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

Haiti and the Caribbean owe Rene Preval a tremendous debt

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Rene Preval

Dear Editor, It is with shock and disbelief that I received the news of the passing of former Haitian President Rene Preval. When I last saw my dear friend and brother as we met in Santiago, Cuba to bid a final farewell to the incomparable Fidel Castro, he appeared to be enjoying good health, full of energy and buoyant as ever. Suddenly, he has been taken from his beloved family and the people he so long and faithfully served to join the martyrs who have gone before. Rene Preval served as prim ... Read More

Sad story

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

A deportee from the United Kingdom makes his way to relatives outside the gates of Harmon Barracks after he was processed yesterday..

Dear Editor, This story about the deportees from the UK is the saddest thing I have read. Imagine, people who migrated as boys and girls and have worked in countries like the UK are now sent back to Jamaica without anything. How is this human? Where are our Jamaican dignitaries when we need them? Who negotiated this deal? What kind of totalitarian scheme is this? This is the worst I have seen. I am quite upset. I would have lost my mind if I were the one going back home without anything. I ... Read More

Why Jamaica rejected the prison gift

Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to British Tory MP Phillip Hollobone. The period 1838-1865 is a convenient vantage point from which to see the deleterious ramification of the 1838 British Prison Act on Jamaica. Only recently, echoes by way of the cholera cemetery concerns reverberated after 160 years. Intractable acrimonious relations between the British House of Commons, Jamaica governors and Jamaica’s Assemblymen precipitated the following outcome: Suspension of the Jamaican Con ... Read More

Everyone has a stake in promoting gender equality

Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Irina Bokova

Dear Editor, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” These words by activist Gloria Steinem testify to the universal nature of the fight for women’s rights and once a year, on 8 March, we restate our commitment to gender equality as a force driving dignity for all. Inequality between men and women penalises societies at all levels of develo ... Read More

Baha’i community working to change status and perception of women

Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Dear Editor, The Bahá’í community of Jamaica is of the view that our country has an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the issue of acts of violence perpetrated against women, whether these acts take place in or outside of the home, or whether or not they are of a sexual nature. We have the opportunity to start a national conversation that will not begin and end with words but will target violence prevention by seeking to identify and address the underlying causes of ... Read More

Send a message to the terrorists

Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Dear Editor, Anyone who threatens to kill in such a widespread organised, documented, and barefaced way, as documented in the threatening extortion letters delivered to business operators in Manchester, is a terrorist. On being charged and found guilty, any such person should be sentenced to death and executed forthwith, sending a zero tolerance message. Our leaders who do not support the death sentence are out of step with the majority of Jamaicans and should immediately get in line or lea ... Read More

Commendations to Lisa Hanna

Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, Lisa Hanna ought to be commended for the courage which she has shown in speaking out regarding Vybz Kartel recordings while being incarcerated. She was willing to risk not only her political career but also her personal safety for what she felt was right. We need more politicians like her. Perhaps the time has come for the Government to take a look at the Jamaican law as it pertains to victims of crimes being compensated by the perpetrators. Victims should be allowed to file c ... Read More

Hoping there’s no bias from the cybercrime unit

Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, I’m pleased with the prompt response of the cybercrime unit to the threat to former minister of youth Lisa Hanna. No one ought to use the Internet, social media or any other media to communicate threats or otherwise intimidate people. However, I have a concern that stems from the fact that I reported to the police that people with very big names, belonging to a very prominent organisation, hacked my Facebook, two Hotmail and at least two Gmail accounts as well as my computer ... Read More

Answer to crime is in communities

Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Crime is an ever-moving, multifaceted target that is difficult to hit.file photo

Dear Editor, As we try to cope with the spiralling crime wave around us and everyone comes up with possible solutions, I would like to voice my opinion as well. I am a founding member of the Manchioneal Community Club. One of our objectives is positive development of the youth. Our approach to achieve this is to give both personal and group support to them to reach their goals. With support of some caring staff of the Social Development Commission office over the years, we have had much succes ... Read More

Questions for the high commissioner

Tuesday, March 07, 2017    

Two Jamaicans who were deported last year (Observer File)

Dear Editor, High Commissioner David Fitton offers a rather meek response to news of the mass deportation flight from the UK scheduled for tomorrow. He tells us that the British Government encourages people to leave voluntarily when they no longer have the right to stay in Britain. I ask him, would you voluntarily get on a plane, away from all your loved ones and the streets you know, forever, if you thought you had a chance of appealing your case through the courts? I doubt he would, although ... Read More



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