Letters to the Editor

Chik-V preparedness tun up

Dear Editor, As I read the various articles and view the super large advertisements that promote pain relievers, I am convinced of a conspiracy: Is chickungunya really as a result of a mosquito bite? Much akin to an urgent hurricane advisory, the supermarket shelves which once held a variety of mo ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller waves to supporters at her party’s
annual conference held on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Portianomics: We do less with more money!
Dear Editor, I would like to take time out to voice my opinion with regard to the Prime Minister Po ... Read More

Divine intervention for the new commish
Dear Editor, May God help the new Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to do the impossible, be fai ... Read More

Plant 65 breadfruit trees
Dear Editor, It is a great idea to plant breadfruit trees in honour of philanthropist the late G Ra ... Read More

Clean up our education system

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Recently university professor, Carolyn Cooper made a guest appearance on a radio programme where she said that student were coming to university and without being able to even construct a good sentence! I asked myself how are these children passing the CSEC and CAPE subjects with distinctions and are entering university and can’t put together a good sentence. What has happen to our education system? I hereby submit my recommendation to the presiding minister of education to ... Read More

No handouts, pursue justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Dear Editor, Mario Deane’s family did well in not accepting the handouts. Kudos to you all for standing up for your beliefs. How could the burial money being offered to compensate for the young man's life; the grief, pain and loss the family is experiencing. Accepting money from the Government would be really laughable, as it would guarantee them a front row seat at the funeral looking all pompous, showing Jamaicans they did their fair share, meaning the end of their discussion with the ... Read More

Chik-V on vacation in the Caribbean

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Identifying, preventing Chikungunya

Dear Editor, The Caribbean region known for its allure and beautiful white sand beaches now has a new visitor who has overstayed its welcome. All Jamaicans by now should know of someone who has recovered or who is currently experiencing the flu-like symptoms associated with the chikungunya virus. Chikungunya is not a new virus. This virus has lived quietly in south-eastern Africa for many years. However, since December of 2013 the virus's decision to take a Caribbean vacation has been creating ... Read More

We can't honour those who brought us to this low

Monday, September 22, 2014    

P J Patterson

Dear Editor, Former Prime Minister P J Patterson is asking Jamaicans to show appreciation for politicians while they are alive and that we should cease to vilify our political leaders and not lump them together in a class of gang. On the face of it this seems like a reasonable proposition, our political leaders make extraordinary sacrifices in serving our country and many times we seem unappreciative. But there is another side to this issue and we all would be dishonest if we didn't acknowledg ... Read More

Why should we pay for their defence?

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Mario Deane 

Dear Editor, It is happily noted that the Jamaican Bar Association, in a media release regarding the killing of Mario Deane, has added its support to the position of many others who believe that "where police officers breach the rights of individuals, and such breach results in harm or damage suffered by that individual, the officers must be made to pay and not the taxpayers..." The practice at present, however, has not only been confined to taxpayers having to pay for the harm or damage, but ... Read More

You disappoint, Dr Tufton

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Dr Christopher Tufton

Dear Editor, I was looking forward to Dr Christopher Tufton's lunch-hour speech last week on how civil society organisations were bedeviled by the perception of political bias. What a disappointment it turned out to be. Under the guise of making an analytical presentation, Dr Tufton merely complained about the perceived leaning of certain select organisations towards the People's National Party (PNP). He could have saved his speech by also mentioning the Jamaicans For Justice, the Dennis Mea ... Read More

Commish, cast an eye on Barnett Street

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Irate residents demonstrating in front of the Barnett Street Police Station, St James, on Tuesday over the controversial death of Mario Deane who was beaten while
in custody at the facility. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

Dear Editor, I was really hoping that for the sake of Mario Deane's family and a peace of mind for us all that we would be able to watch the news and not hear another bad report on this matter. It is ironic that shortly after we saw the new commissioner of police being sworn in, we heard of yet another terrible incident that took place at the Barnett Street Police Station, where an eyewitness in the matter, who is also an inmate, escaped from their custody through an unlocked window. I must a ... Read More

What has become of Vision 2030?

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Dear Editor, I encourage Jamaicans everywhere to have a look at Vision 2030. It is easily accessed online at http://www.vision2030.gov.jm/. Vision 2030 has as its central aim, the vision of "making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business". Vision 2030 is the result of true consensus across political divides and various civil interest groups and, to my mind, is truly something that all Jamaicans everywhere can embrace. It is for and about Jamaica and Jamaican ... Read More

Alternative boots on the ground

Friday, September 19, 2014    

OBAMA...Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and
destroy ISIS so that it's no longer a threat,

Dear Editor, Please consider the following recommendation for President Obama: The repetitive mantra "No American boots on the ground" rings loudly each time defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria is discussed in Washington. It is appreciated that US citizens are war weary and reluctant to become again involved in another military campaign in the Middle East. "No American boots on the ground" could be replaced by "alternative boots on the ground" to assist with the war effort if the US Government w ... Read More

A crisis of conscience

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe delivers his speech during celebrations to
mark his 90th birthday in Marondera Sunday, February 23. Mugabe who is
Africa's oldest leader has been in power in the Southern African nation
since 1980. (Photo:AP)

Dear Editor, Throughout the current global crisis, a great dishonesty has been at work. The issue has not been bank solvency, budget deficits, social welfare, or inceasing competition, through more privatisation in the West. The issue has been, and remains, the glaring disparity between living standards in the West and the poor countries of this planet, primarily in Africa, Asia, and the West Indies. For example, the Haiti earthquake exposed a multitude of Western sins: a country a little over ... Read More



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