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Happy medium toward building Jamaica

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This coming election will be the first time that I will be able to vote, and so I have spent quite a bit of time trying to decipher the truth from the rhetoric as, unfortunately, I have become a political sceptic.

I therefore spent the last few days reviewing both the prime minister's and the opposition leader's New Year's messages and wondered if both lived in the same country.

The prime minister's speech promoted how her Government will continue to create the conditions for economic growth and job creation. This is encouragement for our youths. Thousands of new jobs will come on stream this year in the business process outsourcing and call-centre sector, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture.

DIFFERENT REALM

The opposition leader took us all to a completely different realm, one of absolute murk and a lot of nothingness.

How can we then reasonably figure out if there is hope for Jamaicans?

Why should I vote for one over the other, and which one really is being genuine to the people?

Surely, there were negative issues of the past, as Holness pointed out, and so, too, must be encouraging indications for 2016 as per Mrs Simpson Miller's message.

My wish is that we could find a happy medium and remove the politics from both, and work towards building a better Jamaica.

Regardless of who is right or wrong, my wish, under God, is for a year of continued positive transformation for the Jamaican economy and a quick trickle down to our people.

MARTIN NELSON

martnels@outlook.com