Letters to the Editor



Dear Editor, It would be strange not to note the irony of this letter's intent versus the channel of communication being used to send it in -- e-mail, no less. Note also its intended title '#SaveThePO', highlighting the hashtag that is so commonly used amongst us in the articulate minority that wa ... Read More

Put graphic warnings on Rizlas too
Dear Editor, There is something very unbalanced about how we go about trying to discourage people f ... Read More

I'm worried for my property taxes
Dear Editor, My property tax went from $2,500 to $7,000, and all I can think of is the former Mayor ... Read More

Devil hard at work
Dear Editor, The biggest trick of the Devil is distraction. People play into his game as they are a ... Read More


Tuesday, April 28, 2015    

Dear Editor, I was watching Dancing Dynamites on Television Jamaica on Thursday, April 23, 2015, when I heard a song by Vybz Kartel which contained lyrics which were offensive and inappropriate. The lyrics I recognised were "so me make a little girl and a yute just/box you down quicker than a box lunch/and punch up you face quicker than a fruit punch", which occurred at approximately 5:30 pm during the opening session of the show. I note that sponsors LIME, Burger King, Bigga, and Supligen ha ... Read More


Tuesday, April 28, 2015    

CWC set to close
Flow purchase

Dear Editor, With all this mad talk now of removing a significant number of premium channels from my cable service, I cannot help but also chime in about the poor service of one of our leading telecommunications providers Flow. In addition to proving cable service, they provides Internet service. My husband and I have experienced bad and spotty service over the last several days, causing me to lose quality business hours and as such affecting my bottom line. What hurts me the most, though, is ... Read More

ISSA must focus on the athletes

Monday, April 27, 2015    

O’HARA… has to remain in good standing
with the school by maintaining the
academic standards required for inclusion
on the school’s track and field team

Dear Editor, I am writing this while at the Penn Relays and I couldn't help but put my concerns in the public domain. The decision by the organisers of the Penn Relays to reinstate Michael O'Hara is one that is most welcome by the Jamaican community who spent money and effort to be at this event. O'Hara represents one of Jamaica's finest talents and we all wanted to see him in action. I am a regular donor to Penn Relays events and have spent a lot of money helping to take up Jamaicans to perfo ... Read More

Rare earth, but no patent

Monday, April 27, 2015    


Dear Editor, Is the rare earth project technology being patented by Japan Light Metals as reported by the minister? I am somewhat familiar with the process of applying for patents, and the first route for an invention (this includes chemical processes) to be patented is to go through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a part of the United Nations. The majority of countries worldwide are signatories to the Patents Cooperation Treaty (PCT), but Jamaica is not one of them. It h ... Read More

The boards have it!

Monday, April 27, 2015    

The National Housing Trust headquarters in Kingston.

Dear Editor, Jamaica is mired in an abyss of corruption that is fuelled by the lack of transparency which our politicians, and by extension many of our public officials, have perfected as an art. These days announcements of government projects have to be greeted with cynicism because of the depths of this corruption. Board announcements cannot escape this response because of the role they play in deciding how scarce resources are used. This past week we witnessed the announcement of the appoin ... Read More

Small axe chop down big tree

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Calabar student and youth athlete Michael O’Hara is Digicel
Jamaica’s newest brand ambassador.

Dear Editor, Old time people used to say, "Small axe chop dung big tree". As a fan of track and field and the star power of our island's great athletes, there could not be a more suitable proverb to describe the experience faced by Calabar's Michael O'Hara, who blazed the track at the Penn Relays in the US and before that Boys' Champs in Jamaica. His victory over the big-time Penn Relays organisers, who sought to ban him because of speculation, is testament to the power of facts over fiction. ... Read More

No better word: FREE

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, I refer to the recent announcement made by Digicel Jamaica about their ground-breaking new offer known as Digicel Zero, which will see customers getting all calls on its network free with the purchase of a three-day data plan. Digicel has no idea what they have done. When I first heard of it I thought it was a prank, but then I remembered that April Fool's Day was long gone. As a Digicel customer, I deeply admire and appreciate this move as it also calls for stronger competition ... Read More

Thanks for the free papers

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Johannesburg, South Africa —A newspaper vendor sells Sunday newspapers
reporting on former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg
yesterday. Mandela has been admitted to a military hospital. (Photo: AP)

Dear Editor, Every morning I stop by the same newspaper vendor to quickly grab a copy of the papers while on my way to work. My children read the papers online, but call me old fashioned, I have to get the hard copy. I even save them and go back and read some of the articles again. What a pleasant surprise it was on Friday morning when I heard that the papers were free. So I want to thank you and your corporate sponsor for the free paper. At least, even for one day, it meant that other people ... Read More

Obama's visit and the Opposition

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Edmund Bartlett 

Dear Editor, In the interest of clarity and a better understanding amongst the public regarding issues raised, I am compelled to respond to HG Helps' article entitled: "Why Obama had no meeting with Holness", published in the Sunday April 19 edition of this newspaper. Let me at the outset indicate that it was with delight that the Opposition welcomed news of the then impending visit of the president of the United States when the announcement was made in Parliament by the prime minister. We sha ... Read More

Let Obama know, Madame Prime Minister

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

(L) OBAMA... wants protection
for LGBT community in
(R) SIMPSON MILLER ... urged to
let Obama know the facts.

Dear Editor, I refer to an article of April 19, 2015 written by HG Helps which bore the sub-title "US President expresses concern that island moving too slow in protecting LGBT community." In the article it was stated that President Obama in his discussions with our prime minister, "politely conveyed his Administration's "dismay" that Jamaica had not moved fast enough in ensuring that the rights of the LGBT community were being respected and even protected". I hope that the prime minister ass ... Read More



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