As the concerns of global financial and economic stability continue to fragment with talks in the
These times require lifestyle changes and in many cases tightening of our financial belts to prepare for the worst. To help us alleviate some of these financial difficulties, citizens of Jamaica are charged with the responsibility of taking care of our financial future. We have to actively promote the utilization of home grown products and less reliance on government’s help. Mr. Shaw and Prime Minister Golding and community leaders need to encourage all Jamaicans to utilize our local skills, farmers, shoemakers’ dressmakers and so forth. Everyone needs to get involved in the process. To achieve this goal, we as Jamaicans have to learn to live within our means and eat what we produce. We may have to go back to basics by utilizing the local services of our Dressmakers, Taylors and so forth. Less emphasis should be placed on the purchasing of designer goods. The emphasis should be on setting a little money aside for rainy days and be hopeful that the rainy days come later rather than earlier. This will in effect give us a little time to build on our savings and reinvent ourselves. One may also ask where poor Jamaicans will get money to save. The answer is simple; life style changes. One has to change with the times, because global economic environment is changing. Theses are difficult times and difficult times calls for drastic measures. The underlying effect is that we as a nation need to do things differently. The solution may be in the planting of more yams, cassavas, potatoes or whatever can be grown locally and offer a significant divergence from imported products. The truth of the matter is that in general most economists do not honestly know what turn the economy will take, so we need to start to seriously look at LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCTS. If you have a backyard, start planting, so we can eat what we produce. The Government of Jamaica is not the answer to our economic crisis. It begins with us. I understand that many people will disagree with me, but this is my opinion.