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Butt out, USA!

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The story published in The Gleaner of Monday, June 18, 2012, titled 'Give gays minimum human rights now, urges US', has left me speechless. If my understanding of what is said by the deputy assistant secretary of state is correct, I may be living in the wrong place. I probably was not aware that Jamaica is now part of the United States.

Jamaicans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Independence this year. Does that mean all the struggles of our ancestors were in vain?

I consider it offensive for someone who does not even live in our 'island paradise' to try to dictate to us what we should or should not do, whether it be in relation to persons' sexual orientation, religion, or otherwise.

We can decide at our own pace, Mr Deputy Assistant Secretary, and we have been deciding on many other issues without the help of the United States for a very long time. As Jamaicans, we do have a mind of our own, and we don't need anyone to force us into making decisions which affect our nation without consultation with the citizens of Jamaica.

Would the deputy assistant secretary be willing to dictate to us how to deal with the rise in crime, inflation, closure of some of our educational institutions and the numerous problems we are facing here?

CHARMENE WELLINGTON