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Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:33 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I hear Dr Lucien Jones of the National Road Safety Council in the media bemoaning the carnage on our roads and the fact that we are heading towards a record number or near record number of deaths on our roads in 2019. I hear...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:33 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: This year, just like last year, and the year before that, the nation is being informed that we are on course to set a new record as it relates to traffic fatalities. It is highly likely that come next year, it will be the same...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:32 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: When I become prime minister of Jamaica (I have come to terms with the fact that this is my calling), I will ban guns with Jamaica. Jamaicans have demonstrated, time and again, that they are not mature enough to have a country...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The nightly chants on radio and television for roads, water and electricity have abated to some extent, but the problems have remained the same or are exacerbated in most areas. St Mary, especially the western section, is one...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: It is wonderful to hear our finance minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, (in defence of the movement of the exchange rate) point out that Jamaica has achieved external sustainability and is known worldwide for its economic status –...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Are the states of emergency (SOEs) losing the fight against crime? Surely, there are some loopholes that are hindering their effectiveness. Can we make blood out of stone or turn a fish into a scorpion? For the SOE to come good...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: When does a bill become nonsensical? The National Water Commission (NWC) has been taking steps to improve delivery in Kingston and St Andrew, yet water continues to be either a drip, a tiny flow, or nothing. Because no one is...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I’m not surprised by the controversy surrounding the Annie Palmer costume worn by Miss Universe Jamaica given the very sensitive issues of slavery associated with it and the discomfort many have with this past and the...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Recently, LGBTQI human rights organisation JFLAG celebrated its 21st anniversary under the theme ‘21 Years of Niceness’. In the last three years, as someone who is part of the LGBTQI community, JFLAG has fallen flat. JFLAG must...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Sports analyst Hubert Lawrence speaks on the state of track-and-field. “If the Jamaican field events crew grows and the men’s sprinters come back to top speed, a time could come when this country is even more successful in track and field.”...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:43 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: In early 2018, I made a social-media post telling the Jamaica Labour Party to recruit Dr André Haughton. They never did, but the People’s National Party (PNP) did so late that year. I see a maverick in Dr André Haughton, a man...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:42 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The national ensemble for Miss Universe Jamaica 2019, based on the legend of Annie Palmer, has evoked outrage. Some construe this as a celebration of slavery. However, the problem is that the story is a sham. Over a century ago,...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:40 AM

The organisers of Miss Universe Jamaica have sought to explain that the Annie Palmer-inspired design worn by Iana Tickle Garcia at Sunday’s global final in Atlanta, Georgia was aimed at celebrating the Rose Hall Great House, a Jamaican heritage...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: As I watch the impeachment process against its president unfold in America, I can’t help but make comparisons with Jamaica. The Americans have it right – and they have had it right for 400 years now. We the Jamaican people need...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Were I a victim of this tactless and unprincipled ploy used by the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) to embarrass unfortunate loan borrowers into paying up, I would have put measures in place to stop that practice immediately, were I...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Jamaica’s culture is a floral essence of diversity and history. I have seen the recent comments regarding Jamaica’s national costume for the 2019 staging of the Miss Universe pageant. It is commendable that the organisers...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The Annie Palmer costume worn by Miss Jamaica Universe has caused widespread outrage, and I find it quite intriguing. Jamaicans have once again succeeded in placing the cart before the horse. In primary school, we read about...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Great article from Patria-Kaye Aarons, ‘Dumpling causes diabetes’, published in The Gleaner on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. However, I want to point out a few things. Not all carbs are the same. Carbs in green bananas are...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:17 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: On Monday, December 2, 2019, I was transported to the A...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:16 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: As the public relations officer of a school parent-teacher association (PTA) executive, I would like to appeal to all parents to get involved in their child’s education for the betterment of society, so that we can have a nation...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:12 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Jamaica is already a backward nation. We do not need persons like Nadine McLeod – in her column ‘Use radio to develop the J’can language and vice versa’, published in The Gleaner on Saturday, December 7, 2019 – encouraging our...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: As a citizen of this noble country, it is important to caution the Government on grand scheming and legacy announcements that will come at great expense to taxpayers. We are mindful of the Government’s effort to upgrade some of...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I agree 100 per cent with Ronald Thwaites’ article ‘Suck yu…’ published in The Gleaner on Monday, December 2, 2019. Excellent article. The resources being used for the states of emergency and zones of special operations need to...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: In 1986, when I entered a secondary school (as it was called then) as a math and science teacher, filled with vim, vigour and vitality – as they say – enough to overthrow the world, my bubble got unceremoniously busted when I...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:21 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: That the Constitution of Jamaica provides that judges may be removed for misbehaviour, consistent with the Constitutions of Commonwealth countries when it was written, is far from satisfactory without defining ‘misbehaviour’,...

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