Why fan the flames of controversy?
This concerns your editorial of July 10, "What a way to treat the 'Father of the nation' NW Manley".
Based on the views of one commentator, your editorial condemned the manner we treat our heritage without an apparent effort to cross-reference and thus obtain the existing position.
Let me set the record straight in terms of the building at Roxborough. This was mostly derelict by the early 1970s. It subsequently caught fire. At present, the front façade facing the steps has been secured. The grounds today are maintained by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and occasional visits are paid to the site.
Yes, Roxborough can be rebuilt, but to what end, and at what cost? The most appropriate use for the premises will be as a camp site. This would facilitate our young people spending time on the site where the National Hero was born. The other sites, such as Stony Gut, could also be used similarly to imbibe the spirit of the National Heroes. At camps such as these, the young people would have time for study, for exploration and for learning to live together.
Let us remember that excellence was the byword of Norman Washington Manley. Everything that he attempted was redolent in his quest for excellence. It was the hallmark of his life as he was not just the "Father of the nation" but also the role model we should all try to emulate.
If we get positive suggestions from the conversations you spark and the writings of your pen, we will be much better off than fanning the flames of controversy.
Norman Washington Manley Foundation