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

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

Try this to address the indiscipline on our roads

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

A crash scene in rural Jamaica.

Dear Editor, It is clear that several measures taken by the authorities to curb the indiscipline among drivers of both public and private vehicles have not yielded the right results as lives and property continue to be lost. Whereas I believe the new Road Traffic Act before Parliament will address many of the issues that contribute to the high crash rates, I do not believe they go far enough. We must now think entirely out of the box and look at how other jurisdictions have dealt with this m ... Read More

Get tough on reckless drivers

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Dear Editor, The Observer article ‘Cop killed in crash remembered as a good man’ (April 18, 2017) serves as another stark reminder of the dangers of recklessness by some motorists who continue to demonstrate little or no care for their own lives and that of other road users. In many instances which result in injuries and fatalities, speeding is the main factor. Motorists disregard the potential consequences of their actions by speeding along the roads and recklessly overtaking a l ... Read More

Baptist Union hails Rev Clemmings

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Dear Editor, The leadership and members of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) are very grateful to Rev Dr Prince Fitz-Albert Clemmings who served as an exceptional “man of the cloth” for over 50 years in various circuits of the Baptist churches across Jamaica. Rev Clemmings, with God’s guidance, launched his illustrious career as a minister of religion after he was ordained to the ministry on August 1, 1966 at Ginger Ridge Baptist Church in St Catherine, in the community where ... Read More

Christ’s death, burial and resurrection show His complete love for mankind

Thursday, April 20, 2017    


Dear Editor, Around this time about 2,000 years ago, God sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for our sins. In Genesis Chapter 3 we have seen how the serpent tempted Adam and Eve. Both the man and the woman were innocent until they listened to the serpent and disobeyed God. The serpent did not tell them the bad consequences of being disobedient. Sin is a trap to take away the blessings God has for us. It is a gateway to misery and destruction. God has revealed His love and grace t ... Read More

NHT responds to ‘erroneous conclusion’ in Observer report

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

The NHT head office in Kingston. (Observer file)

Dear Editor, We refer to an article published in your newspaper of Sunday, April 2, 2017 headlined ‘Cash-Rich NHT escapes rationalisation plan’. We note the erroneous conclusion drawn by the writer, both in the headline and at least at two other places in the article, neither of which are supported by the facts. While the article covered a number of issues unrelated to the sensational headline, our response is being restricted to the headline and related contents in the article, as ... Read More

Professional sports — the Jamaican farce

Wednesday, April 19, 2017    

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (right) heads the opening goal past West Bromwich Albion’s English defender Craig Dawson during the English Premier League football match between both teams at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on April 16, 2017. In professional sports, injuries are managed and players learn to play through the pain. (Photo: AFP)

A lightly edited version of the column appearing in the latest edition of online publication Public Opinion. I am a self-confessed sports junkie. I need my daily fix of sports or my life becomes a boring humdrum of work, work, work and the interventions of Hilda. I have been a supporter of Liverpool FC since 1970, and of the Chicago Bears since 1984. I do not use the word “fan” to describe myself. Fan is the abbreviation of fanatic, which I am not. We of the Liverpudlian clan des ... Read More



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