Strong Man Never Wrong?

  Growing up in Jamaica, I often heard the saying, “Strong man never wrong.” It was a reflection of the society of the times. Jamaica was a colony in which white colonists and British civil servants called the shots. The black majority had no say. They were expected to do as they were told, treat […]
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Well Said, Prime Minister!

  Included in Jamaicans.com is a video of Prime Minister Andrew Holness  (photo) delivering his New Year’s address. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to check it out. It’s a pragmatic yet idealistic summary of his stewardship and a preview of his hopes and plans for the immediate future. And, as a Jamaican […]
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Legalizing the Wisdom Weed

I just read in Salon.com that Jamaica is about to legalize ganja. And I was puzzled. You mean to tell me it still isn’t legal? When I was a boy, I used to see the East Indian workers on the banana plantation (where my father was the overseer) puffing contentedly as they took a break from […]
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Selling Our Souls

                            I suppose it’s easy to say man shall not live by bread alone when your belly is full. When hunger pangs strike, bread can be powerfully appealing, souls not so much. So I won’t beat my breast self-righteously and cry shame […]
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The Good that Churches Do

There is so much to deplore in organized religion. History is littered with the tragic consequences of good intentions gone astray and bad intentions festering beneath the masks of false prophets. But, on the plus side, churches have done a lot of good in the world. Their contributions are not just spiritual. They have attended to the […]
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This Conspiracy Theory is Pretty Wild, But…

A friend sent me an article circulating on the web that warns the United States is planning to invade Jamaica and capture the island’s oil. The author claims the row over Dudus is just a pretext to send troops to the island. www.negrilstories.ca/index.php?pr=Dudus_and_Oil I know, it’s a pretty wild notion. But the article is so […]
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I’m Sure Gangs’ Political Power Is Not Unique to Jamaica

Associated Press writer David Mcfadden reports from Jamaica today that public outrage is pressuring Prime Minister Bruce Golding to end the historic links between politicians and the gangs. “The political parties built the gangs,” McFadden writes. “Dons received government contracts, and in exchange delivered the votes of their people.” He quotes Joseph Matalon, head of […]
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This “Heal Jamaica” Video Brought Tears to My Eyes

Margaret Lowe, a Jamaican friend who lives in Orlando, sent me this video, and I am not ashamed to admit it brought tears to my eyes. Not tears of sadness but tears of hope and love and homesickness… I am sharing it with you as a special treat. Click the link below and enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDX14fmED4E&feature=related
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At Least Jamaica is Willing to Join the Dance

I’ve always wondered about the Parable of the Talents. The parable tells of a master who was leaving home for a while, and before setting out, gave his three servants different amounts of money. The first servant got five talents, the second got two talents and the third got one. The first two invested their […]
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