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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let’s make our roads safe


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let’s make our roads safe

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Unless the Lord builds the house, their labour is in vain who built it. Unless the Lord watches over the city, in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.– Psalm 127, verses 1 and 2.

I AM GOING to ask a very important question this week, Do we care about the welfare of other human beings like ourselves? I think the answer is no.

As one moves around our beautiful country, it is very clear for all to see that those who are working in the utility sector along our roads just do not care as long as they get their work done, even if it is at the expense of others. They will place the cones, which are warning signals to motorists and others using the roads that roadwork is being done, in the wrong positions, such as in the bends.

Sometimes the cones are not placed in strategic points to give proper advance warnings to drivers (road users).

It is my belief that this type of behaviour is responsible for some road accidents. And the hurtful thing is that when those accidents do occur, those same workers will remove themselves from the area as though nothing has happened. For instance, when you see the Barbados Water Authority workers, they don’t even always have a single cone to warn you. They park the trucks close to their workers and claim they are protecting them. What about others?

Too often those in authority wait until something happens – like the loss of life – before they act. Please let us act now.

I wrote some weeks ago about the boulders which are placed at the T-junction at the bottom of Cleavers Hill that leads into Bathsheba, St Joseph, and up to the time of writing nothing has been done about them. I hope that no accident ever occurs in that area. I believe that I am a voice crying in the wilderness.

I am sure that there is a law which governs the utility workers when they are working along our roads. Let us act now because tomorrow may be too late.

Moravian T/20 cricket

Dunscombe are the champions of the Moravian Church’s Rev Rudolph Holder Tape Ball T/20 Cricket Competition. They defeated Mount Tabor at the James Bryan Pavilion, Market Hill, St George.

Laymen’s League convention

The Moravian Church Laymen’s League Convention will be held on Monday at Sharon Moravian from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outgoing president is Janice Thompson.

Annual fun day

The Holy Innocents Anglican Church will hold its annual fun day on Monday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the rectory, Ayshford, St Thomas.

Annual luncheon

The St John Parish Church will hold its annual luncheon on Sunday at Sunbury Plantation House from 12 noon.

Feast of Title

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church will celebrate its Feast of Title next week. On Sunday, Pentecost, there will be Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. with the preacher, Rev Michael Maxwell. On Monday, a family fun sports day will be held from 9:30 a.m.

Services will be nightly from Tuesday to Friday at 7:30.

On Sunday, May 22, Trinity Sunday, Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 9 a.m. with the preacher, Canon DeVere Murrell. The festival luncheon will take place the same day at midday.

Cricket, music’s loss

It is with great regret that we learnt of the deaths of distinguished cricket journalist Tony Cozier and Kean Springer, well-known musician and calypso judge. This column expresses deepest sympathy to their families and friends. May they rest in Jesus Christ and rise in glory.

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