Looking Back at the Year 2012 ~@KiwanisNSA Editorial 121227 – DS Colin Ifill
KCNSA Editorial December 27: Looking Back At The Year 2012
As this will be our last Editorial Column for the year 2012 I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the events of the past year and at the same time give thanks to God for bringing us through a rather difficult year.
As we reflect on the year it is regretted that in spite of the best intentions the Government has not been able to sign an Agreement with the I.M.F. This this has led to a rapid deterioration in the value of the Jamaican dollar which has resulted in increased prices all around. Let us hope that an agreement will be reached early in the New Year.
We also reflect on the fact that the Minister of Finance in his effort to reduce the Budget deficit imposed higher taxes which resulted in higher prices everywhere to the extent that the motor car dealers have complained that their sales have fallen off significantly due to the increases in the rate of duties. They have since appealed to the Minister for a roll back of the duties.
As we continue our reflections we think of the destruction which Hurricane Sandy left behind when it struck Jamaica. While some sections of the Island escaped lightly, we cannot help but remember the agricultural sector which was hard hit as well as the many houses which were either damaged or destroyed as well as the infrastructure. It is therefore with a heavy heart that I reflect that that while some of us were able to celebrate Christmas in the usual manner many others are still struggling from the effects of Sandy. Let us also remember that Sandy after hitting Jamaica went on to inflict serious damage to the Jersey shoreline of the U.S.A as well as the Rockaways in New York and many Jamaicans living there have been badly affected. We need to remember them.
We also note that Mr. Greg Christie, the former Contractor General, did not seek an extension of his contract and thus demitted office. While there are those who felt that he performed creditably there are others who are glad to see the back of him as they did not like his style of operation. A search is now on in earnest to find a replacement.
As we continue to reflect we cannot close our eyes to the fact that there has been an upsurge in criminal activity as the murder rate continues to climb. The lotto scammers continue to have their way and in spite of a few arrests no one has been convicted and sentenced. Crime needs to be brought under control if we are to woo investors to the Island and prevent others from leaving.
Further afield we were glad to hear that President Obama was re-elected to serve a second term but just as in his first term the pressure has already been increased on him. There is no doubt that ‘white America’ has great difficulty accepting an Afro-American sitting in the White House. It is heartening to hear that as a result of the recent killing of some 20 young children in Connecticut, the President has set up a committee to review the Gun Laws to see what can be done to stem the flow of gun killings in the U.S.A.
As we look forward to the year 2013 let us hope that it will be a better year for all of us.Happy New Year to all when it comes.
[This week’s editorial is provided by Distinguished Secretary Colin Ifill]
Director Clement Forrester,
Public Relations Committee | Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew (Jamaica)
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