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Riverton blame on us all

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I'm not going to only point fingers at the Government for the latest Riverton City dump fire disaster, but also at the people of Jamaica. Yes, we Jamaicans have played a part in giving birth to this disaster.

You eat, drink, or generate rubbish in some way, and then drop it exactly where it's not supposed to be. Where do you think that garbage ends up? In the drains that get blocked by them, then that causes the roads to get flooded during heavy rainfall. What follows afterwards are complaints from us, the litterbugs, about how nasty the place is and how those in charge should fix it.

We are responsible for the disgusting mess before us. I'm sure we're not babies; we can take care of ourselves. So why do we drop trash on the ground where we walk, throw trash out the window of a bus, a taxi, or even our own cars? Why do we accept mediocrity from our fellow Jamaicans and our Government?

tolerate slackness

We're supposed to express our dissatisfaction with mediocrity and try to push the standards high. It shouldn't be the case where people with their own personal or political agenda get to do with a nation as they please and not do what is in the best interest of all. Why is it that we as Jamaicans tolerate such slackness in our country and look for scapegoats when things go bad?

Yes, the Riverton fire was terrible; yes, the land of filth wasn't being properly managed by the Government; yes something needs to be done. What are we going to do? Are we going to let history repeat itself again and again? Who should be the one or ones to take the blame? Who should do something about all this? Should we wait on government? Should we accept incompetence and mediocrity from those in charge? I'll let you decide that for yourselves.

DEMAR GORDON

St Catherine