Building a better Jamaica


Building a better Jamaica

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

I am proud to be Jamaican and equally as proud to be a part of the transformation period that is taking place in this island of wood and water.

Since 1962, we have struggled as a nation to cope and manage our own internal affairs and create our own personal mark on this planet. However, no longer are we known as just another British colony. Instead, we are the island to visit with the most creative people, the fastest man in the world, a booming tourism industry, economic growth in effect, and unemployment decreasing gradually.

I admit, though, that there is still much to accomplish.

If, as a country, we can reduce the crime rate there will be a greater door opened for further foreign investment and relations. Think of the companies that our Government can partner with to better the nation and its people!

Furthermore, there are still many children who do not have access to education because their families cannot afford to send them to school. There are still communities in which children are forced into adult roles and, sadly, there are many mental health issues which have gone overlooked, including issues affecting some of our men who still do not speak about how they feel. Once we can fix these issues and others we will become more than a paradise island and evolve into a First World Caribbean nation.

It is not far-fetched belief, as in our 57th year of Independence we can see the transformation that has taken place. Roads are being fixed, more businesses are being built, and more visitors are coming to experience the culture and the change.

We simply need to include our communities in decision-making and consider their input if we intend to achieve our Vision 2030 goals.

Andre Heslop

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon