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Stop debating crime solutions

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I have been listening to the various comments and concerns raised by persons within civil society about the Government's plan for the police to more frequently use preventative detention as a crime-suppression strategy.

If my hearing is not failing me, it was the same set of people who cried out for something like this when 20-year-old Alisa Garey was stabbed to death in Ocho Rios.

According to reports from the people in the loop, the male went to Garey's house on the morning in question and threatened that he would kill her. Garey later went to the Ocho Rios police and reported the threat. The man was warned by the police and both left the station in opposite directions.

But minutes later, she was pounced upon by the same man and was, indeed, killed. This is just one of the many examples where preventative detention plan could have saved a life.

I also heard talk of what the police may or may not do. The problem we have in our society is that we have become a nation of talkers and fault-finders. We need to empower our people and let them understand what their rights are.

Talking about rights, we reached this point because we have many rights with no responsibilities. Part of the empowerment process should be to let people know what it means to have rights and the accompanying responsibilities.

 

LITTLE THINGS BECOME BIG

 

It's the little things that we constantly ignore that turn into the big things. I recall my mother saying, "The broadest river starts with a little stream." The indiscipline of throwing our garbage through our car windows while driving, and urinating in a public place or smoking wherever we feel are just some of the examples of the little things on which we need to focus and which we need to change.

We find a problem in every solution suggested, but we don't have a solution to the problems we find. Somebody doesn't like a position of the Government, and so the alternative is to scrap it and then do what?

It is full time for us to choose ye this day what it is we want, be it a long list of fundamental rights and a lawless society, or laws that might make some of us uneasy but fix, at last, the age-old problems we have.

FERNON N. THOMPSON

Justice of the Peace

fthompson79@gmail.com