Fix the flag first

Monday, August 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The five of us and our retired friends grieve that we don't have a national flag like other countries of the world.

Our flag is a patchwork, motley, flung-together creativity of who so ever will. Flags flutter and flatter in any of the 20 popular shades of green and yellow. It seems like an 'eenie, meenie, mynie, moe' selection when every Tom, Dick and Harry can go out, select their own buttercup, canary or pumpkin yellow; their own bottle, emerald or lime green; triangle the black wherever they feel; and go fly their flag like a kite.

Our forefathers hoisted a flag in black, green and gold. We were at the National Stadium.

If we fix the flag, we fix much of the indiscipline in the schools, on the roads, in Parliament and other public places. The flag is a symbol of stability as is manifested in Great Britain with its centuries- old Union Jack, America with its, never-changing Stars and Stripes and Japan with its everlasting 'Rising Sun'.

We suggest that the Edna Manley School be assigned the task of designing the flag in the same black, green and gold dimensions and specifications as was hoisted by our elders in 1962. They chose gold because they knew the confusion yellow would cause with its 37 active shades.

We are willing to contribute, from our pension, to have the flag of Jamaica fixed in black, green and gold. We know from experience that if this is done quickly, the indiscipline that is overpowering the country will be minimised. Cho man, fix de flag.

Veronica Blake Carnegie


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