Teach ghetto people to fish

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Driving through the ghetto any day of the week would cause one to think the residents are enjoying 12 months of holidays. The area is buzzing with children playing on the road, adults gambling in a game of bingo, men smoking weed and some just milling around.

It is surprising the number of unemployed people who live in the ghetto with four or five children; with some parents aged 20 or 21. The living conditions are normally less than ideal, with outside sanitary convenience, centralised stand pipe water supply and the electricity is 'free' (how come?).

Free living in the inner city costs the country millions in the field of sexual reproduction. Governments have, under the banner of 'love for the poor', built houses for the residents, requiring them to pay little to nothing for them. The Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) was implemented to help poor people, but they are using it as a way to live 'free'.

Now it seems unfair to others who have to rise at 4:30 am, six days per week, to beat peak-hour traffic to get to work early so that they can pay their bills and send their children to school, while inner-city poor people are up all night at dances and stage shows.

These inner-city residents who are seemingly in need of assistance should be taught how to fish rather than be given the fish. The free living in the ghetto is putting a strain on the pockets of hard-working taxpayers who have to pay for every kilowatt of electricity, every drop of water, mortgage/rent, and school auxiliary fees.

Government should not be supporting the wastage of human resources when the country has so much idle hands to be used on idle lands as production opportunities. In the field of agriculture, more needs to be done to create an environment of fishing, rather than providing handouts for young, able-bodied individuals whose lives are built on partying and sexual reproduction.

Hezekan Bolton

h_e_z_e@hotmail.com

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