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Gala money an absolute waste

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir

Grand Gala 2014 cost approximately J$57 million to accommodate a feel-good desire among Jamaicans. Meanwhile, we watch the quality of life degrade simply because we fail to use our limited resources in a sensible and meaningful way.

These funds could be used to repair the roads that have ruined so many vehicles, make sidewalks on roads so that fewer people will twist their ankles, help to improve standards at Victoria Jubilee Hospital so that fewer women will shun the facility, begin work on a proper water-storage/catchment facility.

This country needs to practise classic home-management techniques. We need to prioritise and properly manage our funds, not host overly priced cultural events. While we pay credit to our past and our 'freedom', we must face our present, which is quite grim. The country simply does not have J$57 million to spend on anything that isn't to improve quality of life.

Let's face the ultimate truth: We are broke and our accounts are in the negative. We cannot use borrowed funds (assuming every cent Jamaica has is borrowed or begged) for things that will not improve our current state.

TIMOTHY CAWLEY

cawley.timothy@gmail.com

Kingston 8