Jamaica Observer Talk Back Posts (Jan to March 2002)

 

JAMAICA OBSERVER TALK BACK COMMENTS

January to March 2002

These posts were made using the pseudonym Progress4Jamaica

Talk Back comments on ‘Opposition, business reject new streetlight cess plan’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 10:08:11 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:

Wouldn’t it be nice if “Talk Back” had the capability to exclude posts that you don’t want to view. This would probably require a Boolean search capability. For example you could enter a search string like this: View all post NOT dumbPoster.

This search capability would take care of the following Posters:

Posters who clutter “talk Back” by re-posting other Posters comments and then critiquing them with silly comments.
Posters who use all upper case letters
Posters who don’t format their comments with paragraphs.
Posters who repeatedly spew insults at other Posters
Posters who use a lot of patois to express their opinions

Well, I didn’t mention any names but I’m sure you know who you are. If you are “guilty” of any of the above, then I hope you will be gracious enough to change your annoying style of posting comments. If you find it difficult to change your habit then I will not be the least surprised because we Jamaicans abhor change. That is why we can’t break away from the PNP and JLP cultist politics.

If any Poster is offended by my request, then please accept my apology.

Talk Back comments on ‘Only 49 per cent pass CXC English Language resit’

Posted by:

Progress4Jamaica

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Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 12:24:28 PM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:

This shouldn’t be a big surprise since we have lowered the bar in expressing ourselves verbally and in written form. The use of patois over the years has become more and more acceptable. When you have educated people even using it on a regular basis we should expect to see school children embracing its use also. The problem here is that most educated people are to some degree schooled in the use of the English Language. Young School children have not yet acquired these skills. So in effect they are deprieved of the opportunity to learn the basics of the English Language.

Talk Back comments on ‘Fraud Squad sent into NHDC’

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Progress4Jamaica

Posted on:

Friday, March 15, 2002 at 1:32:47 PM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:


I don’t want to appear rude or pompous but in the past I have not had the time to reply to responses to the comments I post on here or to other posters comments. It so happens that I have some time today and will reply to a few so here goes:

STROUDSBURG….I understand what you are trying to say that if the people who live in Jamaica cannot make a difference how should we expect someone hundreds of miles away venting on a website to make a difference. However, if you look

at American Jews, they use their collective power and voice to influence events in Israel and to get the US to make foreign policy decisions to Israel’s advantage. Not comparing the Jews with Jamaicans because they are more powerful and they strong controlling influence in the media. Anyhow, Jamaicans abroad can make a big difference, just read my suggestion in my previous posts about getting politicians to read some of the postings on here. This would be just a step in how we can contribute.

MR. MOYSTON (or is it Rev. Moyston?)…ideas are just ideas, they are not likely to be perfect the first time round. We can build an idea if it is a good idea until we get the idea to a stage where it will produce the desired results. We would have to rely on the Jamaica Observer to be impartial and select the posts they think are good.

Your suggestion that Jamaica is the best and only way forward is self-serving. Whose determination is this and what kind of credentials and experience in public office do the members of JANU have for you to make that assertion. I will support any organization or political party (although I’m not excited about religious organizations performing political duties) that has demonstrated that they have the talent to lead or some level of experience to govern. Governing a country is serious business and not an easy responsibility to perform.

ARCHIMEDES…yes the media the media has been broadcasting the corruption, mismanagement and ineptitude constantly. I don’t see any politician resigning though. Could it be that the media is not effective in bringing about pressure on these politicians? I don’t know the answer, it is just my perception that the media seems to be wishy-washy in the way the report these scandals.

If the Gleaner is pro JLP and the Observer pro PNP then maybe we need to mobilize an effort to get them to change their provincial focus and report the news that benefit the country. Again we the people have the power, I subscribe to the Jamaican Weekly Gleaner, maybe I should cancel my subscription. An economic boycott of the Gleaner and the Observer could get them doing the right thing…just an idea.

Talk Back comments on ‘Fraud Squad sent into NHDC’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Friday, March 15, 2002 at 10:24:01 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:


I cannot speak for the rest of the Posters but my primary objective for posting comments is to get the attention of people back in Jamaica or maybe the politicians (I’m sure they are all using the internet now). My reasoning is that the pen is mightier than the sword (in this case the keyboard) and people who serve the public know this very well. They are very sensitive to the comments that people make about them. Take for example the entertainment business. Countless of actors and musicians have had their career destroyed not because they don’t have talent but because the critics blasted them –sometimes unfairly.

