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Thursday, September 07, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness:

I hear people criticising the task force which your Administration has put together, but I thank you for delivering on your election promise to fight crime.

I will not remain silent, as those who speak against this joint forces' operations voice their opinions as if they speak for all Jamaicans.

Yes, I do believe that unemployment is a big factor in the cause of crime, for poverty does breed crime. But many people choose to be criminals rather than being productive individuals who contribute to this nation.

Criminals (gunmen, drug dealers, area dons, extortionists and gangsters) have plunged many communities in Jamaica into stagnation, oppression, fear, poverty, exploitation, and abuse (physical, physiological, sexual, emotional, and financial). Not to mention the very horrific image these criminals portray to the world of our beautiful, vibrant and rich island.

Mr Prime Minister, many Jamaicans are flat out hypocritical, which include human rights groups (who seem more concerned with the rights of criminals rather than those of law-abiding citizens), and not to mention the negative response to the task force by a former high-ranking police officer and members of the Opposition party.

They complain about the high murder rate and gun violence in Jamaica, and now that you have taken several steps to attack these criminals and the hopelessness and hardships they bring to innocent people and the very real negative impact they have on economic growth, some are complaining. And, were you to have done nothing, they would still complain.

My advice to you, Sir, is just continue doing your thing.

I am glad that you have married the military and police force to fight these criminals. As long as the human rights of law-abiding citizens are not breached I am pleased with your actions, including the reward of cash for guns.

Thank you and your team and the members of security task force (police and soldiers) who are actually on the front line fighting these criminals.

When a Government is tough on criminals many people will think twice before pursuing criminal activities.

Sir, I have challenged your logic concerning several things, but this special security task force I support fully. The zone of special operations task force is a good thing, and I believe it should be expanded to operate in several communities simultaneously.

Mr Prime Minister, I thank you for taking a positive stand against crime in Jamaica. I thank you and your team, Sir, for creating this task force to make Jamaica safe again for the decent citizens and visitors to this nation.

Donovan Brown





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