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Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AM

It seems as if Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett can't admit that ganja is one of the major attractions that draw tourists to Jamaica. A friend of mine recently told me about meeting two visitors from Lapland. That's way to the north of Finland. What...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Jamaica is confronting a major, and worsening, public-health crisis with seriously disruptive pathologies, even if it isn't being formally labelled as such.It's called criminal violence. Should there be any doubt about the condition, or the problem...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AM

In the last few weeks, with murders averaging nearly six per day and extraordinarily low levels of accountability exposed in high places, even some of the most hard-working and patriotic among our people are beginning to lose hope in Jamaica.One...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Crime in Jamaica is a complex, far-reaching issue that is draining the society. People are cowering in fear. It is pretty obvious at this point that only drastic measures are likely to restrict the fear that has been induced.In a letter published in...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Ed Bartlett is too sophisticated to even suggest censorship of the press by the Government. But his suggestion that the press should self-censor is in some ways more sinister, because the implication is that to speak frankly about the problem...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 6:00 AM

On a scale of one to 10, fishing rates at several thousands or even millions. In fact, you have more than enough to scale Mount Everest. You might start on a small scale like me.My fishing career began by trying to communicate with the fish. I...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 6:00 AM

The idea that the marquee event, The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, could be scuttled because of unsanitary conditions borders on the unthinkable. It would be a national embarrassment to postpone an Independence flagship event that...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 6:00 AM

There is a tendency among gay-rights activists and advocates, which trickles down to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, to chant that there is hardly any progress in Jamaica. Typically, this...

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 6:03 AM

Should a person who lives in a $250-million house in Beverly Hills be lionised for his success or feel ashamed of himself for displaying so much extravagance while people are starving and children dying because they can't afford life-saving...

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Do we need more discipline in Jamaica or less? Or do we need to promote the idea that people should not be constrained by rules and regulations, especially when they are young?Annie Rose Kitchin, whose letter to The Gleaner, titled 'Hair police...

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Addressing an international conference in Kingston a week ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness publicly agonised over one of the recurring dilemmas for politicians: how to prioritise the allocation of limited resources when there are many needs.In...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:13 AM

The fact that Australia's cricket is in a long-running wage dispute that could, in 10 days' time, leave its elite players without contracts, and/or lead to a strike, has largely failed to animate the Caribbean voices that like to pontificate on...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Recently, The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Kingston celebrated 50 years of autonomy in an impressive worship service at the National Arena. The afternoon service was started by a roll call of the various congregations and presided over by...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AM

"In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law ..." Quote from the 2004 movie, The Punisher.A man sits on a bar stool and breaks the law by freely and openly puffing...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Like most of us, I am quite alarmed at the rate at which amere handful of hooligans are slaughtering their fellow Jamaicans. The various commentaries, speeches and howls of indignation all have a common theme: we need to take a firm stance against...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AM

On June 13, 2017, The Gleaner's lead story titled 'Bloody mayhem' reported that 54 murders were committed during the previous week. Stunned by this report, I decided to compare 54 murders in ONE WEEK with the ANNUAL number of murders committed in...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AM

I was struck recently by a news item that appeared in the Jamaica Observer of June 12, written by an 'Observer analyst' and titled 'Did former Contractor General Christie hurt more than help Jamaica?' It appeared to be written in response to an...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AM

As columnists and commentators, we are under pressure every time we craft a piece for the newspaper or prepare an opinion to deliver on a radio or television talk show that we must have a solution to the problem we are commenting on. In principle,...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Bruce Golding offers a flaccid moral equivalence between South Africa's apartheid and Venezuela's political problem. Yet he is right to lament the failure of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to arrive at a consensus for dealing with the latter's...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:03 AM

Edmund Bartlett is not the first person in his seat with a jaundiced perspective of the press and to offer duplicitous advice on how to do its job, including voluntarily censoring itself, which frees the State of contemplating that nasty business.In...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:00 AM

A June 8, 2017 Gleaner report, 'Lawmakers urged to impose stiffer penalties for buggery', exasperated me.Calling for more stiffness in buggery laws was president of the Marcus Garvey Research Institute. I don't recall Garvey complaining about...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:00 AM

A series of tragic events over the past few weeks have shattered the facade of English gentility, briefly exposing the underbelly of institutional indifference that we in this former British colony have come to know all too well.As we watched in...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:00 AM

What's the real deal with Marijuana?June 1, last year, my article 'Marijuana details smoky' was about this same conundrum I foresaw us having to wade through - being unprepared for the development of a real marijuana industry. We just hadn't ironed...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 6:53 AMMichael Abrahams

A female friend of mine used to tell me, many years ago, that "people do the best they know how". She would often say this during discussions about people who exhibited offensive or antisocial behaviour, and I would challenge her by...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Poor Delroy Chuck. He has to be working up a big sweat distinguishing his obvious personal view that there are limits beyond which the criminal law forbidding homosexual conduct cannot go, from his political party's manic fear of offending Jamaica's...

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