J’cans should use their power, too

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: FOL­LOW­ING DON­ALD Trump’s vic­tory in the United States pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Ja­maica needs to men­tally re­turn ‘back a yaad’. Lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions are com­ing up at the end of the month and none of Ja­maica’s is­sues are be­ing dis­cussed. I’m only hear­ing paci­fi­ca­tion and ‘throw wud’. I do not hear any­one speak­ing about parish up­keep, road main­te­nance, taxes, land and hous­ing, ac­cess to ameni­ties and pub­lic spa­ces, so­cial pro­grammes etc. This is why the parishes are suf­fer­ing. We don’t vote for the peo­ple who work and are vis­i­ble. All the par­ties are fo­cused on is the free­ing up of parish funds. What do they want with it?

Think about it, Pres­i­dent-elect Trump won be­cause of his strate­gies and the fact that he spoke about is­sues that mat­tered to the peo­ple.

Ja­maicans do a lot of cry­ing out, but the cries al­ways fall on deaf ears. I am yet to see the mem­ber of par­lia­ment or coun­cil­lor of the area in which I re­side.

Are we now re­ally ex­pected to vote for these peo­ple? It is time that Ja­maicans start to un­der­stand their power and force the politi­cians to do the work they are elected to do. The world is chang­ing, and not for the bet­ter. If we want to sur­vive, we need to change how we op­er­ate or else we’ll be ‘trumped’. CO­LETTE CAMP­BELL ras­tar­ja­maica@ya­hoo.com


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