An asthma sufferer's plea
As an asthma sufferer, I am appealing to my fellow Jamaicans to stop burning rubbish. This practice affects persons with respiratory problems in many ways.
I know the non-collection of garbage is a problem, but please remember those of us who are not as well as you. I panic every time I smell smoke of any sort. Cigarette smoke is not the only nuisance Jamaica. The constant burning off garbage is also a problem, especially those containing plastic and the materials used to make Styrofoam boxes and cups. Help!
As I write I am wheezing and am short of breath. This problem with the burning of rubbish is especially common in inner-city communities. I live in central Kingston.
- Chloe Dyer
Who needs tourists?!
The recent letter in The Gleaner headed 'Loathsome Negril noise' is very sad but true. My wife and I went to Negril for three nights at Christmas 2008 to get away (so we thought) from the noise generated in our area on a 24/7 basis, but worse at weekends and even worse at Christmas.
The proprietors of some of the resorts need to look closer to home. We have visited Negril a few times but our Christmas break mentioned above tells us that this is the last. We went to breakfast on the first morning to the loud sound of dancehall music that continued throughout the day.
On the third night at about 7:00 all hell broke loose as a sound system about 500 metres away opened up and continued for the next eight hours, just like my community in rural Jamaica! I spoke to some German visitors. I don't think that they will be coming back either. But who cares? We have our beautiful music and, of course, track and field. Who needs tourists?
- P. Foster
Bring back the 'informer' culture
I grew up in an environment, or rather a community, where people cared for each other so much that we celebrated our victories and even decried the repulsive immoral practices. Neighbourhood watches were formed to create a sense of security and belonging and, at the same time, correct or expunge unsatisfactory behaviour through counselling, mentorship and other community-based activities.
However, the meet-and-greet policies that bonded us have all gone through the back door. What we need are some fearless 'informers' who will hear, see and speak of the ills and rid our communities, not of the persons, but their unwelcomed behaviours.
- Everton Tyndale