Frequently, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) are given brand-new vehicles to fight crime. Taxes amounting to millions are often thrown in the way of the police by purchasing new cars, SUVs, motorcycles and trucks.
Under much duress in the form of the overt threats of arrest by one ranking member of the police force, who became the mouthpiece of the government traffic-ticket amnesty, many of us paid a second time traffic fines that were already, and in due time, settled in the courts.
I have read the drought warning from the Office of Disaster Prevention and Emergency Management. Here in south St Elizabeth, we already had two months without any rain lasting more than five minutes.
I was shocked and disillusioned at Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's address to Jamaicans last Sunday evening, especially that bit about the shrinking of the net international reserves. This is a very serious situation, especially as she did not address any remedial action.
The plight of vendors is again in the spotlight as the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is determined to maintain law and order on the streets of the capital city. In a city that sometimes reeks of sewage, has a tendency for upsurges in violence, and where one has to be constantly watching one's back, who would want to be a vendor downtown?