Green shoots spring over Jamaica
Your editorial in Saturday's Gleaner affords Chris Tufton the kudos and applause that he richly deserves for his excellent work in the agriculture ministry.
Recently, I also took note of the improving picture in the tourism industry, with the increase in stopover visitors, along with the many other initiatives, being implemented by Minister Ed Bartlett. In spite of his detractors, it is indeed difficult not to give this minister his full due for the hard work he has been putting in to keep the visitors coming.
Other areas of positive action include Andrew Holness in education, Karl Samuda with the Caymanas Industrial Park and downtown refurbishing, and Mike Henry with the transportation hub at Vernamfield and the Falmouth reconstruction.
But perhaps the most significant development at present is Finance Minister Shaw's Jamaica Debt Exchange. This will impact just about every level of the society whether it is buying a house at reduced mortgage rates or buying furniture on hire purchase. Most of all, it will translate into the increased vibrancy of business with its attendant job creation.
As a nation, we have traditionally thrived on negativity, detraction and alienation. But dare we stop, look and listen and perhaps detect some inkling of good things happening around us? Dare we hope that in the midst of all this humbug and foreboding that we may just have bottomed out and face a future with even a modicum of promise?
The choice facing us is a simple one. We can either continue to revel in the demise of our current leaders and retrogress to the wilderness, or we can band together with a little hope, some perseverance and even a sprinkling of patriotism (if, indeed, it does not shock our system) and try to support those areas of common good that can accrue to our benefit as a nation. There are green shoots springing up across Jamaica. Let us nurture them and bring them to fruition, so we can live to fight another day.
- Lance Robinson