Latest News

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: It's time to make criminals pay

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Print this page Email A Friend!


Dear editor,

Crime has become an albatross around Jamaica's neck, dragging us down from our rightful place on the world's stage. Clarendon, St James and Hanover seem to be the devil's pawns, and as a nation, collectively, we're facing checkmate. Those in power have not seen it fit to implement drastic measures for the greater good, and consequently, we all suffer.

Shall criminals continue to act out what is shown on silver screens in cinemas, or cause the lyrics of popular dancehall songs to become true? That's a question to our leaders. Where does Government draw the line? Who will pull us from the brink of complete annihilation?

Midday, and Montego Bay is turned into the wild wild west. Cars pull up, rifles drawn and a man, who just walked out of a court of law, is killed!

Do we understand the gravity of that crime? Can that be the normal state of a city? If they can get away with that at high noon, what will cause them to think twice to murder anyone anywhere?

I'd like to know what is more important to our leaders. To be liked, to sound like scratched records or to leave office with heads held high for boldly doing what no other parliamentarian has done before?

The sooner we can get an answer to that, the sooner we will see change. The future is not for the faint hearted or the ordinary soul, it is for those who are willing to make a difference. As government, you swore to do just that, so do it! Forget the sideshows, crime is the main act. Face it or be bold enough to allow someone else to do so.

Crime has a root, so it stands to reason that it can be uprooted. Crime has participants, so it stands to reason that if we eliminate those participants it will cease. Crime has a price, someone will have to pay it. I think the criminals should pay and not law abiding citizens. The sooner we make them pay, the better off we will be as a country.

Joseph Edwards

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT