Letters to the Editor

Together we can, Mr Holness

Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica: I am a serving member of the public sector, however, I write to you in my private capacity as a citizen of this country we so dearly love. It is with much elation, gratitude, expectation and humility t ... Read More

PNP membership can afford no cover-up
Dear Editor, The allegations that members of the People’s National Party (PNP) received funds ... Read More

Jamaica Constabulary Force members wear body cameras as part of a pilot project launched yesterday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Old Hope Road in St Andrew. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Body cameras no fix for JCF
Dear Editor, Reports in the local media on the purchase of 120 body cameras for the Jamaica Constab ... Read More

Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw. Don’t neglect the elderly, Audley Shaw!
Dear Editor, In all the euphoria surrounding the $1.5-m two-stage tax break one important segment o ... Read More

The things we care about

Tuesday, August 30, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness 

Dear Editor, I am amazed at the hypocrisy that has taken over the country of Jamaica since the Jamaica Labour Party gained power in February. Suddenly the issues of the media are not about the rampant killings that have taken over the country by Jamaicans who are hell-bent on destruction. Suddenly, with the influx of Twitter and other means of social media, those who are called journalists — instead of actually reporting news that needs to be reported — prefer to spend time tweet ... Read More

Teacher’s plea to be paid

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Ronald Thwaites

Dear Editor, In August 2015, the then Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites made an announcement that the Government would offer free classes and pay for students who received grade four in mathematics and English A in the May 2015 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations. This decision was taken for the students to resit these exams in January 2016. A number of teachers where then contracted from across the island to teach these students for two to three hours pe ... Read More

It takes darkness to see the light

Monday, August 29, 2016    

A policeman directs traffic in Half-Way-Tree during the islandwide blackout on Saturday evening.

Dear Editor, The all-island power outage on August 27, 2016 is a red flag. If Jamaicans don’t see this, we are in even bigger trouble than we know. It shows us how powerful the Jamaica Public Service is. When a private company has the power to disconnect the entire island within seconds, with no accountability or explanation, there is a serious problem. There is only one electrical service provider in our country — a recipe for many things. It reminds me of the chikungunya outbrea ... Read More

Rain dance and prayer

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Dear Editor, Nowadays the news of water lock-offs do nothing more than cause the average Jamaican to mutter under their breath while lining up to install another tank and using oversized garbage bins for water storage. I fully understand that the damage to the environment leaves a hefty bill for us to pay — goodbye, Hellshire — but what I cannot understand is why the National Water Commission (NWC) continues to do the rain dance when Mother Nature is clearly saying that this is no ... Read More

Instead of minding Bolt’s business...

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after Team Jamaica won the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, It is really disappointing that in 2016 the playful antics of an adult in full control of his faculties is a news item for more than 10 seconds. For some curious reason, we are obsessed with the sexuality and sexual activity of others, instead of being invested in fixing the nation’s problems. Priorities? First, Omar McLeod’s Olympic moment was soured by conversations and an unfortunate tweet. Whether or not he is gay or straight is of no concern to anyone, and certai ... Read More

Bolt is human like all of us

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s 200m.

Dear Editor, I recall a story told by my pastor when I was a child going to Sunday school: A pig will always be a pig. You catch him, bathe him, feed him, put a red ribbon on him, and make him attractive; but when you let him go he is back in the mud again. Usain Bolt grew up in a God-fearing home in which his parents encouraged good values and attitudes. They are still setting the example that good parents do for their children, irrespective of his age. As bad as Usain’s frolicking wit ... Read More

A statue in the Blue Mountains

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Usain Bolt gives thanks after winning his ninth Olympic gold medal. (Photos: Xinhua)

The world is still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Bolt swept through this summer’s Rio Olympic Games packing speeds of 9.81 to 19.78 mph, taking three gold medals in sight. When Usain Bolt arrived in Rio, he had one thing in mind: to cement his legendary status. And, while we are accustomed to see him winning, it was the spectacular fashion in which he annihilated the competition that had Half-Way-Tree square roaring in glory. We’ve watched this home town hero, as a junior, ... Read More

Give us back the old Andrew Holness

Friday, August 26, 2016    

HOLNESS…spoke strongly against crime in election run-up

Dear Editor, It would seem we have a brand new Andrew Holness than the one prior to February 25, 2016. If this is the case, then I am going to ask that we get back the Andrew Holness that was on the campaign trail decrying crime and offering solutions to the crime problems in Jamaica. Give us back the Andrew Holness who, when he was on every political platform campaigning for power, was very vocal about the killing of children and the vulnerable. It is clear that the Andrew Holness we have now ... Read More

We’re on our own

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Dear Editor, There is much ado about the latest International Monetary Fund test, even as I hear that the prices of automotive and other domestic fuel prices are back to where they were last year when the international fuel price was approximately 50 per cent of what it is today. We, however, are paying the same price as if the cost of fuel had remained at US$100-plus. It seems that the Government has implemented the tax per litre to keep its foot to our necks. I really sympathise with the Ad ... Read More

Ask Usain Bolt!

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after Team Jamaica won the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, I have noticed that many people are deliberating where the Usain Bolt statue should be erected. But, has anyone ever asked Usain Bolt where he would like it to be erected? Many would expect it to be everywhere except Sherwood Content where he is from. I strongly believe, though, that it should be erected in his community. Even if the Government decides to put one in Kingston, something should be in his community to show generations to come. This could start community tourism in th ... Read More



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