Letters to the Editor

We need to address homelessness

Two homeless people sleep on the
sidewalk in the Orange Lane area of
Montego Bay.

Dear Editor, Each time I see a street person I see a human being. Some are on the street as a result of their past decisions, whereas others had no choice in their circumstance. These people have needs. Whereas the average citizen does not have the means, most of the time, to help street people, ... Read More

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr
Peter Phillips IMF must see to it Gov't pays locals
Dear Sir, The Government of Jamaica has bought back the debt from the Venezuelan Government at a di ... Read More

Model officers at Grange Hill Police Station
Dear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the hard-working, profession ... Read More

Handle licence plates mess 'with one stone'
Dear Editor, Out of a fear of getting a ticket for "obscure licence plates" I decided to replace t ... Read More

Future seems dim

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Dear Editor, I am about to start university at the end of next month and as a young person witnessing the living and breathing reality of limited opportunities for my generation, in terms of job prospects after university, let alone the exorbitant cost of an education, it is all highly discouraging. I think about the poor people who have to take a student loan and, after completing studies, not getting jobs to repay the amounts; it is disheartening. What's the point? Why bother go to universit ... Read More

Yes, we are 'Proud and Free'

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Dear Editor, In response to a letter to the editor published in the Daily Observer on July 30, 2015, titled 'Proud people don't beg', I would like to express my disdain in hearing someone speak so lowly of their country. Jamaica is celebrating 53 years of Independence; that alone is something to be proud of. Interestingly, when Jamaicans migrate to foreign countries they are the ones we see celebrating that country's Independence on social media. But when it comes to their own country, they fi ... Read More

Absent MPs disrespect Jamaicans

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Proud people
don’t beg!

Dear Editor, Too many Jamaican members of parliament (MPs), who have taken on the responsibility of the legislature, seem to have lost their fervour to serve for one reason or another. Some of our parliamentarians have disregarded the importance of their work and, furthermore, their duty to the people of Jamaica. This can be equated to nothing short of blatant disrespect for Jamaicans. I was not aware that attending parliamentary sittings was now an option for elected MPs. Those absent from si ... Read More

Our children deserve better!

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, I read with concern the Daily Observer story about a mother whose brother was abusing her daughter among other abuse suffered by this juvenile. The mother was let off with a slap on the wrist by the judge. And that is sad. The question I would like to ask is, what about the future of that child? Is she expected to return to that family home and resume life as normal? One does not have to be particularly perceptive to know that her life is going to be extremely difficult. Couldn't ... Read More

Proud people don't beg!

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is very interesting that the slogan for this year's Independence celebrations is "Proud and Free! Jamaica 53!" Either it is easy for us to keep up this pretence that were are indeed a proud people, or were are simply just masters at fooling ourselves. Which proud people are so good at begging? Even when we sing our national anthem, we beg. It is bad enough that we are begging favours from a god that isn't really there, but if we must find a god to sing our anthem to, couldn't ... Read More

Thanks, JASL

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter of appreciation and thanks to Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL): I think JASL does an amazing job at what they do. After being diagnosed with HIV in June at a workshop held by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) I was told to go to the Comprehensive Health Clinic, Slipe Pen Road, to see a doctor and to do further check-ups. When I went there, there was an area called Section 3 that was only for the treatment of STIs. While in the waiting area ... Read More

We either want good representation or we don't

Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, The recent protest against Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for the Trafalgar Division, Fabian Brown, by the very people he seeks to represent in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation is nothing short of shocking. The decision by members of the division's worker core to come out against Brown is a slap in the face of all committed and truthful public servants. Since picking up the gauntlet to represent the citizens of the Trafalgar Division, Brown, without the use of public funds, ... Read More

IMF-ise the crime problem

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

(L-R)
Mark Shields
Hardley Lewin
Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, It now appears, based on the many confident pronouncements made from both inside and outside of Jamaica, that the Jamaican economy is on the mend. The fact that we have been passing the various International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests there is renewed confidence in the Jamaican economy; and that, in itself, should make us proud and hopeful for investments that can spur the required growth. The Government should therefore be congratulated, especially our Minister of Finance Peter Ph ... Read More

Our children deserve better!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Dear Editor, I read with concern the Daily Observer story about a mother whose brother was abusing her daughter among other abuse suffered by this juvenile. The mother was let off with a slap on the wrist by the judge. And that is sad. The question I would like to ask is, what about the future of that child? Is she expected to return to that family home and resume life as normal? One does not have to be particularly perceptive to know that her life is going to be extremely difficult. Couldn't ... Read More

Why not desalination?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Dear Editor, There have been varied, interesting responses in the press to the response of our water administrators to our annually 'celebrated' water woes. Some headlines I have seen are 'Wanted: A minister for water', and 'Slipping up on water policy'. These justify and give traction to the question, why not desalination? Desalination has been brought to the fore by the press repeatedly. I strongly believe that the concept and elementals are known by the relevant authorities. It seems as if ... Read More



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