Letters to the Editor

The tale of two Tivolis

Public Defender Earl Witter

Dear Editor, I have just had the opportunity of reading thoroughly the Public Defender's Interim Report to Parliament concerning "investigations into the conduct of the security forces during the State of Emergency declared May 2010 -- West Kingston/Tivoli Gardens". For an interim report, I found ... Read More

Vybz Kartel
Owen Ellington Did the police allow Kartel's gang to murder?
Dear Editor, The recent comments by the commissioner of police about his police force not having th ... Read More

The lose-lose political game
Dear Editor, Politicians are vilified for every perceived wrong, but the reality is that politics i ... Read More

One more burden...
Dear Editor, This new bank tax will only cause discouragement and dispair among the people of this ... Read More

PM should rescue Alpha Boys’ Home

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, Personally, and as leader of the Opposition, I am truly saddened that an important social institution such as the Alpha Boys’ Home will be closing its residential care facility. The Alpha Boys’ Home has been around since 1880 as a place of safety and care for boys in difficult circumstances. More than that, its music programme has undoubtedly contributed significantly to Jamaica's music and culture. In the totality of the circumstances, I am calling on the prime minist ... Read More

Protect our young businessmen and women

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Marcus James

Dear Editor, Let me place on the record that I have worked with Access Financial Services for several years. I want to say that its founder and CEO Marcus James is inarguably one of the best and brightest minds I have ever come across in my life. Despite this, he is an extremely humble and shy young man who has quietly built up a superpower Jamaican business. Rather than tear people like him down we must instead help to build them up and also do our part in protecting people like him from the ... Read More

Unconscionable tax

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Dear Editor, An unjust law is no law. — St Augustine I am both shocked and appalled that the Portia Simpson Miller Administration is considering inflicting every Jamaican and every tourist with a tax rate of five to 10 cents for every withdrawal from an ABM, cheque or other electronic transaction. As a result of this predatory act the Government is expected to benefit from $2.3 billion over a nine-month period. Usually when a tax measure like this is implemented it is directed towards a ... Read More

Peter Phillips, have you no mercy?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Dear Editor, The people are crying out to Rome and asking Peter ‘Julius Caesar’ Phillips, have you no mercy? This is in response to the finance minister’s recent announcement in the House of Representatives of his Government’s intention to raise $2.25 billion in new tax revenues by introducing a graduated tax levy on persons withdrawing monies, via electronic banking, credit/debit cards, point of sales, cheques, ABM, ATM or ETM, over the counter, Internet transfer from ... Read More

Do something before we are smothered to death

Monday, April 21, 2014    

A section of the Riverton City Dump covered by smoke yesterday. Authorities barred the Jamaica Observer from getting closer to the blaze, with one worker telling
our news crew: ‘The police and the fireman them say them no want nobody pon the landfill.’

Dear Editor, NEPA or another government agency needs to step in now to deal with the Riverton Dump, whether or not the area is an industrial belt. The residents at the entrance of Riverton, along Spanish Town Road, are always burning something and they live right at the entrance of the dump. On the morning of writing this letter, I counted four fires that were seemingly lit at the same time. I don't think the people realise what they are doing at all. They burn indiscriminately and at will. ... Read More

Build up, don't tear down, Tavares-Finson

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Tom Tavares-Finson

Dear Editor, I am an unrelenting supporter of the rule of law and, correspondingly, fairness, equity and transparency of the judicature are viewed as non-negotiable imperatives, and absolute standards to be defended with every fibre of our collective beings for a just society. Notwithstanding much distracting hype and drama, the Vybz Kartel case ran its course and the celebrated artiste and his cronies have received, arguably, a fair verdict and sentence, all things considered. That is not to ... Read More

Excellent timing for JCF/ISCF merger

Monday, April 21, 2014    

 Owen Ellington

Dear Editor, Stunned! That is the only word that I can use to describe my state when I learned that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) were two different entities with different command structures, separate offices and even separate administrations. I recently learned that the proposal for a merger was made almost a decade ago and, finally, is now being realised. Maybe it is my overt optimism that has propelled me to welcome this merger, si ... Read More

This is double-taxing wages

Monday, April 21, 2014    

The NDX has reinforced the shift to greater use of ATM cards
and self-serve kiosks, says Jamaica National.

Dear Editor, I must protest the Government's proposed tax on withdrawals from financial institutions. We have heard the response of some citizens that they won't put anything in the bank so there will be nothing to withdraw. But many of us do not have that choice since our wages are lodged directly to financial institutions. I wonder if the Minister of Finance is aware that many employers are avoiding the costs associated with payrolls by electronically transferring wages to their employees' ... Read More

There are ways other than ridiculous taxes

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Civil Service Association slams ATM tax

Dear Editor, Each year budget presentations drive fear in our people taking some to the point of panic attacks. Whereas I understand that taxation is necessary to finance government, some ways of collecting revenue are simply high-profile theft. The new method to come into effect on June 1, 2014 is certainly not an ethical way to raise revenue. In my training and experience in business education and administration, I have observed that many First World countries are paying ... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Tax on bank withdrawals evil, unjust

Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:59 AM    

Finance Minister Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, The news that the Government plan to start taxing bank withdrawals effective June 1, 2014, is shocking! The announcement came on the eve of Easter, one of Christian’s holiest periods. The timing was perhaps intentional, as most persons would've either missed the news, or reacted with constrain due to the season. I am here to say, that this new tax on bank withdrawals is one of the most evil taxes any Government has ever imposed on its people. The banking industry is already ... Read More



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