Dear reader, it has been one year since I took the helm of our paper. The Abaconian has, remarkably, remained intact. Despite a few hiccups I feel like things have gone well.
And I have you to thank.
I have the others to thank, as well. Others read The Abaconian. Others do the crossword. Others pick apart the stories and write letters and look for their daughter’s or cousin’s name in the student section. I thank the others. But since they don’t read the editorials they may never get my thanks.
So I especially thank you.
If you have been with me since March 15, 2012 then you have a special place in my heart. I, at once, pity you for reading through my sometimes sophomoric attempts at tying together a coherent editorial. And I also envy you for having the amount of patience it must take to make it through my ramblings.
But we’ve made it through one whole cycle. One year. Twelve months of compiling the happenings of Abaco and presenting them to those who are interested. We have found ourselves center stage nationally, with the “all-important” by-election. And we’ve found ourselves forced into introspection with violent crime right in our community and watching the failure of our businesses and government(s).
We’ve had highs and lows. We’ve had cycles. I am about to write you a script you are most likely all too familiar with:
Illegal immigration, power failures, decaying infrastructure, crime, environmental degradation, issues with the landfill, political fighting.
All too familiar? It’s all been in these pages. Over and over and over again. A cycle. Sometimes I feel like my mind is slipping when I realize the same issues have plagued us, not just since I took the helm of this publication, but for years and years.
Break the cycle.
But what if I told you there is a concurrent cycle also buried in these pages. Sure, they may not be “buried” per se because I love to broadcast good news whenever I can. But bad news will always be remembered. Our brains are hardwired to remember the negative. It is a survival mechanism.
But there is so much good trying to counter the cycle.
There ARE young Bahamians returning from college and furthered education. But we only seem to remember the stories of cousins and friends who opt to remain in the US of A.
There ARE opportunities and areas of growth. But it’s hard to shake the sight of shuttered up shops and ghostly shells.
There IS a counter-cycle. But its inertia will slow should we continue to focus on the negative and take no steps to better ourselves.
Break the cycle.
I hope this time next year I have new things to talk about. If I have to read more letters to the editor about power going out and garbage and potholes I think I might go over the deep end. Yes. The deep end. Behind Man-O-War channel. And fish all day.
But for another cycle we at The Abaconian will continue to bring you the news. Whether it is good or bad. Without bias. And with you in mind.
Thank you for reading.