Wed | Oct 18, 2017

Time and place for everything

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I write in response to a letter titled 'Well said, Simon Crosskill', published in your paper dated September 12, 2017.

I honestly believe that the writer and many others like her have missed the point. There is a time and place for everything, and, in the midst of a terrible hurricane that could have affected us, Mr Crosskill's insensitive and distasteful tweet served no purpose.

The backing of Simon Crosskill by mention of the "Andrew Holness Fan Club" and reference to our prime minister as a demigod is merely putting a political spin on a serious issue. Clearly, we see where the writer is interposing her own political views.

While we are cognisant of Jamaica's high homicide rate, the PM was simply sending condolences to our Caribbean neighbours and reminding them that they're in our prayers. Other Caribbean leaders would have extended the same courtesy had we been in a similar position.

Why must we seek to politicise every issue affecting our country? I find that in Jamaica, rather than finding solutions to fix our problems, we are quick to play the political blame game.

While we are all entitled to freedom of speech, we must know when and where to exercise that constitutional right. In light of this, Mr Crosskill failed in his attempt at being relevant.

Let us put aside our petty-mindedness and thank God for sparing us the wrath of Hurricane Irma, not losing sight of the fact that there is a time and place for everything.

SHARMICA HOLNESS

Mandeville, Manchester