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.
The Editor, Sir: Today in busy morning traffic on Tom Redcam Drive, I was horrified to see a young man sitting on a wall on the sidewalk masturbating away to his hearts content - right in front of Alvernia Preparatory School with several other educational facilities in walking distance!
One of the most serious problems that Jamaica has had to be grappling with is the very onerous debt burden. For this, the current PM, Bruce Golding, has repeatedly blamed the previous administration for its wasteful and excessive borrowing and spending.
Maureen Henry from Westmoreland has fallen into the trap of simplistic arguments and baseless reasoning in the arguments she proffered in her letter to the editor published in The Sunday Gleaner of April 25.
Once again, violence in Montego Bay flared up with the murder of five persons in the Salt Spring community. It was also reported there were more than 12 gunmen who are responsible for this savage rampage.
One of the greatest misconceptions I had when I entered graduate school in the United States (US) in 2000 was that school would be easy. After all, we were always told that Jamaican students were among the best and the brightest.
I would like to pose a question to your readers, especially those public-sector workers who have been pressing for their retroactive money. Have you ever promised something to someone and had every good intention in the world but just were not able to fulfil that promise?
In the Gleaner of Saturday, April 24, the article, 'Teachers stop playing' was not merely an excellent play on words, but it should also be considered equally serious and instructive to all, in particular the powers that be who cannot be romping in times like these.
As we commemorate Earth Day, I am taking the opportunity to express my concern about a growing trend in Kingston. The character of neighbourhoods is being changed as single-family dwellings are converted into apartments and town houses.
Please allow me space to comment on the Riverton landfill. A landfill should be declared as nothing but a landfill because of the nature of the solid wastes that are collected daily. I am not an environmental expert, but where are the Jamaican experts?