The Editor, Sir:
We take this opportunity to thank you and your team, particularly Gleaner writer, Joseph Cunningham, for the article which featured the coming of the Peace Corps Volunteers published in the September 4, 2006 issue of The Gleaner.
We, however, would like to draw your attention to the statement quoting the country director which reads, "Our volunteers have served in some of the most depraved Jamaica communities such as Majesty Gardens in Kingston and Flankers in St. James" and to the fact that it was incorrectly quoted.
While we recognised that it might have been a simple error on the part of the newspaper we found that the impression left by the statement is insulting to the community members with whom the peace corps is associated. The Peace Corps, in general, and I as the country director, in particular, do not see the communities we serve as "depraved".
We, therefore, request that a correction be published as early as possible to set the record straight. We continue to appreciate the work that the Gleaner Company is doing in educating and heightening the awareness of its many readers.
I am, etc.,
SUCHET L. LOOIS,
Note: The word should have been 'deprived'.
We apologise for the
typographical error -