Letters to the Editor

McKenzie's promises

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Last year, Desmond McKenzie, the minister of local government and community development, in celebrating local government month in Clarendon, declared on the ground of the Anglican church among other things that he would be upgrading Portland Cottage Primary School.

This school also operates as a shelter.

When pressed for a time frame for this work to commence he said that the work would be within a month or so.

It is now over a year later and nothing has been done to our school.

The school administration, board, parent-teacher association, and citizens' association have heard nothing of McKenzie's promise.

Now, McKenzie is at it again in another part of the country 'selling' the importance of local government and making promises to the people in Westmoreland.

He reportedly said, “We are in the stage now of constructing a brand-new matron's quarters. We are also now considering the building of a brand-new ward to replace the old one, so as to improve the capacity at the facility.”

The people of Westmoreland should note the operative word “considering”. McKenzie is “considering building a brand new ward to replace the old one”.

In Clarendon, those of us at the meeting were in high spirits and took McKenzie at his word and reported to our citizens' associations the promise made to us. We in Clarendon have not seen, thus far, any promise McKenzie made come to reality.

Portland Cottage and surrounding communities that use the school as a shelter want to know when the work to upgrade the primary school is going to commence. Or, let us know if the promise made is still in the pipeline and he and his team are keeping it a close secret.

The people of Westmoreland are hereby warned that they should temper their celebrations and be wary hows they take a promise as gospel . What happen to us could very well happen to them.

Authnel Reid

reidaut@icloud.com

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