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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.