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NOTE-WORTHY: Ellington's reasonable request

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

In relation to the letter 'Ellington is wrong again' which appeared in the April 23 edition of the Gleaner, it forces one to look at the nature and character of the types of crimes that have suppressed our social fabric for the better part of the last 25 years, and as a consequence, the inability of citizens (or their not choosing) to help effectively in stemming its rapid increase.

Ellington's request is a reasonable one, as every criminal is a member of society, is a member of a family and is indeed known to people within communities. The same is also true for each member of the police force. Consequently, it is fair to theorise that (given that criminals sometimes know when the police are coming their way) criminal elements often work closely with elements within the police force. The issue which therefore causes communities not to be as effective as Ellington would hope, by way of his request, is inherently one of integrity of the individuals and a value system that our representative politics has failed to provide good examples.

However, this kind of talk 'cannot put money in our pockets' as we would say, and therefore we will continue to look at the real issues for what they truly are. It is the individual who has to have a changed approach if any difference is going to be made in our society.

Marlon Stewart

marlon.stewart@gmail.com

Hertfordshire

United Kingdom

The NWC does it again ...

I really do not know why the National Water Commission (NWC) bothers to ask residents to conserve on life's most precious commodity, as the Commission itself apparently has no regard for conservation.

I reported a broken main on Monday morning at approximately 7:30 and they have allowed three days to pass without even attempting to address the issue. Gallons of water have been wasted while many in other parts of the island undergo strict water restrictions. They need to get their act together. They must do better than that.

J.T.

summer rain25@hotmail.com

Ensom City

Spanish Town

St Catherine