A resolution passed at Tuesday's monthly sitting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) for the keys to the city to be presented to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has been greeted with both praise and criticisms by Jamaica Observer online readers. Here are some edited comments:
We must never forget where we are coming from, but we must help to enhance those whom we've left behind and also build on where we are coming from. We all have to appreciate Mrs Miller's character as a nice, decent lady. I love and respect her as our first female prime minister. The problem I have with her governance is the way in which business has been done, a lack of transparency, a vast amount of irregularities in the various departments of her Government; the neglect of several cities where we can identify the existence of unsanitary conditions.
@Ellydeedo: With all the problems that you have with her governance of our country, you still see her "as a nice, decent lady" that you love and respect? If you had someone whom you paid to be the CEO of your business and he/she ran your company similarly, would you feel the same about your CEO?
This is a good move; a reminder to Portia that Portia does not own Jamaica and she is a servant of the people who collectively own Jamaica.
This idea is dumb. She already has the master key to the country and she has broken duplicates in every lock and spoiled them. Locksmith, please?
@Mars: Couldn't agree with u more. The symbolic gesture of giving a person the key to a city is one [that] elevates a person to be sort of in charge for a [short] time. I guess this must be saying Portia is not really in charge.
As far as her political accomplishments go, they might have a strong point but it would have been better served to bestow her with a high State title after her retirement from politics.
CHUCK EMANUEL the ORIGINAL
@roger: Let us all assume she was given this award on behalf of the women of Jamaica.
The most loved prime minister Jamaica has ever seen. You have served your [country] well and it is more than fitting to honour you with the keys. Job well done, SISTA P. Keep up the good work.
@mastersgt: I couldn't agree more.... It is time we acknowledge her for her achievements. A job well done. You deserve it, PM Portia Simpson Miller.
@mastersgt: Are you living in the same Jamaica I am living in. A study was done a few years back, and it found that 90% or more of us has a mental problem of some sorts. I did not believe it at the time, but after reading some of the comments that are posted on this forum I have to change my mind. It is really TRUE.
@mastersgt: The most loved prime minister Jamaica has ever seen? Really? Speak for yourself! Don't assume to speak on behalf of all Jamaica!
@mastersgt: If this is what you call job well done, then your standards are really low. I definitely wouldn't like to see the bad job. I shudder to think what Jamaica would be if she did a bad job by your standards.
While the prime minister receives the key to the city, someone ought to remind her that she is receiving it in a cloud of smoke, literally. What exactly is this Government, and the KSAC too, doing to alleviate the chronic state of pollution across the city? It is bad, really bad.
I am sick and tired of these empty gestures. How PSM's 40 years in politics benefitted Jamaica? We bestow honour on those who have made tangible contributions to society. If her constituency was transformed into a peaceful, prosperous, productive, educated, and law-abiding place I would say kudos.
Celebrating mediocrity is this the very best that Jamaica has to offer in female leadership? The Most Hon PM is compared with Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice. With 40 years of "service" maybe I expect more from a TIME awardee. Maybe I expect actual accomplishments outside of being the first female PM.