Letters to the Editor

Protect us from idle hands

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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Dear Editor,

On Friday, September 1, 2017, Prime Minister Andrew Holiness held a press conference at Jamaica House and announced the nation's first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO). It was said that more zones will be declared “in short order” and other communities across Jamaica have slowly felt the law's presence.

In the Mountain View/Windward Road/Rockfort communities residents are not dying by the hundreds just yet, but they are living in fear of being killed or injured every night and every morning between 5:00 and 7:00 for the past three weeks.

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, I was sitting on my verandah with my laptop doing some reading and enjoying the peace and quiet when idle hands started firing guns. I had to dash inside my house for fear of being hit by a bullet.

We listen to the exchange of gunshots between rival communities while police stationed at the Mountain View and Rockfort stations sit and scratch their heads until the explosions end. Can we blame them?

What can a taxpayer do in this case? Do we appeal for hidden cameras so that law enforcers can have eyes in the communities? Do we request more police and soldiers in the communities? Or do we leave our houses for somewhere considered “safer”.

Sending helicopters and armoured vehicles into the communities after the gunshots have subsided will do no good. Norman Gardens, Oliver Road, and Rockfort are very good communities, filled with friendly and approachable people.

Oliver Road down to Rockfort and back to Norman Gardens are part of Jamaica's Vision 2030 gearing up to be the places to live, work, raise families, and do business.

Something must be done before idle hands unleash a bloodbath.

Danniell

danbliss93@gmail.com

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