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

Hiding, or attempting to hide bad news, economic or otherwise, is usually a poor political communication strategy, as Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his ministers should have learned by now.It is better to confront the truth...

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

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers to yesterday's lead story 'Natalie's million-dollar secret - What the MPs were hiding in Constituency Development Fund talks'....

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

The Editor, Sir: Permit me to pen an open letter to Sagicor Life Jamaica Ltd.Dear Sagicor,As we, Jamaicans, celebrate and reflect upon the work and life of our national heroes, I am reminded of how valiantly each, in his/her own way, gave of their lives...

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

Lie-agra (Sin-denafil) relaxes or nullifies the mind's ethical programming and increases the blood flow to targeted areas of the body thus enabling the user to stand erect and spew lies, half-truths, evasive responses and innuendoes.

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

How many of us will spare even a passing thought about the reason some of us will have the day off on Monday? Given the number of alternatives available, how many people do you think will spend even 15 minutes watching or listening to the presentation of national honours, unless they have a friend or family member who is getting one?

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

I first travelled overseas when I was 21 years old. It was to Montreal, Canada. I was going to attend McGill University to do my master's of business administration (MBA). I had resolved that the only way I would attend university overseas would be on a scholarship so that I would not require any assistance from my parents.

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

The initiative launched last Wednesday night, to be executed over the next two years, wins our endorsement, and represents the kind of public-private sector partnership of which this newspaper hopes there will be plenty more.

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

By some coincidence, while there has been some debate locally as to whether the Jamaican dollar should be going up or down, activity on international currency markets has been heating up in recent months. Jamaican investors who have been addicted to safe, high-return government bonds have lost such options for the time being, but do not appear to be in the currency game as yet.

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

On a recent visit to Hellshire beach, I found some of the elusive young men I was worrying about in last week's column, "Where are the eligible men?" Those young men who ought to be prepared for tertiary education, but are not.

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

After 69 days of nail-biting drama in Chile, the world witnessed the spectacular rescue of 33 miners on Tuesday and Wednesday as they emerged from the bowels of the earth where they had been trapped ...

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

The Editor, Sir:More often unspoken than not, today, the terrible questions still remain in the back of many people's minds: will the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke affair bring down the current Jamaica Labour Party government in Jamaica? And should it?

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

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses.

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

The Editor, Sir:In your editorial 'Make it an inquiry of truth', published on Thursday, October 14, you suggested seven questions that ought to be answered in the proposed Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Commission of Enquiry.

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

The Editor, Sir:Successive governments have not funded education as a priority.

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

A fortnight or so ago, there was in the United States media a great deal of hand wringing, finger-pointing and lamenting about the state of public education in that great country.

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

MUCH IS being made of the dramatic reduction in the incidence of murder and other violent crimes over the last few months - and rightly so! We have been the murder capital of the world for much too long. The police believe murders have drastically...

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

It is good that yesterday's first day of the initiative by the police to remove higglers from no-vending areas of downtown Kingston went reasonably peacefully. We are disappointed, though, at what appeared to have been an attempt, passive though it might...

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

Pearnel Charles, the labour minister, tries very hard at finding employment for Jamaicans, to the point where you might wonder if he is confused as to whether he runs a labour exchange rather than heads a key economic ministry....

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

Our political party symbols, well intentioned as they are, have often been the cause of controversy between the two major sides.Every political party in the world boasts symbols that act as powerful rallying tools for membership...

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

Sixty-two per cent (3.2 million) of the 5.2 million deaths reported in the Americas in 2004 were due to chronic diseases - mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes - exceeding...

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

On September 27, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) responded to the rulings of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the matter of the OCG's Report of Investigation which was conducted into certain contracts which were awarded by the...

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

Prime Minister Bruce Golding is finally heading in a direction that he might have gone long ago, saving his reputation some of the scars and keloids that will be difficult, if not impossible, to repair. And, more important, Mr Golding and his ministers...

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

It is good to see that good sense sometimes prevails, even among politicians who would prefer to keep hidden just how they process political pork.In this case, it is the decision by the parliamentary committee that reviews the Constituency Development...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

IT WOULD be the most hardened cynic who would argue other than that the state of emergency imposed in May was necessary and that the country is still reaping the value of the action. For that, we need only point to the latest crime statistics...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Below are edited excerpts from comments posted online at www.jamaica-gleaner.com by readers in response to yesterday's lead story - 'Back from Haitian hell' - about the imprisonment of Jamaican fisherman Fitzroy Linton in Haiti....

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