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Tread Carefully with the Constitution

The Constitution of Jamaica prohibits an individual who acknowledges allegiance to a foreign state from being a member of the House of Representatives. Mr. Vaz, the Member or Parliament from West Portland has dual citizenship of Jamaica and the United States for which the Supreme Court found that he voluntarily acknowledged allegiance to the United …

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Cosmetologist Killed in Broad Daylight on a Busy Mall

On Monday 12th May, a cosmetologist was hunted and shot dead on a busy mall in Half-Way-Tree. The killer then made his escape on foot. The people on the scene attempted to perform their duty. They chased and stoned the gunman until he disappeared through the cemetery. Can you imagine that happening on a busy …

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Jamaica’s Education Dilemma

I write in reference to Education Minister Mr. Holness’ articulation of an educational policy initiative to prevent primary school students who do not meet a threshold on examinations to be prevented from promotion, transfer or placement to the high school level. This policy is short-sighted, as it fails to address the substance of the problem …

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Church vs. State: The Casino Debate Continues

I write in reference to the recent newspaper articles regarding the opposition of church leaders to the introduction of casino gambling in Jamaica. There is no question that the implementation of casinos is important to the development of the country. National development entails concepts such as change, evolution, growth and advancement, which must be embraced …

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Settling Europeans and Koreans In Jamaica an Asset For Growth and Stability

Democracy and freedom of speech are two things that Jamaicans take for granted and see as being God given. The truth be told, democratic institutions such as the Legislative Assembly existed in Jamaica, long before similar institutions existed in the United States and many European countries, such as Germany or Italy. Yet it behooves us …

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Education and Health the Bedrock in the Destruction of Class Domination and Poverty

I must first register my congratulation to leader of opposition Mrs Portia Simpson-Miller for taking the high ground by congratulating the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government on a good move by furthering the process of free health care to the Jamaican people even while it was being criticized by members of her own party. As …

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Both Patois and Standard English Have a Place in Jamaica

In the Jamaica Gleaner of Thursday, March 13, 2008, letter writer, Earl Mckenzie of University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona expressed the need for Jamaica to embrace the English lanuage which we Jamaicans have the privilege of using, due to sheer coincidence. I concur with this view. The question of standard English versus the …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Tackle the Causes of Crime

The Editor: Despite Jamaica’s accomplishments in the forms of educational opportunities, the onset of reasonable technological development, etc, there is no denying that Jamaica is still faced with some serious challenges. One such challenge is the crime rate. What is the cause of the rampant crime rate in Jamaica? How will we make any significant …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Does Canada’s Judiciary Value the Lives of Animals over Humans?

The Editor: A Canadian motorist who recklessly mowed down two of three Jamaican farm workers in 2005 was merely handed a slap on the wrist by the Canadian justice system on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in terms of sanctions. This individual’s name has been published as Charles Morris, a 26-year old Canadian of the so-called …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Obama, and the United Church of Christ Under IRS Investigation

On its face this latest spotlight on the operations of the IRS as it takes aim on the UCC seems harmless, as it appears that the IRS is only doing its job. However, when one looks at the alleged rationale for the investigation into the UCC there appears to be a more sinister motivation. I …

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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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