Letters to the Editor

Make crime reduction an IMF target

While Jamaica missed its $121-billion target under the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility pact, the IMF has not declared the programme
derailed.

Dear Editor, Let's indulge ourselves for a fleeting moment in a thought outside the box, a pinch of logic, and a dash of common sense. We all agree that crime is an inhibitor to Jamaica's economic growth -- there's not a dissenting voice within earshot, not even from political tribalists. The folk ... Read More

Playing the wage negotiations dice
Dear Editor, It is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation for Government in its conti ... Read More

PASSPORT RUSH Roll back the passport hike!
Dear Editor, The bad news has been widespread. The nation has been hit with another price increase ... Read More

The FLOW building in New Kingston Telecoms struggle
Dear Editor, Recently, Minister Phillip Paulwell engaged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to ... Read More

French debt cancellation no victory for reparations

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

SARKOZY... announced the cancellation of all of Haiti's US$77-million debt to
France in February

Dear Editor, It has now been reported that the Government of France has cancelled the debts owed to it by Haiti. Now, while those who have been pushing for reparations from Europe for the so-called crimes of slavery are celebrating, the French cancellation should in no way be seen as a victory for reparations. Third World countries like ours have been receiving debt relief for some time now. For example, Jamaica got $4 billion worth of debt forgiveness from Britain between 1997 and 2004. Haiti ... Read More

Careful how we pray for rain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dear Editor, The fires in the Blue Mountains burned for two weeks. This is unfortunate for a number of reasons. Coffee takes years to reach full production. The impact on that industry will be felt for several years. We are told that there is to be an evaluation to determine the way forward. May I suggest, respectfully, that -- important as it is -- we do not spend too much time on evaluation. Perhaps some corrective action could start in the meantime. I say that because the ground is now in a ... Read More

These US$ price tags

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dear Editor, The last I heard the only legal tender in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar. If that remains true, how is it that some businesses are allowed to advertise goods and services while quoting prices and collecting payment in US dollars without any form of repercussion. Over the weekend I was approached by a promotional sales representative offering package deals to one of our local attractions. Upon examining the document, I was surprised to see that all entry prices were quoted in US do ... Read More

Backwardness holding Jamaica back

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dear Editor, On my last visit to Jamaica, I failed to receive some monies which I thought would have been set aside for me. Therefore, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 I visited my local financial institution to make an unplanned withdrawal. I joined the line and waited patiently until I reached the teller. On reaching the teller, I presented two pieces of pictured identification -- one of which was a valid driver's licence, the other was a valid passport. The street address on my driver's licence d ... Read More

Jamaican Gov't should speak up for Buju

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Jamaican Gov’t should
speak up for Buju

Dear Editor, The news that the US Federal prosecutors dropped the gun charge against international reggae star Buju Banton was bittersweet. The prosecutors only agreed to drop the charge if and only if Buju dropped his appeal. This is tragic for Buju because he had an excellent chance of winning his appeal due to juror misconduct in his trial. One of the jurors that decided Buju's fate is now being prosecuted for illegally conducting independent research and lying about it in court. Her case i ... Read More

T'eif and more t'eif!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

Dear Editor, Please allow me to vent my disgust about the way thieves who are known in a community continue to be allowed to get away with the wrongs they commit, and no one will come forward to tell what they know. In an inner-city community nothing happens and nobody ever sees it. Some even say they are afraid of the police. And the view that "police don't investigate police" stands unwavering. I am so sorry for the new commissioner; beautiful speeches, but the truth is, that is all he can ... Read More

Tufton and Williams could make history

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams at a sitting of the Senate

Dear Editor, If I were Arthur Williams or Dr Christopher Tufton I would vote with the Government to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the final court of appeal. One good reason is that the Caribbean justice system is one of good repute that we all created in co-operation with the regional law faculties and the two law schools. Another is that it would be a demonstration of confidence in ourselves and our institutions. A third is that the CCJ would provide the detachment from local pa ... Read More

Be careful, Betty Ann Blaine

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

To say I was shocked and appalled to hear founder of Hear the Children's Cry Betty Ann Blaine imply that only children from poor homes go missing is a gross understatement. Speaking at the launch of National Missing Children's Awareness Week, Blaine further stated that these children run away from home due to bad or poor treatment as well as abuse. Unlike Blaine, I don't wear blinkers that force me to see only one direction. Advocacy does not entitle people to misrepresent facts and state half ... Read More

 Let the people vote!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Dear Editor, I am pleased that within Jamaica there is a political party in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that believes in giving the people a voice in terms of how our nation is governed. This is indeed a fresh approach to the much more common scenario of politicians not listening or even pretending to listen to the people until an election is due. Since achieving self-government, it is a known fact that Jamaica has only had one referendum. It is with this in mind and my strong belief in the ... Read More

Do something about the poor driving!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Dear Editor, It is abundantly clear from driving on Jamaican roads that many drivers are unfamiliar with the road code. Nonetheless, these drivers have valid driver's licences. Consider this: When was the last time you saw a vehicle with L plates affixed being driven by a male? It is a rare sight indeed! Additionally, because of impatience, speeding, inadequate road markings and signage, accidents rates are very high. This has led to insurance companies charging very high premiums. How can we ... Read More



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