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Choose leaders of character

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It seems that society has missed one of the fundamental ingredients to life: our value system. Our value system has been depreciating quickly over the years, like the Jamaican dollar.

We parents tend to crucify our children for their actions, but yet we often forget that we are not setting good examples for the future generation. Children live what they learn, so I am imploring parents to be careful of the impressions they create among their children.

Has society failed our children? Is it because of the media? Is it because of the leader we elect? Are our leaders misleading the people? Are we choosing the right leader?

We need to choose our leaders for their character, not for charisma. Our nation's children continue to suffer because of incompetent leaders. We tend to blame dancehall, but we should realise that each individual has a part to play in saving our society from heart failure.

We are the media, we are our own leaders, and children tend to imitate adults' behavioural patterns. I am pleading to society to socialise children correctly and not to make them a nuisance to society.

Across Jamaica, we can see the negative results as we continue to rear our children. Teenage pregnancy and juvenile delinquency are just a few we have inflicted on our children. I charge society to make a change today.

DAMANEE BAILEY

damaneebailey@yahoo.com