Letters to the Editor

Diaspora glad no Christmas election

Diaspora glad no Christmas election

Permit me space in the Observer to thank Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for exercising restraint regarding not calling an election, especially during the month of December, a traditionally time-honoured period for celebration by Christians and non-believers alike. As Government, one would be ... Read More

Good move private sector/civil society
It is always a positive sign when civil society and private sector leadership take an active interes ... Read More

House talk not only 'bad mind'
The average Jamaican has existed as a part of the 'under-class', but changes in access and opportuni ... Read More

Peter's box
Dr Peter Phillips has now opened the proverbial Pandora's box by requesting the public declaration o ... Read More

Reggae Boyz World Cup dream attainable, but...

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, Given Jamaica's shaky start to the CONCACAF semi-final round of World Cup qualifiers, coupled with some off-the-field issues, I nevertheless remain optimistic -- despite some detractors -- that the Reggae Boyz can mount a formidable challenge and ultimately qualify for Russia in 2018. To achieve this, however, there has to be a concerted effort by all stakeholders -- players, management and technical staff -- to remain focused and unified. Over the years, there appears to be some ... Read More

JLP was 'sold a dummy'

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party at a
party rally recently. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS)

Dear Editor, A popular term used in football matches when a wily forward sends the opposing defender the wrong way is "being sold a dummy", and that is exactly what the People's National Party (PNP) has done to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). And, man, they have really bought it! I knew from day one that the election would not have been held this year. The PNP has too many windows of opportunity between now and December 2016 to call the election now. The first window of opportunity opened t ... Read More

Not enough ram goat, so no election

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Prime Minister and People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller (centre) and other
party stalwarts sing the party’s anthem during Sunday night’s mass meeting in Portmore, St

Dear Editor, Our prime minister told us that she was waiting for the master to tell her when to call the election, or words to that effect. I think the truth of the matter is her decision to not call the election this year is a calculated one, and that it has less to do with divine intervention or her standing in the polls. I believe the reason there will be no election until next year is that we would not have enough of a supply of ram goats to make the curry meal for the election and Christ ... Read More

Don't let them drive off with Customs money

Friday, November 27, 2015    

vehicles on
the wharf.

Dear Editor, I write to offer unsolicited advice to the minister of finance, to help save the country some tax revenue. A general election is constitutionally due by December 2016 and, based on experience, each candidate from both political parties will be given duty concession on motor vehicles imported for campaigning; totalling 126 candidates. I am proposing that in formulating the import policy for these concessionary vehicles the following be considered: 1. That the present threshold of ... Read More

Where do I go to get my reputation back?

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Dear Editor, I must ask: Where do I go to get my reputation back when it appears that three powerful institutions of the State — the Attorney General's Department, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Office of the Commissioner of Police — have, over several years, conspired in behaviour that results in me, a citizen of Jamaica, suffering much psychological pain and severe financial losses? Where do I go to get my reputation back when all the institutions of t ... Read More

Do the honourable thing!

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dr Andrei Cooke

Dear Editor, With the continued furore about the disastrous state of the public health sector and its terrible politicisation and mismanagement by former Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and the ministry's broader leadership, it really is an embarrassment that Dr Andrei Cooke, the chairman of the powerful South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) continues to occupy that role. That authority overseas all public hospitals and health centres in the capital Kingston city, St Catherine and St ... Read More

Can we trust our police with the DNA legislation?

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is noted that the DNA Evidence Act has recently been passed by the House of Representatives. Since then, I have had the opportunity to read the 74-page document, which I found well put-together and easy to read, without excessive legalese. The Act has closely followed the British version of making it possible for an "authorised person" to have a DNA sample taken from anyone suspected of, charged with, reported for, or convicted of a "relevant offence". The interpretation secti ... Read More

Stop this MP-Caretaker foolishness

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

People’s National Party supporters (top) and their Jamaica Labour
Party counterparts (bottom) at rallies for their respective parties.

Dear Editor, Recently, I have been noticing a new self-aggrandising political term called "MP caretaker or caretaker MP." As far as I am concerned, the joining of the names of the two positions is utter rubbish and it trivialises the Jamaican Parliament. The term "MP" is reserved absolutely for an elected member of the parliament and a "caretaker" is a non-elected official who is a representative of his or her political party that lost in the previous election, or is newly placed in a constit ... Read More

The cost of singing

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, The current Television Jamaica programme All Together Sing is just another flimflam to use students to generate revenue for the major sponsors. It has very little to with talent and developing the young voices of students. I watch with disgust as students walk around with containers soliciting money to vote. They also mount major fund-raisers weekly to get funds to submit votes to get an opportunity to win $1,000,000. I was surprised to hear from one of the choirs that made it to ... Read More

Clear and discernible political expediency

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller watches as candidates Hugh Buchanan (centre) and Evon Redman greet Comrades
in Black River on Sunday night. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will have us believe that her decision to postpone the general election was borne out of concern for the over 37,000 newly enumerated people. Really? Her decision comes more as a result of political expediency, rather than any principled stance or commitment to ensure that those 37,000 new electors were not disenfranchised. Why didn't we hear any reference to this before Sunday? There is a clear and discernible pattern of political expediency ... Read More



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