Letters to the Editor

Land tax increase chaos created by both parties

There is no doubt that the tax measures are harsh. That the Government failed to have assessed the real impact, particularly of property taxes.

Dear Editor, Over numerous decades since Independence both governments have injected the notion in the minds of Jamaicans that taxing one’s property realistically is almost sacrilegious. Doing that would be the surest way to lose an election. They resorted to imposing ridiculously low land ta ... Read More

Deal with the unfinished electoral business
Dear Editor, We should not wait until the next local government election to resurrect the issue of ... Read More

Look at availability of drugs for JADEP members
Dear Editor, In 1996 the Government established the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP). ... Read More

We need a debt hero
Dear Editor, In 1981, when I was born, Jamaica’s debt-to-GDP was about 70 per cent. Some 10 y ... Read More

Pointless fearing death

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Dear Editor, I remember being at this particular place when a group of religious people began preaching about how, with God’s help, of course, death can be avoided. Of course, while I do respect people’s religious beliefs, I really couldn’t help myself but chuckle. When asked why I was laughing, I responded that why on earth should anyone fear the inevitable; sooner or later, all of us will face it, so why fight it? Now, while death is something that it makes no sense fearing ... Read More

Farewell, Germaine Mason

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Germaine Mason

Dear Editor, Germaine’s transition from mortal life to eternity was unexpected and has left the Wolmer’s Boys’ School family in mourning. In his earthly athletic pilgrimage he cleared heights that many men could not attain and for which he earned accolades. He is now in flight, upward and perfectly, which man cannot judge but only the immortal Sovereign. Age Quod Agis. Christopher Samuda Chairman Wolmer’s Boys’ School Read More

Don’t ban corporal punishment in schools

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Corporal punishment has been effectively banned from schools.

Dear Editor, In an implicit way the educators of Cumberland High School demanded ‘justice’. They did not have to bear placards, block roads or burn tyres, but they boycotted classes and calmly sought justice from the authorities or powers that be. This strategy was effective enough for the battle-worn educators. This reignites the fire in me to call for a debate on the legality or illegality of corporal punishment in schools. I believe that any move to outlaw corporal punishment ... Read More

Farmers happy with amended legislation

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda (Photo: JIS)

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries Karl Samuda. Dear Minister Samuda, The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and our farmers welcome the announcement of your intention to make amendments to the legislation that will increase fines for farm theft from $250,000 to $3 million, or up to five years’ imprisonment, as a part of the strategy to address the age-old problem of farm theft. The JAS also welcomes the additional amendmen ... Read More

Beware the perils of social media

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Dear Editor, Too often I have heard people speak about misconduct on social media and the ills that may possibly arise as a result of this kind of behaviour in terms of future employment prospects and so on. I never gave it much thought as my circle of friends and followers on the various social media sites happen to be people who are more concerned with politics, local, regional and international affairs, academia, business and, to a lesser extent, social fetes. I was therefore rather astonis ... Read More

Smoke killing us

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Smoke billows from the Riverton dump during the massive fire in March.
(OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

Dear Editor, The lighting of fire in Jamaica is illegal. However, the relevant regulations are not enforced. Focus is usually placed on bush fires when; on the contrary, domestic fires and factory releases are affecting our health and the quality of air we are exposed to daily. My partner and I purchased a house in Duhaney Park over five years ago. We have long agreed that this was a horrible investment. We have never enjoyed a smoke-free atmosphere for a week, much more a month. Every night a ... Read More

Chris Gayle — a great batsman

Friday, April 21, 2017    

Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot during the 2017 Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Rajkot on April 18, 2017. Photo: AFP

Dear Editor, Delilah said to Samson: “What can we do to make you as weak as any other man?” Likewise, I am asking: What can we do to make Chris Gayle become as ordinary as any other batsman? Because he is far from being ordinary; he is extraordinary, or, he is definitely super-ordinary. The big man has reached another milestone, by becoming the first batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Twenty/20 cricket. He is certainly a dangerous batsman, who was born to hammer a cricket ball. ... Read More

Ganja has great medicinal values, but it’s not good for children

Friday, April 21, 2017    

Ganja spliffs (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, The five of us, retired professionals, over the age of 80 (sorry, Verla, you have to wait) decided to talk about how ganja has affected our own families. We deal with our big families and point fingers only at ourselves. We found out, without scientific analyses, that our under-the-age-of-16 children who ate ganja, chewed ganja, drank ganja, smoked ganja, did not do well in school or later in life. As adults, they were not able to stand on their own two feet. Please don’t ... Read More

No one starts a book in the middle

Friday, April 21, 2017    

Dear Editor, I would like to comment on A James’ letter published on Tuesday in response to my letter. Many persons do not understand the difference between the word “covenant” and the word “Torah/instructions”. A covenant is an agreement made between parties. The scriptures record covenants being made between YHWH and mankind and includes the one made at Mount Sinai when the law was given. A covenant must have a proposal, an acceptance, blood ratification and ... Read More

Jealousy, greed, and ego still torment modern man

Friday, April 21, 2017    

How Easter came into being, and the traditions surrounding it coming out of the Roman period, are inconsequential to one’s faith in God.

Dear Editor, As an Easter gift to myself, I decided to stay at home, shut away from the world for the holiday weekend, and watch some classic films with a bearing on the season. So I ended up watching Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, and Quo Vadis (by my wife’s estimation, for the 100th time!). Not only are these types of fictional films inspiring, but they also offer viewers lessons in faith, courage, human fear, prejudice, and above all, the extent to which humans will go to brutalise fellow huma ... Read More



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