Columns

Hope — fundamental, but fragile

Clinton Chisholm | Monday, July, 1 2019    

Whether it is Peter Bunting or Peter Philips, regarding the leadership of their political party, or anyone of us in our daily lives, all humans are creatures of hope. Read More

HISTORY WILL JUDGE EDWARD SEAGA

DUDLEY C MCLEAN II Dudley C McLean II hails from Mandeville, Manchester. Send comments to the Observer or dm15094@gmail.com. | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

Former prime minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding, in commenting on the death of the Edward Philip George Seaga said, “He was a strong leader; firm in his convictions and fearless in his approach. He was never daunted by criticism or controversy once he was convinced that the path he was... Read More

Seaga lived a life of service

SILVERA CASTRO Silvera C Castro, OD, JP, is a commissioner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

Hours after hearing about the death of this icon I waited for the right time to write, but right time evaded me, no pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, and no inclination. But then words came hurtling at me and “biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite fool said my... Read More

We cannot just forget and move on

GARFIELD HIGGINS Garfield Higgins is an educator and journalist. Send comments to the Observer or higgins160@yahoo.com. | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

A blind person's groundnuts do not get burnt twice. — Igbo Proverb, Nigeria  Read More

The Gun Court can save us

Sunday, June, 30 2019    

The Gun Court in Jamaica is one of a kind as compared to other countries that originate from the English legal system. This is because it sits as a high court and can give lengthy sentences in keeping with a court of its elevation without requiring verdicts from a... Read More

Cellular phone abuser-users walk and text

Melissa Martin | Sunday, June, 30 2019    

'Smartphone Zombies, Look Up!' is the title of a recent newspaper article in the Straits Times in Singapore. In a nutshell, Smartphone zombies are people who walk with their heads down while reading and writing texts — or doing a... Read More

Whose truth?

Barbara Gloudon | Friday, June, 28 2019    

Millennials have a saying making the rounds nowadays: My truth. In any argument there are different sides to the story, so “my truth” may not be “your truth”. The whole truth and nothing but the truth can be hard to hear, and harder to tell. Read More

We need more like Eddie Seaga to make our economy grow

Franklin Johnston | Friday, June, 28 2019    

NB: Readers, please note the following content may be disturbing to some, so read an anodyne column instead.  Read More

Mi fi believe Keith Duncan, EPOC?

Al Miller | Thursday, June, 27 2019    

I just saw the most encouraging and exciting promotional video presentation I have seen in our nation for years! Mi seh mi cyaan believe it! I had to check if I was pregnant. I understood what Elizabeth of the Bible felt when she met with Mary, the... Read More

Homecoming remembrance for Marcus Garvey

Lance Neita | Thursday, June, 27 2019    

June and the month of August are special anniversary periods celebrating the life of our first National Hero Marcus Garvey. June 10 marks the anniversary of his death in London in 1940, while August 17 celebrates his birth in St Ann's Bay, 1887. The occasions do not go unnoticed, as... Read More

America is failing the compassion test on immigration

Raulston Nembhard | Wednesday, June, 26 2019    

One of the enduring strengths of America is the way it has treated with generosity people from all over the world who want to enter its shores. As an immigrant nation itself, the country has benefited substantially from this openness as people from all over the world... Read More

Edward Seaga's work deserves to be properly memorialised

Peter Champagnie | Wednesday, June, 26 2019    

On June 23, 2019, Jamaica's fifth Prime Minister Edward Seaga was laid to rest at National Heroes' Park. If my mother, Helen Champagnie, were alive, his funeral would not have missed her. Equally, she would not have missed those who now unreservedly sing his praises, but in past times could not... Read More

From bruk-pocket to Porscheperity?

Canute Thompson | Tuesday, June, 25 2019    

Renowned and respected Miami Herald journalist Jacqueline Charles, in her June 15, 2019 piece on Jamaica's economic turnaround, opened a can of things. For one Government senator it was a can of “awesome” things; for a business mogul it was a can of must read information. For me, it... Read More

OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti, not an external agenda

Sir Ronald Sanders | Tuesday, June, 25 2019    

In what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on June 19 without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council — the organ responsible for making and... Read More

In memoriam: Edward Seaga was no saint, but the quintessential turnaround leader

CHRISTOPHER BURNS - Christopher Burns is vice-president of finance and CFO of a multinational corporation. Send your comments to the Jamaica Observer | Sunday, June, 23 2019    

Edward Philip George Seaga took his final bow on May 28, 2019, as ordered by destiny. His passing happened on the same day as his arrival day, but exactly after he reached four scores and nine years old, which, in and of itself, is quite a glitzy feat. The timing and precision of birthday and... Read More



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