Letters to the Editor

Family Court needs modernisation

The Family Court in
downtown Kingston.

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter with pain and sadness in my heart due to the unnecessary suffering that the public is experiencing at the Family Court office that interfaces with the public. There is a lot of time wasting at the office because (1) the workers are uncaring about the public; ... Read More

I will miss the dignified Ken Jones
Dear Editor, It was with a profound sense of loss that I heard of the passing of journalist and aut ... Read More

NIS pension cheques should match minimum wage
Dear Editor, If our Government can institute a law that the minimum wage must be a certain amount o ... Read More

Don't be distracted by stray barking
Dear Editor, "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that ... Read More

There are consequences to 'clean coal'

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is simply amazing to see Tashfeen Ahmad's parroting the 'clean coal technology' line, which speaks to "technological options which reduce emissions, reduce waste, and increase the amount of energy gained from each tonne of coal". The emissions commonly removed are sulphur dioxide and metal oxides, such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc, by use of filters and reacting the acid-forming gas sulphur dioxide with limestone (releasing carbon dioxide and leaving gypsum). The tons of toxi ... Read More

Action needed for our water woes

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Action needed for our water woes

Dear Editor, For many years, Jamaica has suffered from recurring annual droughts and water shortages. These are most severe on the south coast and particularly so in the Kingston metropolitan region. Every year there are statements by whoever is the minister of water about impending droughts, and often there are announcements about new water sources being tapped to bring additional supplies into the capital, and that this will solve our problems. Unfortunately, this never seems to happen and ci ... Read More

J-FLAG hails US Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

The US Supreme Court just recently confirmed the
legality of same-sex marriage in that country.

Dear Editor, Last Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States became the 21st country to allow same-sex marriage as a right of all and not a privilege. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans and allies are excited about the ruling. Some Jamaican LGBTs are anxious to be able to express their love in committed, legally recognised relationships. It is a goal many of us share. J-FLAG wishes to congratulate all the brave individuals and organisations in the United States that hav ... Read More

Talk on INDECOM unwarranted

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Dear Editor, I find it rather unfortunate, to say the least, that members of our Parliament are presently discussing whether there should be an oversight body to review the work being done by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). The INDECOM Act (2010), section 30 1-2 clearly outlines Parliament's role in giving oversight of INDECOM. The Commission may at any time be required by Parliament to submit thereto a report in respect of any matter under investigation by the Commissi ... Read More

The elephant in the room

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

People’s National Party supporters (top) and their Jamaica Labour
Party counterparts (bottom) at rallies for their respective parties.

Dear Editor, For years the Jamaican society has endlessly experienced the proverbial elephant in the room which refers to the denigrated political system. This has, for years, raped and polarised the spirit of our people. We live in a country that is ruined by political stigma and victimisation. At election time you are critised for wearing a certain colour shirt. In many ways our political climate resembles that of Africa. We must be careful that we are not so entrenched by and committed to a ... Read More

Jamaica at a crossroads

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

The IMF headquarters in Washington

Dear Editor, It's not so long ago that Jamaica was at a crossroads as the country's lawmakers deliberated whether we should engage the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or try to move the country forward without it. The decision was as hard as it was easy. It was easy because it was Hobson's choice, we had to engage the IMF otherwise the country's economy would have ground to a halt. It was hard because, even as we prepared to make that decision, we knew that it was going to mean hardship for ... Read More

The sizzling Central Sorting Office

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road

Dear Editor, I went to the Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road to collect a package. I spent more time there than I intended. For a brief moment I thought I was still outside the building because on the inside it was hot, sizzling hot. What wicked thing could these postal workers have done for them not to have the luxury of air-conditioning units? I had to ask. To my dismay, one worker informed me that she has been working there since the 1990s and remembers when there was air-condition ... Read More

Flo Jo's records need to go!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Dear Editor, I feel almost certain that I am not the only track and field enthusiast in the world who believes that it is time that the IAAF takes a really good look at the world records for the Women's 100 and 200 metres which are both held in the name of the late Florence Griffith-Joyner (more popularly known as Flo Jo) with a view to expunging them. Personally, I believe these marks should be expunged as there are so many question marks and questionable variables surrounding Flo Jo's progre ... Read More

Sometimes the truth is an offence

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Dear Editor, I recently read a letter written by a police officer saying 'We need a 50 per cent salary increase'. He criticised anyone who said that all public sector workers should accept what the Government is offering. The police officer is way off from the economic reality in this country, as there is no way that the Government could afford to give officers a 50 per cent salary increase. Based on the present International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan agreement they cannot afford to give publi ... Read More

Coal-fired plant right on the money

Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Dear Editor, Jamalco's announcement to spend roughly US$500m to build Jamaica's first major coal-fired plant, in order to lower the cost of alumina production, is a step towards national prosperity. This initiative will lower the high cost of energy that currently threatens the viability of the bauxite/alumina sector, which earns the third-highest levels of foreign exchange for Jamaica. I have always believed that Jamaica's bauxite industry has no future without an energy solution and coal off ... Read More



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