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THE GLEANER, MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012 | SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE EDITION

ST ELIZABETH: WHAT IS THE JAMAICAN DREAM? Kareen Salmon The dream is for the country to be more independent, more work fi di young people and more development in the country. I would want them to lessen the tax. It can be done by reopening the factories or things for young people to develop their skills, because a lot of them graduate and still don’t have anything to do.

Carro Thomas Jamaica is to turn into a communist country to stop all the crime and violence, for example in Cuba, where there is little crime and violence. To do this the Gov’t should talk to the people, change the two party system and just be as one. There should be a strict regime where only soldiers are allowed to carry firearm.

Choyan Edmondson Mostly, stop the crime and have more employment in the country. To do this both citizens and the police have to work together. Citizens who witness crime should tell the police. To create more jobs, the Gov’t will have to give people a start in farming; open community centres so people can build up their skills to get more jobs.

Lawrence Williams Brighton To see that everyone unite and live good. For persons to have access to land for farming and for housing. To achieve this, citizens can organise themselves and work together for what they want. For example, farmers working together on each other’s farms.

Jerry Morgan To do something for ourselves. Example, produce more and to recycle so that we can be better off. To achieve this, ask investors for help, example, to purchase machine to do agro- processing and use more local things so that we won’t need oil to produce.

Caswell Martain Jamaican dream is independence because dem sey Jamaica Independent and mi nuh see it because too much sufferation a gwan. I want it to be a happy place because only the politicians have money. To achieve this, more jobs need to be created so people can get things fi do, so that it will make us more independent.

YOUTH LEADERS: Is the Jamaican dream a nightmare? Daviot Kelly Staff Reporter

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FTER CITING the numerous roadblocks to fulfilling the Jamaican dream, youth leaders were asked whether the dream was really a nightmare. They are not ready to call it that yet. Some prefer to call it a daydream but they are warning that we may well experience nightmares if we are not careful. Daniel Wilson, president of the University of the West Indies Mona

guild, said he didn’t think it was a nightmare yet. “If something isn’t done now about it, it will be a nightmare in 15, 20 years,” he warned. Floyd Green, recently elected president of Generation 2000, quoted a line that said ‘vision without action is a daydream and action without vision is a nightmare’. “I think we’re more in a daydream. The dream is there, but we’re not acting upon it. I think the vision is there. When you listen to

Left: Nackadian Jones, first deputy chairman, National Youth Council of Jamaica. Seated at back is Ryan Small, chairman, National Youth Council of Jamaica PHOTOS BY RICARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Floyd Green, president of Generation 2000 (G2K).

Daniel Wilson, president, UWI Guild of Students. all of us speak, the vision is there. So I would characterise it more as a daydream that we need to act upon.” Deputy chairman of the National Youth Council (NYC), Nackadian Jones, said things were still hanging in the balance. “It can sway either side (dream or nightmare) but ... I am hopeful that it doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare. My philosophy is that I play my part and if each and every one plays their part, then it won’t turn out to be a nightmare.”

FEARFUL OF FUTURE But Ryan Small, the NYC chairman said he is sometimes fearful of what the future holds for himself and his peers. “I would agree with you that the Jamaican dream can be a nightmare. It is somewhat a nightmare, because, when you look at your dream, where you want to go and what you want to achieve versus the reality, it is very heartrending to know that you will not be able to achieve this because of several variables,” he said. He noted those variables range from political forces to elements within each individual’s immediate surroundings. “For some strange reason, there is always an interconnection between the political forces and what happens on the ground, that will, in a sense, determine the course that you take,” he said.

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