You constituency needs you, Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Derrick Smith, the Member of Parliament for St Andrew North Western, has been, in my opinion, underperforming and disengaged from his constituency for many years now.

I have observed a total neglect and disregard for the upliftment of our wonderful constituency. I think Smith should consider himself extremely lucky to have been elected to this seat time and again given his nonchalant attitude. This, I guess, is due mainly to the fact that we are a Jamaica Labour Party stronghold area and we have a 'duty' to elect the representative the party approves for this area.

I believe, however, the time has come for us to hold the ones we elect to govern accountable for their actions.

I have observed a once- beautiful Havendale/Meadowbrook community, as well as its environs, reach a state of total degradation due to neglect. The roads are terrible. And we know that they really would not have reached such a state if Smith had directed his team to monitor his constituency periodically and approve road and gully repairs as well as upliftment projects where necessary. The constituency is allocated millions of dollars per year to aid with development of our district. Honestly, I am not seeing where Smith has aided in the progress and renovation of any recent project in our constituency.

Just look at the football clubs in the area. They need attention; they are in critical need of financial support and resources to assist in further developing the lives of youngsters/adults who turn to this medium as an alternative to gang violence and other dysfunctional behaviours in society. The coaches and volunteers spend their entire lives investing and making a positive impact on people from all walks of life by fostering the development of talent and, in most instances, also serve as role models and father figures to these young men. These are areas which MP Smith should give support, as small changes in these areas will have a most profound and positive ripple effect on our community, and by extension our society.

MP Smith needs to wake up and smell the coffee. For too long St Andrew North Western has become a safe seat for him. I urge him to reach out and take a walk in our constituency and see for himself the deteriorating environment.

I leave this quote with MP Smith from Mother Teresa: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Tara Henry

henry.tara42@gmail.com

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