THE EDITOR, Sir:
Why do Jamaicans continue to shoot ourselves in the foot? The latest unemployment figures showed a rise to more than 16 per cent, more than 27 per cent among young people aged 18-25, and more than 40 per cent of women.
These figures are alarming, at best. The stats are a chronic indicator that our economy is declining rapidly; that in the near future, there could be more crime and violence, hopelessness, etc.
This country has been in decline for more than 40 years and is in desperate need for investment, which will drive development, create jobs, generate tax revenue for the Government, and grow the economy.
These environmentalists have opposed every major project the Government has put forward to grow the economy. They have highlighted their objections about the US$650-million north-south highway link by saying that the some of the soil content between the Mandela Highway and the Linstead Bypass could not handle the weight of such massive infrastructure. Have these environmentalists ever been to Nevada in the United States and seen where superhighways and cities are built in a desert? Have these environmentalists not been to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, to see engineering marvels that merge man and the environment in a win-win situation?
It is time for innovative and bold thinking. The idea that the only way to preserve and protect the environment is not to touch it. It's rubbish!
As a people, it is time for us to change our approach to growth and development. We are in desperate need of capital injection, and if we don't willingly open our doors to local and international investors, pretty soon Jamaica will become a wasteland.
Old Harbour Bay