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Optimistic that Jamaica will overcome crime

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Despite the recent rise in crime in Jamaica, I am still optimistic that this country will rise from this dilemma and our leaders will find a solution to deal with what has become its bugbear. While the problem might seem insurmountable, I am of the firm belief there is still light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how long it might seem.

I’m not being Pollyannaish in advancing these thoughts about this issue that is strangling this beautiful country Jamaica; I’m a realist who comprehends the enormity of the problems this country is confronted with and its implications for the country. But it is also imperative that we remind ourselves that any initiative to combat the source of Jamaica’s crime problem must involve some degree of optimism, or it will most certainly be destined to fail. Indeed, one cannot adopt a defeatist attitude to getting themselves out of the gutter; one must be optimistic that one will, and can, achieve that objective. I know that not everyone will share my optimism, but all it might need is a few optimists who are willing to believe. Oscar Wilde perfectly encapsulated this when he said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

The blame for the rise in crime, and its cause and perpetuation, is numerous and broad in scope, but what is evident is that there is no silver bullet solution and it will take an all-around effort from every Jamaican citizen and the Government to do their part in mitigating this threat to this country. It is important that we all should embrace optimism.

ERROL MCLEISH

ermarlii16@hotmail.com