Cowering citizens will support all measures to solve crime

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Thus far I am disappointed with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his dealing with crime. He promised that we citizens would sleep with our doors wide open if he was elected, and we elected him. Since he has been elected, the country bleeds and fear runs amok.

The prime minister has twiddled his thumbs and, like the police, took a slap at the Independent Commission of Investigations as a reason the police force couldn't seem to get a hold on crime. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Since the start of the year the bloodletting and brazen murder of citizens have continued. I believe we expect others to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. The Jamaican Government acts when foreigners intervene. Now foreign governments issue advisories to their citizens travelling to 'paradise Jamaica'. This caused our prime minister to spring into action.

Now Prime Minister Holness is talking of new measures and asking for understanding. Whose understanding is the prime minister asking for? Is this an appeal to criminals or bleeding hearts who don't see any criminal they don't like? It must be, because the cowering citizens of our country, from day one of having elected the Government, would welcome and support any and all measures to curtail crime. Yes, we are still of the mindset that “tief and gunman fi dead!”

Holness can choose to give the Opposition added ammunition come next election cycle. His promise for citizens to sleep with doors and windows wide open will not be forgotten. If he supports the cowering citizenry he can make those words a reality and must do everything to curtail crime. I wish him well.

Authnel S Reid

reidaut@icloud.com

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