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Who or what is the public defender defending?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Recent pronouncements from the Office of the Public Defender have left me wondering if its occupant is losing it.

After zone of special operations and state of emergency declarations in St James, Denham Town and St Catherine North have quelled the bloodletting and weekly stacking of bodies in morgues in the respective parishes, she is demanding that it be brought to an end.

For whose benefit should the security forces pull back, may I ask?

Shouldn't the public defender be defending the public?

Doesn't the public defender's request clearly run counter to that mandate?

What really is her motive?

Why won't some people with public office stop the grandstanding and showboating and allow for national development?

The residents in St James, Denham Town and St Catherine North are happy for both the security forces' intervention and the silencing of the gunmen's guns, so what exactly is the issue now for the public defender?

I am going to suggest that the focus of that office be turned to these three areas:

• dangerous roads the public have to contend with daily in some communities;

• the disparity in wages in many organisations afflicting our citizens; and

• the ridiculous bills from National Water Commission for residents of Crescent district, Damhead, and Spanish Town, although most people depend on collecting rainwater in tanks and when there's no rain available they are left to buy water from trucks.

Joseph Edwards





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