The Editor, Sir:
FOR TODAY'S trivia, I want to tell you about my 'pothole' observation. I have leafed through Vision 2030 online but seem to have missed the mention of one of the main indicators that we will have at last reached our destination: the large-scale reduction of potholes.
About five years ago, while standing at a bus stop, my attention was drawn to a man filling a pothole. I know that you do not want to hear this, but I am in no doubt that there are people out there who collect a salary every month that need to hear of my observation.
This man, not a party member or supporter, an 'eat-a-fooder' or a 'feeding tree' dependent, pushed his wheelbarrow up to this pothole. First, he cut around the hole making it into a square of about two inches deep with solid sides. He then removed the debris, got out a brush and lined the hole with fresh, hot tar (much the same way a dentist would when preparing a cavity).
This professional then added the pure tar Macadam to the full two inches then used a light roller to press it down. He finished off by using his brush to seal the old and new joints with hot tar just as my bus arrived. I have not been back to that spot since, but I am willing to bet that that pothole area is still holding firm.
I am not going to tell you where I made this ear-shattering observation, but I am sure you already guessed it was not in Jamaica. The sad part about all this is that the aforementioned, incompetent salary receiver doesn't give a damn, nor do the supposed leaders bawling about Vision 2030!
While on the trivia trail, I would like to hear your take on the electronic media reports about the large numbers of law graduates in Jamaica.
With not much schooling, I know that this profession is not one that I could have attained even if I had tried. I have a lot of respect for lawyers and know that we could not do without them anymore than we could without doctors and nurses. However, many lawyers tend to end up being one of our biggest problems, namely the 'politician'. Check out Gordon House!
It is my considered opinion that the people Jamaica needs in abundance for the foreseeable future are engineers and scientists. Just look around the room, or wherever you are, and pick out how many useful items you can find that were designed by a lawyer.