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Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The education authorities were right to rescind Calabar High's attempt to expel fourth-form boys for failing to achieve its declared grade for promotion to the next class. Nonetheless, the controversy has reprised a long-standing issue in Jamaica's...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Up to Friday morning, I was still trying to get a ticket for this weekend's dance concerts featuring Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Misty Copeland. As far as I can tell, no tickets were made available for sale to the general public. If you...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Senator Ruel Reid has precedent and prescription for how the Ministry of Education addresses Calabar High School, and any other school at the secondary level faced with the real dilemma of student failure. He was principal of Jamaica College when it...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have read the article submitted by Pamela Lawson, managing director of The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, titled, 'Dog critics barking up the wrong tree' (August 29, 2018).At first blush, I find myself agreeing with some...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The new government of Malaysia, led by Mahathir Mohamad, has started a movement that the current Jamaican Government and/or Opposition should view prudently. According to a New York Times article published on August 20, 2018, the 93-year-old Mohamad...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The next few months will be decisive for Britain has it heads towards Brexit, which could be disastrous in economic and social terms. Recently, I wrote to my friend Jeremy Corbyn about his own role as leader of the Opposition. He has not replied,...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The recent Independence celebration was the backdrop for much reflection about growth and prosperity in Jamaica. While some of our leaders waxed glowingly about prosperity, lingering questions remain: How much progress have me made since 1962? How...

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If there is one issue that demands bipartisan support, it is the law-and-order strategy aimed at tackling the scourge of crime and violence on society. It's unfortunate, therefore, that the latest crime-fighting initiative by the Government has been...

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We have an uncanny habit of calling for more draconian punishments to deal with crime and violence rather than actually demanding that the systems work to truly improve citizen safety and secure justice. Seemingly, doing so makes us feel good about...

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What do you call a parrot that seeks cover under an umbrella in a rainstorm? Polly-unsaturated.How can you tell if a parrot is intelligent? It speaks in polly-syllables. What would you call a parrot that has deserted its domicile and headed out into...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What is this big obsession with people's personal style preferences? Why do government workers insist on becoming the fashion police?No sooner did I pop the champagne in celebration of the right to expose my scandalously naked shoulders did...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Education Minister Ruel Reid, kindly tell Albert Corcho, a fine principal by all reports, and the board of Calabar High School, that they are unequivocally wrong in their policy of barring students with less than a 60 per cent average from entering...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The daily devaluation of the Jamaican dollar is causing prices of almost everything to go up, while our salaries remain the same. The effect is that every day, we get a little poorer.The Government would have us believe that the present sustained...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

When the Axis powers of Jamaican politics blitzkrieged their way over demands that the new integrity law maintain the concessions of transparency of the old Contractor General Act, they were warned that their action was likely to be to the peril of...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:11 AM

One of the things we admire about Audley Shaw is his aspirational optimism.As finance minister, even when the macroeconomic fundamentals weren't quite right, you sensed his will in talking them into alignment and delivering, say, low interest rates...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

She was 15 years of age when 'John Blacks' and his small crew snatched her. They had grabbed two teenage girls but one, a feisty 17-year old who I knew, somehow fought them off and escaped their murderous clutch.As they had their way with the child...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recently, the media was accused as being biased against Donald Trump, president of the USA, by letter writer Carlton Sterling (August 21). It can be argued that CNN and MSNBC do not spend enough time on the positives under the leadership of Trump,...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last Saturday night I attended the Miss Universe Jamaica coronation. I was quite impressed with the contestants. Wow. They acquitted themselves extremely well, and the final six were very eloquent in the question-and-answer segment. Well done,...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Nigel Clarke's publication of the Bank of Jamaica's (BOJ) August 7 report to him has been rightly welcomed (Gleaner editorial, August 27), especially as now it is to be standard procedure. This 20-page report, summarised with fair...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We don't know if it's a good sign that Audley Shaw hasn't, unlike himself, been notoriously fast with a response to J. Wray...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I immediately knew that the beginning of this week was going to prove to be a challenge when from early Monday morning I received call after call from colleagues, pet owners and animal lovers alike, all referring to the Observer's front-page article...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Banks should be vilified, not vindicated. For four decades, they facilitated the fiscal irresponsibility of successive political administrations of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ).Public debt swelled beyond the country's sustainable capacity from...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:09 AM

The honchos of the business processing outsourcing (BPO) sector have worked themselves into a hot lather over Richard Byles' recent remarks about the need to lift the quality of the jobs in the economy, and the pay therefrom, without, it appears, a...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Harper/ Guest Columnist

In an article published by The Gleaner on Sunday, a learned professor made an egregious statement that "Jamaicans don't kill themselves, but they kill each other".While I understand and appreciate that Jamaica does, in fact, have a low suicide...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No, this isn't about the adventures of a US president in a Russian hotel.It's about me. I'm obsolete. The modern world has passed this grumpy old man by.What's the matter with the world?Has the world gone mad?Nothin's wrong with the world,it's the...

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