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Jamaica is too heavily 'trashed'!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Dear Editor:

Jamaica, by no short stretch of imagination, is one of the more beautiful countries in the salubrious tropics of the Caribbean. And I also want to honestly believe that Jamaica is the most attractive and beautiful island in the Caribbean. Just look at its many captivating scenes with cascading waterfalls and beautiful, winding crystal rivers that bring joy and lift the spirit on a clear and bright day.

Nevertheless, the beauty of this magnificent piece of rock is slowly but surely being eroded and overshadowed by trash; garbage, if you please. This ugly sight can be seen all over Portmore, Kingston & St Andrew, and now across several rural areas on a daily basis. Garbage is sitting on our streets, in gullies, clogging our communities and taking a route to our many water sources. Trash can also be seen in front of public and private buildings, even at many courthouses.

One such courthouse is the Half-Way-Tree courthouse, which was shown to me on the cellphone by of one of my friends while travelling Monday, November 13, 2017, from Portmore, where I live, to Half-Way-Tree. A pile of stale garbage was seen sitting right beside the courthouse and none of our legal-minded, upper echelon members of society; neither male nor female seem to care about their environment.

But, why? Is it that, they too are so fed up that they continue to carry on business as usual in a 'don't-care' manner?

The truth is that we all are being strangled by garbage; trashed to the max! Our many cities, communities, gullies and rivers are showing ugly scenes of this heavily trashed country.

And where are those who are put in authority to oversee the cleanliness of our country? What about the anti-litter laws? Who is to be blamed for all this ugliness of a trashed country?

While there are people responsible, we all have to take responsibility for the keeping of our beloved rock — Jamaica.

One may be asking what have I done, as a concerned citizen of this beautiful country to which I belong. Well, that same Monday, when I got to Half-Way-Tree, I saw a policeman standing at the corner of Hope Road and Half-Way-Tree Road, and I approached him and told him of the ugliness, and he promised me faithfully that he would speak to the relevant authority.

Our leaders need to exercise some kind of fortitude, when it comes to enforcing our laws and to enact new legislation for upholding proper behaviour and attitudes in a civil way.

Our mentally ill people roaming all about the various courthouses on King Street, Half-Way-Tree, and other sections of the country need very urgent attention and quick action.

Our tourism-dependent island country will soon be made a dump if we continue to turn a blind eye to situations as this.

Like many of our laws, the anti-litter law is dormant and may never come to life unless someone of authority is being disturbed by trash personally and so must act in his/her interest to satisfy his/her own conscience.

Indeed, we are heavily trashed, and we must act fast to safeguard our beautiful island paradise: Jamaica, land we love.

Alrick A Davis, JP

St Catherine.

alrico_dee@yahoo.com

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