Letters to the Editor

A stroke of genius

Deejay Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Pryce, addressing police yesterday at the Jamaica Conference Centre. (karl mclarty)

Dear Editor, When I took up the papers this week, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Ministry of National Security took the initiative to host a motivational seminar for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. I think if anyone or group in the Jamaican workforce or public service needs m ... Read More

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (centre), Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at yesterday’s 35th National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Strong families the answer to crime
Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness: I was on ... Read More

  Solid message from DJ ‘lecturers’
Dear Editor, Rodney “Bounty Killer” Price and Desmond “Ninjaman” Ballentine ... Read More

Jamaica must not become extension of any country’s penal system
Dear Editor, This is a case which reminds of “look a gift horse in the mouth”. The UK o ... Read More

Murray’s involvement blown out of proportion

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

MURRAY ... tried to prevent photographer from taking pictures of accused Rupert ClarkeJamaica Observer file

Dear Editor, Heather Murray, principal of Hampton School, unfortunately, became the centre of the sexual offence matter involving clergyman Rupert Clarke. She is a wonderful principal of impeccable character. My daughter is a past student of Hampton — a school which provides the young ladies with wholesome education. Murray has defended the ladies at Hampton, and at the Parent-Teachers’ Association meetings would occasionally warn the ladies and parents of the negative impact of rel ... Read More

Handling the crisis of a scandal

Thursday, January 19, 2017    


Dear Editor, In 1982 the company that manufactured the pain reliever Tylenol (Johnson and Johnson) had a major crisis on its hands. In October of that year in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, seven people dropped dead after taking this over-the-counter medication (which was their number one money maker at the time). It was subsequently discovered that the pills were laced with cyanide. Instead of trying to sweep this issue under the carpet, the company fully cooperated with the federal ... Read More

Obeah, Minister?!

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

National Security Minister Robert 'Bobby' Montague

Dear Editor, We can all agree that crime is an issue in Jamaica that needs every hand on deck to solve and to rid our country of this noose that is around the neck of Brand Jamaica. Since this Jamaica Labour Party Administration took office the Jamaican people are yet to hear from the minister of national security a comprehensive plan as to how his Administration will tackle this issue of crime. This after the prime minister rode in on a promise that Jamaicans would soon be able to sleep with ... Read More

Fighting crime really not about the money

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Dear Editor, For many Jamaicans, one of the main reasons this battle against crime has taken so long is we lack resources to effectively win. If we had enough wealth then we could afford the required unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to support naval vessels to secure our coastline and prevent guns and drugs that support our gangs. We would be able to afford more fixed wing aircraft to supply the Jamaica Defence Force, more and bigger guns for the police and the army, X-ray equipment to secure ... Read More

Accepting UK prison deal could mean higher taxes

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.(File Photo)

Dear Editor, Generation 2000, the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, commends the Andrew Holness Administration for not accepting the ‘UK prison deal’ as such a deal would likely mean higher taxes for Jamaicans. The agreement that the previous Government was attempting to get into would mean Jamaicans would likely have to pay higher taxes, as the UK was only funding 40 per cent of any such project. That means the Government would have to find an additional $6 ... Read More

Change criminal laws, not commish!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Acting Police Commissioner Novelette Grant speaking at a news conference at police headquarters in Kingston yesterday.(Bryan Cummings)

Dear Editor, Here we go again, once more around the mulberry bush. Yet another commissioner of police has quit; yet more irrational calls for yet another national security minister to resign. When are we going to conclude that the problems do not lie with who holds these two positions? Jamaica Observer columnist Christopher Burns, in his The Agenda column in the Sunday Observer of January 14, 2017 notes that “desperate times calls for desperate measures”, which supports Gleaner ... Read More

Impressed with police interaction

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    


Dear Editor, ?When bad things happen we jump to complain, but when good things happen, no one sings praises. Today I would like to change that by praising the police for their conduct and demeanour in my latest interaction with them. Last night, while driving along Constant Spring Road ?in the direction of Mary Brown’s Corner (Rich?ie B’ gas station), I was stopped by two police officers for a routine spot check. One officer approached my vehicle, and I was astonished by the way ... Read More

Police building confidence

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    


Dear Editor, Last Wednesday and Friday I had two pleasant and encouraging experiences involving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). On both occasions, the police were conducting vehicular spot checks. The first experience was in Darliston, Westmoreland, and the second was in the vicinity of Salem, St Ann. I was encouraged by the politeness with which the JCF members conducted themselves in both instances. I was greeted with: “Good afternoon, Sir,” and then told the re ... Read More

I cried, I cry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Child abuse

Dear Editor, Today I cried. I cried for those suffering immeasurable pain from oppression, sexual violence, and other forms of abuse in our beloved Jamaica. I cried and hyperventilated and even cursed because I am just sick and tired of the suffering that so many of our people go through every day. We must believe that the violence which prevails in this country has an expiry date. We must believe that gender-based violence against women and girls can become a thing of the past. We must, of ne ... Read More

Engendering hope for the new year

Monday, January 16, 2017    

Anthropologist Herbert Gayle works on his computer in his office at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Dear Editor, In recent weeks, some prominence has been afforded Horace Levy’s plea for “another policy” in challenging the crime monster in western Jamaica. Levy has spent the last decade and a half working with the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), and he knows first-hand what can be achieved when unattached inner-city youth are engaged in ways that enable them to feel they belong to a wider cause. No one is likely to make a sacrifice or change a given lifestyle for the ben ... Read More



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