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We're all to blame for not aiding Archer

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I believe Jamaica lost a great talent, an asset, and the perfect example of what Jamaicans can achieve through dedication and hard work, the day that Glen Archer died. Since his death, many have argued, analysed and asked if there was a proper succession plan in place, if the Government had given him enough support, or if he had acquired enough funding for his programme which, no doubt, was of benefit to all of Jamaica.

From where I stand, it would be very sad if none of that had taken place, but it is even more regrettable that some of the persons who are asking these questions are persons who themselves could have assisted with funding and support; they could have lobbied for governmental support and help to promote the need to assist with his programme, but they did not see the need to even make an effort.

It is my view that if Glen was not properly supported and funded, the blame is for all of us. The truth that is we don't know, at this point, how much effort he personally made to seek support; nor do we know how much was given or offered to him.

We are all responsible.

Let us be proactive and not reactive; let us not wait for something to happen before we do or say something about the obvious problem.