I refer to Ralph Maraj’s column, “A monumental mess”, in yesterday’s Sunday Express (Page 15).

Mr Maraj, in quoting my submission, left out the paragraph: “There is a non-cash one-time income adjustment of $2 billion for curtailment of post-retirement benefits in the financial report and if this is also removed Petrotrin would still be profitable at approximately $1 billion for last year.”

When I explained the non-cash adjustments, I began with the expenses. The above-mentioned item of post-retirement benefits related to income and followed afterwards. Without this inclusion, readers could be unfairly misled that the Petrotrin profit would have been $2.9 billion, which would not be correct.

I ask that you publish this submission in order to clarify the matter. Truthfully, and in fairness to the powers that be, there can be no conclusions on the Petrotrin closure without all pertinent facts being examined by appropriate ethical professionals as besides the financials, there could be many other issues, some of an operating nature that could be significant in the decision.

All that I petitioned in the submission was a faint-hearted request for more disclosure as an interested citizen in the matter.

Peter S Moralles



Ever sat down to do business with a convicted mass murderer, still on the loose? That’s likely to be the experience for Caricom heads of government for the next few years.

The legendary French economist Frederic Bastiat had a simple method for telling a good economist from a bad one. A bad economist only takes into consideration the visible effect of policies. 

TOMORROW will mark the first anniversary of the return of Buju Banton to his home, Jamaica, and to the welcoming arms of his overjoyed fans globally. Buju’s return to “yaad” from that crucial period of exile stands as an important moment in Jamaica’s musical and cultural history, and underscores a critical component of his ascendance to the true halls of legendary status within Jamaica’s musical landscape.

The poisoning of cats and dogs is becoming all too prevalent. Animal welfare laws must address the poisoning of animals. Any amendment to current legislation should “specifically outlaw the deliberate poisoning of an animal or placing poison where someone else’s animal is likely to eat it”. (Animal Cruelty and Neglect, Mary Randolph J.D.).

Nothing tells me more who won and who lost the local government election on Monday than the faces and reactions of those who represented their parties on TV that night.

I am disappointed and worried to see in the highest court of our country the elected members of Parliament aren’t taking the right step in finding a solution to reduce killings taking place in our country.