SANDALS Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart has received overwhelming support from Jamaica Observer online readers for his advice to the People's National Party Administration on how to stimulate the country's ailing economy. In an article titled 'Butch' Stewart's advice to Gov't, published yesterday, the Observer chairman said the country could start digging itself out of the situation by using funds to come from the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral agencies to invest in some projects he labelled "low-hanging fruits". Below are some comments:
Kwamie: I just can't understand how the last Government managed to move the economy forward and this current Government can't. Is it possible that this Government simply is just not capable? The last Government was able to eliminate school tuition, restore part of the railway, waive fees at hospitals and still managed to grow the economy in a very harsh global recession. Is it possible that we did swop the black dog for the monkey? LOL! Observer, I am sorry. I just could not put it any other way.
Ceejoerobbie: That's just real common sense, but the Government would rather use taxpayers money on the promised JEEP CRASH PROGRAMME than on feasible programmes such as what is now recommended. Bunch of wasters.
Enos Anderson: We are not short of brilliant minds in Jamaica. Sad though, that they are not in the Government.
Agape Theou: If only the Jamaican Gvernment would think like this, we would not be in the hole we are in today.
Probyn: A people like these me want hear talk.
Wharfdawg: Ahh bway. Wi a joke big time when I hear that the A380 can't land in Jamaica. It is only a matter of time before many airlines change their 747 for the more fuel-efficient A380 and guess what, we cant take them! Now we have an airport in the middle of the tourist hotspot and no holiday airlines can fly there. A few years ago I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican [Republic). It is a small, thatched roof airport in a tourist hotspot and is served by 53 airlines -- all tourists. Ah bway, the limping continues.
Richie L: Very good idea of expanding that airport. I have always said that we should borrow money to invest in projects that are sustainable economically, those that can turn a profit and support themselves. For a few million US dollars each we can spruce up several tourist spots and turn them into money makers. Do I hear Dunn's River, Reach Falls, Bath, Lover's Leap, Martha Brae and Rio Grande rafting, the Hip Strip, YS Falls, Doctor's Cave Beach, etc? I await the other suggestions from Mr Stewart.
Oliver Brown: Plz give di Gov't a solution for farming produce and export, 'cause dem nuh know!
Marky mark: I couldn't agree more. Coming from MIA (Miami) directly to IAN (Ian Fleming) would be sooo nice.
Oliver Brown: I like this plan.