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Let us unite in 2010

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

As we close the chapter called 2009 and move into another, I am calling on all Jamaicans, whether here or outside our shores, to let us unite for the good of Jamaica.

As a country, our recent past has been clouded by so many negatives and this has influenced how we are perceived by others. We all know persons who perpetuate the ills of our society are in the vast minority and that Jamaicans are caring and loving persons. This means those of us who care about Jamaica must resolve to commence the process of change. There is no better time to commence that change process than the beginning of a new year.

Time to unite

Over the years, we have allowed so many things to divide us, chief among them politics. However, it is now timely that we awake from our slumber and get the message that each Jamaican is our brother and friend, and when we destroy our brother and friend we are destroying Jamaica.

Since the family is the cornerstone of our society, I believe the unification process should commence there. Our politicians, too, have a responsibility because their followership is so wide and varied and are oftentimes seen as the voice of the people. They need to walk the talk and ensure their rhetoric enhance rather than destroy unity.

Year of challenges

The year 2010 is predicted to be a year of great challenges for Jamaicans and that is why the call for unity is so timely. When set aside, all things that have beset us over the years, if we work together as a team, we will be empowered to collectively conquer all the doom and gloom that have been pronounced on us.

We are capable of producing much more than we are currently doing, but the improvements will not come if we refuse to see ourselves as stakeholders in Jamaica. We owe it to our children and grandchildren. Let us unite and reap the benefits of a prosperous nation.

I am, etc.