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Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Condemn Frater for barefaced lie


The despicable behaviour by Michael Frater in lying to the organisers of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence is only surpassed by the shocking silence on the issue by so many of his countrymen.

When the ramifications of Mr Frater's behaviour are examined, one is left speechless as to why the media are not overflowing with the strongest castigation of the athlete.

The minimal condemnation for Mr Frater's lying, however, seems consistent with the emerging tendency by far too many of our people to lie without being able to be embarrassed about it.

In the same manner that we as a nation have failed to guard against the erosion of the values we once held as critical to defining our civilisation and humanity, we seem oblivious to the danger to an enlightened and progressive society.

Decent persons would be forgiven for thinking that when liars are spewing out their venom, they would try and be as inaudible as they can. Instead, they carry out the exercise with trumpet blast and a look of great satisfaction.

Truth and truthful speaking are inescapable pillars of any society that envisions longevity and prosperity. Let us stop the lying, and start speaking the truth to one another.


Ebola and


man fi bow!


Western greetings and social etiquette embrace handshakes wholeheartedly as a norm. We go to a meeting at work and we shake hands with co-workers and clients. We go to church and we shake hands with brethren. In Jamaica, we have a 'shake-hand' culture. But what about Ebola, which can be transmitted by a simple handshake, perhaps even through a sweaty palm?

As new as Ebola is, some church brethren seemed to have known about it from its origin, given from ever since they'd have been reluctant to shake hands with you anyway.

Check out the WHO website: "The World Health Organization has recommended to people to find different ways of greeting apart from handshake so as to reduce the chances of contracting the Ebola virus." You see how serious this issue of handshake is?!

The irony is the bumping of fists and 'elbow speck' greeting, which usually draw the ire of the sophisticated keepers and overseers of social etiquette, may be safer than handshakes. None is acceptable for me, however, because they all involve physical contact.

So how do we great each other then?

With the flood of Chinese investment into the island, some smart person suggested the country be renamed Chimaica. But even if we don't go that far, we can adopt Chinese greetings for safety.

Unlike Westerners who shake hands, it is common for Chinese, Japanese and other Asians to greet each other without a single touch but merely with a bow.

Therefore, I suggest that we now replace handshakes and,

in turn, develop a culture of bowing to prevent diseases and sustaining good health.

As of today, men and women, let us all begin to bow!



Shield women absolutely from marital rape


"... But the husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract the wife hath given up herself in this kind unto her husband which she cannot retract." - Hale, Matthew, Sir (1800) 'Historia Placitorum Coronae History of the Pleas of the Crown'.

The above extract is consistent with the current state of Jamaican law where it does not recognise the criminal offence of marital rape, except in a few defined circumstances, for example during a period of


The reality that a husband cannot be prosecuted for raping his wife (in most cases) has outraged me as a young woman, a friend of a bride-to-be, and someone's future wife.

As a woman, the right to say no should not be narrowly defined for me. My right to say no, whether it is to a stranger, someone I know or my partner/husband, should be respected and protected absolutely under Jamaican law.

The legislature should regard the protection of the physical integrity of a woman as a priority that admits of no exceptions. There needs to be a decisive move to bring the legislation up to date, bringing an end to

circuitous debates.

A strong message needs to be sent. How can we expect our mothers, sisters and friends to build and nurture the future of Jamaica when a law based

on 19th-century chauvinist

principles remains in force?


Fashion Designer

Men will always want to rule vaginas


I read with interest and laughter the commentary, 'Erica's Edge', captioned 'Calling All Vaginas', which appeared in your newspaper of October 22, 2014, and would like to add a vital piece of information that Ms Erica Virtue, the writer, has omitted.

A World Association of Vaginas (WAV) was formed and Miss Leggie, a woman, was elected president. During her inaugural address to members, this is what she said. "Ladies, we have got to unite; ladies, we have got to unite; for as long as there is a split between us, men will always use their 'di**tatorship' to ruin us."


Portmore, St. Catherine

Let us begin recycling more


Now that the clean-up to lessen the spread of chik-V is well under way, could I call for us to quickly pass container deposit legislation, to put a deposit on all those things that litter the road and clog the drains.

Bottle deposits work wonderfully for beer bottles, and in the rest of the world they work well for plastic bottles, too. In fact, some of our local manufacturers print the deposit amount on the label: 5 US cents or 10 US cents, depending on the state.

I would suggest that the list include the PET bottle (J$5), foam lunch box (J$5) and scandal bag (J$2). Then I can guarantee you that the gullies and beaches will stay clean, the recyclers will get five times the material, and all this would be paid for by the inconsiderate, nasty people who litter our country.

Now who can say this should not be done?


Kingston 10