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Bahamians should support volunteer initiative

Dear Editor,

Sonia James said, “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history”.

The Bahamas has recorded a record 110 murders so far this year.  And while the pace has slowed significantly as compared to previous months, there is still much cause for concern.  All summer many Bahamians, me included, were calling on the government to do something to immediately curb this problem.

The government responded with additional police cars, more police patrols and ankle bracelets for criminals.  And now they have finally come up with, in my opinion, a viable solution – a national volunteer program.

Suffice to say, Bahamians have not been registering as they should in droves to volunteer.  How can it be that we expect the government to tackle crime and anti-social behavior on its own?  The government simply can’t.  The battle will be lost and there is much evidence to support this.

This is a perfect opportunity for Bahamians and permanent residents alike to “shut up and put up”.  The time for talk is over.  All those persons complaining about crime can now become part of the solution.

I checked the online registration and as of November 16, 2011, there were only 244 registered volunteers.  This is an absolute national disgrace and this further speaks to our freewheeling attitude.  The politicians need to fix our crime problem is what some citizens are saying.  To those Bahamians still living in a dreamland, I say to them that the solution is in all of us.  Making a positive contribution no matter how small is well within every well-intentioned Bahamian’s reach.

Register for the national volunteer program today and let’s start to get our country back on the right track.

Yours, etc.,

Dehavilland Moss

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