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

JCF lacks use of relevant intelligence products in crime fight

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Jamaica must define the face of crime and target transforming would-be perpetrators.

Dear Editor, If the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to reduce the spiralling murder rate, proper intelligence must become the foundation for all decisions influencing law enforcement. The major categories of intelligence in need of immediate attention are knowledge, organisation, activity and product. The knowledge category entails all information which is already known or developed such as the identifiers of individuals/organisation and their activities. It is the foundation upon which po ... Read More

I apologise to the PNP for not voting

Monday, April 10, 2017    

This generation but resist the stereotype and vote responsibly.

Dear Editor, Please allow me to address the People’s National Party (PNP) supporters who did not vote in the last general election, including myself. We need to know that we have no moral authority to criticise the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government or its supporter. The JLP supporters did what they had to do, and that was voting for their party, while you and I resisted the poll to punish the PNP. It resulted in this austerity and cruelty on the people. While, if you and I had voted, ... Read More

Dr Phillips should choose his slate of senators

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Dear Editor, In spite of what Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has said about the retaining of senators, I still think he should get a clean slate. I think he should have his own mandate to pursue his independent dreams and aspirations. Sometimes it is good for new leaders to start on a clean, clear sheet to really make a clear impact on governance and to counter misconceptions. What’s more, some of the present senators have been as silent as the dead of night. I would implore the s ... Read More

Is there a solution to this property tax mess?

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Dear Editor, This week we will wait with bated breath to hear if property taxes will be reassessed to our benefit. I am more curious than ever on whether the word ‘unimproved’ has lost its meaning based on whoever has performed the valuation. In terms of valuation of unimproved land, the value should be determined assuming that infrastructure such as roads, water, telephone, electricity, etc, are not available. My curiosity is on the basis of the valuations being seen, which appear ... Read More

Not everyone agrees with an apology for Coral Gardens incident

Friday, April 07, 2017    

Dear Editor, What really happened at Coral Gardens? The public defender has informed the prime minister that grave injustice was done in the Coral Gardens incident of April 1963 and that there is reason for the Government to apologise to Rastafarians. Perhaps she listened to one side of the story and is perpetuating an account of the incident that was designed to besmirch the character of Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante. Howell Burke, one of the responding policemen, was alive, at 104, ... Read More

Come on, CISOCA

Friday, April 07, 2017    

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, addressing a Kiwanis Club of Westmoreland Capital Early Childhood Institution Quiz Competition opening ceremony on Monday at the Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. (Photo: Amthony Lewis)

Dear Editor, I struggle to understand the position of Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on the situation with the 14-year-old boy who has been left among individuals the police have reason to suspect are sexually grooming him. There are two fundamentally problematic issues that arise from this case that must alarm us all as a society. Firstly, the case concerns a child. By virtue of the Age of Majority Act and Part IV of the Sexual Offences Act, a 14-yea ... Read More

Careful of the ‘use who we know’ culture

Friday, April 07, 2017    

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (left) presents Dr Peter Phillips with the Instrument of Appointment as Leader of the Opposition, during a ceremony at King’s House, today. (Photo: JIS)

Dear Editor, For over a year the People’s National Party has been clamouring for renewal and new leadership, which has been granted in the form of former Minister of Finance Dr Peter Phillips being installed as party leader. Since the changing of guards, several promises have been made and changes guaranteed; however, Michael Manley’s legacy must be cautious not to fall into the very pit that tricked them twice. Just days after being sworn in as the Leader of the Opposition Peter P ... Read More

American football not for Jamaica

Friday, April 07, 2017    

In this January 22, 2017 file photo, Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney (left) hits Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers after throwing a pass during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in Atlanta. (AP)

Dear Editor, There were three recent media comments on the above topic. The first was a photo of the minister of education being presented with an American football after a number of Jamaican schools were selected to introduce American football into their sports programmes. The second was an article by Ronald Mason in The Sunday Gleaner on the cruel realities of American football. The third was an article by Zachary Harding challenging the Mason article and singing the praises of the propos ... Read More

Let democracy prevail in tax package

Friday, April 07, 2017    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

Dear Editor, I sat into a forum earlier this week and was left deep in thought as one of the presenters announced that, “In true democracy, there is a voice for all.” Afterwards, I found myself contemplating whether Jamaica is truly a democratic State. Over the past few weeks I have been watching with great concern as various individuals, organisations, and the parliamentary Opposition have voiced their discontent with what they term as an “unconscionable and unbearable&rdquo ... Read More

Intention correct, PM, but...

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness makes a statement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. (Photo: JIS)

Dear Editor, We must be very careful not to write the history of this country to suit personal political objectives. There is a trend in this country, starting with the idea of national heroes, where some people write the history for political over national concern. It is important that in our effort to do good we ensure that the research and analysis is excellent and not prompted by gut reaction and anecdotal tales. These words were encouraged by the article, ‘PM apologises to Coral Ga ... Read More



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