Letters to the Editor

We know hero when we see it

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The honour of being named a national hero of Jamaica has absolutely nothing to do with need, nor should there be any thought of limitations as to numbers. I believe it is foolish to ask whether there is need for another or other heroes.

Those so designated achieved their status because they outperformed others in areas which affected the country at national and international levels and were recognised for their deeds.

This does not mean that someone presently alive or yet unborn may never achieve such status. When the selfless and heroic deeds are done, we know and they are recognised.

International fame or popularity becomes a reason for selection only to the extent to which it positively affects the country's development. It is therefore understandable that Marcus Garvey who promoted not only Jamaica but the whole Negro race is accepted as a national hero, while Bob Marley and Usain Bolt, who have both achieved international fame because of their skills are not considered hero material.

I don't think we can predict when or by whom a heroic deed may be performed, but when it happens we know.

Ronald R Fagan

Kingston 5

ronniefagan@g mail.com

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