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TALK BACK: Readers bask in Jenny’s joy of a new home


Carol Martindale

TALK BACK: Readers bask in Jenny’s joy of a new home

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It warmed the hearts of our online readers when they read that 82-year-old Jenny Wooding was moved from her deplorable living conditions and into a spanking new three-bedroom home in Barbarees Hill, St Michael.
Wooding was dancing for joy this week when housing officials moved her from the squalor she was living in at First Avenue, Deane’s Village, St Michael, to her new home.
Readers saw the joy and contentment on the old woman’s face when she turned the key. What was not captured in the pictures was in a video on nationnews.com that showed Wooding dancing around and thanking God for her new home.
Many readers were plain old happy to read of the good news.
These were some of the sentiments they shared.
Don Roach: “I am really happy for her; I hate to see the elderly being mistreated.”
Star Branch: “No one should have to live in such poverty, especially in this day and age and it’s great to see there is still some humanity and love out there. We should all look after our elderly . . . .”
Juanita Mayers: “Whilst we celebrate this elder’s happiness. Let us not forget all the others in similar conditions. We all owe who we are to our elders . . .  .”
Yvette Carless: “I am so happy for this old lady, no one should be made to live in a house like her former [home]. God bless her!”
Greta Marlin: “Congratulations, Barbados . . . congratulations, NATION, you have brought tears of happiness to my eyes. Just looking at the peace on the poor lady’s face is rewarding. Minister Lashley, may I suggest that you fill the two remaining rooms with two more poor lonely old souls who are currently facing a similar plight?”
Mary Yearwood: “Congrats, Barbados, for giving this deserving woman a home of her own. Nowhere else in the world do I know of governments giving senior citizens their own homes when they are in need.”
Online readers welcomed the news this past week that REDjet was cleared to fly into Jamaica from October.
Derick Medford: “About time.“
Lucine Price: “Should’ve been done long time.”
When news broke of the death of Captain Roy Corbin, a musician, farmer and retired soldier, many readers paid tribute to him. Corbin, 73, a former Pi-O-De-Crop calypso judge, collapsed and died Monday morning.
Sheldon Hope wrote: “This man is the one of the reasons I sang calypso. He was so encouraging and always full of wisdom and advice. I will miss him. I was honoured to call him “dad”. Truly a musical father to me. RIP, captain.”

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