It’s the day Americans want to let off fireworks and celebrate their Independence, fought for and won in 1776. Happy holiday, they wish each other, and I hope with the current pandemic can eventually knock some sense into most of that population—40 of 50 states now recording increasing COVID cases.
That said, a quick eye to my beloved Jamaica.
I am about to focus on a weekend of EPL games so wont take long.
Jamaica is so often like a fictional character, and in recent weeks, it can only be Rip van Winkle. He went to sleep and woke up 20 years later, and found he’d missed the War of Independence.
How, else can one explain the repeated instances of Jamaica being alerted to problems, doing nothing to address them, and years later the worsened effects start to make people itch like they’ve rolled in cow itch? The latest ‘woke’ moment is about the billing practices of the power company, JPS, and the root causes of some of the ‘excesses’ in pricing–stolen current.
The nation was warned about the untenable situation by a formed CEO of JPS–when losses amounted to US$73mn–now off to greener pastures, Kelly Tomlin, and citizens and worse, politicians, pressed to ‘give people a chance’.
Well, they got it, and kept raiding the current systems and now someone still has to pay, and it’s mainly the paying customer. People didn’t want to address the practice of ‘throwing up’ wires, so now we are collectively having to throw up. “How’d that happen, Mummy?”
The number of people who clearly don’t understand that businesses cannot survive is they keep piling losses on top of losses is mind boggling….unless you remember that most Jamaicans are numeracy challenged. If you don’t like the label or the implication, the power is in your hands to change and improve on an education system that keep churning out students that are not ‘proficient’.
People wave around metaphors about planting children in good soil. Metaphor away! Keep casting the seeds of the future on ground filled with rocks.
See you on the other side. 😦