the names of dead relatives and friends and those of long-migrated family members who had become citizens of other countries. Recently, two of us went to collect our new voter ID cards and the courteous assistant handed us two more cards; same last names and same address. I gave mine back and told her my husband had died in ... Read More

How come nobody ‘knew’?

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Audley Shaw

Dear Editor, Sweeping inconvenient truths under the carpet has become such a national pastime it could almost be explained as a defence mechanism for maintaining national sanity. Finance Minister Audley Shaw is now trying to find funds to deliver on the JLP’s $1.5-million tax relief election promise. But before he reveals the much-awaited policy, let’s not sweep yet another inconvenient question under the rug: how come the voters were never told that the funds to underpin such a ... Read More

Boycotting Trinidad not the answer

Friday, April 29, 2016    

As a Trinidad-born Jamaican, the latest blow-up between Jamaican travellers and Trinidadian immigration officers has caused a lot of pain in my heart. My family ties run equally deep in both countries and I love each nation equally, so when they go to ‘war’, it is always difficult to deal with. I totally disagree with the treatment meted out to Jamaican travellers since I believe that no one has a right to treat their fellow-human beings in any way less than they would treat their ... Read More

Gov’t must be brave and tackle crime

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, There is an air of fear haunting the Jamaican society for some time now. However, since last year, with the instances of more than one person being murdered in one incident, fear is becoming more and more widespread. There was a time when deep rural communities were never exposed to these multiple murders and other vicious crimes. This is not the case any longer, as we now have a situation in which people are being viciously murdered in deep rural Jamaica. Murders are being com ... Read More

Stemming the flow of illegal guns is most important

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, I almost fell off my chair in disbelief last week when I read a news item which said that the Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams was thinking (?) of commissioning a study to see if there is a nexus between dancehall music and violence. To what end? If I am not mistaken he was speaking in general about the rampant murders in our society. What a colossal waste of time that would be. Dr Williams does not seem to understand that the most pressing need is to stem the flow of ille ... Read More



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