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

Disgraceful treatment from CRH

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay

Dear Editor, A few days ago I visited Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH) Casualty Department, taking an uncle of mine for emergency treatment. I had to wait six hours before receiving medical treatment for him from doctors at the type one medical facility. The emergency waiting room was half-filled and nurses and doctors, from personal observation, were working at a slow pace, exhibiting very little concern for patients, despite working in an emergency room setting. What’s more, th ... Read More

No entry: bare shoulders

Friday, October 21, 2016    

The off-the-shoulder trend is captured in this multi-coloured African print romper. (Dacx Productions)

Dear Editor, What’s next? No blacks, no dogs, no Irish? I am a student of one of Jamaica’s foremost universities. Yesterday I went to use the computer lab to have my devices configured for Wi-Fi access. I was denied access as I was told by the security that, as my shoulders were bare, I could not be allowed to use the lab. Yes, you read that right. A three-piece suit or its equivalent is required to access the computer lab at the University of Still Stuck in the Dark. Upon my obj ... Read More

A salute to Tastee

Friday, October 21, 2016    

Tastee CEO Ryan Francis, Fayval Williams MP and Simone Chanpong, Director Tastee Ltd. open the new location.

Dear Editor, Jamaica is blessed with a number of corporate companies which consider it their civic duty to give back to society. None more so than Tastee, Jamaica’s leading patty makers. This 50-year-old company has given back millions of dollars over the years. One way has been by way of scholarships — leading actress Claudette Pious was one of the first to benefit from this through the Tastee Talent Contest when she was awarded a scholarship to the Edna Manley College for the Vis ... Read More

‘Rio Salute’ programme constructed with consultation

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

A section of the entertainment package at the recent ‘Rio Salute’ celebration of Jamaican Olympians. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Dear Editor, I am a person who supports good things, and I am a patriotic Jamaican, so I want to take the chance to comment on the criticisms made of the recently held ‘Rio Salute’. This is not about taking sides of political parties, but about supporting the people who give us glory and that is really what everyone should be focusing on, rather than finding things to criticise. It is a pity that the effort the Government made to be all-inclusive in our national honour of the Rio O ... Read More

Public defender’s dead babies’ report wanting

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Arlene Harrison Henry, public defender

Dear Editor, I am appalled at the broad-brush approach that the Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry employed in her investigations into the deaths of eight premature babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) following the Klebsiella and Serratia outbreaks in June 2013. In her report that was released on October 14, Henry said: “There was no outbreak at the Neonatal Unit between June and October 2015. That which transpired was not unusual and the infectious happenings ... Read More

Hope the MPs read Grace Virtue’s column

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Dear Editor, The country must thank Dr Grace Virtue for clearly stating the obvious in her column in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. I read with dismay some of the reactions to the pit bull near-massacre. Why was the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation only considering contributing to the financial needs of this unfortunate family? Why has no legal action been taken against the owner(s) of these dogs? This is not a private matter, as was reportedly said in one newspaper. Th ... Read More

Arscott’s shameful tribal comments

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Former local government minister and Opposition spokesperson, Noel Arscott.

Dear Editor, I feel compelled to agree wholeheartedly with Robert Dalley who wrote a well-written letter published in the Jamaica Observer of October 13, 2016. He asked, “Why is Arscott seeking to politically discredit and tear down Government’s impressive preparedness? Where is the evidence to substantiate the claims from Arscott that the Government politicised the distribution of hurricane relief items?” As a concerned citizen, I am truly disappointed in Arscott trying to s ... Read More

Waste management is our challenge

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

This gully, which runs through the Naggo Head area of Portmore in St Catherine, remained in a deplorable state despite the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Dear Editor, I write in response to an column published in the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, October 13, 2016 ‘Stop it! Wi too nasty!’ by Odane Plummer. Although the heart of Plummer’s article is in the right place, I think he has failed to fully grasp the complexities of Jamaica’s solid waste management challenges and the potential solutions to the problem. Plummer starts by emphasising the need for greater incorporation of waste management education into Jamaica&rsqu ... Read More

Trump’s ‘talk’ sad, pathetic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. (Photo: AP)

Dear Editor, It is not often that I take this route to address an issue, especially something as polarising and as divisive as the upcoming US presidential election. However, it would be remiss of me not to respond to letter writer Andre O Sheppy’s piece, ‘Trump’s no scumbag, he’s a scapegoat’. I am really not sure what to make of his reasoning, or of what exactly it is that he is trying to say. However, this I know for sure. No amount of spinning or attempt to ra ... Read More

It’s clear Gov’t is not seeing the big picture

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Dear Editor, It is counter-intuitive to be accelerating the decline in the domestic debt stock and at the same time devaluation is increasing the value of the external debt, thus lowering the rate of decline in the national (total) debt. This is regressive fiscal and monetary policy. You can see from the chart that the value of the external debt stock is moving with the exchange rate and counteracting efforts under the debt exchange programme to reduce the value of the domestic debt stock. S ... Read More



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