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

So what if Ari waved his Ugandan flag?

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

Ugandan Aryamanya Rodgers (centre) poses with his country’s flag after winning the 5,000m Open on Saturday at 2017 Champs. He is flanked by teammate Shane Buchanan and Champsy, the event’s official mascot. (Garfield Robinson)

Dear Editor, So many said that Aryamanya Rodgers adorning himself in the flag of Uganda after victory in the 5,000m at the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships was disrespectful. I ask how so? Last I recall when our kids go to Penn Relays we have adorned ourselves with the Jamaican flag as well. Isn’t that disrespectful as well? When Josef Robertson grabbed a Calabar flag after winning the 400m hurdles for Wolmer’s, wasn’t that disrespectful as well? When Michael O&rsq ... Read More

What is the message being sent, RGD?

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

The Registrar General’s Department building located at Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

Dear Editor, The following is an open letter to the Registrar General’s Department: On this day of our Lord, in the 21st century, on this the third rock from the sun that we call Earth, on this beautiful tropical isle of Jamaica, I’m curious about exactly what status you are offering a percentage of our population the ‘opportunity’ to change with your call for individuals born to unmarried parents who are now married to be re-registered. I was born in 1982. My father&r ... Read More

Laws must be enforced to ensure compliance

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

Dear Editor, I am of the view that some bureaucrats in our various ministries are in the business of only securing their jobs, nothing else. They are experts at making grand pronouncements and feeding the public rhetoric that amounts to nothing. And our media seemingly never ask questions of these people. I cite the recent pronouncement of Andre Kong, director of fisheries, telling all and sundry that fishing lobsters in the closed season, April to June, would attract a fine of $3 million upo ... Read More

Has Peter Phillips ever won anything?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... takes over as fifth PNP President

Dear Editor, Based on my memory, Dr Peter Phillips contested three fair elections and lost all. Robert “Bobby” Pickersgill whipped him to become chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP) in 1992. And, Portia Simpson Miller defeated him in 2006 and 2008 when he contested for party president. In the race for general secretary in 1991, against Michael Peart, I don’t consider it fair, as Michael Manley openly ‘encouraged’ delegates to vote for Peter Philli ... Read More

The costs of crime

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Crime is an ever-moving, multifaceted target that is difficult to hit.file photo

Dear Editor, The Jamaica Observer reported the seizure of a gun from a 15-year-old girl and that this led to the seizure of 53 rounds of ammunition and the arrest of her 25-year-old brother. This modus operandi for individuals using females to transport guns/contraband or to simply hide them, as they are less likely to be searched by the police, is not new. I note, though, that in this case, because “the girl was observed acting suspiciously”, it was discovered. This may be from a ... Read More

Rastafarians should not get greedy

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Members of the Rastafarian community marching towards Nelson Mandela Park, Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, in
commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Coral Gardens incident on Holy Thursday.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF INHOUSEMUSIC)

Dear Editor, The Government has now apologised to the Rastafarian community for what it did to some of its members in 1963. I do get the feeling that some Rastafarians may be getting ready to milk as much from the State as they can get, which is wrong. First, for those who think that reparation for Rastafarians and that for slavery is the same, they should think again. In regards to Rastafarians, the Jamaican Government in 1963 was violating its own laws and international conventions at that t ... Read More

Usain Bolt: An inspiration on and off the track

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Usain Bolt (file photo)

Dear Editor, In the Rio Olympics Usain Bolt achieved greatness by winning several gold medals. Bolt earned gold in the 100m and 200m races, as well as the 4x100 relay. He had achieved the very same results in the London and Beijing Olympics. Bolt is a champion on the field but has also inspired us to succeed in life. Here are some great quotes by Usain Bolt: 1. Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, t ... Read More

Children are imitating adults

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Dear Editor, The young people are looking on and seeing how we, as adults, settle our disputes and they are learning very well as seen in the incident that took place between an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old this week. We, as adults, need to stop and draw brakes and see where we are going wrong and make a change in how we settle our disputes. We just cannot continue like this, killing off each other, because if we do so there won’t be many people left here in Jamaica after a while. Cl ... Read More

Courtesy to cops and soldiers

Wednesday, April 05, 2017    

Dear Editor, I was in Jamaica for the most exciting Boys’ and Girls’ Champs event. After the meet I went to Island Grill in New Kingston to purchase a meal. After I made my purchase, I noticed a police officer, in uniform, in line, also waiting to make his purchase of a meal. The officer was waiting patiently like any other customer. He did not use his position to get any favours. I believe that our officers need to be treated otherwise. I am requesting your help in publishing t ... Read More

Peg property values to US$

Tuesday, April 04, 2017    

Bank of Jamaica historical rate statistics reveal a 95.97 per cent devaluation of the Jamaican dollar from $47.44: US$1 on January 2, 2002 to $92.97:US$1 on January 2, 2013.

Dear Editor, In their 1966 classic, The Wailers lamented that “he who feels it knows it”. This bears much truth regarding property taxes. The facts, which will not be repeated here, are in the public space, and the majority net effect is an increase in property valuations and thus taxes due in Jamaican dollar terms. My suggestion is that consideration be given to assessing these increases in terms of United States dollars. The point is made relevant by Bank of Jamaica historical r ... Read More



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