Letters to the Editor

Happy with the Observer, angry with The Gleaner

Thursday, September 13, 2012    

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Dear Editor:

May I heartily congratulate you on your editorial in today's paper telling the troublemakers to "Leave Commissioner Ellington alone!"

We in Jamaica really know how to tear down everything that is good in the name of politics.

I don't hear anyone saying that Commissioner Owen Ellington is perfect and that he can just wield a magic wand and solve all our crime problems. What I hear them saying is that the major-crime numbers are heading in the right direction - downwards - and that the police force is being transformed, weeding out many of the corrupt cops under Mr Ellington's watch.

We all know that much is is left to be done and we may even never get a perfect police force. Many good cops are themselves frustrated about the pace of reform and over things like favouritism in the force. But they too know that it is always going to be a work in progress.

While I congratulate the Observer, I must express disappointment with The Gleaner's treatment of the issue. They published an article last Sunday in which they spoke about "resignation calls" yet they could only name the PNPYO which was obviously flying a kite. That newspaper or someone there seem to want to see the back of Mr Ellington, for their own reasons. They should be bold and tell us why.

If they can't or won't, they should take the Observer's advice and leave the commissioner alone.

I am

Joan Wilson

Ocho Rios, St Ann






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