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Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This Government has looked to be the worst of our brief history but there are signs that the worm is turning.All Jamaica needs to stand up and applaud the manner that the Government went about defaulting on its local debt...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We, like the bankers quoted in this newspaper yesterday, believe the debt-restructuring programme that the Government has on offer is the right call at this time, even if domestic savers will have to give a substantial portion of agreed interest.

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is unlikely there will have been any significant rebalancing of enrolment by Jamaican students to the University of the West Indies (UWI) since our observation last year that the bulk of them were in the humanities and education, while only a handful...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We have observed that the output per worker has been falling in Jamaica during the period 1972-2007. We now turn to the issue of what has been happening to the labour cost of each unit of good or service produced over the same time period...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Haiti is not unaccustomed to the world's attention in the immediate aftermath of some disaster, natural or man-made. But it is mostly fleeting. In short order, the focus wanes and the world moves on to the next crisis...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Shame on you, Dr Ford - Never mind the savage, racist comments by Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh about the earthquake-ravaged victims of Haiti.

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When the eventually stillborn plan by Jamaican financial institutions for the euphemistically labelled liquidity management scheme was in still embryo, this newspaper was championing a debt-restructuring scheme.

Published:Monday | January 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Wanting Haiti to failI just want to say that I absolutely loved Peta-Anne-Baker's article on Haiti (Sunday Gleaner, January 17).

Published:Monday | January 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Debt Exchange may not be perfect, but this move by the Government to begin to rein in its debt interest payments reflects well the idea that 'the perfect is the enemy of the good'. So instead of the 'perfect', Jamaica now has the 'good'...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In spite of the many negative reports dogging the police, I remain an avid supporter because, over all, our police are decent, dedicated people. Recently, they embarked on a traffic campaign for which I'd like to offer some constructive criticism.

Published:Monday | January 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In between the euphoria over the Government's debt-rescheduling package and the outpouring of empathy and goodwill for devastated Haiti, there was another significant occurrence in Jamaica last week that, understandably, did not penetrate significantly...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jamaican savers are about to undertake, perhaps, the greatest act of faith in the country's history by surrendering a huge chunk of their wealth on the promise of politicians to be good and prudent managers,...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Last Tuesday afternoon, while occupants of New Kingston's multi-storey offices were distracted by mild tremors, they could not have imagined that less than 300 miles away, Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince suffered the... - Dennis Morrison

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the days when BWIA used to fly to Haiti, I once sat next to a man who asked me to fill out his immigration form. - Carolyn Cooper

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Halfway into its term in office the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration has finally taken the first tentative steps towards honouring the central promise of its campaign: changing economic course. - Claude Clarke

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The purpose of a free market is to drive down prices while increasing the quality of goods or services. Through free competition among vendors for the provision of products and services, prices tend to decrease, and quality tends to improve. - Egerton Chang

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Scrap-metal theft ought to be treated as a public-safety issue.

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:The church in Jamaica has come under relentless scrutiny and assault in recent times.

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:I am most pleased by the act of political maturity demonstrated by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller on their visiting Haiti together on Thursday to assess first-hand the situation as it relates to...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:Perhaps, just perhaps, the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island of Haiti, ...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One of the most famous commercials of all time was the creation of a Chicago advertising scriptwriter who, in 1959, came up with the famous Esso (now Exxon) slogan, "Put a tiger in your tank'.

Published:Friday | January 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It was entirely appropriate, we feel, that Prime Minister Bruce Golding travelled to Haiti yesterday for a first-hand view of the devastation wreaked by Tuesday's earthquake in that country, and to offer Jamaica's assistance and support in the recovery...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Reap taxes from 'bad wud' - I visited a car parts shop this week to purchase brake light bulbs and, as a result of the 'colourful' language I was subjected to in the waiting area, I was struck by a brilliant idea: The solution to Jamaica's debt...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Education Andrew Holness is rightly upset at the low pass rate of Jamaican students in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. Wednesday's Gleaner reported: "He said the 2009 CSEC statistics in English ...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

To: Iris Robinson, MP; Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dear Mrs Robinson: Let me begin by congratulating you on your charm, not to mention your stamina. It's not very often that a 60-year-old manages to bag a teenage toy boy....

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