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NOTE-WORTHY - Seaga's dilemma

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2010 | 12:00 AM

  • Seaga's dilemma

The most logical position and cogent position that Seaga could have taken was to keep his mouth shut. But his strident response was strongly symbolic, quite revealing and eerily familiar. Does it not sound like the irate, often half-believable people we see on television berating the state, or defending the integrity of their children (sons) killed or accused of nefarious actions? Indeed, many are justified and deserve our empathy. Seaga does not.

Consider this. The esteemed fellow claims with pride he created Tivoli. He ruled over them for over four decades; through their infancy and formative years. Now he claims no knowledge of the habits of his middle-aged 'bad bruk pickney'.

As a sociologist, he should see the glaring contradiction, but he is 80 and his memory and deductive ability are obviously fading. Not ours, though.

Now we regard him, his politics and the politicians of his era as the 'fathers' of these antisocial and dysfunctional broods that have been seeded all over our country and now producing their poisonous fruit.

He needs to take responsibility for his 'pickney them'.

- N. L. Johnson,

  • SHUT UP!

Seaga is in no position to criticise Golding and the security forces. Let me be clear, I am no Golding fan. In fact, I think he is ethically and morally challenged.

Eddie Seaga sees the creation of Tivoli as an accomplishment. No offence to the decent people of Tivoli, but if this is the best he would want for people he cares about, then I would hate to see what he would create for his enemies.

This man has been and is a divisive force in Jamaica. His self-interest at any cost always took precedent over the needs of the common Jamaican. Anyone with sense will realise that he, after being calculating quite prior to the events of past week, is now set to exploit the aftermath for his own advantage.

- David Sangster,, Spanish Town

  • The missing Tivoli guns

The report by the public defender, the political ombudsman and others, is that only six guns were recovered from the first phase of the operation in Tivoli Gardens by the security forces, although 73 persons were killed.

The immediate reaction by many persons in the media and otherwise has been to say that this is strange or even preposterous. The insinuation is that there were few or no gunmen.

No one seems to have considered that one of the first actions of a surviving retreating gunman would be to retrieve the weapon of his fallen comrades, especially if they were firing from behind protective barriers or building.