Tue | Mar 19, 2019

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Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:15 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The use of vuvuzela horns has now become so commonplace in Jamaica that they are a significant and constant feature not only our sporting events, but also at major shows and concerts. These horns are apparently commonly used at...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: We deeply regret the fact that our beloved veteran broadcaster – and a long-standing member of the RJR/GLEANER Communications Group – the gorgeous and jovial Dorraine Samuels, has fallen ill and has to discontinue her regular show...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:13 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: As a retired dental nurse, I am very concerned about the oral health of this nation and, specifically, the 0-18 population. The dental nurse was specifically trained to offer oral care to this group. Since the inception of the...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, spoke to creating a gender-balanced world. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, lecturer, and activist, once said that “the story of women’s struggle for equality...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I don’t exactly know how long the Jamaica Customs personal allowance of US$500 for travellers has been in existence, but it is high time that Jamaica call for a significant increase. The current allowance for accompanied and...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Portmore is slowly becoming a hot bed of criminal activity and the Government needs to intervene before it is too late. This week, the community scored a major victory when a licensed firearm holder was able to take down three...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I think of myself as an individual who cares for the well-being of others: If sharing knowledge with someone can improve their lives in the slightest way, then, in my opinion, that knowledge is worth sharing. A few days ago, one...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: In Jamaica’s Vision 2030 publication, it is stressed that transformational leadership is required for the vision to be successful. In East Portland, at present, there is significant spending on improvement projects. According to...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I would like to congratulate the Ministry of National Security, especially the junior minister, the Honourable Rudyard Spencer, for the initiative to assist inmates in our penal institutions to be tutored and sit Caribbean...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Outrage! That is the word on the lips of some in the streets re Mark Golding’s response to Dr Nigel Clarke’s stimulus package, which has trimmed down the tax juggernaut, not by one or two or any single digits, but a sizeable, by...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The late reggae icon Prince Buster wrote this song called Judge Dread. It’s a song that I love from school days until this day. It’s a great song. In a crime-polluted Jamaica, where crime is dominating the country significantly...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I wish to applaud and lift up for emulation two Government entities for their staff courtesy and efficiency. The entities are the National Health Fund (NHF) and the National Housing Trust (NHT) offices in Kingston. I do not recall...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I have heard some voices calling in the wilderness for an islandwide state of emergency. Are you in favour of an islandwide state of emergency to be imposed in a Jamaica that is burning hot with crime and violence? Are the churches...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I cannot think of another time in modern history when the United States has openly called for the overthrow of a democratically elected government as they are now doing with Venezuela. While there are many cases of them influencing...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The recent ban by the Government of Jamaica of single-use plastic bags is the most progressive step Jamaica has taken in many years. The recognition that plastics are strangling our world and that we in Jamaica have a duty to try...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Andrew Wynter, chief executive officer of Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), announced recently that a paperless passenger system would come on stream by June to allow travellers to complete customs and...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: It is with a burning desire that I write to you about the need to ensure that there are more organic vegetables on the market. With the growing occurrence of food-related diseases in Jamaica and around the world, there is an urgent...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:23 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) would like to respond to Ms Monique Davis’ Letter to the Editor, titled ‘Paper bags don’t have much use; give plastic bags another try’, published in The Gleaner of Tuesday, March...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Some make errors. Some, mistakes. And, sadly, some blunder. From the latter, there seems little redemption. This I opined after perusing with impatient interest Monday’s article in The Gleaner, ‘Political blunder: Opposition...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Jamaican coffee is hard to beat, and hard to replace. Yet, like a giant on the stage, this world-­favourite beverage has stood by and allowed other brands to gain ascendency in market over it. If the quality of the Blue Mountain...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Flashback to the year of 2003. I got the best news any young man would want to hear–- I had passed my GSAT for my first choice (Knox College). I had mixed feelings like every teenager, because I was going to a new school and I...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke, in his first Budget presentation, announced tax cuts and ­adjustments totalling $14.032 billion. The tax measures announced include: n A reduction in the rate of transfer...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I am one very frustrated and angry Jamaican. I am tired and fed up with the roadwork projects, water disruptions and chaos that have transformed the capital city into an obstacle course and a congested parking lot during and...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: As a concerned voter in East Portland, myself and many others are left at this time very confused after listening to another speech made by Mrs Ann-Marie Vaz. In this latest speech, she announced her husband as the member of...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I have followed the commentary about Mr Crawford being misguided in his assessment of his opponent. I think Mr Crawford grew up in Kingston, where there does exist an elite ‘brown’ and white class of people who descend from the...

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