Letters to the Editor

Hear ye, Vasciannie

Three-year-old Zavier Assam who was refused entry to Hopefield Preparatory School because of his hair, which the Vice Principal felt should be cut.

Dear Editor, Professor Stephen Vasciannie quoted legal precedents and plumbed the depths of erudite verbosity to justify the parent who insisted on sending her child to school with ‘wild’ hair like a California beach bum. Essentially he said, I think, that it was an assertion of identi ... Read More

MILLER... Al Miller should have been admonished at worst
Dear Editor, The worst that should have happened to Fellowship Tabernacle Pastor Al Miller followin ... Read More

Walter Rodney A look at W.A.R
Dear Editor, I recently attended the screening of a documentary film titled, W.A.R. Walter Anthony ... Read More

Treasure God
Dear Editor, I wonder what would be the answer if many of us were to be asked: “What is our g ... Read More


Friday, September 30, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) greets a resident in the violence-torn community of Norwood during a tour of the crime-infested parish of St James on Sunday.

Dear Editor, We have freedom of thought, action and speech, so let’s truly rid ourselves of slavery, whether it be mental or modern slavery. It doesn’t matter if you’re for “progress” or “prosperity”; orange or green; black, white or mixed. Under the sun, we are all human beings. Crime is the disease that shall become the apocalypse if we, the people, do not stand in unity. The Government alone cannot fix crime. The Opposition party must also join in ... Read More

Everyone must join the crime fight

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, As we continue to grapple with the growing monster of crime I too am affected by, I am yet to understand the root of what seems to be senseless killings, especially in western Jamaica. I am, however, encouraged by what the minister of national security said in a recent interview — hats off to him on the work he is doing and the changes he is trying to implement. As I watched him address issues of crime during his interview, I was given hope that better is to come. For a mom ... Read More

Police work stress was no secret

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, The crime situation in downright depressing. Equally disgusting is the stance that some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force seem to be taking in blaming the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for “tying up their hands”. Of course, these are only the incompetent cops who think policing is to go into any situation with guns blazing, then make up stories about shoot-outs. Lazy wimps, too, blaming INDECOM, so as not to do their jobs effectively. INDE ... Read More

The PM said the F-word and I enjoyed every minute of it

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, It is not very often that we have political leaders, particularly male ones, claiming the title “feminist”. It is a word that has been misinterpreted and misused by individuals in society who are distrustful of women becoming equal with men. We have a political leader who — and I am being optimistic — is willing to demystify the word “feminist”, and hopefully this can create a shift in the conversation around gender equality. A feminist is a p ... Read More

Support the fruit vendors

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Fruit vendor Oral Patterson shows off the bunches of guineps he has on sale.

Dear Editor, I wish to make a plea on behalf of people who make a living from selling fruits to passing motorists. One can always recognise what season is “in” by these vendors — right now it is guineps. I marvel at their enterprise, because their profit must be marginal depending on the season, yet their sales will determine if the household eats that night, or not. I can imagine how they have to prepare their product to catch a passing motorist’s eyes and then stretch ... Read More

Too many backs to scratch for politicians to tackle corruption head-on

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

The fight against corruption must not waver.

Dear Editor, It is of great concern to me the state of affairs in governance and politics in our country today. It is evident that the change that has been touted — a change which many of us were foolish enough to think would come — is yet a pipe dream. Without change at the core of the Jamaican political system, in which there must be zero tolerance for corruption and we must pursue the dismantling of garrisons and vanquishing of their dons, Jamaica will not see an end to the want ... Read More

Can’t William Mahfood do better than Martin Henry?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Daryl Vaz

Dear Editor, William Mahfood must be able to do so much better than having Martin Henry handle his defence of his shallow statement that people shouldn’t tell him to call Daryl Vaz when he comes upon a snag in the business process. Henry suffers from academician’s disease and cannot think outside the textbook, as is clear from his column in this week’s Sunday Gleaner. Not even primary school students will argue against having a properly functioning system to sort out proble ... Read More

Let these supposed non-black racists be!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

NAIROBI, Kenya — India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (left) pays homage to a bronze-cast statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Nairobi University on Monday during the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 35 years to the east african nation. Modi kicked off his African tour with Mozambique on July 7 before heading to South Africa and Tanzania before winding up his programme in Kenya, an itinerary designed to underline India’s growing engagement with the continent.Photo: AFP

Dear Editor, Here we go again, calling for the removal of a statue of an important historical person just because of his supposed racist views. This time, some of us in Africa are demanding that the statue of the father of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi, be removed because he was supposed to have said some bad things about us blacks. Of course, that fact that this call by some of us flies right in the face of our supposed respect for the opinion of others, even Gandhi, was not bad enough, we are ... Read More

Utilise more open data

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Dear Editor, Open data can solve some of the problems faced by Jamaica. Research indicates that open data can improve governance, empower citizens, create opportunities, and solve public problems. However, only 10 per cent of government data is published as open data, which compromises the benefits countries can get from it. The gap between data haves and have-nots needs urgent attention, as half of all open data sets are found in just the top 10 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Dev ... Read More

The American elections: melodrama and reality TV

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    

Donald Trump

Dear Editor, A remarkable situation this particular American presidential cycle: It’s insane. It makes Alice in Wonderland seem tame and sane. Donald Trump has defied all political and cultural expectations. Even some of his one-time political opponents he had denounced — eg “Lying Ted Cruz” (Trump’s name for him) — have come to embrace him. Now Trump is on the cusp of the presidency. The reasons for Trump’s uncanny rise to political power may be the ... Read More



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