Letters to the Editor

Let's be safe, not sorry

Let's be safe, not sorry

Dear Editor, The recent crash of flight 9525 in the French Alps has brought into sharp focus the issues of pilot screening for fitness. The aviation industry has not been the same since September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed commercial passenger planes in the World Trade Center kil ... Read More

The National Stadium is filled to capacity on Saturday evening, the final day of the
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Atheletics Championships. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Champs 2015 was a success
Dear Editor, It was very good to see Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; sports minister, Natalie ... Read More

Hughes after his 100-metre victory at Champs Understanding the KC tears
Dear Editor, Many people in the National Stadium on Saturday could not understand why Kingston Coll ... Read More

We must condemn the attack on Young Jamaica
Dear Editor, The attack on a group from the Jamaica Labour Party youth arm, Young Jamaica, by alleg ... Read More

Ambush at Stadium

Tuesday, March 31, 2015    

Michael O'hara

Dear Editor, If I had wanted to denigrate Digicel, I could not have done a better job than they did themselves in the incident involving Michael O'Hara in the "Be Extraordinary" incident on the final day of the recently concluded ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships. The incident gave new meaning to the term "ambush marketing". However, I will not be an advocate for GraceKennedy, LIME, or the other sponsors; they can make their own case. However, no matter how I try to rationalise ... Read More

Can't give health system basket to carry water

Monday, March 30, 2015    

The state-owned Kingston Public
Hospital (KPH).

Dear Editor, It is no secret that the promise of free education and free health care won the election for Bruce Golding and the Jamaica Labour Party in the 2007 General Election. Then, having been elected to Government, they had to deliver on their promise by abolishing the user fees from health centres and public hospitals, and also the paying of school fees at the secondary level. By itself, it looks and sound like a very noble idea, but this desperate election move has cost the country dear ... Read More

Highlight the new SMART politicians

Monday, March 30, 2015    

(L) Chris Tufton (R) Raymond Pryce

Dear Editor, I continue to watch Jamaica's challenge in finding leaders that young people can look up to. I notice from time to time there are positive articles and features about our politicians from both sides, both genders, and all ages. The Sunday Observer of March 29, 2015 includes two of Jamaica's most promising politicians: Dr Christopher Tufton, who in one article declares that he is ready to serve, and Raymond Pryce, who is trying to bring us a hospital in Santa Cruz. Coincidentally, ... Read More

Flashing lights; going nowhere

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, Can someone from the police force please explain to us, the travelling motorists, the reason behind the use of the flashing blue lights on their patrol vehicles during the day and night by the Police Motorized Patrol Division. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I was travelling behind one of these vehicles (MPD 068) at 8:10 pm going along Hope Road and this vehicle had its lights flashing from the traffic lights at Trafalgar and Waterloo straight up to Liguanea. These lights are extrem ... Read More

Help for Bethesda Basic

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, I wish to commend Mercedes Allen-Bunsie, principal of Bethesda Basic School in Port Antonio, Portland, and her team for the excellent work they have been doing at the school over the years. Their recent 2nd-place achievement in the 4-H Achievement Day Poster Competition for clubbites is indeed commendable. The team at Bethesda Basic School have been excelling against the odds, however they are in need of further assistance to ensure a more comfortable and safe environment for the ... Read More

Gov't by emergency and impressions

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Dear Editor, We have seen this modus operandi so often, and it occurs when either party is in power. And, so, every time any head of state visits, you always find the Government busy finding the money to repair roads and other trappings whilst they tell people that we must "band wi belly". I am sure they are trying to impress the visitor. But, would not it be better that they showed that we are a broke country with a multi-trillion-dollar debt, children going to school without lunch money, and ... Read More

Phillips misleading public sector workers

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, Peter Phillips is attempting, either through ignorance or deception, to cheat public sector workers out of a fair wage increase. He is quoted as saying: "The lowering of inflation has been making it easier for Jamaicans to survive." There is a strong implication here that the lower inflation will make people's limited incomes go further, which is very misleading. Even the much-touted inflation figure of 6.4 per cent for 2014 means that prices in 2014 went up 6.4 per cent not that ... Read More

Yard sale in Ja! Everything must go!

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Dear Editor, I've never seen a country with leadership that finds joy in selling income-generating assets like Jamaica. It pains my heart. According to the news report, the Government has made the decision to sell the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT). It is said that the "concession...will result in all positions being made redundant", but "workers should not view the development as a bad thing". What is really wrong with the PM? Is she for real? What's so good about a person losing his/her j ... Read More

PM in Wonderland

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Dear Editor, I actually took the time to listen to the prime minister of Jamaica's Budget presentation to Parliament and, as always whenever I hear her speak, I had to wonder if this is really the best Jamaica has to offer in terms of leadership. For a moment I thought I was present at the funeral of someone whose life had no purpose and the person delivering the eulogy was trying very hard to give some kind of purpose to that person. I had high expectations of hearing her mention the brutali ... Read More

Retire the monarchy!

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Dear Editor, It was reported in the news recently that the Barbados prime minister has announced plans to remove The Queen as head of state and transform Barbados into a republic by November 2016 as the country celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence. Barbados will, however, remain a member of the Commonwealth. The reasons are very similar to those expressed by Portia Simpson Miller back in 2012, when she also announced plans for Jamaica to replace The Queen with a ceremonial President ... Read More



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