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

Many problems facing West Indies cricket

Monday, March 13, 2017    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — England’s Ben Stokes successfully appeals for the wicket of West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite (right), during their 3rd One Day International cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Thursday, March 9, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Dear Editor, The West Indies cricket team has continued on the path of being consistently inconsistent by losing the recent One-Day International (ODI) series 3-0 to England, a team that is considered ordinary by many pundits. The capitulation in the final game at the Kensington Oval in Barbados sums up the gloomy state of affairs that has hovered over our cricket for the past two decades. After putting up creditable displays in the first two games of the series, the team meekly surrendered a ... Read More

Mr Burke, you owe Mr Higgins an apology

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Peter Phillips (file photo)

Dear Editor, Jamaica Observer columnist Michael Burke in his column, ‘20 years after the death of Michael Manley’, published on Thursday, March 9, 2017 stated inter alia: “Twenty years after the death of Michael Manley, Dr Peter Phillips is to become PNP president and opposition leader. A newspaper columnist who had taken a rest for about 10 months recently wrote a negative article about Phillips. Missing from that article is that when Dr Peter Phillips was minister of transpo ... Read More

Health insurance tax counterproductive

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Dear Editor, For more than a year, at every turn, we’ve heard our Government voice the words “growth” and “prosperity”. But is that just talk? Why would the same Government do something which is calculated to negatively impact growth and prosperity, its number one stated goal. Health is fundamental to production/productivity, which themselves are fundamental to growth and prosperity. Taxing health insurance premiums in a poor society will adversely affect healt ... Read More

Allow deportees their dignity

Friday, March 10, 2017    

A woman assists a deportee as she leaves Mobile Reserve in Kingston yesterday after being processed. (Photos: Michael Gordon)

Dear Editor, In my studies as a social worker one of the main lessons taught by my lecturer, and which stayed with me, is that we should always allow people their dignity, especially those who have fallen on hard times. It is quite disturbing to see reporters pushing their microphones into the faces of different deportees without any consideration as to what they are going through. It cannot be that because of a scoop or a story we have forgotten to be humans and to think about others. The eff ... Read More

Is Parliament tracking Vision 2030 progress?

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Dear Editor, One responsibility a member of parliament (MP) has is to inform and educate his/her constituents of any central government policies that affect them and to receive feedback to guide his/her own actions in carrying out legislative duty in Parliament. I won’t regret making the statement that most MPs across the political divide have failed in their responsibility to develop civic-minded constituents. Critical to governance is citizen participation and buy-in. A clear example ... Read More

Children are products of their environment

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Children spring into action at the Bull Head Mountain festival (Garfield Robinson)

Dear Editor, Five of us, retired professionals over 70 years old, agreed to have Freddie’s two great grandsons, ages five and seven, spend a day with us. Their mother would not give them up to Freddie who had filed for them and her son’s wife did not want to hear about them. They read for us, sang for us and showed us the latest dance steps and we laughed and tried them. They were bright kids. After lunch, they went out to play with the neighbours’ children and they soon cam ... Read More

Raise alcohol drinking age limit to 21

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Alcohol is produced through the fermentation of sugars and starches by yeast. (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, With the current debate of banning the music or at least banning production of music of convicted criminals serving time it would be prudent for our parliamentarians to consider raising the age limit for alcohol purchase and consumption from 18 to 21. The inability to enforce the law prohibiting under-age alcohol consumption at dances and parties is glaring evidence that the age limit should be raised. Other countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, M ... Read More

More money and a useless size

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Friends, tell ministers to tek fancy talk out a di budget debate and tell us how much more money (25) we have to find to pay taxes and user fees. So minister (34), talking fi so long to tell us this and that no turn on anybody. We can’t escape the higher fees, so just talk to us about that. Dem seh pickney (11,16) learn from parents but it looks like dogs really learn from their masters. If dem see people in the road and won’t move when a vehicle is approaching, don’t expect d ... Read More

Very well done, Allan Magnus

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Allan Magnus.

Dear Editor, It is indeed a fact that good things always come to an end. From I was a little boy I have been listening to RJR. And RJR has always been my favourite radio station. But we deeply regret the fact that the great Allan “Teddy” Magnus will be leaving RJR at the end of this month. His former friend and colleague, the very relaxed and easy-going Henry “Busha” Stennett left some years ago, and we did miss him. And now, after decades of service, Allan, so full o ... Read More

Speed limit anger

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

A section of Highway 2000.

Dear Editor, I am puzzled by the 80 kph speed limit on all roads except Highway 2000. It is neither the only highway built from scratch in recent times, nor is its engineering superior to several other stretches of road across the island. Why is it the only one privileged to have a 110 kph limit? Over the last 25 years, billions of dollars have been spent on our highways to either build them from scratch, or to realign, widen, grade, and resurface existing ones into things of beauty. What spe ... Read More



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