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On a mission to forget the forgotten?

Thursday, June 28, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

With news of the recent agreement to build the Bog Walk Gorge bypass, the question of equality arises. Infrastructure throughout Jamaica is woefully lopsided with places already well developed being re-developed, over and over again.

We only have to look at the Norman Manley airport road where four lanes are being built and the road is being raised by several feet, and yet I've never seen any amount of traffic on that stretch to indicate a need for widening. Similarly, the Christiana bypass, while beautiful to behold, makes one wonder if that's necessary.

In the interim, potable tap water for much of the country remains a pipe dream. Is it that Jamaicans are unreasonable and will not understand the country raising the living standards for all, or is it that foreign investors are willing to develop only where development already exists?

It's a lovely bridge being built across the Rio Grande, but how many people from Shotover, Cottage and Silver Hill Gap will appreciate that? Have you ever been to Rejoin in Hanover and asked for a cup of water? Appreciate it when you get it. They have very little to spare! They've never seen running water. It really seems as if successive governments are on a mission to forget the forgotten.

Robert Howell

Kingston

roberthowelljm@yahoo.com

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