In the US and other developed countries we see that the powerful media can bring down a government or destroy the politician who think that they are untouchable. Take for example Nixon /Wategate, and several other prominent politicians (Clinton was too slick and lucky but he almost got kicked out of the White House without his pants on – no pun intended). Anyhow the point is the media can do a lot of damage to politicians if it chooses to do so or if it is backed by powerful people and the public.

This brings me to the point of our media in Jamaica. How can we have all this corruption and the media allow these politicians to hop along their merry way as if nothing has happened. The media should realize that a bad economy and poor governance affects their business too. Therefore, they should be doing everything possible to make sure that the country is governed by competent politicians and politicians who have some principles and yes some morals .

The Jamaica Observer “Talk Back” has given Jamaicans at home and abroad the opportunity to express their views on issues affecting the country (some posters do express good views and suggestions) , I am wondering if the Jamaica Observer couldn’t go a step further. It is my opinion that only a select few that have access to the Internet is aware or read the posts on this forum. Perhaps the Observer could select a few of the good comments and publish them in the paper.probably once a week on Sundays. This way the politicians and others could get a chance to read the good suggestions that are posted (like Richie’s post #2 which is an excellent idea). I will forward this suggestion on the feedback section later.

As I have said in previous posts, Jamaica desperately needs a political revolution. I have also advocated previously a national day of protest around Independence time to send a powerful message to the politicians. This political revolution can happen if the media step up to the plate and be the catalyst to help spark this change. Yes the media sometimes can have too much power,, but I can deal with that rather than politicians who have too much and are not accountable for their actions.

Talk Back comments on ‘Fraud Squad sent into NHDC’

Posted by:

Progress4Jamaica

Posted on:

Friday, March 15, 2002 at 7:48:16 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:

The Minister of Housing Karl Blythe is another government politician with a controversial track record. This is what happens when you have poor leadership or lack of it. Agencies or people under your management becomes corrupt (seems like you can’t talk about the government or politicians without using the word corupt).

It is time for a political revolution in Jamaica. It is tiime to change the system. Jamaicans wake up..now is the time to start taking control of your destiny. “Don’t ask what the government can do for you ask what you can do for your country” (President John F. Kennedy).

Talk Back comments on ‘Pegasus managers pull out’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Friday, March 15, 2002 at 7:33:59 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

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Comments:

I believe this is the seconfd hotel to have its foreign management pull out this year. Could this be the result of the stagnant politics in Jamaica? Any fool can figure this out.
The government cannot expect foreign investors to conduct business in Jamaica when they are not given any assurances that it’s not only safe to do so but also economically viable to do so. Entrepeneurs take their cues from what the political leaders are doing and saying and right now the political leaders in Jamaica

are saying nothing and doing nothing to that would bring a sense of hopefullness to anyone.
I am dumbfounded as to how the government and the Opposition party could have so many educated and talented people, yet they act as if they don’t have a clue. Could it that they arre being stymied by thier leaders or could it that they are so entrenched in corruption which has sapped their ability to perform efefctively?
Somehow Jamaica is desperately in need of a revolution (no I am not advocatiing a bloody one). We need a political revolution that will transform the political process in Jamaica. A revolution that will make it impossible for politicians to cuddle dons, to engage in corrupt practices, and to be more accountable to the public. This revolution can only happen if people unite and get rid of thier political jingoism.

Talk Back comments on ‘Pegasus managers pull out’

Posted by:

Progress4Jamaica

Posted on:

Friday, March 15, 2002 at 7:33:59 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

None 

Comments:

I believe this is the seconfd hotel to have its foreign management pull out this year. Could this be the result of the stagnant politics in Jamaica? Any fool can figure this out.
The government cannot expect foreign investors to conduct business in Jamaica when they are not given any assurances that it’s not only safe to do so but also economically viable to do so. Entrepeneurs take their cues from what the political leaders are doing and saying and right now the political leaders in Jamaica are saying nothing and doing nothing to that would bring a sense of hopefullness to anyone.
I am dumbfounded as to how the government and the Opposition party could have so many educated and talented people, yet they act as if they don’t have a clue. Could it that they arre being stymied by thier leaders or could it that they are so entrenched in corruption which has sapped their ability to perform efefctively?
Somehow Jamaica is desperately in need of a revolution (no I am not advocatiing a bloody one). We need a political revolution that will transform the political process in Jamaica. A revolution that will make it impossible for politicians to cuddle dons, to engage in corrupt practices, and to be more accountable to the public. This revolution can only happen if people unite and get rid of thier political jingoism.

