In both my professional and personal life I have had the opportunity and privilege to explore our beautiful island of Abaco. Surfing off the back of Elbow Cay, lunching in Sandy Point, hiking the old logging roads in South Abaco, delivering newspapers to Crown Haven, walking the Treasure Cay beach: all of it instills a great love for these islands and her people.
I want to grow through my remaining years seeing the best things happen for my community. I want the best things for my island and my country. Some of these things we will have to fight harder for than others.
Our history, our heritage our songs and stories – these are what we must defend for our children. We must fight hard to stop their erosion. Crime, poor education, politicizing issues and a culture of “who cares” are our enemies. We must ask this and every successive government to fight for us.
Our businesses, our shops our employees and proper taxation- these are what we must defend for our livelihood. We must fight hard to keep our fiscal house in order. Nepotism, favouritism, unfair enforcement and lack of accountability are our enemies. We must ask this and every successive government to fight for us.
Our environment, our beaches our waters and fisheries- these are what we must defend to continue sharing with the world and enjoying for ourselves. We must fight hard to maintain our pristine sun, sand and sea. Pollution, broken laws, unenforced laws and growth without moderation are our enemies. We must ask this and every successive government to fight for us.
We have pressing issues in this country: Tax reform, crime, education, fiscal responsibilities and on.
We have pressing issues on this island: the still-unopened airport, failing basic infrastructure, unchecked immigration and shanty town construction and on.
Our government has a lot on its plate. So remember if we want the best things we must fight for it. Otherwise we will be left out.
We want the best things for our community. We need the best things for our community. So we must demand it.