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Have we come to this Arnett, Boyne?

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I'd like to applaud Prime Minister Andrew Holness for visiting the family of the late Mickolle Moulton in Arnett Gardens recently. I also liked his comments in comparing the similarities in his constituency, as far as lawlessness is concerned, because this could have happened in any constituency.

The fact that he visited the girl's family in a garrison constituency which belongs to the Opposition is rather refreshing. This shows his maturity as a leader. I always believe when you become a national leader nowhere in the country should be off-limits to you; you should go anywhere your presence is required. This should go for all elected officials.

That said, I'm surprised to noticed that esteemed journalist Ian Boyne chose to make a political statement out of it. Maybe Boyne did not know that Holness went as the prime minister of Jamaica and not as a Labourite, as Boyne indicated. That is just polarising and ghetto journalism on Boyne's part.

I used to admire and respect him as a journalist as I read many of his articles and found some interesting. I'm very disappointed now, however. I expected much better from a journalist of Boyne's standing.

Another issue that disturbs me is the behaviour of some members of the community towards the girl's mother. They're saying that the mother has something to do with her daughter's death while presenting the argument that no rapists live among them, offering 'evidence' why that is so.

My question to them is: What about murderers? Both are heinous crimes! Here, an innocent girl in the comfort of her own home was murdered and her younger sister injured and hospitalised, and that is the best they could come up with? Where is their compassion for these young girls? Is this what our beautiful country has become?

When I was growing up in Kingston it wasn't like this, not to mention across the rest of the country, because law and order was in charge. You commit murder and you were arrested, tried and found guilty, you went to the gallows. Why have we become so uncivil towards one another, whether it is political or otherwise? When is the carnage going to stop? As I have said repeatedly, crime transcends politics; it affects the entire country, so everyone ought to get involved in dealing with it — the political class, that is councillors, Members of Parliament, ministers, mayors; the media; the Church; business people; and all of society — because if we don't it will consume the country.

Noel Mitchell

Westchester, New York

nlmworld@yahoo.com

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