Letters to the Editor

We need more ‘Butch’ Stewarts

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

Dear Editor, I am comforted to know that we have people like Gordon “Butch” Stewart who can put country above self. I wish we had more people like him. His suggestion to give half of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) money to assist the Government in taking Jamaica out of the rut we a ... Read More

Toward reducing crime
Dear Editor, “Fear follows crime, and is it punishment.” — Voltaire According to ... Read More

Customers stand outside the former SLB location August will still be happy; SLB safe
Dear Editor, It is in response to the letter ‘SLB cut almost brought me to tears’ scrip ... Read More

Respect for the rule of law
Dear Editor, Lord Anthony Gifford, in his public piece ‘Human rights and the Tambourine Army& ... Read More

Pandora’s bank box now open

Monday, February 06, 2017    

Dear Editor, The five of us, retired professionals in our advanced years, danced and clapped our hands when the Pandora’s box at the banks was opened. For decades people complained with bread-stuffed mouths about what happened to them at the bank. The money they thought they had just disappeared, and they had nobody to help them. For years, friends, acquaintances and even strangers talked how bank workers took off the interest on some accounts, especially when they discovered the saver w ... Read More

New day needed in petroleum trade

Friday, February 03, 2017    

The whole island cannot be held at ransom every time there is a dispute.

Dear Editor, I usually like to proffer a solution to any issue on which I comment, but in the instant case I am not sure that I have one. I speak of the gasolene/petrol trade in Jamaica. I have wondered over these many years why succeeding governments have allowed the entire nation to be held at ransom from time to time by two entities in the trade in particular — the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) and the tanker drivers. Invariably whenever either of these two groups are ... Read More

WADA needs to check itself

Friday, February 03, 2017    

Dear Editor, With the disqualification of our 4x100 metre quartet from the Beijing Olympics in China due to Nesta Carter’s doping findings we are left with a sour taste in our national mouth. Star performers like Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt must be counting their losses from the unwelcome experience. The lesson being taught is that you can always win, but be more careful of how you go about the whole business of sports. Though he might be found guilty, and wanting of a better word, we a ... Read More

Voice-alteration feature may be unsafe

Friday, February 03, 2017    

Dear Editor, It is my opinion that new “fun” feature has great potential to aid criminals. I was taken aback when I received a call from a telecoms giant introducing me to a new feature which allows customers to change their voice during a phone call. You are able to change your real voice to a cartoon character, or with traffic in the background, etc. I found it amusing at first, but after second thought, this new feature can easily be used by criminals for scamming, sending threa ... Read More

Give taxi operators more structure!

Friday, February 03, 2017    

Taxi operators must have visible signs.

Dear Editor, It is full time the Government of Jamaica puts in some strict regulations for taxi operators in this country. For too long taxi operators, and minibuses too, are allowed to just do as they please. It is a free-for-all. We cannot also expect the police to be the only ones to apply the laws under the Road Traffic Act and believe this will cause them to fall in line and stay within the law. Our taxi operators have become involved in criminal acts such as robberies, as they are at ti ... Read More

Let’s support those who support us

Friday, February 03, 2017    

Dear Editor, I have been watching the outrage from some quarters about the prime minister’s visit to Israel and have taken an interest in the comments which suggest that the visit was an anti-Palestinian move. If we are to separate the rhetoric and look at the facts, I would like to ask when have the Arabs or Palestinians ever supported the black struggle. As blacks we are always supporting everybody’s struggle on the basis of what’s morally right; however, in turn no one su ... Read More

Trump may be the solution to our brain drain problem

Thursday, February 02, 2017    

Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, The recent actions of the new American president, Donald Trump, in limiting the access that some people may have in getting into America, and the recent vote by the British to leave the European Union, which was partly driven by the concerns that too many people were coming into Britain, have caused much concern to countries like ours in the Caribbean and elsewhere. However, while many of us are cursing the apparent rise of xenophobia in the United States and Europe, it may not all ... Read More

Ruel Reid is among what’s right with Jamaica

Thursday, February 02, 2017    

Ruel Reid

Dear Editor, I wish to express my respect, admiration and support for Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information. in my humble opinion, minister reid is the right man for the education, youth, information portfolios. He is a father, teacher, principal par excellence, and has a broad knowledge and understanding of the education landscape with its attendant socio-economic issues. His outstanding career had led to him receiving several awards recognising his excellent work, ... Read More

Arm the police to the teeth

Thursday, February 02, 2017    

File photo

Dear Editor, Based on the high level of crime in our country, all police stations in the 14 parishes of Jamaica should have at least five motor vehicles ready at hand to respond to the call of duty against this big and powerful crime monster. Furthermore, the country needs at least 5,000 more good policemen to cover the four corners of Jamaica to engage the criminals, because it seems as if there are more illegal guns and more criminals in Jamaica than the number of cops. And it seems as tho ... Read More

Harmony between agriculture and housing

Thursday, February 02, 2017    

The JP building on Oxford Road in new Kingston

Dear Editor, In instances where you have a finite resource to be shared between two very legitimate but competing interests, in-depth qualitative analysis should be a basic platform for informing the national policy prescription and considerations as to how to treat both. Data derived from the National Agricultural Census indicate an alarming rate of reallocation of arable farmland, some under active cultivation at the time, as is the case with several parcels in the Portmore community (former ... Read More



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