Two Jamaicas syndrome
Several decades ago, Edward Seaga lamented what he saw as the untenable state of two Jamaicas. Years later and nothing has changed. As I watched the news last week and saw the treatment being meted out to a woman - a citizen of this country by members of the police force - Mr Seaga's words resonated in my head.
So many years after escaping the horrors of the plantations, we have citizens in this country who are being whipped and brutalised by agents of the state with impunity. It is as if the memory of Armadale has already begun to fade, where a commission of enquiry lambasted officials, including the police force for its actions that contributed to the death of seven young Jamaican citizens.
Numerous stories of injustice and police brutality continue to leave a nasty blot on Jamaica's pristine image as a tourist destination. Citizens continue to be ill-treated and abused, well, at least some citizens. If you are a citizen whose income forces you to reside in a part of Jamaica with zinc fences, then television cameras or not, the police will not hesitate to 'chuck off' your face.
Harold Bruce Malcolmbruce_26@hotmail.com
It's now nearly two years since my daughter, who fortunately for her, lives at home, has not had full-time employment. It has, as a matter of fact, been since August 2009. She majored in mathematics/biology with a minor in education from one of the universities here in Jamaica.
Tell me, does she have an option here? Should it be an endless wait for the next 'piecemeal', or should she explore employment opportunities away from our shores.
Well done, Edwin Allen
Let me use your medium to congratulate Edwin Allen High for its superb performance at the ISSA Boys and Girls' Champs 2010. The coach of this Clarendon-based school must be congratulated, and more so, as a past student of Edwin Allen High School, I would like to thank him for helping the students who attended Edwin Allen High before 1993 to erase the memories we had of an institution which came 'dead last' most times at this championships.
I attended Edwin Allen High school between 1983 and 1988 and my school did not do well in sports, with the exception of netball. However, we were known to do very well in science, music, drama and speech competitions. Now Edwin Allen High School is a force to be reckoned with in almost all competitions.
Like many past students of the school, I am sure that today we are very proud of the achievements of our school at Champs.
To the present students, continue to fly the banner of our great school very high and as our school motto reminds us, 'Transeamus In Exemplum', let us be an example.