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Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GG should resign - Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has no choice as a Christian but to resign rather than sign the Casino Bill into law.

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I've always believed that in the 1820s, had Don José Carreras Ferrer decided to blend strains of marijuana instead of tobacco, ganja would be legal today.

Published:Monday | May 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Indifferent students - Are Jamaicans so naïve that they can't see that some students just don't have any interest in learning? This disinterest certainly stems from various reasons, but the fact is some students are just not interested in learning.

Published:Monday | May 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Miss Mary stood still for a few minutes vacillating as she tried to psyche up herself for the task ahead. She replayed her proposed activity several times, but vivid memories of the severe pains that were to come and linger for many days...

Published:Monday | May 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The inability of the police to staunch the wave of criminality across the island has induced yet another group of citizens to take the law into their own hands, resulting in the gruesome killing of a would-be thief in a small...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Bill Johnson's ranking of secondary schools based on their performance in math and English in the CXC-CSEC Examinations 2009 has once again been published in The Gleaner's Education 2020.

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Finance Minister Audley Shaw proudly announced that the Government had allocated almost 15 per cent of the 2010-11 Budget to financing education.

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The island's teachers, currently agitating for salary increases and retroactive pay due to them, are pressing their demands with a planned two-day strike for tomorrow and Tuesday.This agitation is...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

For better or worse, the take-over of Air Jamaica by Caribbean Airlines is now a done deal, and speculation about the viability of this combination is about to be put to the test.

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This semester, I've been teaching Yann Martel's wonderful novel Life of Pi in an introductory fiction course. Three-quarters of the class still hadn't finished reading the book by the last day of teaching. It was the first novel on the course!

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Hardly a day goes by without citizens of Jamaica taking to the streets to express outrage over one issue or the other.

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:I had the opportunity to attend the Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia during the weekend of April 24.

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir;We can only fight crime adequately when we understand it.

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I can crack a joke with the best of them but have never been able to crack a yolk without getting egg on my hands, on the floor, on the outside of the frying pan and bits of shell in my egg.

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The recent increase in the sale of Clarks shoes is, without a doubt, attributed to two songs and one artiste, Vybz Kartel (Clarks and Clarks again) - Popcaan is an extra. These witty songs on one of Jamaica's oldest fashion obsessions have brought back the early 1990s for those who remember sporting Clarks and Bally. The power of words.

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I gave this title to one of the first columns I wrote for this newspaper in 1992. It is still appropriate today. Democracy is a good thing, because it gives people the opportunity to choose their government. But what good is democracy if none of the choices offered is of good quality?

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Haitian Revolution is, unquestionably, the product of great intelligence, good organisation, careful planning and fine military techniques - the basic components of a successful revolution. Haiti was France's prize possession in the Americas and its independence would not be a gift or an easy let go; moreso this was the time of Napoleon's military leadership in France.

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There are many things wrong with Jamaica. But one of the things that are good about the country is the quality and skill of its foreign service. Just ask foreign service officers of other countries. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which forms the Government, whose leader is the prime minister and several of whose officers are members of the Cabinet apparently don't share that view.

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

NOTE-WORTHYKudos to BartlettOn behalf of the members of the Jamaica Rent-A-Car Association, I write to publicly convey the sector's appreciation to Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and his team at the Tourism Ministry for the effort that they have been...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is no gainsaying that Jamaicans believe that corruption is pervasive in our country. And that perception is, in the end, just as important as the real facts of corruption in Jamaica, which is that it is a very corrupt place.

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I am seriously conflicted by your current campaign of publishing a running count of the number of murders committed in Jamaica on a daily basis. I feel that I understand your motivation and I sympathise with the elementary logic of your position, even though I think it is being simplistic and a bit naïve.

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Arguments for and against the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were to dominate the Budget debates 1978-80. The stage was set when Finance Minister Eric Bell announced on March 14, 1978, that a new IMF programme was being negotiated, with an agreement for a US$250 million extended fund facility expected by mid-May.

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On Saturday, the funeral service for the late Dr Dudley Stokes was fortuitously held at Boulevard Baptist Church, the church I pastor. It was very appropriate because Dr Dudley Stokes has been instrumental in my spiritual journey.

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The latest episode, in what has been a series of serious attacks on this nation's infrastructure, has been the proverbial straw which has broken the patience of Karl Samuda, et al. The latest victim was the Colbeck Irrigation system and its dependents, and given the litany of reports about other varieties of metal stolen... it is safe to say that the body of our nation's infrastructure is being raped daily.

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2010 | 12:00 AM

WHAT WILL it take for the Government to decide that it needs outside help to tame the crime monster? Five hundred murders in four months? Six hundred murders in five months? Ten murders a day? How many more families must bury...

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