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

Have no fear, Peter’s here!

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

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

Dear Editor, In the recent budget debate Dr Peter Phillips seems to have found himself and is now on his way forward to being the vibrant political and social mind he was supposed to have been. Had he been stunted all these years by retrograde socio-economic and political thought processes that engulfed the People’s National Party since the 90s and onward, after the end of the Michael Manley era? Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness would be wise to give him a listening ear and adopt s ... Read More

Reach out to the Venezuela

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

In this Monday, July 4, 2016 photo, people wait in line to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela. The extent of the country’s economic collapse can be measured in the length of the lines snaking through every neighbourhood. (Photos: AP)

Dear Editor, Jamaica continues to receive significant benefit from the PetroCaribe Fund. Quite recently, it was reported that several Jamaican students will receive scholarships totalling $30 million from this fund. The PetroCaribe Agreement has been described as one of the finest examples of political collaboration in Jamaica’s history. Jamaicans have benefited directly in a number of areas; namely education, funding to the Students’ Loan Bureau, and grants to finance projects aime ... Read More

The power of people is stronger than the people in power

Thursday, March 16, 2017    

Dominica's indigenous people no longer want to be called 'Caribs. (Photo: CMC)

Dear Editor, Much praise should go to the indigenous people in America and the rest of the world who struggle to resist the forces of corporate power who threaten their land and very existence. Natural law deems that the land and its resources exist to serve the needs of life and not the interests of those who worship at the altar of corporate profits. The struggle of indigenous people is a part of the fight to save the planet. Eventually, they will prevail. Victor A Dixon Boynton Beach, ... Read More

Try ‘ethical dons’

Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

National Security Minister, Robert Mugabe

Dear Editor, The solution to the guns entering the island is not so much in manpower and equipment. Just remember that Jamaica is an island, surrounded by water, and people and things can enter the country via every square foot around it, as stated by a minister some years ago. What we need is embedded intelligence all around to combat that. Anecdotal evidence and allegations on the street suggest that certain criminal executive officers (CEO), called hereafter dons, would know about any/most ... Read More

A (black) night at the Oscars

Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

Dear Editor, Despite the flub on Oscar night recently, when the final and most coveted award for Best Picture was announced incorrectly, nothing could take away from the significance of Moonlight, the film which eventually won. Not only was this a phenomenal movie with outstanding acting, script, directing, soundtrack, and excellent cinematography, Moonlight became the first film featuring an all-black cast and director (Barry Jenkins) to be voted Best Picture by the Academy. The film receiv ... Read More

Stemming the illegal gun trade

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

The 9mm pistol seized in St James early Friday.

Dear Editor, Successive Governments have demonstrated that they lack the political will to do what is necessary to stem the trade in illegal guns which we blame for the escalating crime wave. Our security forces make the same lame excuses, among them blaming our vast coastline, for not being able to manage. So I often wonder what advice they are giving to our Government. We are told that the authorities know of “over 145 illegal ports” through which these illegal guns and ammunitio ... Read More

New Parliament building great for Kingston, but...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Soldiers preparing for the ceremonial opening of Parliament.

Dear Editor, The decision to construct a new parliament building in Kingston sounds like a great project for the capital city. I hope it provides opportunities for local architects, who we were recently told had to leave Jamaica to get work. Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaks regularly of the future, but what does this future hold for the development of the other parishes? Why not build some government offices in the other parishes? With modern communication systems available, what is prev ... Read More

Tired of being shafted by Government

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Dear Editor, I remember when Audley Shaw made a big deal of the sale of the old Oceana Hotel for some $385 million which he, at the time, said was too low. That, like many things in this country, was like a nine-day wonder. The auditor general (AG) has found that this may well have been the case, as the property was sold using a two-year-old valuation report and proper procedures were not followed in the sale. The UDC, which sold the property, is still adamant that it was a sensible and pru ... Read More

The dawn of a revolution

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Dear Editor, Sunday morning, while lying in bed, I reflected on Saturday’s Survivor Empowerment March which I helped to organise. I was bombarded by myriad emotions. Several hours later, my feelings are largely unchanged. My heart is bursting with much joy because for the first time, as Tanya Stephens said, I feel Jamaicans are truly fed up. I feel people are enraged and ready to do what’s needed to end the scourge of sexual violence and abuse against our women and girls. For the ... Read More

West Indies cricket embarrassing

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Dear Editor, I am not at all surprised at the results from our West Indies cricketers, particularly under the current leadership. It is time that we either leave international cricket alone and spare ourselves continued embarrassment, or we get smart, sport-loving and knowledgeable business-oriented people to lead from the front and move our game forward. For far too long we have continued to disrupt the players’ focus by being overly narrow-minded. Which other cricketing nation deal ... Read More



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