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Power of the religious right

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally in New York last Wednesday. Mexico is starting to seriously contemplate the possibility that millions of its migrants could be deported under the proposals put forward by President-elect Trump. (Photos: AP)

Dear Editor, The political world is seemingly still in shock about Donald Trump beating Senator Hillary Clinton in the USA elections on November 8. How could this have happened, they have been asking Exit polls showed a third of Latinos voted Trump despite the pre-election rhetoric; eight per cent ... Read More

Vybz Kartel Vybz Kartel, the voice of a generation?
Dear Editor, It has been almost five years since the artiste Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palme ... Read More

Stop turning up your noses at dancehall!
Dear Editor, Dancehall is here to stay. It has a fixed and relevant place within the Jamaican socie ... Read More

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller  Mama P, please go!
Dear Editor, I write in support of Danielle Kelly’s letter to the editor published December 1 ... Read More

¡Hasta siempre! Comandante!

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz: On behalf of my family, I would like to express my sincere condolence to you and the Cuban people as you mourn the passing of our beloved Comandante Fidel. I pray that God’s mercy and grace, which is always sufficient, will comfort and heal you all in the ensuing days ahead. I would like to express profound gratitude to the Government and people of Cuba for a scholarship, in 1978, to study medicine in Cuba. I ... Read More

#ComradeForLife, but #IAmNotWithHer

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Dear Editor, The People’s National Party (PNP) lost the local government elections on November 28, 2016 because its supporters seek to silently scream the need for a new party president. Portia Simpson Miller is an excellent politician. She is for the people and I personally commend her in that regard. She is, however, a terrible leader. Her manners, her language, her decorum and her overall way of dealing with situations in this day and age is absolutely unacceptable. Madam party presid ... Read More

Now is not the time to ease off the pedal regarding HIV

Thursday, December 01, 2016    


Dear Editor, It has been more than three decades since the HIV virus was first identified by the scientific community, however, in spite of the advances in medicine, stigma and discrimination continue to be major barriers in accessing treatment and services for those affected and impacted. Today, World AIDS Day, provides an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to raise awareness of the struggles and prejudice those with the virus face daily. According to UNAIDS m ... Read More

PNP needs #renewal

Wednesday, November 30, 2016    

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller (centre) and her newly elected vice-presidents (Photo: Twitter.com)

Dear Editor, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, in a statement recently, said, “Once you serve the people, the people will serve you.” Powerful words on the heels of another devastating blow to the People’s National Party (PNP) in the recent parish council elections. The ruling party JLP took 8 of the 13 parish councils, including Kingston & St Andrew. The JLP, which has been doing very well in its first year of administration, must be encouraged b ... Read More

Biggest losers were Holness and democracy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness gesticulates as he delivers his victory address to Jamaica Labour Party supporters last night after his party won yesterday’s Local Government Election.

Dear Editor, The results of Monday’s local government election bring into sharp focus an electorate that has become battle weary in trying to get our political leaders to believe that governance can’t be business as usual. Therefore, the biggest losers in the election were Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Democracy. I say this against the background that Holness is our first political leader to be born after Independence, and he has blown a wind of change and difference and prom ... Read More

Where’s the ‘Double Bubble’, JUTC?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, The ‘Double Bubble’ promotions by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) have been a blessing over the months to the travelling public. It was postponed the last time and is sadly missed by people like myself, and am anxiously awaiting the next ‘Double Bubble’ day. The last word was, it was postponed indefinitely. Is this permanent? Claudette Harris claudetteharris52@gmail.com Read More

Let’s not pretend Fidel Castro was a saint

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    

Fidel Castro

Dear Editor, My attitude towards death is not generally affected by the literal acceptance of the adage, “Do not speak ill of the dead.” It’s not that negative comments about a dead person are off-limits, but moreso, in my view, that no untruths should be said of the deceased. In other words, do not tell lies, whether positive or negative, on the dead. For most of us, it is socially abhorrent, if not a cardinal sin, to criticise a dead person; however truthfully done. It app ... Read More

Miguel Coley understands how to lead a team

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    

JC’s head coach Miguel Coley (right) being dosed with water from one of his players Garis Morales as they celebrate yet another Manning Cup title after defeating Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-1 inside the National Stadium last night. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Dear Editor, I took time out of my busy schedule this season to watch Jamaica College train, and yes, from the get-go they embodied a team determined to take home a championship. But, surprisingly, I was more impressed with the coach, than the players. Miguel Coley understands how to lead a team, and he’s shown that for the four years he has been employed at the school. Winning is important to Coley, winning is important to JC. Winning is a culture Coley has instilled in the young boys, ... Read More

Local government pantomime

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    


Dear Editor, I note the Jamaica Observer report of the current mayor of Kingston saying that local government remains relevant. I had no idea. I wish to report to the mayor that, based on the councillors’ performance, their presence as administrators is not visible, except at the Ministry of Finance that pays them to operate the pantomime they call the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation. From my observation — and I doubt many people close to Kingston will disagree — whethe ... Read More

President-elect Trump — my hunch

Tuesday, November 29, 2016    

US president-elect Donald Trump

Dear Editor, Though what happens elsewhere is international news, and thus should attract our interest, it seems to me that criticisms of American political realities from non-Americans is tinged with impertinence. So I stand indicted, like so many of us here. The day of the United States elections I told my family and two deacons in our church that my gut instinct is that Donald Trump would win. This had no more prophetic portent than the ‘gut instincts’ of Gibbs in NCIS, but it j ... Read More



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