Lloyd B is out of it!

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: I READ with ut­ter amaze­ment the let­ter by Lloyd B. Smith in The Gleaner dated Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6, 2016 head­lined ‘Hur­ri­cane forecast co­nun­drum’.

I am won­der­ing if this is the same gen­tle­man who once sat in our Houses of Par­lia­ment, but I would rather be­lieve it is not. If it is, I would like to re­mind him that he is no longer in Par­lia­ment, where it ap­pears you are free to say any­thing with­out it at­tract­ing in­tel­li­gent scru­tiny.

For him, or any oth­ers, to sug­gest that the Met Ser­vice work­ers are a pack of jok­ers be­cause they were pre­dict­ing, up to Satur­day, that the is­land was in the direct path of a hit by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, yet (thank­fully) this did not hap­pen, is so ridicu­lous and lu­di­crous. It begs the ques­tion as to whether Mr Smith is in full con­trol of all his fac­ul­ties.

BE­ING PROAC­TIVE

I am not sure which tele­vi­sion sta­tions Mr Smith was watch­ing, but many of the mil­lions who were watch­ing other sta­tions were con­vinced that Ja­maica would suf­fer a se­ri­ous nat­u­ral disas­ter. Ev­ery rep­utable weather ser­vice – from Europe, North Amer­ica and the Caribbean – were pre­dict­ing the same thing, al­most with­out ex­cep­tion.

What hap­pened, Mr Smith, is that some other weather sys­tem in­ter­vened to force Matthew to make a sharp north­ern turn. Thank God for our sakes.

I re­mind Mr Smith (and any oth­ers of his ilk) that up to late last week, the ‘non-jok­ers’ in the other in­ter­na­tional met ser­vices were say­ing (just like our ‘pack of jok­ers’) that Matthew would NOT threaten the United States. As I write, at least two states have de­clared a state of emer­gency and are in­struct­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to evac­u­ate their homes. Go fig­ure.

I con­grat­u­late our met ser­vice and the Govern­ment of Ja­maica for be­ing so proac­tive and ful­some in their com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The fact that Matthew missed us is what we should be giv­ing thanks for while we pray for, and try to help, our Caribbean broth­ers and sis­ters in Haiti. STEPHEN HAR­RI­SON St Mary

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