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

Do it His way

Monday, April 17, 2017    


Dear Editor, After reading Rev Raulston Nembhard’s piece in theSunday Observer magazineThe Agenda titled ‘The resurrection: Rekindling the dying embers of our souls’, I would like to ask church leaders to consider the following: Leviticus 23:1-2 states, “And YHWH spoke unto Moses saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel...concerning the feasts of YHWH, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, eve...’ It goes on to list sabbaths, Passover, unleave ... Read More

Don’t criminalise children

Thursday, April 13, 2017    


Dear Editor, I write to express support for Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte and those who call for a review of the age of criminal responsibility. I totally agree with Opposition spokesman on justice, Senator Mark Golding when he said that he was reluctant to support the review. The heinous act by an 11-year-old that took the life of a 14-year-old recently marked a sad day in our nation’s history. However, there needs to be alternate measures implemented and not a review of the a ... Read More

God help you, Commissioner Quallo

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    


Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to the newly appointed Commissioner of Police George Quallo: Congratulations on your appointment, Sir. You look the part and I hope you have the heart to control the raging criminals. On the plus side of policing is the fact that the Government understands the need for long-term approaches. They accepted Dr Headley’s suggestion about using the Jamaica Defence Force to teach young people discipline and structure. As well, the Government is wil ... Read More

This business of law and order

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    


Dear Editor, Rev Al Miller’s article on law and order in The Agenda of the Sunday Observer is a timely reminder of the state of affairs in our country today. The blatant disregard for any semblance of law and order that is practised by a large majority of Jamaicans is very troubling. Even more troubling, however, is the lack of political will by either of the two parties that have formed the government over several decades to seriously address the problem. Rev Miller’s article ... Read More

A case for considering the death penalty

Wednesday, April 12, 2017    

Dear Editor, I am one of the bleeding-heart liberals who are against instituting the death penalty for proponents of heinous crimes in the society, and I have two reasons for this. First, our decrepit, overburdened and flawed system could hand down convictions resulting in the execution of innocent people. I believe that it is morally reprehensible to imprison, let alone execute an innocent person. Second, there is no convincing empirical evidence to demonstrate that execution as punishment m ... Read More

Pound of flesh

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Jamaica Labour Party and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness explaining aspects of the party’s 10-point plan at the launch of their election manifesto.

Dear Editor, For a mere pound of flesh a day, my fellow Jamaicans, we can live, work and raise a family in this country we love. How do you feel about that first statement? I suppose you would prefer to drink arsenic too? Well, my fellow Jamaicans, that is where we have found ourselves as a people. We’ve struck ‘green’! We have landed ourselves in the lowest of political abysses with a Government that is willing to trade the proverbial ‘puss inna bag’ for the pou ... Read More

A long way to go after Coral Gardens

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Members of the Montego Bay Rastafarian community chanting and drumming during the ‘Nyahbinghi’ at the commemoration of the ‘Coral Gardens Incident’ of 1963
held last Friday at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, St James. (Photo: Phillip Lemonte)

Dear Editor, There can be no question about the vitally important contributions which tourism makes to the Jamaican econom with the billions earned in foreign exchange along with the hundreds of jobs created speak in towering volumes. One interesting aspect of our marketing of Jamaica’s tourism product is the usage of the image and likeness of Rastafarians. This is interesting because this image of Bob Marley or some other member of this community, sporting a spliff, has become Jamaica&r ... Read More

Act on Syria

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Donald Trump

Dear Editor, The Donald Trump-ordered strikes on the Syrian government airbase suspected of carrying out the lethal chemical attack on the residents in Idlib, Syria, may have been an off-the-handle decision by a less than popular president who continues to be even less predictable in his ways. But I found in that moment of shock, anxiety and apprehension something fulfilling. I was applauding an action I hoped would have come years earlier under the Barack Obama Administration. I am still very ... Read More

Property tax noise

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Government has just eased the burden of the level of property taxes on citizens.

Dear Editor, According to the Land Valuation Act (1957), “The minister may by order, as respects any district, require a fresh valuation to be begun at intervals less than or more than five years.” The first land valuation was done in 1974, then 1983, 1992, 2002, and 2013. Up to March of 2017 Jamaica had been using a property tax evaluation and rates from 2002, when we should’ve been using the ones from July 1, 2013. Now we are in 2017 and are just about to use the 2013 la ... Read More

Much ado about nothing: Syrian airfield bombed

Tuesday, April 11, 2017    

Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, US President Donald Trump orders bombing of Syrian airfield! Sounds exciting doesn’t it? It should stop Syrian President Assad from using aeroplane-dropped nerve gas! Really? As I hear it reported, the Russians who shared the airfield were warned ahead of the arrival of the Tomahawk cruise missiles by about an hour and a half. Wouldn’t the Syrians see the hustle and bustle of the Russians getting out of the way and say, “Hey, buddy, weh you a go so fast?”, ... Read More



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