KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Close to 200 bus operators in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMTR) have withdrawn their service.
The operators represented by the Jamaica Association of Transport Operators (JATOO) say the protest is in response to reports that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be reducing its sub-franc ...more »
THERE is a quote that is commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? Five? No, calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg."
In the wake of TVJ's turnaround regarding their decision on the broadcast of The Voice, I have been coming across a particular position repeated in comments in various media. The comments suggest — or say outright — that Jamaicans have not been as vocal in speaking out to the Government as they have been in speaking out to, and putting pressure on, TVJ.
This is neither a fair nor true comment. And the fact that it keeps being repeated will not make it so. Jamaicans have not given the Government a "free pass". The present Administration does have its supporters, however, many Jamaicans have been
speaking out — collectively and individually.
Here's the thing: The calling out to, and demanding accountability from our leaders has clearly become monotonous. It is usually about the same things: corruption, the economy, the unemployment rate, hikes in bus fares and utility bills; Bills gathering dust in Parliament, etc. To their ears, we now sound like Charlie Brown's teacher: "Wah wah wah." Coupled with that, it would appear as though our leaders make efforts to tune us out. I need not remind you of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller saying something
to the effect of, "I don't watch the news".
In spite of our many calls for accountability and answers, our leaders are unmoved. It seems they go ahead and do — or don't do — whatever they want, anyway. TVJ responded to the pressure of Jamaicans who called them out on that unwise decision. Many of these Jamaicans are the same ones who have been speaking out on the country's affairs.
It is not a matter of whether Jamaicans should be as vigorous in putting pressure on the Government as they were in putting pressure on TVJ. No, the question is: What if the Government were as responsive as TVJ?
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