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

Lack of foresight leaves traffic mess after Champs

Tuesday, April 04, 2017    

Jhevaughn Matherson (right) of Kingston College in a tight battle with Calabar’s Michael Stephens during the Class One 100m semi-finals at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last Friday. (Observer)

Dear Editor, The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ & Girls’ Athletics Championships has come and gone with Calabar being declared the 2017 champions. Although the exploits on the field will remain memorable, what I will never forget is the one hour that I directed traffic at the car park across from the stadium on Friday, March 31, 2017. It should be noted that to be able to utilise this car park patrons had to pay $400. So, it should be a reasonable expectation that just like when the m ... Read More

Congrats, ISSA!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017    

Students at Calabar High School during yesterday’s devotion where they celebrated their triumph at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Dear Editor, I wish to offer congratulations to the Inter-secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ISSA) team for a wonderful and entertaining week of competition by the children of our high schools in this country. It seems to me that many adults have forgotten that Champs is a function of our high schools, aided in no small measure by the entire school population and the tremendous support of our sponsors. The result of efficiency and competence is a model of which many detractors may be ... Read More

Senior citizens still relevant!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017    

Dear Editor, The past few decades have seen what I consider a rather hostile response to the aged in our society. It is as though we have become very unaccepting of senior people holding prominent leadership positions, especially in the public sector. I recall very vividly some time ago when flight attendants on a particular airline were literally replaced with younger ladies. It has now almost become a norm to expect that once individuals have attained a certain age, and are holding certain p ... Read More

Time for one unified new party

Tuesday, April 04, 2017    

Dear Editor, Could the leaders of the various groups and third parties agree to join with each other in creating one vibrant, well-organised and fully funded new party to rebuild a better Jamaica? We would not seek to merely win and hold power, since that would only continue partisan politics. No, we would commit to changing the entire system of governance once we are elected. Our single objective would be to learn from the past and design Jamaica to be the best country in which to live, work ... Read More

Congrats, Calabar!

Monday, April 03, 2017    

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Dear Editor, I must congratulate Calabar High School on a well-deserved victory, winning the 2017 ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ Athletics Championships, the sixth-consecutive year. I feel especially proud as a Calabar old boy. This was an outstanding feat and this year the victory was especially sweet, winning by just a few points in a tightly fought championships and given the controversy which haunted the meet in the weeks prior about eligibility rules. I also congratulate Kingston College ... Read More

New property taxes wicked and oppressive!

Monday, April 03, 2017    

Audley Shaw

Dear Editor, The new tax regime that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government has imposed on the Jamaican people to fulfil what clearly was in ill-conceived election promise to get the JLP out of its political wilderness is causing much pain to many. In particular, the new property taxes, some of which seem to have been increased by more than 1,000 per cent, is threatening to force people to give up their homes. When the JLP was in Opposition and was seeking power it had to come with somethin ... Read More

A ‘bullied’ people

Monday, April 03, 2017    

A butcher minces beef at a butcher’s shop, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

Dear Editor, The rotten corned beef scandal is only one more example of Jamaicans getting no protection from officials they trust. It happened with rapacious bank charges, credit-stealing phone companies, and dealers who fail to honour warranties on appliances. It is galling that while many importing countries are presently investigating Brazil’s ’bully’ beef exporters, Jamaican officials refuse to name the company or companies that handle 95.5 per cent of the corned beef e ... Read More

The Finsac’d want to know, Minister

Friday, March 31, 2017    

Audley Shaw

Dear Editor, This is an open letter to Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw: People will only continue to do bad things to others if those offended allow its continuance. There’s no different for elected government officials trampling on citizens’ rights when they continue to win elections. Fifteen years ago the then People’s National Party (PNP) Government, due to its unorthodox handling of the financial sector and the economy, created fertile conditions f ... Read More

Walk good, five-star general, Alan Magnus

Friday, March 31, 2017    

Alan Magnus.

Dear Editor, I recently heard that Alan Magnus is retiring from morning radio. Morning radio has become what it is in Jamaica today because of this trendsetter, this pioneer known as Alan Magnus. This is one individual who will be dearly missed. As a toddler, at four and five years of age, I became acquainted with the distinct, precise, but charming voice of Alan Magnus because my mother, who worked in a government office, would already be awake at 5:00 am preparing for work and also getting ... Read More

Kudos to NHT, JPS customer service

Friday, March 31, 2017    

The NHT headquarters in New Kingston

Dear Editor, Have you done business with National Housing Trust (NHT) and Jamaica Public Service (JPS) recently? Well, with so many things going wrong in Jamaica, I am so pleased that there are still companies, especially in the public service, that still have good manners and hold on to the core of business: customer service. Many people who know me believe that I am fussy. But, for me, I just always demand the basic, and some companies have not even matriculated on basic terms. Since 2009, I ... Read More



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