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Democracy and Responsibility

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” - Charles de Montesquieu The incompetence and venality of the government is a constant drip from the lips of the citizenry of any country, and The Bahamas is no different than any other country.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Cicadas

Our country has memories. Memories attached to senses. Sight: kids jumping into the harbour during a full moon high tide. Smell: wafting night-blooming jasmine on a summer’s night. Touch: jumping off a boat and diving a few feet below the warm surface, hitting the hidden cooler water beneath as you …

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From the Editors Desk: Weathermen

Bahamians are a tough, hardy people. Before tourism we lived exclusively by what we could catch, grow and salvage. Our ancestors survived storm after storm. Droughts, diseases, crop failures, Spanish raids and the age of piracy: we survived it all. We weathered many natural hurricanes. But it seems it is the hurricanes we are creating for ourselves that might do us in. The hurricane of poverty, both financial poverty and intellectual poverty, robs us of our will despite of, and in the face of, the true richness of this nation. The hurricane of failing education leaves our youth incapable of solving tomorrow’s problems. The hurricane of crime belittles us. These hurricanes and many more are converging to form a perfect storm.

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Young Bahamians Seeking Careers

I recently returned home from university and I cannot shake the feeling that I am suspended in some sort of limbo between student and adult. I attended a liberal arts university where I majored in Communication and minored in psychology. There are currently limited jobs in my field, and it is nerve wracking. My brain periodically screams, “I did not spend four years studying communications to work in any field other than media or public relations!”

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From the Editor’s Desk: Caveats

By the time this issue gets printed we will have celebrated forty years as an independent country. We will also be closing out the final leg of the thirty eight year old Regatta here in Abaco. That is if Tropical Storm Chantal keeps her distance long enough. Both Independence, and another successful year of the VERY economy-friendly Regatta, are occasions to celebrate.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Dead Horse

Our Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon­ourable Philip Davis, was on island May 27. He was joined by the Honourable Gle­nys Hanna-Martin as well. It so happens that it is these two leaders that Abaconians so desperately want answers from. Mr. Davis, aside from being our country’s Deputy Prime Minister, also holds the title of Minister of Works. Right now, to my ears and yours, that translates to “Roads.”

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The Quiet and the Beat

On an exquisite Saturday this past week I was privileged to witness one of the most sublime, beautiful Bahamian sights I can recall. Allow me to set the scene.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Cycle One

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.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Tightrope

As our country, and more specifically our own community here in Abaco, moves forward in time a lot of things are becoming clear. I’m not talking about our economy becoming clear. No person could paint you a clear picture of what that sputtering machine is doing. Our economy sometimes reminds me of a supercharged Lamborghini sports car that we have hitched to a horse because we can’t, or won’t, take the time and sweat to assemble the engine or put gas in. Assuming that gas doesn’t get siphoned off by crooks, but that’s another story.

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Insights for your Innerspring: Your organization needs more than a Vision and Mission Statement

In the last column we dealt with systems and discussed why they are so necessary to the successful development of an enterprise. In this column we will look at the skeletal structure of a healthy organization by discussing why your organization needs more than a vision and mission statement.

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