Letters to the Editor

Corruption and that eight-letter word

Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

As we fight for the power and the glory Jamaica is sinking into an abyss. I say this against the background of the desperate and corrupt environment in which we, as citizens, have to eke out a survival strategy.

We, the citizens, have lost faith in our leaders to effectively chart a sustainable course from which Jamaica can be a place to do business, work and raise families.

Never in the history of our country has our hopes, aspirations and our rights to a decent quality of life have been so threatened with dark, stormy clouds of stress, fear and hopelessness.

The desperate situations we are now in call for desperate measures, and now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand and be blindly loyal to those who have breached our trust. This is a stupid phenomenon that politicians and governments over the years used to justify their corrupt and uncaring acts.

Whatever they say and do there is a constituency of people to give blind credence and support for such acts. As it is often said, the relevance of truth, morality and empathy matter, but not so to our leaders across both public and private sectors.

Corruption and unbridled wickedness against the people are direct functions of what the people are willing to tolerate and support.

What do we say or do when those in Government, or those close to those in Government, use the mechanism of the State to advance and propel their own well-being, rather than that of the common man? They fail to grow our country economically, but correspondingly grow their own economic situation during the same period. It is simple to see; match the economic growth of the country against that of any of those government leaders and you will see the frightening disparity and anomaly. They cover for each other. They protect each other. And, sad to say, they corrupt each other.

Our founding fathers and heroes/heroine who shed their blood and gave up their lives to lay the foundation for a better country for us all must now be turning in their graves to see the abyss into which the country has plunged. Power and glory are all that matter to our present-day leaders, whether they come by nefarious, corrupt or immoral means. The only light at the end of the tunnel for us, the common man in this terrible situation, is that there is an eight-letter word that we must use and rest our hope — election.

Fernandez Smith

Former Jamaica Labour Party councillor

fgeesmith@yahoo.com


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