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Psychotic rage a public health issue in Jamaica

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica, 'the pearl of the Caribbean', may be fast becoming one of the most uncivilised places on earth, in this era of advancement. Nightmares have refused to remain in the realm of dreams and are now commonplace. Real!

There are men quite determined to eliminate other men, women and children. They play at 'making duppies' at any cost. Interestingly, the manifestation of what I will call 'psychotic rage' exists predominantly among the poorer/lower groups in our society. Regrettably, this appears to be of little significance to the mighty.

A very rude awakening could come when the warnings from other countries against visiting Jamaica heighten; when more businesses begin to shut down because of extortionists' demands; when the survivors at the base, without recourse, begin to fight back.

The notion now is that nobody cares. Furthermore, there seems to be little justice, particularly since killers, even those found guilty, are allowed to keep their lives. Then, there is the matter of trust, which seems to be almost non-existent among various groups within this society.

Unless we begin to bypass hypocrisy and move to upset the proverbial applecart, many of us will be hyperventilating in our spaces, as the serious public health encumbrance - crime - exacerbates.

This should never become the ditty of those on the outside, observing Jamaica:

'The people's hands are tied

The ones who act within the laws of the land

But, without restraint, or care, or fear

Free rein is the criminals'!

Erica Brown Marriott