Don’t ig­nore MoBay’s work­ing-class he­roes

Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT - VALEN­TINE PEAR­SON valen­em­pear­son@ya­

AS A con­cerned citizen of Mon­tego Bay, I con­tinue to be as­ton­ished as I al­ways get the im­pres­sion that the Cor­po­rate Area is Ja­maica be­cause the ma­jor­ity of the yearly na­tional awards are given mostly to per­sons from Kingston.

Un­for­tu­nately, many per­sons from the dif­fer­ent so­cial classes in Mon­tego Bay, and western Ja­maica, in gen­eral, con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion but are not recog­nised.

To me, there are some very hard-work­ing per­sons from the var­i­ous so­cial groups in the Sec­ond City, Mon­tego Bay, who are ren­der­ing Her­culean ser­vice for the im­prove­ment of the lives of the Ja­maican peo­ple. Yet they are not recog­nised by the awards com­mit­tee year af­ter year.

Be­lieve me, I have ob­served, es­pe­cially, per­sons from the work­ing class who con­stantly ad­min­is­ter hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vice to the ex­tent that they can be re­garded as na­tional he­roes in their own right.

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