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Let us not give into that fear and step out in faith and love

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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Dear Editor,

We are in a crisis. The murder rate in our country is at an all-time high. The criminals in our midst are drunk on their own power and see no need to skulk about and conduct their nefarious activities in the dark of night.

Despite the fear these criminals have driven into our hearts, they are still in the minority. Each of us has to take a stand and stop spouting blame from one side of the fence to the other and making this into a political problem when it is a national problem. We all must take some responsibility for where we are today, and each of us has to take action to get our country back.

We have to stop coming up with solutions that we only enunciate in private conversations and speak up publicly and get these ideas out to our elected leaders.

This present crisis did not manifest overnight and the solution will take time. We will probably face many more dark days before we see the light and warmth back in our people, but we need take a stand now.

Let us not be the generation that our children will look back on in shame and say, “But you were there, what did you do?”

Take today to start your plan to help the education of a child, and not just paying school fees, but really taking stock of how that child is faring and coping socially so that he or she can participate fully in society. Take today to reach out to your local male or female councillor and see how you can help his/her efforts in an area that you are passionate about. In the not so distant past we used to be a country that truly considered each other, not so anymore, and it's not because we don't care, but we have become afraid; afraid of reprisals if we speak out.

Let us not give into that fear and instead step out in faith and love and know that we who love this country are in the majority and when we take action for our country and our fellow human being — nothing can be stronger.

Candis Craig

Montego Bay

St James

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