We're to blame for toll pain
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Nearly Fifty-four years since Independence, Jamaica finds itself poor and its citizens crying over being charged high toll rates for enjoying the significant safety and time-saving advantages in travelling the beautiful, state-of-the-art North/South Highway.
What is painful, especially to those who were young adults at Independence, is the need to pay any toll at all.
Remembering Jamaica's indisputably enormous potential for wealth and prosperity in 1962 (certainly greater than Singapore's or Bermuda's), we should have been able to build top-quality highways without having to borrow money or without having to enter into a toll arrangement.
Indeed, instead of having only the existing 120 kilometres of toll-quality highways, there should have been ten times more, all toll free.
National prosperity comes with good governance. There is no magic or secret formula for good governance. It is so simple. The Gleaner headline on March 11, 2016 expressed it in a mere 10 letters: Put Ja first.
Jamaica has no business being poor and being one of the world's most indebted nations. But we are where we are, like it or not.
Let's stop the crying. Tell the Chinese a big thank you and pay the toll, for in the final analysis, we have none but ourselves to blame for our sorry state of affairs.
PATRICK D. ROBINSON
Main Street, Stony Hill