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Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:11 AM

Under pressure, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) has sought to explain how it arrived at new and increased banking fees. Both NCB and Scotiabank have been facing intense public criticism over the new fees. Here are some readers’ reactions...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Recently, a Gleaner article reported that a young Jamaican, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said “a gunman“. No doubt he had woken up that morning, not been given an adequate breakfast with nothing to do,...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The recommendations by the newly minted Minister of Agriculture Pearnel Charles Jr, for the Government to temporarily suspend “the common external tariff and additional stamp duties on imported leg quarters” ( Jamaica Observer...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: President Barack Obama became very emotional and wiped tears from his eyes when he spoke after the shooting massacre of 20 children at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. He wasn’t accused of being soft, weak, or out of his...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The lives of numerous operators of small businesses – community shops, taxis, street-side vendors, to name a few – are being snuffed out by notorious gunmen. These acts of violence have affected the society in that families are...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: THE JAMAICAN economy currently can be likened unto a maggot-infested sore. The conditions are rather petrifying, and as a youth, I am now able to understand the rationale behind the high levels of brain drain that we suffer from...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Rhodes Scholar Dr Nigel Clarke, since being appointed finance and planning minister back in 2018, has proved himself to be the most intellectually adept, most knowledgeable, and most suited for his portfolio responsibility, in...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: GraceKennedy Group Jamaica Limited, a true and time-tested Jamaican company, has over the decades consistently exhibited to the nation a genuine, efficacious framework underpinned by an abiding commitment to quality customer...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Whenever there is a spike in murders you have the response of hand-wringing and calls for resignation and crime plans. And the favourite of everybody, it seems, social intervention. Jamaica has had a problem with crime for...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the procedures in place at the Bellevue Hospital for dealing with reports of mental health episodes that may occur in the community. One such incident occurred in the Trafalgar...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: This is an open letter to Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang. The purpose of this letter is to request that you periodically, for example, every six months or one year, publish a report on illegal guns flowing into...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: AS THE newspaper and TV daily menu of murder continues and bodies pile up, we have to ask: Is this going to continue through the several months it will take for the new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs to bring the...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I’m tired of hearing weak arguments from anti-vaxxers and others about the prime minister’s controversial remarks, “argument done”, referencing those who continue to refuse COVID-19 vaccines. Now, I’m not a fan of PM Holness, I...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: This year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast was a meaningful event. The organisers were creative in planning what they referred to as a hybrid – a blending of face- to- face and virtual gathering. The model worked...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: I am so frustrated to wake up every day and read all what these persons in authority have to say on their approach on fighting crime. They all seem to think the police and the army is the answer to this crime situation. None...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: Anyone who tells you that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated is either brainwashed by Big Pharma and the mainstream media, or just ignorant. We are at the two-year anniversary of COVID-19 and if we follow some people in...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: We have entered a new year, a year in which Jamaica will celebrate 60 years of Independence but it has already been marred by several gruesome murders. Three incidents of double murders have already been recorded in...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: There needs to be a set of clearly established rules that set out what acts warrant the resignation of a member of parliament and/or a Cabinet minister and, indeed, a prime minister. Additionally, after a resignation of the...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: DAVE GOSSE, director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, The University of the West Indies, Mona, in his article Religion and Identity Politics in Jamaica said, “Paul Bogle concocted rum with gunpowder and gave his special...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: There is quite a bit of talk about what’s wrong with Jamaica. Everywhere I go I hear the complaints, and social media is flooded with videos, photos and stories that are shocking to me. As this is a new year, I want to offer...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: The facts are inescapably clear that Jamaica has long been in need of constitutional and other legal reforms. However, the recent reshuffling of the Cabinet by Prime Minister Andrew Holness has seen the pouring of new wine into...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: In 1976, I was eagerly awaiting my return to Jamaica after an absence of some years living in the United Kingdom. I then read this article titled: ‘Holiday island hit by murder wave’. That “60 lives this year” were lost between...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: One has to take the prime minister’s now infamous statement, ‘argument done’, in context. Jamaica is seemingly battling congruently the three big ‘Cs’: crime, corruption and COVID-19. Evidently, these combined issues are...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Amid the surge in COVID cases and hospitalisations, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has maintained that there will not be any further lockdowns. We asked our followers if they agree. “I agree. Two years is long enough, especially for schools. [The...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam: This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Honourable Prime Minister, the first month of the year is hardly halved and Jamaica has already recorded over 70 murders. We are not safe. Even when we bar our homes...

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