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Your vision of The Bahamas

Advertisements have been running in The Nassau Guardian the past week asking our readers to send in headlines to the paper that reflect ideal visions of what The Bahamas should be.

The ads have been running since we successfully re-launched the paper on our anniversary on November 23.  We thank all of you for the kind words expressing your liking of the changes.

As a part of the ‘Changing of the Guard’ – yes, there are prizes – we are soliciting your thoughts on our national direction.  We think the exercise is important, as a people and their elected leaders need a goal, or a hope to work toward.

Too often in The Bahamas decisions have been made, or policies announced, in the absence of a national objective or plan.  Consequently, after years of ad hoc decision after ad hoc decision, our Bahamas does not resemble the place of our dreams.

In this space we have before called on all Bahamians to get involved.  The culture of complaining from the sidelines must end.  In recent months the residents of affluent parts of New Providence, such as West Grove and Blair Estates, have had their stories of fear told.  Criminals have relentlessly tried to take away what those citizens worked for.

There are other areas of national dissatisfaction.  Yesterday a lending institution published a 12-page section in this paper of distressed homes and properties.  We are also publishing a series of stories on the roadwork debacle in New Providence, which has led to much misery for many people.

During these serious times, we must come up with a national vision for the 21st century Bahamas.  Do we want better schools?  Do we want peaceful communities?  Do we want better governance?

For this vision to emerge, we must not just wait on a Moses to save us.  We must all start thinking and discussing and writing and planning.  Good governance emerges from the people.  A disinterested citizenry will always give birth to mediocre or poor leaders.

We think newspapers have a role to play in this process of progress.  Along with holding powerful figures to account, papers should also facilitate and inspire thought.

With this as one of our main objectives, we are asking you to tell us what you want for our country.  We hope than you will continue to send your offerings.  Many have already come to our box.  As you do so, focus on what you want to see now and what you want to see in the decades to come across this archipelago.

These islands are our islands and it is up to each of us to help make them better.  At this paper we encourage citizen involvement and the culture of accountability and responsibility.

Let us know what you want.

 

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