Talk Back comments on ‘No cess’

Posted by:

Progress4Jamaica

Posted on:

Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 8:57:32 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

Occupation:

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Comments:


See what can happen when you put pressure on politicians and their policies. If the consumers and Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) did step up and apply this pressure, the PM would not have decided to withdraw this controversial cess. This is the kind of measure that I alluded to in my posts yesterday. The people are the ones with the power and they have to learn how to harness this power to get results from their politicians.

This brings to mind my observation of the the PSOJ. This organization is no doubt pro JLP which is unfortunate. They seems to get involve in issues that will benefit the JLP. An organization like this should be pro-active for the economic interest of Jamaica regardless of which party is in power. Jamaica needs more organizations that are not affiliated to one party or the other – think tank organizations that can influence political decisions. The US has a lot of these organizations 9Rutherford Institute, Hoover Institute, etc.).

People of Jamaica it is time for a political revolution. It is time to get rid of politicians who cuddle dons, politicians who are incompetent, politicians who waste public funds, and politicians who don’t have any integrity (fiscal and moral). Now is the time to wake up and put your political jingoism aside for the sake of the country.

“Don’t ask what your government can do for you ask what you can do for your country” (President John F. Kennedy)

Talk Back comments on ‘No cess’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 9:24:06 AM 

Location:

NY, USA 

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OK, I have been calling for a political revolution to transform the political sysstem in Jamaica. There is one problem though and that is we are going to have to deal with either PJ or Seaga as the next PM. We do not have much of a choice on this issue right now. However, the people can start the political revolution in the next election by doing the following:

1) Don’t elect or re-elect any politician who attended the funeral of a don or who still support them. The exception is if they publicly apologize or make a statement to denounce the dons.

2) Don’t elect or re-elect any politician who was involved in the mismanagement of political funds.

3) Don’t re-elect politicians who are incompetent. Look at their performance and see what they have accomplished for their constituents.

4) Demand an agenda from all political parties. Their agenda should include specific plans on how they intend to resolve the major issues such as crime, corruption, the economy, education, etc.

Their are other criteria we could use to eliminate some of the dead wood politicians. If we do these things the PM and Mr. Seaga will get the message and will be more accountable. When politicians realize that they are instruments of the people and can be voted out of office based on their performance and not their popularity, they will get the message and do the right thing.

Talk Back comments on ‘Most Wanted’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 10:48:09 AM 

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NY, USA 

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The fact that a that a semi-literate criminal is classified at the top of the ten most wanted list clearly indicates that law enforcement is very inadequate. This semi-literate criminaland his gang operates in a small area yet the police has not been able to corner him. Where is Reneto Adams? has he been reined in by the Leader of the Opposition. I say it’s time to turn him loose again and let him finish the job of eliminating these heartless criminals.

Jamaica’s law enforcement needs to be beefed up with underground cops who can infiltrate the criminal gangs. It’s not like these gangs are operating in a large area and would be hard to find. My suspicion is that the police probably knows where to find these guys but either fear of these criminals or the pressure they come under when they kill these criminals make them reluctant to flush them out.

If Jamaica is to move forward, criminals like the semi-literate Andem must be round-up and weeded out (no pun intended). The government and the opposition party must work together to ensure that law enforcement are equipped to deal with these dangerous criminals.

The PSOJ, the Opposition party, and the peopel need to make their voice heard in unison that they want these criminals rid from society. Mr. Seaga if he wants to be the next PM needs to publicly declare that he will fight crime and dismantle the garrison communities. He has nothing to lose now, the sun is setting on his career. He has one last chance to do some real good for country and himself. Likewise the PM needs to stand up and send a strong message to fight crime. He addressed the nation recently and didn not mention anything about crime…can you believe that?

