Letters to the Editor

Don’t raise ‘domestic’ flag abroad

Dear Editor, The common slogan of the LGBT community includes, inter alia, a push for equality, to be treated with the same respect and dignity as any other person in the same circumstances. I posit that raising an LGBT rainbow flag in addition to an American flag goes beyond equality, and is over ... Read More

Antigua’s Vere Bird must be turning in his grave
Dear Editor, My big question is this: Are the people of Antigua going to stand idly by and allow P ... Read More

Let there be light... at what cost?
Dear Editor, My heart was warmed and my spirits lifted when I saw the recent story headlined, &lsqu ... Read More

Taxi operators enjoying a cookout Tuesday in Seaforth, St Thomas. (Photos: Michael Gordon) St Thomas getting a raw deal
Dear Editor, I was born and raised, attended high school, and even worked as a police constable in ... Read More

AG’s tweet maelstrom

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Dear Editor, I am extremely hurt, upset and embarrassed by the recent nonsense spouted by the Attorney General Marlene Mahaloo Forte, who clearly has no sense of what is appropriate, quite apart from displaying her ignorance. Who has given her the right to tell a grieving people how to mourn or how to show their respect in their own premises, especially when no one else is being hurt by it? I am also not surprised that she does not have the courage to offer a proper apology, instead wishing t ... Read More

Looks like Montague and Trump knock heads

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Robert Montague

Dear Editor, Frustrated by the inability to reduce murders especially, then National Security Minister Peter Bunting cried for “divine intervention”. Today we have a different regime but the same frustrations. Robert Montague, the new minister of national security, is offering us guns, but this is what the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, Donald Trump, is offering Americans. Trump’s argument, along with that of the National Rifle Association, is that a terrorist ... Read More

Peter Phillips is on a witch-hunt

Thursday, June 23, 2016    

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (file photo)

Dear Editor, It is obvious that Dr Peter Phillips has not learned from the surprise loss at the polls on February 25. He seems quite ignorant of the findings of the Julian Robinson committee’s report, which suggests that the People’s National Party (PNP) loss was, in part, because of there refusal to engage in pre-election debates. Phillips’s overwhelming focus on the finances of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, taking the electorate for granted by foolishly assuming that J ... Read More

Men and child maintenance

Thursday, June 23, 2016    


Dear Editor, “Not working, Your Honour,” is the chorus to the song sung by fathers in the family courts across the island daily. The irresponsible behaviour of delinquent fathers has forced struggling mothers to seek alternative support from other men, or find the nearest family court in tears. The men, after they are served with summonses and taken before a magistrate, seek out the easiest escape (defence) than to pay child maintenance. The mothers are shocked when the men, inst ... Read More

Antiguan PM can’t walk in ‘Butch’ Stewart’s shoes

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

Dear Editor, As a Jamaican living in St John’s, Antigua, it was really heart-rending to hear the Prime Minister Gaston Browne on ABS radio and television accusing Sandals of keeping sales tax that belongs to the country for itself. We the Jamaicans who live here are very proud of the vast economic benefits that this island reaps from the operations of Sandals’ hotel. We are also very proud of ‘Butch’ Stewart, who is a man of immeasurable integrity who gets genuine satis ... Read More

Good move Andrew; Portia, your time now

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

HOLNESS ... promised to establish Caricom Commission

Dear Editor, The National Democratic Movement (NDM) commends Prime Minister Andrew Holness for publishing his financials from before he became a minister to date. All his other ministers should do the same. We also commend former minister Julian Robinson for publishing his financials too. We call on the Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller to declare her assets and also that of all her former ministers. We observe former Minister Damion Crawford building his own ‘big house&rsq ... Read More

Real men make Father’s Day truly great

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

Lando Boodie kisses his three-year-old daughter Ashley while walking on Chisholm Avenue in Kingston yesterday, Father’s Day.Garfield Robinson

Dear Editor, It is believed by many that the love of a father is one of life’s greatest masterpieces. It is also posited that a good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in society. On both accounts, I unequivocally plead guilty, for I, too, am an accomplice to those views. We all — whether admittingly or unadmittingly — hungrily crave the acceptance, love and respect of our patriarchs. The bond between a father and ... Read More

Why not issue a travel advisory for Orlando, too?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

ORLANDO, United States - People mourning for victims of the mass shooting near the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando yesterday. Fifty people died and another 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire and seized hostages at the club, making it the worst mass shooting in US history. (Photo: AFP/INSTAGRAM/the_pixel_trappa)

Dear Editor, It disgusts me to see how quickly countries such as Canada are quick to issue travel advisories to its citizens travelling to Jamaica and her tourism-dependent Caribbean neighbours. While I accept we have a problem, and I deeply regret the recent killing of a Canadian national in the western end of the island, I must point out that crime is not unique to Jamaica. Consider, for example, the recent mass shooting in Orlando — a tourism hotspot, attracting vacationers from many ... Read More

The nations whose God is the Lord can depend on His protection

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

FLORIDA, USA — People hold candles during an evening memorial service for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Dear Editor, Some things in life will cause us to stop and give it our attention. The killing in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people lost their lives and 53 were severely injured was one of them. The world is sinking into chaos and the leaders, with their worldly plans, really don’t seem to have any answer as to how to get it under control. When one person can walk into a nightclub, with a uniformed police outside, and spend the better part of three hours killing and injuring over a hundre ... Read More

The danger of euphemism

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub in the White House Briefing Room in Washington today. (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, Many, including President Barack Obama, have failed to call a spade a spade in the aftermath of the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting, and seemingly deliberately. Obama referred to Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter, as having been “disturbed”, but with all due respect to psychotic patients, the man was a psycho. Understandably, commentators and officials have to be cautious with assigning blame and labels because of how fragile the case and those relevant to it are, ... Read More



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