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Regarding Obama: Be Cautious in Optimism

During the run up to the recent U.S. election, several groups peripheral to the McCain campaign, particularly in the days just before the vote, were sponsoring seriously-negative advertisements on both radio and television that were no doubt unfounded, completely ridiculous criticisms of Barack Obama. They were obviously designed to sway a small percentage, hopefully one …

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Dealing with Crime — An Open Letter to PM Golding

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Christopher Suckra was savagely sodomized and murdered this Wednesday while on his way to school. Now we will never know if he would have been a distinguished Prime Minister of Jamaica. His happy though wrecked life was mercilessly cut short by a murderer. He was stabbed, chopped and his head bashed …

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Capital Punishment is Barbaric

The polls suggest that Jamaicans wish to resume the hanging of convicted murderers notwithstanding the possibility that innocent persons may be subject to the capital punishment. It is acknowledged that frustration may be a natural response to the violent anarchy that is contemporary Jamaica. However, the debate regarding the resumption of capital punishment is based …

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Jamaica Help Needed to Clear the Air

Dear Friends, Jamaicans at home and abroad:   Your homeland needs your voice to prevent the most callous and wanton destruction of our air basin imaginable. I have listened in anguish recently as various executives of the Energy Ministry have assailed the airwaves with misrepresentations to gain acceptance of their misguided introduction of E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. …

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The Nicodemus Effect, Antidote to Bradley’s

As Barack Obama leads in opinion polls across the country, suggesting a sure win if the election were called today, many Democrats are fearful of what is termed the Bradley effect stopping him in the tracks and handing the presidency to John McCain. Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California, was way ahead in …

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Financial Crisis – Check-mate USA

The real, critically perplexing issue for the US government and its bailout (or rescue) is not the bailout as such (although it is a major, complex issue in itself) but the conditions which led to the collapse. The Americans and their expert political economists know that unless those conditions which gave rise to the crisis …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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A Defence of Merit Pay – Teachers’ Skills Quality is what Matters Most

Dear Antonn, I find your article limited in factual basis and biased towards un-informed common thinking that resists change. Further, you have presented no real or new solutions or alternatives to help solve the crisis in the Jamaican education system. I am being very blunt and will not apologize because children of African descent in …

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Jamaicans, running scared and running out of time

“We have a crime problem that’s the second highest in the world and so we need a strong, decisive national security strategy,” said [Jamaica’s prime minister, Bruce] Golding. This quote from a news paper got me wondering what has the “driver” been doing all the time or has he just woken up and is ready …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Educating for Inequality

A quality system for the mass education of the population is the most important requirement for national development.  Our outdated education system is fundamentally flawed in the most egregious way.  Unlike developed nations which strive to educate the masses in a universal and equitable manner, Jamaican policy intentionally perpetuates inequality and disparate treatment as part …

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