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St Thomas left on the margins

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Once again, St Thomas' importance to Jamaica has been ignored. On countless occasions, the parish has been left to solve its own problems. The Government has now reiterated that it is not economically viable to build a highway through the parish, as the expenses outweigh the returns on such an investment

The parish faces a plethora of economic issues that have had long-lasting negative effects on the citizens and have increased poverty. The parish not only cries about the economic degradation that has been taking place, but also the accompanying social issues.

Teenage pregnancy is also a major problem, one that has stemmed from the poverty that has devoured the east. As these teenage births take place, it continues the cycle of poverty for poor families where children are asked to take on the role of parents.

STEFAN POWELL

Patriotic Jamaican