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NOTE-WORTHY - Immigration sour puss

Published:Friday | April 23, 2010 | 4:00 AM


  • Immigration sour puss

My wife and I spent a five-day mini vacation in your country last week and had a wonderful time at one of the northern beach resorts. The hospitality of people, including the taxi drivers we met at the Sangster airport, hotel staff and many others, was greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, we did have to deal with the immigration personnel at the airport. Personally, I have never met such an unhappy group. The immigration counters were manned by people without social skills. Not a smile, welcome, or even "good day" was offered. At first, I thought it was just the woman interviewing us, but later found out that this experience was shared by all other family members arriving on different flights, of which there were many. It gave us a feeling that we were not welcome in your country, a bad first impression.

By contrast, when returning home to the US and going through Customs, the agent (with a smile) offered a "welcome home" to us, and that was at 4 in the morning. Your Immigration people need to understand we are not the enemy. My vacation dollars can be spent elsewhere, and I suggest they wake up and smell the roses ... it puts a smile on your face.

John Gottschalk, johngottschalk@yahoo.com, Washingtonville, NY


  • What NHT benefit?

It is all well and good that persons can borrow up to $4.5 million from the National Housing Trust with the recent adjustments announced by the prime minister, but it is still impossible for a single person to finance the cost of an average two-bedroom house (at $6.5 million).

This means that persons who opt to remain single are still at a big disadvantage and will continue to find it very difficult to own a house.

Norda Seymour, norda.seymour@gmail.com


  • Education shortcoming

The inadequacies that exist in our education system continue to be at the centre of most, if not all, of the social problems we are faced with today. We need to redefine education as not only the ability to be literate and numerate, as important as these functions are. It should be entrenched in our school system as a way of survival, taking into consideration elements that make for peace and wholesomeness.

If we insist on the general definition of education to be literacy and numeracy, we run the risk of having these objectives becoming the primary focus to the exclusion of other important disciplines.

Real education in our Jamaican context, for example, should be about learning and unlearning.

We ought to learn and apply new strategies and interventions, while unlearning the values and concepts - much of which are cultural - that are attributable to our present situation. It is of vital importance that we learn from the mistakes of our past with a resolve eliminate them.

Lebert J. Brown, lebertbrown@yahoo.com