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LETTER OF THE DAY - Let's not talk ourselves to death

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We have developed an appetite and appreciation for talk. We salute announcements and pay little attention to whether or not the announced items were executed or not. A few years ago, an unfortunate incident occurred when some visually impaired persons were mowed down while they awaited public transportation at a bus stop on Old Hope Road.

A minister of government at the time visited the scene and suggested that rails be installed so the persons could stand behind them and prevent a reoccurrence of the injury received in that accident. Good idea and simple enough. To date, the bars are not installed. During the hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., almost all radio stations are engaging in talk. On every issue, we need a statement from the prime minister.

Consistent with this premium placed on talk and not on a bias for action, your reader Michael Dingwall (Letter of the Day published Friday, August 15, 2014) cries shame on the entire church community and points to its growing irrelevance because he perceives no 'talk' was made in relation to, admittedly a most shameful act, the beating of Mario Deane.

I suggest to your reader to spend a few minutes and consider if the Church was not doing but was merely issuing statements on the topics of the day. The hundreds of children lovingly cared for by Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon and the Mustard Seed Communities after they were abandoned by their parents. Ask him to go to Waterhouse, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City and see, as he puts it, "poor and useless" persons being taught a skill by the St Patrick's Foundation. Let him go and visit the long lines awaiting a serving from the soup kitchen operated by Father Richard Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor. There are so many examples across many denominations spanning a range of actions.

BIAS FOR ACTION

I prefer a bias for action compared to announcements and the issuance of statements.

The minister of national security has ordered an audit of the lock-ups. I do not know the scope of the audit, but this appears to be a timely 'talk'. Did we not know of the overcrowding and inhumane conditions before the beating and ultimate death of Mario Deane?

As a nation, we could commit to using this as a juncture to lift the premium placed on talk and announcements and place it on execution. We would be much further ahead if we all develop a discipline of getting things done.

PETER GRAHAM

pa.graham@hotmail.com