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A scary, new (and in my opinion poorly thought out) tax is about to hit our economy. Crime is a well-publicized issue. And even if you are a Bahamian that finds comfort in “your” political party there are things to worry about: the FNM leadership is in shambles, the PLP’s infighting is distracting them from real problems in the country, and the DNA appears to be a one-man show.

From the Editor’s Desk: Pessimism or Defeatism

Bradley AlburyA scary, new (and in my opinion poorly thought out) tax is about to hit our economy. Crime is a well-publicized issue. And even if you are a Bahamian that finds comfort in “your” political party there are things to worry about: the FNM leadership is in shambles, the PLP’s infighting is distracting them from real problems in the country, and the DNA appears to be a one-man show.

These are problems for our country. Not the end of it.

BEC fries more electronics then KFC fries chicken. Schools, police and critical departments are underfunded and overworked. The mindset of many seems to be that our natural heritage is a free-for-all dumping ground.

These are problems for our country. Not the end of it.

The Government’s budget is like my plate at Christmas dinner – indulgent, plenty of gravy where it’s not supposed to be, and lacking the healthy stuff. Seriously, how do you let the main public schools on this island fall into such disrepair yet still find MILLIONS for anchor projects? Are they so willing to sell out our future for short-term kickbacks?

But these are simply problems for our country. Not the end of it.

Let’s send the politicians new shoes because the amount they drag their feet must wear out their heels. How many time-sensitive projects have been foiled because it was missing a stamp? How many opportunities for our country have been lost in Parliament’s bureaucratic mess? Forget the shoes, we should send them paper bags to hide their faces in shame.

These are causes of problems for our country. Not the end of it.

There is a lot of “doom and gloom” in the marketplace. And I’m not saying it is completely unwarranted. We as a nation need to be careful in the decisions we make. But we need to decide whether we are simply practicing pessimism or dwelling in defeatism. We are smart, strong people in this nation and in Abaco. Yes there are the ignorant, just as there are everywhere in the world, but I bet you can think off the top of your head of real community heroes trying to make a difference. They haven’t accepted defeat. Neither did our ancestors when they faced similar challenges.

Don’t be defeated. We can still make a difference in our communities and our country.

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About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury

Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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