Much needed de-bush­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THERE HAS been much talk about the present de-bush­ing ex­er­cise. What­ever the ob­jec­tive, I am sorry but, per­son­ally, it has come at a much-needed time.

Over the years, I have had to bush sur­round­ing ar­eas, with­out help from the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Mem­bers of my fam­ily, neigh­bours and friends were all vic­tim­ized by Chik-V and I also con­tracted the Zika virus. The re­sult is a se­ri­ously com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tem with lin­ger­ing pain.

Since this ex­er­cise, it has im­proved the vec­tor man­age­ment as the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion has de­creased in my neck of the woods. I can­not un­der­stand the chat­ter. Is it that Ja­maicans must not en­joy a level of com­fort and a healthy en­vi­ron­ment?

Well, in all my years, this is the best de-bush­ing ex­er­cise, as the de­bris and lit­ter were all re­moved. It has also en­hanced the aes­thet­ics of the com­mu­nity.

Sort out the quar­rel, but do not stop the main­te­nance of the verges and edges. ANDREA DUNK

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