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

Stand Up for Jamaica supports call for transparency in correctional services

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jr (centre) inspects a guard of honour formed by newly commissioned correctional officers during a ceremony in St Ann recently..

Dear Editor, Stand Up for Jamaica has taken note of and stands in support of calls by Pearnel Charles Jr, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, for greater transparency in the operations of Jamaica’s correctional facilities. We welcome wholeheartedly the steps announced by the minister to address the state of dysfunction which continues to permeate the correctional institutions. The system-wide review and crackdown on corrupt and criminal activities is long overdue and ... Read More

Tufton’s statement appeared insensitive

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

TUFTON ... we called in a number of experts

Dear Editor, I am disturbed by a statement attributed to the Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton during a town hall meeting held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre last Thursday. According to an article in another newspaper, Tufton reportedly said: “The concentrated levels of the particles are not life-threatening and, therefore, it is inconvenient, it is an irritant, but one could still function in that environment.” He was making reference to the noxious fumes caused by the fi ... Read More

A horse of a different colour

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Dear Editor, It was with some degree of amusement that I watched an item of news on one of our television stations on the evening of February 27, 2017. It featured some ministry work of a religious nature, in which this guy was preaching and pushing people over, in very much the same way you see televangelists do it on their programmes. What made this particular act different was that the person doing the pushing was no less a person than a police corporal, in full uniform. My amusement stemme ... Read More

Ja 55 celebrations a waste of taxpayers’ money

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Dear Editor, I do not understand the idea of the grandiose plans for so-called “Jamaica 55”. I believe I heard on the news that the Government has budgeted approximately $200 million for the celebrations. Why? I hope I heard wrong. Let me be clear, anyone can mark any anniversary they choose. I have seen several privately owned organisations celebrate what I consider to be arbitrary years — 33 years, 17 years and 24 years. It is their right to do so, and it is their money. Bu ... Read More

‘Me an’ dem school pickney yah nah go mek it!’

Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Transport Minister Mike Henry (file photo)

Dear Editor, I really do think that the Minister of Transport Mike Henry should start thinking hard about getting designated school buses back on our roads, because ‘me an dem school pickney yah nah go mek it!’ I travel from Spanish Town to Half-Way-Tree Road in the mornings on the #21B bus that plies the route between Spanish Town and Cross Roads. It’s total chaos each morning in the bus park with the schoolchildren. They refuse to join the line, and oftentimes Mr Creary, th ... Read More

‘Butch’ Stewart salutes Harry Belafonte on his 90th birthday

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Today is Harry Belafonte’s birthday. He is 89 years old.

Dear Editor, In celebration today of the 90th birthday of our beloved Harry Belafonte, world citizen and social activist extraordinaire, I was asked by Karl and Faye Rodney, principals of New York-based Carib News, to pen a brief tribute to my friend for inclusion in a special edition of the newspaper. I’d be pleased if you could share it with your readers: Sandals Resorts International joins the rest of the world in saluting the illustrious Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, activist, frie ... Read More

EGC needs to focus more on Pandohie’s suggestions and education

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Chairman of the EGC Michael Lee-Chin

Dear Editor, The need to take Jamaica out of its current situation has brought changes. One of which is the setting up of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) headed by Michael Lee-Chin. The group’s mission is to achieve five percentage growth in four years by the removal of obstacles with the potential to positively impact thousands of businesses. In its update to Cabinet the EGC has outlined a eight-point plan to achieve the target of “5 in 4”. The eight-point plan does not s ... Read More

Government not committed to reducing poverty

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Dear Editor, Raising the income tax threshold and funding it through indirect taxation (General Consumption Tax, etc) penalises the poor. And now, the benefit given to those in the middle through this change, many of whom are government workers, will now be taken away through pension contributions. It is all just deceit to get elected — no serious commitment here by a Government (like the previous one) that answers to the International Monetary Fund and creditors, not the electorate. S ... Read More

Hanna is correct!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, Let us be clear, at no point did Lisa Hanna suggest that dancehall is the source of crime, nor did she say it was the leading contributor. She spoke about the lewdness, violence and slackness found in many dancehall lyrics and how this was influencing our youth and affecting the wider society. She also addressed the issue of Vybz Kartel, who is incarcerated for murder and still allowed to record new music. Whether or not she liked some of Vybz Kartel’s music before is not th ... Read More

Dancehall — the scapegoat for crime and violence

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Lisa Hanna

Dear Editor, In light of the comments made by former Minister of Culture Lisa Hanna, the age-old argument surrounding dancehall and its effects on violence and crime is again back in the crosshairs. I will not address the concerns has to whether or not a particular artiste should or should not be allowed to record music behind bars, as I think that argument must be guided by the facts of the written law and not by morality or emotion. My issue lies, however, with this growing notion that danc ... Read More



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