THE EDITOR, Sir:
I RECENTLY read a report of a judge in Wisconsin, USA ordering a deadbeat dad not to have children as part of his probation. The 44-year-old man who has nine children was in court for not paying child support, and was sentenced to three years of probation.
"You shouldn't have kids you can't afford", the Judge reprimanded Corey Curtis. He was ordered to "stop breeding" as a condition of probation, until he could financially support his nine children with six different women.
"Common sense dictates you shouldn't have kids you can't afford," the judge continued.
A recent visit by The Gleaner to some of Jamaica's worst squatter settlements suggests that we urgently need a similarly creative and proactive response from our authorities. The settlements visited in Kingston and Clarendon revealed that, with the absence of basic sanitary facilities, residents resorted to using nearby bushes to dispose of their human waste. Interestingly, a high percentage of the residents were young children. Poverty or not, these people continue to multiply on rapid!
I recall the stupidity and irresponsibility of a mother of nine who was interviewed on 'Prime Time News'. The reporter asked if it wouldn't have been a lot easier if she had only one or two children.
"No," she replied. "It wouldn't make no difference. It woulda still hard!"
It's time to forcefully put the brakes on irresponsible men and careless women who continue to have kids they cannot afford, or we will all pay the price.