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

Sad about Cornwall Regional Hospital

Monday, March 06, 2017    

The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.

Dear Editor, It is with great sadness that I have been reading about the problems at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Things are so bad that this hospital, once touted as the best in the Caribbean, is now only operating at only 10 per cent of its capability. I recall, as a young technician, doing work on the commissioning of part of the electrical protection system way back in 1974 and had the opportunity to tour parts of the new complex. It was indeed a fine building and had all the facilities fo ... Read More

Don’t blame President Trump

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Donald Trump during his campaign for the US presidency.

Dear Editor, Prior to Donald John Trump’s election and since he took office as the United States’ 45th president, there have been a lot of demonstrations and rhetoric about some of his policies, especially immigration-related matters that resulted in so many foreigners getting expelled from the country. I strongly believe that after a while he will wind down, take meaningful advice from the experts, thus becoming a president with understanding as it relates to a number of key iss ... Read More

Golden Spring roads in deplorable state

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Dear Prime Minister, The roads in the Stockfarm area of Golden Spring, St Andrew, are deplorable, namely: Stockfarm, Valley View, Joyces, Steel, and Faith Home Roads. Last year a delegation from the community went to the National Works Agency (NWA) about the matter, only to discover that our Member of Parliament Mrs Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, who earlier confirmed her attendance to champion the cause of the residents during th ... Read More

UK responds to deportation article

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Dear Editor, I found your article of 3 March on returnees misleading (‘Another mass deportation flight expected from the UK...’). The UK Government always encourages voluntary departure for those who have no legal basis to remain in the UK. If they do not wish to leave voluntarily, then we need to make other arrangements. Every case is carefully considered on its individual merits and all decisions are taken in accordance with the law. Of those returned, some are people who hav ... Read More

Keeping the GG not in Jamaica’s interest

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at the ceremonial opening of Parliament last month

Dear Editor, In recent weeks, Jamaicans learned just how much they’ll be dishing out as a nation for our expenses. The Government presented a budget of $710 billion for the fiscal year 2017-2018. Of this $710 billion it is expected that $225 billion will go to capital spending while the remaining $485 million will be for housekeeping affairs such as debt repayment. These figures appear quite conventional until one sees the money allocated to the governor general (GG). What’s shock ... Read More

Fix the family to fix crime

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Dear Editor, The privilege was mine to present on ‘Vision 2030 and the Jamaica Stock Exchange’ at the JSE’s recent Investment and Capital Markets Conference. The realisation of this vision of making Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’ has been on my mind ever since. Part of that appeal is making our environment safe for its citizens. In light of rampant commentary in the public space regarding crime, its root causes and to ... Read More

Totally unreasonable, Scotia

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Dear Editor, I recently went into the Bank of Nova Scotia located in my neck of the woods because I had a thousand dollar note and I needed change in the form of hundred dollar notes. To my surprise, I was informed by the teller that there is now a charge of $385. This meant that if I seriously wanted the change I would leave the bank with only $615. For me, it is not really an issue if the bank charges for some specific services that it offers, as I know that they have expenses as well as s ... Read More

Remember those secret MOUs signed by Phillips?

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Peter Phillips (File Photo)

Dear Editor, When Dr Peter Phillips was minister of national security from 2001-2007, he signed two secret memoranda of understanding in 2004 between Jamaica, the United Kingdom and the United States, relating to investigation of drug trafficking and organised crime, without informing the then prime minister and Cabinet. The MOUs gave local and foreign agencies the right to intercept all landline and cellular telephone conversations on local networks. When the new prime minister, Bruce Gold ... Read More

Complete shutdown of CRH unnecessary

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Cornwall regional Hospital

Dear Editor, People may wonder how engineers can come to a conclusion and make reasonable recommendations without all of the details. A case in point would be the suggestions I made with respect to Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH). Fumes were reported to be making staff and patients ill at the CRH. The central AC system was pointed out as the culprit, having been restarted a few years ago. This was not sufficient to make any comment and the exact identification of the fumes was not available ... Read More

Trini Carnival another diamond in the rough

Friday, March 03, 2017    

Carnival will continue in Trinidad

Dear Editor, The competency gap between the private and public sectors is widening to a point where the ineptitude of the public sector is overwhelming. Carnival in Trinidad is one area where the inefficiencies were glaring. At the private sector carnival fetes, for example, the stages for the artists are well lit with digital lighting and modern electronic backdrop, while at the Dimanche Gras the wooden stage looked like a relic from the 60s. The Panorama competition is another area where ... Read More



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