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Road repairs: royalty vs peasantry

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 3:06 PMSaccheen Laing

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On Monday morning, I woke up to a Gleaner article stating that certain roads are being fixed because of the impending visit of the president of the United States.

Of course, like many of my fellow Jamaicans, I believe it's really a privilege that the president will be making his presence be felt on our beautiful island. My problem, however, is the utter lack of respect that this Government apparently has for the regular Jamaican citizens.

Almost every night on the news there are citizens protesting about the conditions of roads in their community. My concern, really, is quite simple: Is it that we are not worthy of our roads being fixed? Are we just peasants, thus needing to elevate our status before our concerns will be addressed in such a quick manner?

Am I to believe that this is the same Government that claims to not have the funds necessary to fix the roads that we, as citizens, have been complaining about?

If that is the case, I guess the Government stirred its empty pot of funds and a magical amount of cash has turned up just in time for the visit of the president.

My fellow Jamaicans, does it need to become any clearer to you that the Government will do whatever it feels like doing? If the Government doesn't see the need for something to get done, it will not be done.

So unless we get some form of status from outside this island, we will have to continue to cope with the bad roads that we have to drive on every day unless the president decides to take a trip throughout every corner of Jamaica.

SACCHEEN LAING

Spanish Town, St Catherine