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

OVER THE last 20 years, the crime figures in Jamaica have risen steadily, with last year being the worst in recorded history.

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

In the Gleaner of April 24, letter writer Maurice Tomlinson chided Wayne West for his use of certain statistics pertaining to the legal status of buggery and the high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among Jamaican men who have sex with men (MSM).

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

Please afford me the opportunity to express my profound disappointment as a teacher myself in the leadership of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) as it seeks understanding of its(/our) plight from parents and the general public.

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

I wish to clarify my position regarding the letter that was published on April 22 under the headline 'Dancehall is therapy'. First, my view is not that dancehall in and of itself is therapy, as indicated by the headline, but rather that it should be used to achieve therapy because it (the music) is primarily a mirror instrument which highlights social ills and therefore should spur society into action towards making right its unpleasant conscience

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

Regarding the article 'Volun-teers build school' in your April 23 publication, it was pleasing to see the picture of the new school built by volunteers. Even more pleasing is the fact that the flame of volunteerism still burns.

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

Powerful and influential voices were heard calling for a smaller government. I interpreted it to mean an overall government of executive and Parliament. To date, there is no indication that any change will occur and will be attempted.

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

In relation to the letter 'Ellington is wrong again' which appeared in the April 23 edition of the Gleaner, it forces one to look at the nature and character of the types of crimes that have suppressed our social...

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

The Editor, Sir: Is a slip always a slip? Everyone seems to produce slips of the tongue which are really windows to the mind.

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

The Editor, Sir: Jamaicans need to start respecting time - their own and that of others. The old joke about events starting 'Jamaican time' has lost its charm. There's a trend emerging where events are planned, invitations sent out, then the events are cancelled, and only a few people are notified.

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

The Editor, Sir:As I read your Letter of the Day titled 'Ellington is wrong again', I was extremely disappointed at the attitude expressed towards crime fighting in our country.

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

The Editor, Sir:Anyone who has ever lived in Kingston or Spanish Town for more than a month would have been privy to the disaster that is the Riverton landfill on fire.

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

The Editor, Sir:I read the article 'The Shaming of Champs', on March 30, and I can assure you, as an ardent supporter of Champs and a past athlete myself from a rural school, I could never condone the behaviour of the Kingston College athlete.I have no...

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

The Editor, Sir:In the Thursday, April 22 edition of the Gleaner, Wayne West sought to discredit the Ministry of Health, the former head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, Professor Peter Figueroa, UNAIDS, and countless others who have found a...

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

When the argument for support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights is framed as a human-rights issue, thus giving it the right to co-opt children in its defence, it is palpably disingenuous.

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

There is a basic formula to which our leaders seem to be oblivious: bad management + corruption + lies = poverty for the country. Successive governments have sought to disprove this basic formula over the years without any success. We can now unanimously agree that this formula holds true.

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I noticed from recent articles posted on the Internet that there are proposals to conduct polygraph examinations of police and government employees to deter corruption. Although the goal is commendable and achievable, the selection of the polygraph is not a good choice.

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Despite its hermeneutical deficiency, there is much truth in the popular Jamaican saying that "God helps those who help themselves". It is a great pity, though, that this lesson is lost on acting Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington and the rest of the police hierarchy.

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Although it has some good points, Dr J.V. Ford's letter published Thursday, April 22, is fundamentally flawed. The idea of a controlled don is a misnomer. It is laughable to think that a don can truly be controlled. Is it not clear that our current circumstance is due to the facilitation of garrison politics?

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday, April 22, I accompanied a female friend of mine to the Island Special Consta-bulary Force (ISCF) headquarters to sit an entrance examination. The ISCF has strict entrance requirements, and individuals are required to have several passes in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examination and are required to satisfy the height and weight requirements prior to their sitting the entrance examination.

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

I am tired of having people propose the same things every day ... dismantle the garrisons, etc. and yet we all can see that this approach does not work. It does not take a smart man to see the statistical correlation between the number of 'gunmen' and notorious gang leaders killed by the police and the number of subsequent murders that occur in that particular locale.

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

About a year ago appearing on Dennis Brooks' current affairs programme LRC on Nationwide Radio, I was asked to comment on whether dancehall music was influential in the instigation of crime, violence and depravity which had long been a scourge in society.

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

According to the April 21 issue of the Gleaner, Phillip Paulwell is pushing for telephone number portability. Number portability would be beneficial to consumers as it would allow them to maintain the telephone number that they initially paid for, while seeking out the best plans and rates offered by any telephone provider.

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Reverend Billy Hall has questioned my "intellectual integrity", chastised me for "perfuming" the Rastafari, and even declared me a heretic in a piece in The Sunday Gleaner of April 18.

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life has accused the Jamaican Parliament of "wanting gays dead" because of Parliament's retention of anti-sodomy laws in the 2009 Sexual Offences Act.

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:I write to thank you for my wide-ranging interview by senior writer Gary Spaulding last Friday.

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