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

What would you have done differently, Phillips?

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Dr Peter Phillips, the Opposition spokesman on finance, speaking in the budget debate in Parliament.Photo: Joseph Wellington

Dear Editor, I paid keen attention to Peter Phillips’s presentation on the 2017/2018 national budget in his role as Opposition spokesperson on finance. Unfortunately, Phillips did a great job at reigniting disinterest in Jamaican politics with his predictable delivery that was filled with criticism and negativity. It is simply disappointing that the person who is expected to step into the driver’s seat of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) jeep failed to offer an altern ... Read More

An objective look at the new tax package

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Dear Editor, The Government has announced a new slew of taxes to fulfil its election promise of the $1.5-million tax break. While there has been some backtracking of the initial promise of no new taxes, the level of backlash being spewed is quite unnecessary. The bulk of the new taxes will come from an increase in the special consumption tax on petroleum products which was the case in the financial year 2016-2017. Looking objectively at the increase placed on fuel is a far cry from the peak oi ... Read More

Don’t kick a man when he’s down, JADCo

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Andre Russell

Dear Editor, From time to time our sportsmen and women have had to defend their reputation before local and international tribunals. These experiences must be harrowing, painful and expensive for them. However, when adverse test results and failure to present themselves occur, action must be taken. This is paramount in the preservation of our national sporting programmes. Notwithstanding, the appearance of balance and fairness must be the hallmark of all decision-making. In the case of Andre ... Read More

Withhold your funds from the TEF, Stewart

Monday, March 20, 2017    

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

Dear Editor, I listened in horror and disbelief as the chairman of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) went on the attack over Government’s decision to use part of of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to support the country. The arrogance of the JHTA is beyond belief, and I wonder in whose interest it is advocating. Certainly not the country. For one, the TEF is awash with money that is not being used at all, but sitting there earning minuscule rates of interest. It would s ... Read More

Retarded in self-defence

Friday, March 17, 2017    

A Military-style knife (File Photo)

Dear Editor, Jamaicans are constrained where self-defence is concerned. Basic examples will suffice. Why in the name of sweet Jesus did Parliament make illegal the possession of knives for all people, no matter how small the knife. The criminals have guns, the police have guns, the wealthy and elite have guns. Why on Earth can’t the poor and humble have a small knife? In the United States it is legal to carry on your person a knife with a blade bigger than the distance across the palm o ... Read More

Keep TEF separate from Consolidated Fund

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Omar Robinson

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to the Audley Shaw, minister of finance: It is with deep disappointment that it has come to the knowledge of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association that the Government intends to move the funds held in the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) into the Consolidated Fund. The JHTA, as the representative of the tourism sector, was not consulted on these plans, but even more importantly, our objections are based on the fact that these funds are specifica ... Read More

Let’s be proactive in addressing building approval delays

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Town planning and the maintenance of established building codes will minimise damage to infrastructure when natural disasters occur.

Dear Editor, I wish to point out that a requirement for development of buildings to be occupied for any activity is that thy are safe. I say this in response to many who suggest that the building approval process is tantamount to red tape and a hindrance to economic progress. The State (parish council/municipal corporations) is responsible for the enforcement of standards for buildings necessary for the safety of the public. Architects design buildings with the aim of ensuring that buildings d ... Read More

Why we stand with Latoya Nugent

Friday, March 17, 2017    

Latoya Nugent

Dear Editor, We seek justice, fairness and transparency. Nothing more, nothing less. And we will not settle for less. So we must be firm, resolved and unequivocal in standing with Latoya Nugent, in the face of her arrest and subsequent hospitalisation. If we — feminists, advocates of justice and victims of crimes — could see the law operating with due process and speed, there would be little need for the noise of protests. It is only when the wheels of justice are stuck, when gen ... Read More

Protect the NHT from future raids

Friday, March 17, 2017    

The NHT headquarters in New Kingston

Dear Editor, As I struggle to be a progressive Jamaican, I do so without hope, pride and dignity. I am led to walk with my head searching the ground. Who can bring us hope? Not the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and certainly not the People’s National Party (PNP). The National Housing Trust (NHT) was created, no doubt, for the working class. But whether you earn minimum wage or among the elites you were given a chance to own your home by paying your share of dues. The PNP now has to be qui ... Read More

Let’s use social media responsibly

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Successive governments have treated telecommunications as a vital infrastructure crucial to the development needs of Jamaica.

Dear Editor, Social media has undoubtedly revolutionised how we communicate in the 21st century. At the click of a button, we’re connected to a social media platform which displays a large variety of information about our friends, families, associates, current affairs, and basically everything that is happening in the world right now. Social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, have made connecting and disseminating information unbelievably easy fo ... Read More



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