Letters to the Editor

JLP kept its election promise

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance Minister Audley Shaw and the Cabinet deserve commendations for successfully implementing the first phase of the $1.5 million income tax-free plan. With the income tax threshold moving up to $1,000,272.00 on July 1, 2016 across the board, some 251 ... Read More

Michael Lee-Chin (left) shakes hands with Prime Minister Andrew Holness after the launch of the Economic Growth Council, which Lee-Chin chairs, at Jamaica House, last month.                                Consider a national crime council
Dear Editor, A writer in the other newspaper made the bold suggestion that crime-fighting targets s ... Read More

It was all fun for these children seen playing with a large piece of cloth and what appears to be a bean bag on Flint Street, downtown Kingston, yesterday.Photo: Lionel Rookwood Preserving the lives of our children
Dear Editor, I was struck by a recent TV news report in which a homeowner recounted how she and her ... Read More

The Registrar General’s Department building located at Twickenham Park, St Catherine. 
Am I the sole leper among applicants, RGD?
Dear Editor, The people in the marriage section of the Registrar General‘s Department (RGD) m ... Read More

Interesting times in the PNP

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Colin Campbell

Dear Editor, The recent sounds coming out of PNP headquarters are very interesting, what with the heated campaign to succeed Dr Omar Davis in St Andrew Southern and the subtle but obvious race to replace Portia Simpson Miller as party leader. There are two things, however, that seem to have been overlooked by most people. The first is that the race for ‘Jungle’ is a proxy race for the PNP presidency. Mark Golding is joined at the hip to Bunting, and if Golding wins the seat expec ... Read More

We really didn’t support Mr Cozier

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Tony Cozier

Dear Editor, There is now a lot of waxing over the work(s) of the late cricket journalist Mr Tony Cozier. Most lean towards his commentary. But what about his writing(s)? It’s no secret that all, or mostly all of the cricket magazines started by Mr Cozier fell by the wayside. This was mainly due to lack of sponsorship from corporate entities around the Caribbean and lack of support from cricket fans in the region. In both cases we did not put our money where our mouths now are. Ray ... Read More

Opposing for the sake of opposing is foolishness

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Dear Editor, The Observer’s consistency in insisting that the political parties should put Jamaica first is a breath of fresh air in an environment of political pollution. I wish to wholeheartedly support your editorial of Friday, May 20, 2016, ‘We have a new Gov’t; 50% plus one is still a majority’. I see how the US Congress has tried to oppose everything that President Obama has done from the moment he was elected and how America has suffered. It is the same approac ... Read More

This matter of reserve judgements

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Dear Editor, I recently had cause to do some research into the matter of reserve judgements as they apply to common law jurisdictions that include the UK, the USA and Canada. I found it astonishing that, as with Jamaica, at the conclusion of a legal matter before the court, when a judge rules “reserve judgement” there is no time limit on his passing down judgement. In other words, when a judge “reserves judgement” he or she may take as long as he/she wishes — da ... Read More

Why are children exposed to this manual?

Monday, May 23, 2016    

Dear Editor, During the tenure of the previous Government, a manual entitled ‘UNICEF Teacher Training Manual — Places of Safety Curriculum Guide’ was developed. A section of the manual is entitled ‘Sex and Sexuality’. An examination of this section shows that it is similar to the manual that Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) tried to introduce in children’s homes, but which was rejected by many Jamaicans who viewed it as an attempt at sexual grooming. This UN ... Read More

Intervene before Phillips gets six-love

Friday, May 20, 2016    

PHILLIPS... under his tenure, from 2011-2014, the economy grew at an average 0.4 per cent

Dear Editor, After listening to Dr Peter Phillips’ budget presentation I have formed the opinion that an intervention is needed, for his own good. He continues to spew the same negative rhetoric that the People’s National Party (PNP) bombarded the public with during their failed election campaign. His refusal to change his approach reminds me of gamblers who repeatedly lose but insist on playing one more time. The PNP put Jamaica through a protracted period of austerity, with the ... Read More

Pine peeling and lateral thinking

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Adley Shaw

Dear Editor, There is a video on YouTube with a man peeling a pine from the inside. It has gone viral. When he was finished the skin was intact but the meat of the pine fell out. Never in my lifetime have I ever seen this level of lateral thinking. We have become accustomed to people doing things one way for decades, but isn’t it time to start thinking out of the box. When Dr Peter Phillips sought to introduce a tax on bank withdrawals, that was lateral thinking, but people rebelled and ... Read More

Promise kept; now for accountability and collaboration

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, The recently tabled budget given by the newly formed Government has given me much cause for concern and has me out here in the diaspora asking the question of: What do our people really want? I ask that question in light of three key things: promise kept, accountability holding, and stakeholder collaboration. In respect of promise kept, I want to commend the Government for doing what they said they were going to do, albeit in an altered state. I want to commend them for having th ... Read More

Dealing with the ‘monsters and beasts’

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Child abuse

Dear Editor, Children need protection from predators. However, in the vast number of reports I see no inclination to finding out why people become predators in the first place. They are called “monsters and beasts” who deserve the stiffest of punishments. Will their punishment put an end to the population of “monsters and beasts”? Probably not. Child abusers should have got over their victimisation by the time they become adults and understood what happened to them. Thi ... Read More

Suicide is everybody’s business

Thursday, May 19, 2016    

Dear Editor, These past few weeks have been very sad in Jamaica’s history. We’ve had four suicides in approximately one month. There was the second-form student on April 25; the father of the three-year-old who reportedly killed her and days later killed himself on April 29; allegedly a politician on May 8; and most recently the male student from University of Technology, Jamaica, Rhojay McLean, on May 12. According to the World Health Organization, some 800,000 people die by suici ... Read More



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