I am a Jamaican living in The Bahamas and I am saddened by news that one of the routes Air Jamaica is planning to cut is the Nassau to Jamaica route. Seeing there are hundreds, maybe thousands of us living here who do not possess American visas, and our only means of getting home is via Air Jamaica, how are we supposed to reach home? I would think that since Air Jamaica has a monopoly and a stranglehold on this route, charging up to $650 for an hour-and-a-half flight, and no less that $350, it would be one of its most valuable routes that should not be cut.
I hope the powers that be rethink this and make the necessary adjustments to alleviate the suffering this is going to undoubtedly cause. I would suggest they limit the number of flights instead of cancelling them altogether.
- Sissil Baxter,
Let me register my disagreement with the decision to suspend Air Jamaica flights to Caribbean destinations. More and more, it is in the people's favour for us to purchase the necessary shares to capitalise our airline and keep it running. Dennis Lalor and his committee wouldn't even entertain such consideration!
This is so unfair to Jamaicans who are denied a US visa or those who do not want the connection in Miami or elsewhere. What about those who currently work in Nassau and do not have non-immigrant visas? What if the US embassy still doesn't find them fit to issue them non-immigrant visas?
It is such a relief to be able to have a one-flight. Already, I hate the connection in Montego Bay, and now Miami? What is even worse is that our dollar support will be going to another airline - not necessarily Caribbean Airlines. I implore the powers that be, please, reconsider as it will be very bad for all - not just the tourist dollar!
- Juliet Barnaby,
The news of the death of Professor Rex Nettleford is seen as a great loss to the people of Jamaica. He was an intellec-tual luminary who gave black people a sense of pride to know they have the ability to succeed academically. He helped to make the Jamaican dialect a field of study instead of rejecting it.
The professor should be buried at National Heroes Park for his outstanding contribution to academic and cultural studies. The death of the professor is a symbol of the changing of the guard and who is so blessed to take the professor's place must insist the university will be a place where integrity and transparency is the order of the day.
- Reverend Tanasha Buchanan,