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NOTE-WORTHY: Airline hypocrites

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Where have you hypocritical Jamaicans been the last 40 years as Air Jamaica advertised for your business for being their passengers into and out of Jamaica?

Which airline did you hypocritical Jamaicans use to ship your cargo into and out of Jamaica? How many of you used to tell your friends/ relatives in Jamaica, United States, Canada and United Kingdom not to fly Air Jamaica?

Most of you at the end of each financial year used to curse/complain and castigate the Air Jamaica family, that it was a "financial albatross" to taxpayers? Within the last three months, every one is now saying the brand name Air Jamaica must be protected. No one has donated any 'live cash' to the airline. How many of you have since made a deliberate choice to fly your cargo into and out of Jamaica on 'the national airline'?

Come on, Jamaicans, the time is now. Are you going to support the Lovebird financially, or will it be the same verbal love?

Hugh G.D. Innis

Montego Bay

St James

Vigorous Parliament

The boisterous behaviour that usually emanates from Gordon House during parliamentary sittings has become the norm in our political culture. Those of us who regularly watch live broadcasts of these spirited sessions expect to see and hear tempers flare, shouting matches take place, off-the-cuff remarks being made in the background while a parliamentarian is speaking at the podium, and outbursts of laughter.

Although things oftentimes become too disruptive, I am glad that we still have a vigorous parliament that is made up of vociferous parliamentarians who are passionate about their positions and who are not afraid to 'throw word' whenever they hear and/or see something that displeases them. How boring and lacklustre our nation's parliamentary sittings would be if members of parliament didn't show their mettle and express their feelings in various ways.

Patrick A. Gallimore

Why we 'dis and curse'

Jamaica is a land of controversies where the cherished freedom of expression is often displayed in some

colourful forms. There are always some

burning socio-economic and political issues or 'hot topics' of the day, and the discussions and controversies

these entail have become a national pastime.

Contradiction is a route to truth. Differences of opinions and views,

with freedom of

expression, are essential and

healthy for democracy. It is disturbing, however, that the call or need to discourse

has now become a

licence for us to 'dis and curse' each other.

Daive Facey