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There have been many attempts to reduce violence in Jamaica. All of them have failed. The homicide rate in 2017 was almost back to the level it reached in 2009, Jamaica's worst-ever year.Why have they failed?The simplest answer is that every attempt...

I would be obliged if you could permit me to address your recent front-page article captioned 'Ridiculous' sentence!' Your article concerned a recently concluded case in the Supreme Court, Gun Court Division, in which Kirk Smith and others, having...

"There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there. These all look to You to give them their food at the...

Time seems to be flying by faster and faster every year. It's a pity that our problems won't fly away with the passing years. Instead, they seem to be gaining strength as we record, analyse and bemoan our sad fate. Our biggest problem remains our...

Earlier this week, Ruel Reid, the education minister, repeated his intention to end the serving of sugary drinks with meals under the Government's School Feeding Programme. The aim is to improve the nutrition of students, thereby improving their...

The Gleaner is using its tremendous reach to signal that enough is enough on the lackadaisical approach to Jamaica's crime problem. The editorials under the rubric 'In a State of Anarchy' are throwing some blockbuster punches, and none have really...

For too long, the Jamaican economy has been in a pregnant pause. This gestation is definitely too long. It is time for the economy to emancipate itself from this coma.The mining industry can play a critical role in reviving this economy. There is no...

It is definitely not rocket science, and it is more doable than we might think. Jamaica does not have a crime problem. What we have is a family problem, and when we fix family life, we will simultaneously fix crime.Among the myriad crime statistics...

If you had a million dollars to spend, but not on yourself, where would it do the most good?Well, the cost to cover morphine or a morphine-equivalent pain relief treatment for all the sick children younger than 15 years who are in really serious...

Making the Internet safer for our children will likely emerge as one of the daunting challenges of 2018, even as the constant use of digital media causes public-health concerns around the world.The United Nations Children's Fund estimates that one...
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