Letters to the Editor

Stop celebrating falsehoods

PNP Supporters at the party's 76th annual conference on Sunday

Dear Editor, It has become the norm for political parties and their supporters to celebrate mediocre performance in Jamaica. Just look at the happenings of the People's National Party's annual conference recently. I was astonished by the hundreds of attendees who cheered on the Government for thei ... Read More

GraceKennedy Private sector will lead Ja's success
Dear Editor, Because of pressure from the International Monetary Fund, this Administration has been ... Read More

Sex workers on Port
Henderson Road, St Catherine.
(Jamaica Observer file photo) Let's deal with our Jamaican reality
Dear Editor, It is an open secret that Jamaica has thousands of sex workers. Would the country be b ... Read More

Chronixx Stand firm, Chronixx
Dear Editor, If every Jamaican were to go by what is being spouted from many of those who vote PNP, ... Read More

Rest well, Filmore Alveranga, OD

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Dear Editor, I join with the Rastafari community, as all Jamaicans should, in mourning the loss of a wise council and visionary in the person of Filmore Alveranga. I hold deep admiration and appreciation for his dedicated work and for being at the forefront of the fight to recognise and appreciate our afro-centricity. Filmore's whole life was marked by his commitment to repatriation and reparation. His cultural contribution, through the mystic revelation of Rastafari with whom he performed up ... Read More

Ja's hypocrisy in Mario Deane case

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Mario Dean

Dear Editor, We only seem to get worked up when police brutality reaches outside its usual confines of the poor black boy from some obscure inner-city community. That is my problem with the whole Mario Deane affair. It is the reason I was apprehensive and questioned the whole thing. Police kill people in and out of lock-ups very often in this country, but many of us tend to write off most of these boys because we surmise that they probably deserved it anyway. I'm not saying that there should ... Read More

NDM has to give itself a chance

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    


Dear Editor, In response to the letter to the editor 'Give the NDM a chance' the National Democratic Movement (NDM) has to give itself a chance and that will be the first step that it needs to take to demonstrate its readiness to lead the nation. The first president of the NDM was Bruce Golding. If Golding had only stayed the course he would have been prime minister of Jamaica right now, and if not, at least head of a very strong Opposition. But it became same old, same old. As a result his po ... Read More

Global policemen?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Dear Editor, It's time the assumed role of the United Kingdom and the United States as global policemen and dispensers of what passes for justice was questioned. That post-war arrangement is, in fact, a challenge to global democracy, and if it was questionable in 1945, it's highly dubious now. Under the Thatcher, Reagan, and Bush administrations, the fomer allies became overbearing, self-interested and aggressive, even to the point of openly defying the United Nations. The era of childish gl ... Read More

Politicians should fight chik-V not each other

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Dear Editor, While the number of chikungunya cases across the island rises our parliamentarians are arguing and pointing fingers at each other. The Opposition accuses the Government of not speaking the truth as to the amount of people who are infected, while the Government on the other hand is accusing the Opposition of trying to cause panic with regards to the virus. This finger-pointing of the parties does not help the situation and cannot cause the virus to go away. What is important is in ... Read More

Minors living on the street everybody's problem

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Dear Editor, There is a growing issue of people living in the drains and on the corners of New Kingston, which we all — MPs, business people, regular citizen — have been ignoring. It seems as if we are truly turning a blind eye to the fact that there are countless teenagers living on the streets. They have been turned away by their families for different reasons and some have run away. Homelessness is not just their problem; it is everyone's problem. A 15-year-old living on the si ... Read More

Who will heed Obama’s sermon?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    


Dear Editor, Obama's messianic speech delivered to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2014 truly sets him at the forefront of being, perhaps, one of the most-gifted orators of all time. But listening to his speech, and watching the reactions of some of the delegates of some of the world's major powers, I couldn't help feeling that he was sermonising or lecturing them. Just like in a Sunday sermon at church, some will be saying, 'Amen, brother', whilst others can't ... Read More

Start teaching Chinese instead of French in schools

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Dear Editor, I know I am going to get a lot of flak for this from our French teachers, but I think the time has come for us to start preparing our people to deal with the present and future global realities that we are and will face. One of these is preparation to shift our priorities away from weakening interests, like French, and strengthening ties towards China. As such, we should start replacing the teaching of French with Chinese languages in our schools. China is slated to become the wor ... Read More

Chik-V is our responsibility now

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Dear Editor, In recent times there has been much talk about the chikungunya virus. In some circles people have blamed the Government, saying that they have not taken a proper stand in the way they have attempted to deal with it. First, there were complaints that the reports given by the health ministry were not true reflections of how widespread the virus is. There are those who even criticised the prime minister's address at the recent People's National Party conference forgetting that the r ... Read More

Appoint a health minister of state

Tuesday, September 30, 2014    

Dear Editor, After last evening's really poor national broadcast by Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, I am beginning to wonder why such the large and complex Ministry of Health does not have at least one minister of state. I see where the industry and commerce, tourism, energy and mining and foreign affairs ministries, for example, have state ministers. With the chikungunya epidemic causing wrenching problems everywhere, and the minister unable to manage the situation, I would have thought t ... Read More



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