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Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The Government is to be applauded for the recent restrictions on one-time plastic usage. But we need to go further and deal with our garbage situation, particularly our gullies – which only seem to get cleaned when the rains come...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:36 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I am happy that the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Kamina Johnson Smith, has been persuaded to ‘thoroughly review’ the case of the five Jamaican fishermen vs the US Coast Guard. To quote the minister in the instant case,...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:30 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I have watched the contest for leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) with Dr Peter Phillips and Peter Bunting. For what it is worth, I have a nugget of observation of the Jamaican people to share with Dr Phillips....

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:28 AM

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, passed the Tourism Workers Pension Bill, which seeks to establish a defined contribution pension scheme for hospitality industry workers. The bill, which was piloted by tourism minister Edmund Bartlett,...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: As I sat writing this letter, with trembling hands, tears are streaming down my face. I am currently a student at the University of Technology but sometimes study for finals on the grounds of UWI. While sitting under one of the...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. My family has tried to bury the pain and heartbreaks we had to undergo since the death of our son, brother, cousin, and uncle. In April, the body of young Shante Skyers was...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The question of whether the late Most Hon Edward Seaga should, posthumously, be made a national hero, or not, ought to be put to a referendum. Such a question should never be political and/or politicised, nor should it be...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Edward Abbey, an American author, said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” This statement expresses the reality about keeping corruption in any government in check. The desire for “more”...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I do not think that skin bleaching is necessarily an intended violation of school rules or any security requirements, anymore than using a topical cream to reduce wrinkles would. In many cases, it is an identity issue and a...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM

 THE EDITOR, Sir: Females of this nation are overwhelmed and tired of the day-to-day treatment meted out to us in homes, the streets, businesses, workplaces, schools, etc., by large percentages of males...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The bleaching of the skin in our society is more of a fashion/cosmetic trend rather than an identity issue. Here in Jamaica, our schools have rules and dress codes for our students. Certain fashions are not allowed in our schools....

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: We lift our hats high in honour and respect to the late Edward Phillip George Seaga. He wasa powerful leader and a great politician. He was fearless, brave, courageous and lion-hearted. I have him down in the ‘Guinness Book of...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The battle of the Peters is the most-talked-about duel in recent history in Norman Manley’s 81-year-old party. We shall see the great impact of the two stalwarts of the People’s National Party (PNP) come to the fore with some very...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:20 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: One of the first laws of economics is that people respond to incentives. Really and truly, the solution is simple: instilling conservative habits until it becomes a lifestyle. But that is as simple as it gets. The difficulty is,...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:20 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The recent discussion on skin bleaching in schools shows how naïve individuals are to the reality of our society. In our society, colourism is a very big issue, especially in inner city communities where individuals are praised for...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:20 AM

This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness THE EDITOR, Sir: Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration will not be distracted by discussions in the public domain on abortion, homosexuality and obeah, but it is his...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: It would seem as if we need to hold or accord deserving Jamaicans State funerals. This morning (Friday, June 21) as I journeyed to work, I could not avoid glancing at the National Heroes Park and seeing workmen labouring in the...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Eternal Father, we beg you to bless our land, But what do we do? We destroy it. We ask you to guide us with your mighty hand, Instead, we do what pleases us. Keep us free from evil powers, we pray, Yet there is talk about...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: My thoughts and prayers for the drone’s family. Hopefully, the American military will stand down and ignore Trump’s future insane command. The bellicose United States has had so many wars since WWII and not for defence, but for...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: It is being said that doing well at the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), unlike the Grade Six Achievement Test, requires more understanding of the subject matter and better thinking and reasoning skills by students, rather than students...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has drawn my ire. In a story published on June 13, Mr Ellington said, “local gangsters could make the switch from small arms to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), imitating...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: This year’s staging of Jamaica’s 8th Biennial Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston welcomed the idea of a Jamaica Global Young Leaders Forum as a means of connecting the diaspora with youths in the...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: It has been six months since the ban was imposed on the manufacturing and use of single-use plastic bags across the island. Since then, we have seen the proliferation of single-use paper bags as somewhat of a replacement/...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Funeral home operators are facing a serious crisis and steep price increases involving prices at Dovecot Memorial Park. I am at present in receipt of a correspondence from the management of Dovecot Memorial Park, stating that...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I am happy to see a lot of development taking place in Jamaica, where very soon we will be a First-World country for many nations around the world to see how this little island called Jamaica has made great strides in the right...

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