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Imagine an economy that has been built for decades to cater to one thing: tourism. Then imagine all the worst possible policies that can be put in place. Policies like more than tripling airline taxes. Brilliant ideas like raising cruisers permits unannounced mere weeks before one of the biggest boating events in Abaco. And the absolute failure to tackle known issues that have negatively impacted tourism (looking at you, BEC.)

From the Editor’s Desk: Imagine

Bradley AlburyImagine an economy that has been built for decades to cater to one thing: tourism. Then imagine all the worst possible policies that can be put in place. Policies like more than tripling airline taxes. Brilliant ideas like raising cruisers permits unannounced mere weeks before one of the biggest boating events in Abaco. And the absolute failure to tackle known issues that have negatively impacted tourism (looking at you, BEC.)

You don’t have to imagine that. It’s reality.

Imagine a government that tells us constantly that it is broke and can’t afford to hire math teachers in public schools. Then imagine a government that finds millions of dollars for unnecessary (and often unwanted) pet projects, bank bailouts and lavish travel expenses.

You don’t have to imagine that. It’s reality.

Imagine politics as pageantry. Where politicians would rather talk about each other instead of the country’s problems. Where the key to a voter’s heart is a new song and all-you-can-drink beer at rallies. Where colours mean more than values.

You don’t have to imagine that. It’s reality.

Imagine a country where one government after the other can do whatever they want. Borrow as much as they want. Engineer as many kickbacks as they want. Ignore the voice of the people as long as they want. And issue new taxes before any Freedom of Information Act. No consequences for anybody. A trickle-down don’t care attitude.

You don’t have to imagine that. It’s reality.

It is time we stop imagining things. We need to wake up and make changes in our country. And we need to make these changes today. Otherwise, we’ll be imagining what could have been. We are living in a nation where we all see clearly what is wrong, yet so far haven’t pushed hard enough to make things right.

Imagine if we spoke up a little louder.

You don’t have to imagine that. We can make it a reality.

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About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury
Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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