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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...

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

There are persons in our society who believe a sexual offence is a minor crime and, as such, persons accused of rape, for example, should get a tongue lashing and a light sentence from the judge.

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

Every week, political discussions in Parliament, in newspaper columns, and on radio and television talk shows imply that we are becoming more, or less, 'democratic' as a nation.

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I have to commend the writer who was given Letter of the Day in The Sunday Gleaner of April 25, whose article was titled, 'Teachers' protest is immoral'. Highest commendations are in order for Maureen Henry, who said she was a teacher, for having the guts to write such a letter.

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One Friday night, the domino game went on into the wee hours. At 1:30 a.m., I gave up "No mas!" I begged, "I'm dead beat." Instantaneously, two new players arrived demanding a game. Autry, anticipating easy pickings, was anxious to oblige.

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Kindly allow me the opportunity to respond to the 'noteworthy' letter that was written by Petrina Francis, senior public relations officer at the Ministry of Justice. I would like to apologise for the inaccuracy of naming Carol Palmer as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice, instead of Robert Rainford, who is her replacement.

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Over the years, I have called for the abolition of all guns in Jamaica. I admit that this is a radical and, some may think, unrealistic strategy, but given the seriousness of Jamaica's gun-murder rate, I honestly believe that sooner or later Jamaicans will come to understand that such radical strategies may actually represent a more viable alternative than continuing with the more traditional ones.

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Reverend Franklyn Jackson, a priest in the Anglican communion and rector of the Church of the Transfiguration in Havendale, St Andrew, unfortunately reflects the schizophrenia that is all too common in Jamaica with respect to the matter of crime.

Published:Monday | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In the context of the high incidence of corruption in Jamaica, the call by Assistant Commissioner of Police Justin Felice and endorsed by representatives of civic organisations at one of this newspaper's Editors' Forums last Friday for a specialist corruption court makes sense and should be supported.

Published:Monday | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Port Royal development proposed by Minister Mike Henry, in conjunction with a cruise-shipping entity, is indeed a wonderful and far-reaching idea to once and for all synchronise the tourism product into a unique and exclusive Jamaican product, unable to be copied elsewhere.

Published:Monday | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Rome is burning while Nero fiddles. The prime minister, as well as the Opposition leader, seem painfully incapable of bringing any true leadership to spurn the decadence and sense of civil unrest in Jamaica.

Published:Monday | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The rain clouds that broke the drought a little over a week ago made everyone elated when they drifted in and released the deluge that cooled, quenched and restored our parched land. However, it occurred to me that the drought of ideas from our leaders has persisted for many years now.

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Four hundred thousand dollars is not a large sum of money in Washington, DC. It is not a lot of money to pay a DC lobbying firm, even if it is one as prestigious as Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. On any other day, and from any other source, US$400,000 would mean very little.

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We are glad that Mr Owen Ellington has finally been able to resolve his contractual issues, allowing for his formal appointment as Jamaica's commissioner of police, the post in which he has acted for nearly five months.

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The eruption of the tongue-twisting Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull - which translated into English means 'island-mountain glacier' - severely disrupted a large chunk of the world's aviation system for over a week. In Europe, air travel was brought to a virtual standstill for several days.

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I recently got an unexpected invitation from Ms Huiping Song, director of the Political Section of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jamaica. The ambassador, H.E. Jinghua Chen, was requesting the pleasure of my company at dinner, along with five of my guests. My first reaction was, "Yeah, right."

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It is not very often that one gets the opportunity to make a fresh start. The Jamaican Government's return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last year presented such an opportunity. The foundations of world capitalism were shaken by the global financial crisis.

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

We view Dr Omar Davies' support for the proposed flat tax on members of the informal sector as a hopeful departure from the usual contentious politics which has manifested itself in the opposition of ideas put forward by either side of the political...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Our friend Tricia, with whom we had left our dog 'Crix' when we went away for a few days, dropped the bombshell on my wife Indranie, "Congratulations, you are now a grandmother!" Then Tricia looked at me, "What do you have to say to that, Grandpa?"...

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