The Editor, Sir:
The leaders of both political parties and other members of parliament visited Haiti after the act of God, man or nature devastated some areas of that country.
I assume that they saw the palace and a church in ruins, a president without even a home. I would conclude that when they saw the ruins and the human suffering and deprivation that it tore at their hearts long enough for them to want to do right by Jamaica and Jamaicans.
Yet, I have concluded that there is no mercy for the poor and suffering in this country. Mothers and fathers are crying; their sons and daughters are dying daily. There is no money to put food on the table. Minimum wage is just enough to pay bus fare and three days of lunch.
There is no mercy for the poor people of this country. In other countries, cost of living has increased between 30 per cent and 60 per cent, in Jamaica nearly everything has increased by 100 per cent to 150 per cent.
We need to take stock of what is happening; if people cannot eat or live decently, some will develop negative personalities and do things that they would not normally do in order to survive in this bitter environment.
I am begging our wholesalers and retailers to have some mercy. Please do not take off the old price tags and put on new ones just for that extra dollar. My question is: when will these unending price increases end?
I am, etc.,
VERNA GORDON BINNS
Black River, St Elizabeth