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If you’re under thirty know that the system has sold your birthright. If you’re over thirty know that your children will grow up in a weaker Bahamas: one reimagined to serve political interests and not the Bahamian people’s.

From the Editor’s Desk: Smog

Bradley AlburyA suffocating efficiency for failure. A stifling barrage of bad ideas. A choking cloud of incompetence. Are we as Bahamians doomed to breathe the same toxic clouds of previous generation’s mistakes?

If you’re under thirty know that the system has sold your birthright. If you’re over thirty know that your children will grow up in a weaker Bahamas: one reimagined to serve political interests and not the Bahamian people’s.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

When you hear of funding for dead-on-arrival projects like the North Abaco Port and the Airport Freight Terminal (est. cost ~ $43 million) while funding is cut for the police force and schools, don’t just shake your head.

Demand different.

When you see local government treated like a whipping post for Nassau while Parliament makes unconsulted, unilateral decisions on your behalf do not mumble to yourself. Write to whoever will listen: Your MP, Facebook, the media. We know that positive changes CAN be made. Look at the recent decision to allow local government to collect, and keep some of, local property taxes

When you feel the squeeze from another hastily introduce tax, but aren’t shown where the money is going, don’t say “When MY party is in power it will be different.” It won’t. Not until we deal with things in the present will we change our future.

In a country with such clear water our politics should not be so murky.

When Columbus set sail for these islands some in the old world believed there were monsters in these seas.

They were right. Those monsters sit in Parliament.

 

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About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury
Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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