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Sister P is no dunce

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In a recent conversation with a few members in my community, I flatly rejected the position put forward by one that Mrs Portia Simpson Miller is a dunce.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is far from being a dunce person. I am of the view that no dunce person can reach the heights of greatness that this wonderful, inspiring Jamaican woman has reached. To become prime minister, as a female in a strong male chauvinistic society, characterised by classism and soul deep political partisanship, I surmise, is not an easy feat. Hence, Mrs Simpson Miller should be applauded, even by her detractors and political rivals.

It must not be forgotten that this said woman characterised as dunce was named in the 2012 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Persons, and she was not number 100. In my mind, conventional wisdom dictates that dunce people do not receive this calibre of accolade. Mrs Simpson Miller has walked through many doors that many, not just in our society but other societies, will only be able to think and dream about in their lifetime.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller may not be the most educated in Gordon House, or even among the womenfolk of our country. She may not be the most erudite or your favourite political figure. It must be understood, however, that the gigantic legacy of this great Jamaican woman will be taught in schools to our children and their children. Her position is set in the history of Jamaica, like that of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bob Marley, and Marcus Garvey.

Omar Ryan

White Horses

St Thomas

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