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Wrong to blame mayor for dirty city

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


In a newspaper publication on Monday, January 4, 2016, a letter writer, one Fiona J. Allen, was very caustic in her criticism of Mayor Angela Brown Burke, whom she accuses of not keeping the streets in her community of Richmond Park clean.

Now it is one thing to criticise, but when doing so, one should at least get the facts straight.

My understanding is that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, of which Mayor Brown Burke is the political head, is not responsible for keeping the streets of the capital clean. That responsibility, as far as I know, primarily resides with the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Despite this fact, the letter writer goes on a rant about the perceived failings of Mayor Brown Burke based on this erroneous assertion and so I am beginning to wonder if this is a personal slander.

I happen to drive through Richmond Park twice daily as part of my home-to-work-and-back commute and would ask the letter-writing resident to get the word out to folks in her community about their dirty habit of littering the streets.

In democratic societies such as Jamaica, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, everyone is not entitled to their own facts.

Let's face it. The assertions made by the writer are without merit and should be withdrawn.

Challenge our elected officials when they fall below accepted levels, but let's do so in a fair manner.