THE EDITOR, Sir: I AM expressing my anguish and disgust over the careless, worthless and disappointing West Indies cricket team. We are tired (extremely tired, exhausted and fed up) of the embarrassment, the inconsistency, the bagful of insincere promises: 'We will do better next time, and blah, blah'.
On April 22, I came back home to visit my ailing father. I arrived in Montego Bay and had to travel to St Mary. I rented a car in Montego Bay. Just outside of Falmouth I was stopped by a cop in a spot check. He checked the papers and said the insurance had expired.
I totally agree that law enforcement should do everything in its power to root out criminals. I pray that by this time next year, there will be no more dons anywhere in Jamaica. In the meantime, we do have some bad apples in the security forces.
All the garrisons that have been identified in Jamaica (and we all know them) are to be disenfranchised. In other words, withhold their right to vote. In order to be able to vote, they must prove eligibility and to do that they must not only have TRN and a valid ID, but must also show proof of residence, proof of income, proof of bill payments, proof of land taxes (where relevant) and have no criminal record.
THE EDITOR, Sir:SOME 50 years ago, Jamaica was a much nicer place. People had good manners and their children were properly brought up because they were part of a family and the church played a big part in family life back in those days.
A little country such as Jamaica has more than 1,000 people dying rapidly each year. If we imposed a state of emergency in violent areas at least three times per year (depending on the crime situation), half the number of our people who have been killed (and are dying) by thugs and vicious, stone-hearted brutes, would not have died.
THE EDITOR, Sir:SECTION 9(B) of the Towns and Communities Act, as amended in 1995, provides that "every person who shall, in any thoroughfare or public place, indecently expose his or her person" shall, upon the second or subsequent summary conviction,...
THE EDITOR, Sir:The revelation - according to Jamaica Public Service (JPS) records - that fewer than 30 of the more than 4,000 residents in the community of Tivoli Gardens are registered as customers shows the level of theft and should be a concern to...
THE EDITOR, Sir: THE NEW crime bills being proposed by the Government are scaring me to death. The worst thing you can be in Jamaica is a black man between 19 and 35 years old. It does not matter if you have a good character and are working hard to be the best you can be; it is just not safe, and gangsters and thugs are not your biggest problem.
I have been thinking about the motto of 'out of many, one people'. That means we all share in the criminal element, whether we like or not. It is just like smoking - there are those people who actually smoke but we all have the potentiality of becoming passive smokers and a passive smoker is equally at risk as the actual smoker.
FOR AT least the last decade, the phrase 'dismantling the garrisons' has become the recipe for curbing and reducing crime and violence in our society. But what exactly does it mean? I have discussed ways and means of dismantling garrisons with a wide range of persons and have really never been able to get my mind around a reasonable method.
THE EDITOR, Sir:THE LEAD story in last Sunday's Gleaner set off a few alarm bells in my head and, as a student of content/discourse analysis, a number of critical issues come to the fore when the article is read with an analytical mind.