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Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Extend Champs ban

Thirty years ago, children were not faced with the mayhem that now faces parents, school administrators and the police. Kids were kids and we behaved liked children. The blatant disregard for authority, stabbing and shooting someone to death and other heinous behaviour was the exception rather than the norm among children.

Next week will be the 100th staging of Champs, reportedly one of the largest athletics events for high-school students in the world. In your paper of March 20, a letter signed 'Annoyed' asked, "Why target Champs fêtes?" The writer said as far as he or she could remember, supporters used to have fun, before and after Champs. Well, you see Mr/Ms Annoyed, long ago, the dog wagged the tail and not the other way around. Simply put, deference was the order of the day as far as children were concerned. We were so socialised.

The letter contained a Canadian address so, in fairness, the writer might not be aware of the current situation in Jamaica. Discipline among children has broken down. Today, we are faced with children who commit knife crimes, gun crimes and, oh, yes, organised crime. Just over a week ago, a group of school children from one high school organised an attack to exact revenge on another group of children from another school. Did you hear about this? What say you now? Did this ever happen long ago when you went to school? We have to curb it!

Perhaps Champs should be banned - for at least two years - and not just the fêtes.


Middle East butchery

'An eye for an eye' has always been the motto of those who live under Mosaic law. Injury for injury, injustice for injustice, death for death.

Yet, Jesus came to deliver men from the law and to give them grace and truth and mercy, but those to whom he came rejected him and the grace and love he bore, preferring their own works, their own righteousness, their own ways instead, and do so unto this very day.

There was love and mercy and forgiveness, even under the Mosaic law, but those who practise it today have focused on justice and judgment rather than mercy and forgiveness, and their justice has become injustice and their judgment has become the slaughter of the innocent and the butchery of the helpless. Such is the situation in the Middle East today, where the Palestinians suffer at the hands of the Israelis, although neither side is blameless and some on both sides have shed innocent blood.

Ted Rudow