Letter of the Day | The ‘bruk off mi back pot holes’
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Let me start this letter by saying I am not political. I think country first. You see, I have no intention of migrating now or in the future, and as such, the state of our economy is very important to me.
I am, therefore, writing this letter not to highlight any shortcomings of the current administration, but to say that many persons will judge a country's progress by one of the major economic factors: its infrastructure. As such, I am deeply concerned about the roadways in Jamaica, which are, to put it mildly, it 'BAD'. We may not know how this issue can play on the psyche of the Jamaican people, but several pieces of research have shown the correlation between green spaces and the mental well-being of the people of a country. Our roadways currently in this deplorable state is sending a message that "nothing nah gwaan fi di country, that we bruk down and done for". It will only be a matter of time before people really start to believe that message and act accordingly.
Every day, man hours and productive times are lost manoeuvering these large craters in the road. I can bet my last dollar that the deplorable roadways have in one way or another contributed to less productivity for amany organisations.
I recently fell into one of the large craters and immediately, the song 'bruk off mi back' came to mind as a shooting pain ripped through my lower back and arms. I guess it was better to hear the song in my head than to say the choice words that were threatening to come from my mouth.
In recent conversations with a taxi driver, he lamented that he had damaged two tyres over a two-day period. My car is showing many telltale signs from my hanging bumper having dropped into these craters one time too many. I have also witnessed several near misses as persons swerve to avoid these large potholes.
A lot of questions are being brandished as to why the roads are not being fixed. The answers: "Government no have no money, the rainy season; them waiting to run a 'Christmas wuk' fi the masses". Now, I could understand not having the money or the rainy weather feedback, but I would be totally against the idea of the roads getting fixed because of waiting to 'run a Christmas wuk'.
I believe that the road should get fixed once there is a need and money is in place. If the mentality is to fix the road to make 'little Christmas wuk gwaan', then this is a wrong mentality. What about giving the road repair works at the right time and teaching the masses to learn to save from their earnings for Christmas? Any country that is built on an 'eat a food' mentality is in for a rude awakening.
I hope we will soon see some improvements to our roadways that will give us back a sense of pride in our country and eliminate the feeling that 'the country a pop down'. I pray also that the work will be done at the right time, with the country's interest at heart, and not just to cater to a few 'eat a food mentalists'.