The Editor, SIr:"Now that she is no more, let all in the room who took her for a free ride show your hands." I am sure that, were that directive issued in the halls of power in Jamaica, there would be deafening silence among some prominent individuals...
The Editor, Sir: At a recent Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) public forum on the proposed Charter of Rights and Freedoms, David Wong Ken, attorney-at-law, reminded the audience that human rights were not gifts of the State but were the birthright of every individual.
The slaughter of five men in the middle of the night, by a dozen or more phantoms using high-powered machines, should be enough to rattle any civilised people into an uproar, yet most prefer to remain silent, paralysed with fear behind their security guards and Dobermanns, hoping that they will not become the next victim.
The Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition saga that has erupted in Jamaica is creating so much noise and sucking so much of the oxygen from the country, that no one can either hear or breathe with ease.
First of all, let me congratulate you for producing the Education 20/20 supplement. However, with the exception of the articles by Maxine Henry-Wilson and Moses Peart, the publication continues to promote what I have previously called "an exercise in national self-deception".
Does Mr Samuda, a senior politician, a man of consi-derable experience, and, one would presume, wisdom, really expect us to believe the cock and bull story he told about who hired Manatt, Phelps and Phillips?
The problem with the scrap-metal trade is not unique to that industry. There is an institutionalised system of dishonesty in Jamaica. This is the same problem farmers have been facing, and numerous other sectors of society.
As your publication facilitates a broad discussion on the Jamaican education system, let me again suggest that focus should be on prescription and remedy and not on symptoms. To this end, I offer the following.
Some weeks ago, I awoke with a sense of foreboding. I felt the presence of evil covering this land like a large cloud of volcanic ash. As the recent Icelandic experiences showed, they produced fear and trembling, loss of income and uncertainty. It affected people from all corners of the world, some directly and some indirectly.
I was jolted by two things that appeared in The Gleaner of April 27 and 28. The results of the 2009 Grade Four Numeracy Test and the ranking of high schools in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) English and maths made me wonder: What next in our education system?
By now we (including detractors) should acknowledge that Edward Philip George Seaga's 'goat mouth' words have come to pass. He was right when he said that Bruce Golding lacked the skills to lead effectively.
THE EDITOR, Sir:Prime Minister Bruce Golding is slowly but surely losing the moral authority to govern Jamaica as the 'Dudus' fiasco continues to occupy the minds of all well-thinking Jamaicans.One is left to wonder if Prime Minister Golding is the same...
THE EDITOR, Sir:I am so sad about what's happening in my country. I am ashamed of those who we have entrusted to govern. They have tricked us like wolves in sheep's clothing ... nothing but a set of corrupt lackies whose agenda is to get the most they can while they can.