Letter of the Day               November 18, 1998

Returnees dejected


It is very unfortunate that returning residents continue to feel unwanted and dejected when they venture home. This after the government encourages them to repatriate. Returning residents, over the years, have made an unfathomed contribution to this society. A large amount of the government's foreign exchange intake is facilitated through these former overseas-based citizens.

In addition, many families depend on remittances from abroad for basic survival. As their relentless pleas to the authorities for assistance and protection seem to be falling on deaf ears, overseas-based Jamaicans may have to join forces with their local counterparts to increase pressure on the government to carry out its job efficiently. Thus, if the government does not clean up its act immediately, or within a given period of time, considerably less of the 'much coveted' foreign exchange may be channelled in through these returning residents. Enough said.

I am, etc.,

E-mail: carib99@hotmail.com
St. Mary
Via Go-Jamaica

Crime and our children


The heinous and barbaric crimes to which our children are exposed does not augur well for their future development. Every effort must be made to secure their future by creating an atmosphere of Peace and Unity in order that they will become good and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Such objective can be achieved collectively, where (a) we listen attentively to their story and give justice where necessary.( b) Avoid the use of weapons when scolding them for the things they do wrong.

Aggression should not substitute for gentleness in chiding them. Under all circumstances apply a measure of love and understanding.

We are responsible for their future conduct, because children live what they learn. Respect for life and the right to live must be a lesson in their everyday process of learning.

I am, etc.,


Ghetto life


AS A yute coming up if yu act sofi sofi yu wi drop out a di race. Anyway one time gone in a di ghetto, man never have fi soh wicked fi survive. But nowadays a one have fi do some strange things jus' fi stay alive. Jah know seh mi tired a di reckless and careless living.

Mi deh think seriously fi dash weh di low life and di badness and surrenda to di King and give in to Him calling.

I am, etc.,

7 Ashbury Avenue Kingston 3

Life's worth


I would like to repeat a statement made by a High Court Judge in a recent decision, in a Jamaican court: 'If life was a commodity for sale, Jamaica would be the cheapest place.' It is difficult to conceive how we could have digressed to such an end.

We, the people of Jamaica, need to come to the reality that life is worth more than our precious pride. I would also like to draw attention to a statement made by Dr. Minnott when he encouraged parents to consider the feasibility of an overseas education before getting themselves indebted.

He articulated that on many occasions the result is a brain drain of our best because they are often forced to stay and pay their debt. I believe he was practical and reasonable. If you were to combine the fact that we disregard our fellow countrymen lives and that our young people are leaving for better opportunities abroad despite it being expensive what hope do we have? Eventually we may be a country with blood on the streets and no future workers in the school system.

I am, etc.,

E-mail: ka_mason@hotmail.com
St. Michael

Via Go-Jamaica

Satellite Programme Summaries


I regret very much that your newspaper has discontinued the practice of publishing a convenient summary of the scheduled programmes available on satellite for the ensuing week, together with brief descriptions and ratings of the movies referred to in the schedules. This useful compact feature was, for me, one good incentive to purchase the Saturday issue.

The alternative you have adopted, i.e., separate daily schedules is not nearly as convenient, to say nothing of the loss of the brief summaries of the story lines. Unless there is some problem concerning copyright, or other insuperable difficulty, I do hope you will revert to the previous practice. I believe that there are other subscribers who share my views.

I am, etc.

E-mail: ekean@daffodil.InfoChan.com
P.O. Box 1307

Kingston 8

Please clarify


In the article on Nov.13, 1998 on Unit Trusts, it says,"In a letter dated October 29, 1998, acting Superintendent of Insurance Errol Mclean, who is also the unit trust regulator said: "The Commissioner of Income Tax has advised that a review of the provisions of the Income Tax Act as it relates to the taxation of Unit Trust Schemes has confirmed that income earned by investors through Unit Trust investments is not tax free."

Something is not clear in the article. Is this a new Income Tax Act of 1998? If not, then was it being interpreted wrongly for the last xx years by everyone? What has changed to allow them suddenly not to be tax free if indeed they were tax free before? Please clarify.

I am, etc.,

E-mail: yardie94@att.netcity

Those unrealistic ads


While reading the contributed article by Betty Ann Blaine in the Sunday Gleaner 15/11/98. I could not help remembering a series of phone calls I made to C.V.M tv and the Advertising Council of Jamaica.

I had seen an ad Horlicks beverage that shows this impressively sized and dressed lady in a school yard speaking about the virtues of drinking Horlicks. All of a sudden a small boy runs and bangs into her, almost knocking her off her feet, then the child walks appearing to be totally oblivious to the accident. I tried to see if I could sensitise someone to the implication and maybe get them to cut that section of the advert. It was a most disappointing excercise. A lady at C.V.M. said that the Horlicks people might want to keep that section on the ad as it shows how full of energy it can make people become. I hope the Horlicks people see this letter and that they are sufficiently conscious of their social responsibility to take some action.

I am, etc.,

White Sand P.O.
Montego Bay, St. James
E-mail: Errol.mbj@cwjamaica.com