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

Minister Marion Hall is a true Christian

Friday, March 31, 2017    

Minister Marion Hall.

Dear Editor, I am inspired by Minister Marion Hall, formerly Lady Saw. She made me feel like going to church while listening to her being interviewed on Irie FM. I want to say she is a true Christian and it is quite enlightening listening to her testimonies. Her spirit seems to be in the right place, and I think she is travelling down the right path. She can be an inspiration to both young and old. Her experiences with Christ, the Lord, have been amazing. To be honest, I want people to take ... Read More

We need forward-looking tax reform

Thursday, March 30, 2017    

Dear Editor, The recent tax measures announced in the 2017-2018 Budget Debate have not found favour with some, and it is all the more reason the Jamaican business community should step up its efforts in support of comprehensive taxation reform. As chamber members know, this has been a consistent plank on the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s platform of issues in support of economic growth for decades now. The unfortunate truth is that we have had the experience, with successive administrat ... Read More

Many implications for a ban on bag juice

Thursday, March 30, 2017    

Regulate the sugar content of all imported drinks and juices. (File Photo)

Dear Editor, Government facilitates and balances competing priorities for revenue and health. It must appear to be just and, in some instances, it must play an active role in developing an industry, especially one which offers gainful employment. When it does this in a strategic manner, clearly considering and communicating the full picture, it is supported; when it does not, it opens itself up to (unnecessary) criticism and theories. The Government has a responsibility at this time to work wi ... Read More

Better safe than sorry, JCC

Thursday, March 30, 2017    

Dear Editor, I note the concerns of Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) about the ban that was imposed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil, last Monday, following the alarming reports that several meat-processing companies there have been using rotten beef in the product. The JCC argued that the Government should lift the ban since the facilities that supply Jamaica are not being investigated as part of the scandal. But is this a reasonable request for lifting the ban on a product that ... Read More

Time to contain weed

Thursday, March 30, 2017    

Marijuana plant

Dear Editor, Jamaica has a very serious problem facing her young minds, and if those who are in authority do not stand firm in their defence of those who are vulnerable, the future will be mind-blowing. There is an urgent need to educate the nation as to the harm ganja can cause to the developing brains of our children. This is not the time to play dice and let the chips fall where they may. We are a poor country that does not have the resources of the United States, Canada, or those North Am ... Read More

Opportunity in Cornwall Regional crisis

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

The Cornwal Regional Hospital in St James (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

Dear Editor, It is well known that the Chinese word for crisis is constructed by two characters representing both danger and opportunity, respectively. The issues now unfolding at the biggest public health facility in western Jamaica, Cornwall Regional Hospital, can be described as being nothing short of a crisis. It goes without saying that the ventilation system which now spews toxic fumes did not decide to malfunction overnight. Those dysfunctional vents and poisonous gases tread an insidio ... Read More

Peter unlikely to lead the PNP to victory

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

People’s National Party President Dr Peter Phillips address supporters at the party’s special delegates conference held at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings)

Dear Editor, Now that Jamaica’s main Opposition political party, the People’s National Party (PNP), has a new leader in the person of the 67-year-old Dr Peter Phillips, there is some hope among that party’s members that the PNP will be returned to power very soon. However, from where I sit, it is very hard to see the PNP, under Dr Phillips’s leadership, being returned to power. I don’t want people to get me wrong, Dr Phillips’s time as leader of the PNP has ... Read More

Make haste while still in Opposition

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips

Dear Editor, The day is far spent, night is upon us, but let us make haste on the journey left before us. With the changing of the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP), I reiterate my call on Dr Peter Phillips to return the PNP to its core values – values perfectly articulated and implemented by founding member and leader Norman Washington Manley. Those principles are summed up in what I continue to refer to as the VIE Principles — V = Volunteerism, I = Integrity, ... Read More

Hope politicians get transformed like Zacchaeus

Wednesday, March 29, 2017    

The Bible ... a wonderful book

Dear Editor, This was what Zacchaeus said to Jesus: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him four-fold.” (St Luke 19:8) We should give Zacchaeus a round of applause, because he came to his senses, by being a changed man, from his unfair dealings. I am not judging anyone but, politically speaking, when it comes to taxes, all our governments have unleashed harsh tax packages on the Jamaican p ... Read More

No ‘Ari’, Jamaicans don’t hate you, absolutely not!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

BEST FRIENDS: Aryamanya Rodgers (right) poses with his best friend in Jamaica, Shane Buchanan, who will join him in the 5,000-metre event at the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships which start tomorrow. (Garfield Robinson)

Dear Editor, I am trying to understand the thinking behind the Jamaica Observer’s story in yesterday’s edition under the headline ‘Don’t hate me, Jamaica, Ugandan athlete pleads’. The story was written by the paper’s editor-at-large, H G Helps, himself a Kingston College old boy, and while it might assist in selling more copies of the paper, it has done nothing to diminish the vitriol that has been following this youngster since his arrival into the island. ... Read More



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