Backward move, National Library!
Jamaicans realise the lies spewed from delegates don’t match their reality, the reality being the notable absence of the members of parliament in communities, and not just there, but in the parish councils and the parishes. Then, as soon as one party comes in, they blame the other party. Jamaicans are no longer fooled by promises, patronage and thinly veiled political threats. Kevin O’Brien Chang on CVM made a point that connected: Jamaicans have access to things to make them comfortable, thus the need for the politicians is void. It is possible that Jamaicans think the country is fine, but Jamaica cannot be all right when US dollar is suffocating ours, the Government wanted to spend $600 million on possibly free debushing and people need access to good-paying jobs. Mr Chang rightly said that Jamaicans preferred to go to the dance, despite everything else.
Therefore, the situation begs the question: What do Jamaicans actually want? Jamaica is small compared to the US, Britain and South Korea, all who have people demonstrating for accountability from their governments.
I am not going to blame the voters; their silence, or rather the lack of inked fingers, spoke volumes. Jamaicans exist in a vacuum; it is they and then the Government. Each successive government has forced the people to fend for themselves, and they have succeeded, quietly reducing dependence. There is no need to rely on the politicians.
COLETTE CAMPBELL THE EDITOR, Sir: I FEEL the need to take a moment to share a recent experience I encountered while visiting my beautiful island for a week in October. I do this out of genuine concern with the hope that it will effect some policy change for other users.
I am a student in North America, and on a recent trip back home during a semester break, I needed the services of one of the libraries to submit a paper that was due. I called the library before my visit to ascertain the rules, dress code and fees if applicable and was provided with the information. Great, I thought.
Upon my arrival with laptop in hand, I found a nice, quiet space to begin my work, only to be advised to my utter shock that while I was allowed to use the laptop, I was not allowed to plug it in; I must instead come with a fully charged computer.
INVESTIGATE THIS RULE
National Library of Jamaica, come on now!
I would have felt better being asked to pay for use of the services and even being told beforehand that this is the policy, but never in my wildest imagination would I have ever thought to ask – if I could.
I beg, I beseech the powers that be to investigate this rule as there must be a more suitable ‘best practice’ that can adopted to accommodate users.
I see that Minister of Science Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley is moving assiduously to increase free Wi-Fi zones, and so on my next, visit, I hope it will be better; however, for those students in communities that just need a quiet place that a library should provide, clearly, this is something well worth investigating and changing.