Letter of the day: Wanted: good Samaritans
THE EDITOR, Sir:
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, in the resort town of Ocho Rios, I was walking along Main Street in the vicinity of the Juici Patties store (just metres away from the busy thoroughfare), where I saw a blind man wandering towards the centre of the town wielding his cane, trying his endeavour best to negotiate the terrain of the streets, totally oblivious to imminent danger of the oncoming traffic.
To my surprise, many persons just passed him by without offering any assistance. He was desperate to cross the road en route to the Total gas station (about 60 yards away) to board a bus to Brown's Town.
I took it upon myself to escort the gentleman to the gas station. After waiting for a brief period, a bus drove up and as I was about to assist the man (who had his fare) into the bus, the driver made it categorically clear that he would not be allowed inside.
I was appalled, upset and left in a state of disbelief at his actions, which were nothing short of disrespectful and shameful. Is that any way to treat one of our elders who laid the foundation for us years ago so we could build a better future for our families and children tomorrow? Is that any way to treat a disabled Jamaican citizen?
I can just imagine that this incident was not the first and certainly won't be the last. It shows that a lot of us have somehow lost our moral compass.
Notwithstanding this, however, I still believe that there is a glimmer of hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. To all well-thinking Jamaicans, I call on you to stand up and be counted. We may never know when it is our turn to join the ranks of the disabled.
So, let's be kind and compassionate Samaritans to each other.
ANDRE R. SMITH