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Half-Way-Tree now a big dump!

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

On Monday morning of this week I headed out to work singing my gospel songs and trying to perk up my spirit for the day ahead. I turned on to Eastwood Park Road from a road adjoining Molynes Road heading for the intersection of Red Hills, Eastwood Park and Constant Spring roads to get into Half-Way-Tree.

I hit the intersection and was mortified! In the middle of the city, what faced me was a big dump!

My morning was spoiled royally.

A man of unsound mind has made the place his home and has been filling the place with even more garbage of every kind for weeks. It has now ballooned into a monstrosity!

Across the road are business complexes; on either side of the road there are food establishments, restaurants, and a church. And to top it off, the area is a major thoroughfare.

I was gripped by the reality that Jamaica is now on auto pilot! No agencies working! The prime minister and the Opposition are both quieter than a cemetery.

While this occurs, Half-Way-Tree has become a living ghetto! Clothes hanging everywhere, pop-down buildings, ugly stalls have taken over the sidewalks with lawless higglers parade every inch of the streets. Bus drivers and taxi men park any and everywhere and drive as though there is no road code in place.

Half-Way-Tree is no longer a bustle business centre, but a garrison.

Who is responsible for beautification? What is our plan for beautification and upkeep of our towns? Who enforces the law in areas for selling and parking? What on earth is happening to our beautiful island?

That mad man and the mess needs to go and the mess cleaned.

Half-Way-Tree needs to be reclaimed from higglers, bus driver and taxi men. Business owners must be held responsible for beautification standards and the entire surroundings cleaned, updated, and law and order returned.

Mr Prime Minister, the people from National Solid Waste Management Authority, the ministry responsible for roads and works, private sector, those who protect and serve, teachers, nurses, students, Scotiabank, National Commercial Bank, Jamaican people, we cannot continue like this!

We need to get back our pride. Here's the first project for us to start with: Remove the mad man, clean up the place, and take back Half-Way-Tree.

This is our home!

Love Jamaica bad!

Marsha DeMontignac

marshadpmp@gmail.com

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