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50 years of what?

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir;

APART FROM our heroics in sports and our music, which has reached the four corners of the world, what does Jamaica have to celebrate after 50 years of Independence?

What significant achievements have we made as a country? What single accomplishment can we pinpoint and stand behind with pride?

I can think of no single feat that stands out, which is worth waving a flag about.

On the other hand, when it comes to identifying the negatives, you don't have to think twice. Jamaica has world records in murder; we rank among the leaders in squatting, poverty and corruption. Indeed, even our 876 area code has been blacklisted in many quarters of the world.

We have squandered our Independence and resources and followed a path which has left the majority of our citizens in poverty. Two weeks ago, I was shocked to see a woman on the news proudly announcing that she detoured food destined for the dump to her dinner table. "Mi pickney dem eat it ... and you waan see how dem plump!"

With all that said, the question remains - what exactly are we celebrating?

Celebration should be reserved for great accomplishments. In the absence of such national achievements, the time would be better spent reflecting on where we went wrong and charting a course in the opposite direction.