I can't help but think that the prime minister's decision to step down is a stunning indication that the Jamaica Labour Party has failed in providing the type of governance that was necessary to take this country forward.
The article 'Mayor unhappy with low property tax compliance' in The Gleaner of Tuesday, October 18, raises some serious concerns. Per the mayor of Montego Bay, Charles Sinclair, residents' property taxes are sent to the central government's Consolidated Fund.
The recent headline 'Safety issues at Dover irk cop', published in The Gleaner on October 19, indicates yet another troubling issue that has plagued Jamaica for as long as I can remember. This issue of "not implementing certain laws and guidelines until something happens, which normally results in death", is a common assault in Jamaica.
Over the years, teachers and other school administrators have been faced with indiscipline in schools. This problem has got worse over the last few years. What can be done to stem this? The Ministry of Education has instructed that corporal punishment should be abolished. Some parents agree, some do not.
During its evening newscast on Tuesday, October 18, CVM TV reported on the gruesome early-morning home invasion and murder of 16-year-old Oshane Gordon in the district of New England in Lilliput, St Elizabeth. According to the news report, the youngster, who had previously been threatened, was killed because of 'questionable relations with another man'.
As Prime Minister Bruce Golding prepares to demit office, many columns and editorials have been focused on the characteristics of the next PM. Understandably, the expectations remain high for Andrew Holness as he assumes Jamaica's highest political office; I hope he was taking notes.
I rarely respond to articles in the press, but found Din Duggan's on coconut water and entrepreneurship especially fascinating. Having grown up in Jamaica, I have always loved coconut water and made every effort to over-indulge whenever I returned to Jamaica and had the opportunity.