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Culture of greed also behind crime

I WISH to express my condolences to the family of slain Police Sgt Hayden Manwaring. It was with great dismay that I read of his killing.

How many more must die because of gang warfare?

The problem lies in the culture of greed that has taken over the nation. Many blame the youth for most of the crimes. Many have said that the youth are to blame because they love to imitate the US styles and fashions but it's not only the youth.

There are also the businesses that overcharge for their products and the realtors with their overpriced real estate and as a matter of fact, the failed Ponzi schemes like CLICO and the HCU.

This week fish is $45 a pound. Where is the standard for fair business dealings? People charge whatever they want and the general public has to buy because there is no other alternative.

Lawlessness abounds because good men do nothing — except in the case of Sgt Manwaring who lost his life and his partner, PC Nicholas Phillip, who was shot in the line of duty. Then there's the brave taxi driver who wrestled with an armed bandit so he and his passengers could go home to their families.

If we truly want to beat crime we must be ready, willing and able to help the police, and start being accountable in our own homes, firstly by calling on our children to follow the rule of law and lead them by example.

We must also not forget to hold our elected officials' noses to the wheel, and make it absolutely clear to them where we want to go as a nation, not where they want to take us.

Winston Buckridee

via e-mail

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