Below is feedback to yesterday's lead story, 'One stop, preacher! Gospel banned on JUTC buses'.
A blessing in disguise
Thank you, Jesus, these people sometimes stand over you, and spit is flying everywhere. When they ask for contribution/collection and you don't give, you are verbally abused.
- Gillian Garth
Going in the wrong direction
Any attempt to muzzle preachers of the gospel is a step in the wrong direction. Passengers play all kinds of loud and lewd music on these buses all the time, and no one is making any attempt to restrain them. It was just last Friday that I was travelling on 77 from downtown to Papine, and a student was blasting all kinds of lewd music from his laptop, and no one tried to restrain him.
Why are we then fighting against the preachers who are preaching the word of God?
Silence the radio too!
I am sometimes annoyed by the preaching too, but this is ABSOLUTE GARBAGE! Why? Because I don't want to hear the radio either, which is sometimes extremely loud, especially Barry G and his constant 'twingy-twangy' chattering, or modern dancehall! Fair is fair! NO PREACHER! NO RADIO!
Commuters need peace
While I agree that lay preaching is a means of making an honest bread, the practice has got out of hand. Too many con-artists have been making use of the opportunity. At the end, or beginning of a day's work, commuters need peace and tranquility around them.
- Kalonge Bryan
Address loud music
I have noticed that Mr Lewin has sent a memo to the drivers with regard to preaching the gospel on the buses. But Mr Lewin also needs to send a memo to the drivers in regard to the volume and type of music that is being played on his buses.
One gets on the bus in Greater Portmore at 5:30 a.m., and as early as that the music is blasting in the buses. The music on the buses is deafening.
Rein in other offenders
What about music being played via cellphones? Very often, passengers play songs loudly from their cellphone speakers. Many times these songs contain foul language and degrading lyrics, which is offensive to many.
Cellphone users should use earphones, and speakers/preachers should share their message by communicating in a polite manner.
- Jamon Webb