Letters to the Editor

I stand by my statement, Observer

Anthony Hylton

Dear Editor, This letter is response to the editorial that appeared in the July 15, 2014 edition of the Observer newspaper titled 'Stop fulminating and promote Investment', which provided an inaccurate portrayal of my position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. Th ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER... I feel the
pain and suffering of my people Really, PM, you don't know hunger
Dear Editor, While watching the local news broadcast recently I was quite disheartened to hear our ... Read More

Minister Robert Pickersgill Our apathy has caused our parlous state
Dear Editor, Transformational leadership has become a rather popular topic these days, but we often ... Read More

The National Water Commission Eastern Divisional Office in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) NWC to be blamed again
Dear Editor, The rotten egg smell emanating from the gully that runs between Wellington Drive and W ... Read More

The death of the youth club movement

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Some time ago I wrote on the youth club movement losing its influence, but it now seems that apart from the police youth clubs, SDC (Social Development Commission) clubs are nowhere to be found. The youth club movement had its genesis in the days of the Social Welfare Commission. Now the SDC has almost been discriminated against with the change in community relationships values and attitudes. Youths clubs, up to the 80s, were vibrant, with clubs displaying strong leaderships an ... Read More

For the sake of history

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Rosa Linton

Dear Editor, IN reference to your Memories of Jamaica article by Donna Hussey-Whyte in the Observer of July 16, 2014, entitled 'Rosa Linton remembers when women could not vote', there are a couple of political points made that need to be clarified and put into context. But first, let me congratulate Ms Rosa Linton of Summer Hill, St James on the attainment of her 100th birthday and commend her on the extent of her wonderful memory of past events in historic Jamaica. Not everyone who reaches su ... Read More

Did Mayor Brown Burke misspeak?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Last Wednesday, July 9, 2014, on TVJ's nightly news I heard the Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew Angela Brown Burke addressing the issue of unpaid property taxes. She said that, according to the law, if someone rents a place and the property tax is in arrears then the assets of the tenant can be seized. Can this really be true? I have always thought that property taxes is the responsibility of owners. I just cannot see the logic or justice in the mayor's statement. She then pr ... Read More

Want more than lip service from Seiveright task force

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, I am delighted to see that for the first in a long time a group of intelligent people are not only concerned about the neglect and underdevelopment that is the parish of St Thomas today, but are working to put a plan together to address it. I urge Delano Seiveright, Peter Young, Juliet Cuthbert, and Dr Peter Nelson to make sure that we don't just get lip service but real action as they move forward with this St Thomas Eastern Development Taskforce, as read in the Sunday Observer. ... Read More

Dr Fenton Ferguson cannot manage health sector

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Fenton Ferguson

Dear Editor, In a state of utter shock, I saw Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson on TV during a tour of Bellevue Hospital defending his stewardship of the public health sector. He boasted of attending many international conferences and being involved in global conversations about universal health care. I urge Dr Ferguson to wake up and smell the coffee. No amount of PR can mask the realities in Jamaica's health sector. The Bellevue Hospital is in a state of crisis and incredible injustice i ... Read More

BRICS could create a new world order

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

The IMF headquarters in Washington DC

Dear Editor, The International Economic Order is seriously shaking up and getting ready for a complete overhaul. The signs of this became apparent this week when the world's leading emerging markets Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa had what some deem as the audacity to openly challenge the existing status quo, announcing that they are going to form their own versions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called the New Development Bank (NDB). The NDB will be set up to help the ... Read More

Cut the misconceptions about slavery

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

Dear Editor, It is very disturbing that whenever we celebrate Emancipation the fictitious stories that are told by many of our historians are taken as factual by many of us. In particular, this very false notion that our ancestors abhorred slavery has been nurtured by our so-called historians to the point that very few of us think anything else could be true. A clear understanding of slavery proves that, while many would not want to have been slaves themselves, the institution of slavery itse ... Read More

Ja backstage the world's theatre

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Dear Editor, Politics and economic development go together with political theatre and are as much symbolic as is actual economic reality. Vladimir Putin visited Central America and the Caribbean with a ceremonial visits to Cuba for the abolishing of the debt owed to Russia, and a stop for a short visit to Nicaragua for the acknowledgement of the wonder of the twenty-first century to date in that of the Nicaraguan Canal. Jamaica was nowhere to be found in the visit of the Russian president to ... Read More

Fix school boards: Our education system deserves better

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Fix school boards:
Our education system
deserves better

Dear Editor, A society is as great as the public education system which caters to the children of that society. The Jamaican education system, over the years, has gone through a process of transformation. However, for the most part, our policymakers have failed the nation's children as this transformation has been hijacked by interest groups to the detriment of sustainable development. We continue to give our politicians unbridled power to do just about anything without any level of accountab ... Read More

The paradox of not judging

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Dear Editor, In the heated debate surrounding LGBTQ lifestyles one of the expressions I've come to increasingly detest is 'don't judge'. Implicit in that statement is a judgement on the act of judging, thus rendering the speaker both incoherent and hypocritical, since he is contradicting himself by engaging in the very act he is currently condemning. It is important to note that we must be gentle and loving in our interactions with all people, regardless of the views they express. And it mus ... Read More



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