Talk Back comments on ‘Court rejects motion against Finsac’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 7:06:17 AM 

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One could easily draw the conclusion that everything the government implements is either tainted with corruption or illegal. The conclusion could further be drawn that the government has poor advisors, oversight measures is lacking, or the administration is full of corrupt politicians.

Talk Back comments on ‘A warning to Mr Mugabe’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 7:16:22 AM 

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NY, USA 

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Comments:

The editor should concentrate on the problems in Jamaaica rather than the the problem in Zimbabwe. What is happening in Zimbabwe is a struggle to deal with decades of racial inequities. Not condoning Mr. Mugabe’s actions but I don’t think anyone should be overly surprised about the events in that country.

On the other hand, Jamaica’s problems are due from incompetent, arrogant, and corrupt politicians. The editor of the Observer would do much good for the people of Jamaica by consistently pressuring and exposing these politicians. We need to demand better performance more from our politicians and the News media like the Observer need to make sure the public gets objective information.

Talk Back comments on ”Pay up or lose it”

 

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Progress4Jamaica

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 12:35:49 PM 

Location:

NY, USA 

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Any government that includes in its agenda a plan to raise taxes or change the laws to ensure the collection of taxes in an election year is flirting with political suicide. I am not a student of politics but it seems to me like taxes is a dirty word to use when there is an election supposedly to happen this year. Some peopel thinks that PG is an astute politician. If this is true maybe there is some political strategy that’s not obvious.

I don’t care which party wins the next election because quite frankly I don’t think any progress is going to be made anytime soon. I don’t hear of any planning or long term strategy to move the country forward coming from either side.

Talk Back comments on ‘Seaga promises to build and replace 15 markets’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 12:30:40 PM 

Location:

NY, USA 

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A message to Mr. Seaga…

Mr. Seaga can you tell the Jamaican people how upgrading 15 markets will benefit the Jamaican economy I am appalled that as a politician with over 30 years experience and as a former PM this is the kind of promise you can make. I am for anything that will improve the quality of life for ordinary Jamaicans Mr. Seaga. Upgrading these markets is something that should have been done long ago.

Jamaica needs much more than you are promising

Mr. Seaga. Jamaica needs a new vision that will motivate people or inspire the kind of patriotic fervor that a country needs to rejuvenate itself from the economic and social quagmire that it is bogged down in.

Mr. Seaga do you think you have that vision to rejuvenate the ailing Jamaica? Do you think you have the will to do what is right for the people of Jamaica. If you think you do then demonstrate it to the Jamaican people.

Many Jamaicans like myself who once admired you have lost confidence in your ability as a politician. Your credibility has been shot long ago Mr. Seaga. Your old and tired way of governing is no longer applicable. You need to ask yourself some serious questions about your future to determine if you really think you have anything left to offer.

Mr. Seaga, Jamaica cannot afford to have politicians who rely and making empty promises at election time. Jamaica needs politicians who are proactive all the time and who can put their selfish ego aside and work for the betterment of the country. If you want to be the PM again then I challenge you Mr. Seaga to consider these things and just don’t make small promises to the poor people of Jamaica.

Talk Back comments on ‘Farrakhan damns tribal politics’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Monday, March 25, 2002 at 7:21:03 AM 

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NY, USA 

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Farrakhan is right on target, the tribal politics in Jamaica mustend if the country expects to make progress. Tribal politics sponsored by both the PNP and JLP leadership have brought nothing but misery, crime, indiscipline, and corruption to Jamaica.

I have repeatedly said that the political system in Jamaica needs to be reformed. I have also said that this reform can only happen when the people of Jamaica exercise theire political rights to and become more political savy.

The old political process of devisivenes and exploiting Jamaicans (especially the poor and semi-literate) must end. Jamaicans must chose political leaders who can move the country forward in the 21 st century. Leaders who have a vision that is compatible with the technological era that is now the engine that drives the world economy.

Wake up Jamaicans, it is full time that you recognize that tribal politics is not the answer to Jamaica’s problems. It is full time we unite ourselves to work for the progress of the country. Blind allegiance to one party or the other is not the answer. We must be objective and broad minded so that we can select politicans who can work for the progress of the country. It doesn’t matter whether they are PNP, JLP, NDM, or whatever alphabet is used.

United we stand, divide we fall. Don’t let selfish and egotistical politicians who have their own personal agenda divide us.

