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Let us seize this new day

Published:Friday | January 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Portia Simpson MIller, Opposition Leader

Evidently, for the vast majority of us Jamaicans, the anticipation which traditionally greets the dawning of a new year has been tempered by the prevailing economic challenges which face the world and Jamaicans in particular.

Notwithstanding the mounting difficulties that the average Jamaican family is enduring, today IS, in fact, the start of a new year.

Every new year marks an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

As a people, we could choose to continue to expend valuable time and energy looking back and apportioning blame.

National development

That, however, will achieve very little in terms of advancing our development.

So then, let us seize this new day, in this new month, in this new year and new decade, to make it our resolve to recommit ourselves in the interest of our country for a renewed effort for national development.

As we start this year, let us begin by taking responsibility, as individuals, as families and as a nation, for those things which are within our control.

First and foremost, let us determine that we will not lose hope because desperation and surrender are completely uncharacteristic of the Jamaican people.

We are not unaccustomed to challenges, but we rise to every occasion and we always overcome.

The only path that we can take at this time is to insist on strong leadership.

A leadership that is inclusive, compassionate, respectful and caring.

Let us recognise that there is but one Jamaica and that wherever we travel, wherever we go, this Jamaica is our homeland.

Portia Simpson MIller

Opposition Leader