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Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GG should resign

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has no choice as a Christian but to resign rather than sign the Casino Bill into law. There is no moral dilemma at all. Seventh-day Adventists repeat, ad nauseam, the story of Daniel in the Old Testament, about being in the king's service and refusing to eat the king's meat. Sir Patrick is at the king's table; he knows what to do with the king's meat.

When faced with a similar dilemma Jesus said to Peter: Simon, Simon, Satan desires to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you. When you are converted, strengthen your brethren.


Teachers should sue

I am in full support of a letter published in The Gleaner of May 3 encouraging teachers and other civil servants to sue the Government for breach of contract.

The teachers should join with other public sector workers and use money from their pay to initiate court proceedings to force the Government to honour its contractual obligations. It would be interesting to see if the Government would file for bankruptcy.


JTA playing politics?

Your Sunday, May 1 editorial was spot on, for teachers cannot expect to continue getting increases in pay, regardless of the dismal performance in the education sector.

I was absolutely amazed to hear on Love 101 on Sunday, the announcement of a church service to launch 'Education Week'. So was the JTA being cynical when it announced a general strike on Monday and Tuesday of Education Week? Does that organisation really have any professional ethics, or is it just another political organisation in disguise?


Don't blame teachers

Veronica Carnegie in her letter of May 3, wants to blame the teachers for poor performance in schools but disregards the importance of other factors.

Ms Carnegie should realise that children live what they learn. They learn and see the examples - that bribing works; many who work hard do not drive the best cars or have the finest houses; they learn that the media glorifies one type of music; they learn that the entertainers set the trend; they learn that the leaders in the honourable House behave badly so they behave just as bad in the classroom; they learn that if you cuss and "gwan bad" you will get your way; they learn that our leaders who talk about 'attitudes and values' are dragged through scandals regularly; they learn that if you want to have successful fund-raisers - just get the entertainers who set the trend; they learn that the very music - which adults say are a bad influence for children - are played at school on sports day.

In this age when people glorify wealth, many children who are not taught good values as a way of life gravitate to the 'easy come' lifestyle, "just buss a chune and mek it". Ms Carnegie should know that the whole society is sick. We preach one thing but practise another.

Children need to be taught from home that there is a time for everything, as the good book says. It is a mistake to make children believe that everything must be fun. Give them fun - yes - but balance it with enough quiet time.