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Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Put Jamaica first

I am really encouraged to see
The Gleaner
editorial of February 28 on the 'Dudus' issue, and for what I consider to be an accurate representation of the malady affecting Jamaica and the possible ramifications therefrom.

I wondered at the prolonged silence on the issue by the media which, I believe, possess the wherewithal to bring this most embarrassing situation to a head.

The relative silence on the part of the Opposition is understandable, as they, too, have their 'Duduses' and are part and parcel of the 'runnings' that both parties appear to feed on at the expense of the nation.

I do see an opportunity to expose the 'runnings' to the world and possibly put an end to it going forward. I believe Jamaica and our future generations deserve better. I do hope the collective media will follow suit and fully ventilate on this.

It must be Jamaica first over party and political careers.

- Lawrence Charles

Marking time

It is unfortunate that after so many years of studies in so many areas we still come up short of understanding why some things happen. So, instead of moving forward we keep marking time.

I think some of the revenue gained from the gas tax should be used to revive the initial plan of the Child Development Agency, and have decent law-abiding citizens who really love children and respect their country to groom and motivate our future generation.

- Cecil Robinson

CARICOM and Rio Group

It is interesting to see the CARICOM member states at the Rio Group meeting in Mexico siding with Argentina in its claim on the Falklands Islands. One would think that this support for what originally began as an act of naked aggression against the residents of the Falklands, and a brazen denial of their right to choice, is only part of a mistaken mob psychology.

Venezuela claims a significant part of the Republic of Guyana, and Guatemala has claims on Belize. It would be interesting to see how CARICOM would react to an invasion of Guyana by Venezuela, or of Belize by Guatemala. Should such invasions occur, aside from being unnecessary acts of international aggression, they would deprive CARICOM of two larger member states, leaving CARICOM with a fraction of its original total land area.

Then again, the prevailing wisdom suggests, as echoed by the support at the Rio Group meeting, that such aggression is acceptable as long as it is initiated by Latin America on Anglophone countries.

- Patrick Brown