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Little concern about crime

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am amazed at the hypocrisy that has taken over Jamaica since the Jamaica Labour Party gained power in February.

Suddenly, the media are not concerned about the rampant killings that have overtaken the country by Jamaicans who are hell-bent on destruction.

Suddenly, with the influx of Twitter and other social-media platforms, those who are called journalists, instead of actually reporting news that needs to be aired, prefer to spend time tweeting about drama and other people's business.

When the life of a two-year-old child is snuffed out by gunmen, there seems to be business as usual. It speaks volumes to what we have become as a people, and what those who call themselves journalists are doing in the name of the free press.

We have a Government that promised the people of Jamaica so much once they got into power. Things, we were assured, would change.

So far, the only changes have been for Mr Holness to flood his social-media page with photos of himself still trying to make it as Jamaica's next top model.

We have a minister of national security who has no clue what to do, and is more aware of the use of condoms than he is aware of what damage bullets from guns in the hands of criminals can do.

In the meantime, many Jamaicans seem to be more interested in who Usain Bolt might have slept with while he was in Rio than they are about the total disregard for each other's lives.

I suppose it is much easier to boast about the many medals won at the Olympics than it is to address the critical issues facing the country, and get it in our heads that it speaks volumes about Jamaica and its people. Sadly, not too many people seem to care.

MICHELLE BRADSHAW