Fix the flag? What about broken homes, illiteracy and partisan politics?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I write in response to a letter entitled 'Fix the flag first' published on Monday, August 27, 2018.

I am flabbergasted that the writer, Ms Carnegie, and her retired friends actually believe that the issue with indiscipline in the schools, on the roads, in Parliament and other public places stems from the mere design of our flag. Not the design of broken homes? Not the design of the literacy rate? Not the design of partisan politics? Oh, but the design of our flag!

Firstly, the fact that our flag is not like other countries' is a symbol of individuality. I speak for many Jamaicans when I say we like to set ourselves apart. Furthermore, the black, green and gold arranged in the current iconic design have been accepted globally. An acceptance that took decades. Can you imagine the confusion if we were to change the current design?

Indeed, the flag is a symbol of stability; ergo, a proposal to change it goes against that very concept. Here is a flag that is powerful in music, sports, language, food, entrepreneurship and much more. Whilst we strive for economic stability, the current design of our flag is by no means a symbol of instability.

On behalf of myself and my not-yet-retired friends, thank you for your willingness to use your pension in order to be the change you want to see. But cho man, there are more serious issues at hand.

S Georgette Graham

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