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Crime cure from Brazil? Gimme a break!

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Much of this administration's crime-reduction strategies are certainly not laudable. Indeed, they are laughable.

Take, for instance, the concept of consulting with Brazil for crime-reduction tips. On the very surface of it, the Government cannot be serious. The present minister of national security, Robert Montague, in particular, seems bent on engaging in comical stratagems. I suppose this is to force us to laugh at crime since we can't cauterise it.

For, on the surface, at least, sapience would have us visit a country like Iceland for ideas, it having a crime rate of 1.7 per 100,000 residents, or even the USA, its being 4.7 per 100,000, and definitely not a country that has a crime rate burgeoning close to ours.

Sometimes I wonder whether there are air-quality problems at the old Parliament building that would cause otherwise brilliant minds to become lazy, unprogressive and backward. In countries like ours, perception is reality for a vast number of people.

A'Lerroy Brown

llbrown00@gmail.com