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Published:Friday | February 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Is Noel's argument flawed?

In response to yesterday's article by Keith Noel titled: 'Western media and the black man', the writer gave the Sarajevo and Rwandan examples of Western media bias - but are they really equal? Rough estimates put the Bosnian war deaths at around 40,000, while those in Rwanda are anywhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000. To demand the same adjectives for two very different wars (especially in relation to casualties) is pretty sloppy moral equivalence. And I'd bet the number of Serbs, Croats and Bosnians killed with machetes is not remotely proportional compared with those in Africa.

You claim the US wrecked Haiti, but I would argue the Haitians themselves are more responsible. The US dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan in 1945; within 10-15 years they were nurturing their "Post-War economic miracle". In 30 years, the Japanese were producing electronics

on par with any country and today have the second largest economy in the world. By your reasoning, shouldn't the Japanese be in dire straits - even worse off than Haiti?


Not surprised!

Why am I not surprised that any of the numbers listed for the Police Complaints Division which are listed in the directory, or those that were given to me by someone at the Police Commissioner's Office do not work. Why am I not surprised that the numbers provided by directory assistance for that division ring without an answer? Why am I also not surprised that the police web page is unavailable? Why should I be surprised about anything negative involving the Jamaican police?


Look to alternative energy sources

The Government of Jamaica should start focusing on other energy sources.

This is an investment that could be easily put to the test by starting with a few communities in the rural areas of the island.

Jamaica has lots of sunshine and high mountainous regions that could use wind turbines and solar panels to generate its own electricity. The electrical grid across Jamaica is unreliable. Much of the money used to import expensive oil should be channelled in the area of alternative energy.

Ras Howard Henry