Talk Back comments on ‘Now not the time to resign — Paulwell’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Monday, March 25, 2002 at 12:33:44 PM 

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NY, USA 

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Mr. Paulwell the voters of jamaica are the ones who will decide if you should stay in office. You are lucky that you are in a business where incompetency, corruption, and non-accountability are tolerated. If you were an executive in a private company and and messed up like you did with NetServ you would have been kicked out immediately.

Talk Back comments on ‘Seaga Xs Golding’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 7:10:39 AM 

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Mr. Golding probably demonstrated great courage when he opted to split from JLP. If Jamaica had morer politicians like him we would probably have better leadership in both major parties today. The one disappointment I have with Mr. Goldingis that he has not been able to develop his party into a party that could be considered as a reasonable alternative. Perhaps thsi is an indication that he lacks the kind of leadership that is required to attract and inspire people.

Concerning the matter of whetehr Mr. Golding will rejoin the JLP, I don’t see thsi happening while Seaga is the leader of that party. Mr. Seaga is not a forgiving person and his politics has always been that of devisiveness rather than concilliatory. The problems facing Jamaica today are not entirely due to the inability of the PNP to resolve these problems but also due to Mr. Seaga’s devisive political stand on issues such as crime.

Talk Back comments on ‘Seaga softens on Golding’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 7:10:52 AM 

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Mr. Seaga must have read my Post yesterday (just kidding). I believe that Jamaica has come to the fork in the road and if it is take the path to progress our political leaders must rise above petty diferences. Political leaders in Jamaica must make every effort to unite Jamaicans and not divide them.

In my Post yesterday in response to the article “Seaga Xs Golding” I made comments that Mr. Seaga was devisive and that his brand of politics was not applicable to Jamaica anymore. DHF responded that I was talking crap and and used the example of Mr. Seaga taking back Karl Samuda in the party. Well my response to that is that mayb ethis is an exception or maybe Mr. Seaga will forgive people of his own ilk. There are some basic differences between Karl Samuda and Bruce Golding. I am not going to say anything else beyond this you can draw your own conclusions on this.

Talk Back comments on ‘Police chief orders probe into Seaga’s allegations’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 9:00:56 AM 

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NY, USA 

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I have repeatedly said on posts on this forum that Mr. Seaga’s politics is very divisive. Mr. Seaga has a record of accusing the police of unfairly targeting his supporters or his constituents. Not only has he accused the police of performing their jobs, he has tried to intimidate with threats of lawsuits and to manipulate them into performing their duties to please him.

Mr. Seaga’s problems with the police does not appear to be a genuine concern for wanting the police to control crime in his constituency. This is obvious because when violence erupts in his constituency, he immediately adopts the position that police has no business in going in to restore normalcy. Also, he has never made a public statement condemning crime and political violence in his constituency. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Seaga on the unsavory elements in his constituency to support his power base. Throughout his political career he has relied on this support to intimidate anyone who challenges him or

stand in his way. For example notice how he is always quick to call for a mob demonstration.

This latest episode of his accusation that the police is organizing the training of special squads to target his party supporters appears to be baseless and mischievous. Based on the Jamaica Observer article there is no specific proof given to support this charge. Because of Mr. Saega’s usual cry of wolf, I have to be suspicious about this matter. My suspicion is this: what is so urgent about this matter that Mr. Seaga found it necessary to make sure the Commissioner who is in England gets it and to send it via the Jamaica High Commission to London. What is his motive for doing this?

The other problem concerning this matter is the Police Commissioner’s response. Why does he think an investigation is warranted here. Doesn’t he know what is going on the police force. All he should have done is to stand up to Mr. Seaga and tell him to go pound sand. Well to be more serious he could have made a statement to explain the purpose of this special squad that is in training. Nothing is wrong with having a special squad in training for the election. Nothing is wrong if this special squad is sent in Mr. Seaga’s constituency to maintain order. Mr. Forbes is a weak commissioner and that has been part of the problem with the police. .The police cannot afford to have a leader who can be easily manipulated like a puppet on a string. Jamaica cannot afford to have a political leader like Mr. Seaga continue his divisive brand of politics.

