Letters to the Editor

Minister Lisa alone can't do it

Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, I read with interest your editorial of Thursday, October 30, 2014 regarding the celebration of Youth Month and the non-acceptance of failure from Minister Lisa Hanna. While I agree somewhat with your charge to the minister, I believe it is totally unfair to lay it all at her feet,,,,, ... Read More

Shauna-Kay Rowe of the Family Planning and Education Unit of the Jamaica Red Cross. (Photo: Paul Henry)
Children being sexualised too early
Dear Editor, On October 27, 2014 a member of the group Jamaicans United Against Domestic Violence a ... Read More

State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown converses on his cellphone (file photo) 'Gov't tek people fi poppyshow'
Dear Editor, The recent phone bill brouhaha should come as no surprise to the Jamaican populace. Fo ... Read More

The Kingston College
campus on North Street. The time has come, KCOBA
Dear Editor, As one with close familial ties to Kingston College and who advocates for the advancem ... Read More

CHIKV on the brains, Wignall?

Friday, October 31, 2014    

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the painful
chikungunya virus.

Dear Editor, As a Kingston College old boy (Class of 81) I was intrigued by the defence put up by Mark Wignall of the decision by the KC Old Boys' Association president to revert to an all-male annual dinner. I was struggling to find the usual substance in Mark's writing, until I reached the end paragraphs and discovered that he wrote the piece while suffering from chikungunya. So now we have evidence that the virus also affects the mind. Trevor Riley jamaicatrev@icloud.com CHIKV on the bra ... Read More

Botched rationale for abortions

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

KNIGHT...legalise it!

Dear Editor, Your issue of October 28, 2014 reports the demand for legalised abortions by the head of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) Dr Sandra Knight. The first rationale provided is that "it is happening anyway". This justification is logically flawed. Murder,child sex abuse, and corruption are examples of behaviours all rampant in Jamaica. Prevalence, therefore, would not justify legalisation. The second rationale is the well-used "botched abortion" coat hanger argument. This arg ... Read More

Talking at the people's expense

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown converses on his cellphone (file photo)

Dear Editor, What is our priority as a nation? How can the Government continue to tell public sector workers to "hold strain" and endure years of wage freeze when it all seems to be going to waste on not only chartered flights for deportation but also on loquacious ministers. A recent news report highlighted the phone bills of some government ministers and the most outstanding was that of the junior minister in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, who amassed a bill in excess of one million dollars b ... Read More

All Muslims must discover the conditions for peace

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

OTTAWA, Canada — A Canadian Soldier salutes the hearse carrying the body of Corporal Nathan Cirillo on the Veterans Memorial Highway in Ottawa on Friday.
Canadians are mourning the loss of Corporal Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on
Wednesday. (PHOTO: AP)

Dear Editor, While most would agree with your commendation of the Canadian Government's defiance in your editorial of October 28, many, including some Muslims, would question your blanket assertion that Islam preaches "peace, tolerance and respect for life". Your statement could be questioned on three grounds. Firstly, the identity of the people who carried out the World Trade Center bombings, the bombings at embassies and nightclubs across the world, and the mayhem and violence in Iraq and Sy ... Read More

Ja's burning house of cards

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

This JLP supporter rings her bell to show her support for, and
confidence in her party winning the next local government and
general elections. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Dear Editor, "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." This quote is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. While I must agree with "honest Abe" on the principle of not falling into the apathy caused by the "harassing" and "bombarding" thoughts of the daily political absurdity that occurs during the process of governance, what we Jamaicans endure can no longer be cate ... Read More

Hello... national disgrace calling

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Arnaldo Brown

Dear Editor, It is bad enough that in the midst of a debt crisis, when the Government has insisted that they have no money to help the poor and dispossessed to survive, the prime minister of Jamaica stubbornly maintains a Cabinet of over 20 ministers to administer the affairs of a mere 2.7 million people. When the economic crisis first threatened to totally devastate the nation, concerned people called on the Government to take a symbolic salary cut to demonstrate to the hurting nation that th ... Read More

Dr Sandra Knight is right!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Dr Sandra Knight is right

Dear Editor, I am not the head of the National Family Planning Board, particularly because I have never had the requisite qualifications for that or its related fields. I am clueless about formulating legislation and have no aspirations where serving in Parliament is concerned. At best, I am a concerned citizen who only knows that, while I want the citizenry to participate and contribute, I want a political directorate that leads. The role of the church in Jamaican society is undeniably mark ... Read More

  Take back the award  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Dear Editor, Let me first congratulate the Jamaica Observer on a fine piece of journalism in bringing to public attention the disgraceful behaviour of an international athlete and public official (JAAA 3rd V-P). Not many people the world over are unaware of the humility and fine personality of the accomplished Courtney Andrew Walsh, in whose honour a national sports award have been appropriately named. Now, for the nominee of this year's prestigious award to elect not to attend the awards cere ... Read More

Stop Coaster bullies on Molynes Road

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

A newly sprayed Coaster bus under the management of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Dear Editor, At 7:40 this morning (October 28), as I was travelling along Molynes Road, a bus conductor threw himself under my vehicle. Yes, he pretended to trip and fall under my vehicle. All this was done to prevent me from driving so that a Coaster bus could turn around in the middle of the road. The bus driver laughed at his antics and, after he finished making this illegal U-turn, the conductor dusted himself off and told me with a smile on his face, "You have a water leak." I immediatel ... Read More

What is Customs doing about the black coil?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014    

What is Customs doing about the black coil?

Dear Editor, On March 28, 2013, the Jamaica Customs department was given the status of executive agency to fully perform as such effective April 2, 2013. One of its mandates is to protect Jamaica's borders against illicit imports. However, following the recent resurfacing of black mosquito coils, I can't help but question the ability of agency to carry out such a role. As far back as 2012, the Pesticide Control Authority issued a stern warning against importing, selling and using black mosqui ... Read More



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