In Dr Orville Taylor's column 'Easter myths and demons', published Sunday, April 8, 2012, he made a few unsubstantiated comments. I prefer to refer to them as corner talk or rum bar discussions, statements not thoroughly researched or, at bare minimum, Googled to check accuracy.
It seems that society has missed one of the fundamental ingredients to life: our value system. Our value system has been depreciating quickly over the years, like the Jamaican dollar. We parents tend to crucify our children for their actions, but yet we often forget that we are not setting good examples for the future generation.
Our youths, like other humans, are blessed with talent. Some of them are artistically, kinaesthetically, musically, and dramatically inclined. Unfortunately, some parents and teachers stifle our children's abilities by choosing career lines for them.
While the facts remain true that the family featured in the lead story of Thursday, April 12 ('Family feud') has been engaged in a horrible family dispute for more than 11 years, and that they may not have entered into a formal reconciliation, there is a need to acknowledge the glimmer of hope that was realised during our visit.
I was present at the so-called disrespect of former mayor, Keith Hinds. I did not boo the former mayor, but I would defend all those who did. There is a tremendous amount of hatred for the former mayor and his callous, disrespectful and illegal behaviour during his administration.
The cry from one end of the island to the other is increasing in crescendo: Jobs, jobs and more jobs. This cry has to be addressed, and soon. What with the talk that Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme may not fulfil all previously held expectations, alternative sources of funding need to be found.
Those were the days, born and raised in Linstead. I loved those days. Both parents were born nearby and raised all of us there in a very nice community. After migrating to the States for several years and working hard, I returned to Linstead. We opened a very nice business and I was again living my dream.