Talk Back comments on ‘Police chief orders probe into Seaga’s allegations’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 1:42:52 PM 

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NY, USA 

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DHF,

I have said many times that the political process in Jamaica needs to reformed. Jamaicans cannot afford to have politicians who pander to criminals and who use divisive tactics to create disunity to satisfy their personal agenda. The entire spectrum of the politican machinery in Jamaica is corrupt, inefficient, and outdated.

Most Jamaicans know that both PNP and JLP haave a history of pandering or supporting unsavory characters or criminals. Trying to keep score of which party has more dealings with these people solves nothing. Your kind of argument is expected from someone with blind party allegiance. My allegiance is not to the PNP or to the JLP. I have never voted for any of these party and my stubborn independent thinking mind would never allow me to support any party whose leadership is exemplified by poor leaders like Mr. Seaga or Mr. Patterson. My allegiance is to Jamaica and the US (since I am a citizen of the US). That is why I can critize both men whenever they do dumb things.

As Jamaicans we need to be much more broadminded and objective in how we deal with the political process in Jamaica. Being a die-hard PNP or JLP is not going to solve Jamaica’s problem. This kind of cultist mentality which many Jamaicans have been conditioned to embrace worked for politicians but worked agains the people. This is part of the reason why Jamaica is so socially, politically, and economically stagnant today. Jamaicans it’s time to stop paying blind alegiance to polituical leaders who are inept and who have no vision of the future.

Talk Back comments on ‘PM feels some judge him based on race, social background’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 9:40:49 AM 

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NY, USA 

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Just what the hell is wrong with our political leaders? Now PJ is revealing that he has an inferiority complex. No wonder Jamaica is so messed up. We have political leaders who are emotionally unstable. Can you imagine if Seaga and PJ were the political leaders in the US how Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Dennis Miller would have a field day with them.

I cannot believe that PJ would indulge in this kind of self-pity. This is the very sign of weakness in a leader. Throughout history there has been political leaders who rose from humble background and became very powerful. I don’t recall any of them ever alluding to their background being a handicap for them. To the contrary their humble background seems to have served as inspiration for their leadership.

Take for example Fidel Castro, he was born an “illegitimate” child to a maid. I have never heard of Castro complaining about this and saying that it is the reason the US don’t treat him fairly. Despite the fact that Castro is a communist, he is still a strong leader in my book.

I hope PJ is not using this self-pity ploy as a strategy to introduce race into the election.
I know that politicians are very devious and will resort to anything that will cause people to vote for them. Sometimes in my anger with Seaga, I am inclined to think that his behavior and arrogance is because he is white. Still my better judgement holds me in check in making any pronouncement about his race on here. God knows, Jamaica right now is very divided by politics, we cannot allow racism to divide us. No politician should dare think of planting this evil seed of racism in the mind of Jamaicans. We must steadfastly believe in our national motto “Out of Many One People.”

I am now convinced that we not only need to reform our political process, but it is now time for PJ and Seaga to gracefully retire from politics. It is clear to me that both men have outlived their political usefulness. Any Jamaican who can’t see this is either blind, ignorant, or insane.

Jamaica cannot afford a political leader like PJ who has an inferiority complex and one like Seaga who acts as if he is senile or suffers from delusion of grandeur.

Talk Back comments on ‘PM feels some judge him based on race, social background’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 5:56:41 PM 

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NY, USA 

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Boukman, you seems to have this penchant for piggy backing on other posters comments and to add your comments that you no doubt think is funny. You list your occupatuion as a student, if this is true then either you are a lazy student or you are a student or inmate at Bellvue.

Surely, as a student you should be able to do much better than this. You as ayoung Jamaican (I assume that you are young) should be engaging other posters to either learn something or to enlighten them. As a student you should be providing Jamaicans with meaningful information on the issues and challenges facing the country. Please Boukman, show us that you are capable of doing this and stop playing the clown.

Talk Back comments on ‘PM feels some judge him based on race, social background’

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Progress4Jamaica

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Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 6:14:27 PM 

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NY, USA 

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OK Boukman, I have some time to spare, entertain me. Now I know who you really are….I don’t want to insult you. I have too much respect for my fellow Jamaicans regardless of their class, color, race, creed, ignorance, or otherwise.

My post to you was designed to offer you constructive criticism and to encourage you to use this forum in a more constructive and enlightening way. Obviously you have ignored my advice.