A miserable year

Dear Editor,

I wish to thank the mainstream media for publishing my editorial contributions during this year. There was much to write and comment about.

The average Bahamian, especially in the major population centers, caught economic hell and societal obstructions. The cost of living has gone up dramatically.

The ease of doing business here in our wonderful nation as it relates to the unwashed masses is too restrictive and time consuming.

Dorian did not make things any easier.

Our politicians, as usual, seem not to be checking for anybody but themselves, family and assorted associates.

Twenty twenty, however, the Lord Jesus Christ willing, has got to be a better year for our people.

Most of us do not ask or expect too much but we do expect economic opportunities, good governance, fiscal accountability, integrity in public office and, of course, transparency by our political masters, for that is what they are.

There is an ever present necessity for infrastructure work here on New Providence. Traffic lights are often not working for weeks at a time. Pedestrian crossings are not in place where they should be and even when they are, the paint is so faded that one is unable to see the demarcations.

There is a politically based disease which seems to inflict itself upon the most junior of politicians once he/she is elected or appointed.

They immediately become proficient, or so they say, in the most intricate portfolio.

Mind you, in 85 percent of the cases, they don’t know what the hell they are talking about much less how to do it.

The Bahamas is suffering from apparent disconnected leadership and there is no discernible focus relative to a national agenda.

The most honorable is not an individual who inspires and evokes the best in and from our people.

On the campaign trail we were led to believe that he and his crew were the chosen ones of God Himself.

We slopped it up like big bellied and dead hungry Exuma pigs.

Going on three years now, nothing has changed that one is able to feel, smell and taste.

Apart from taxes and user fees/charges going up, VAT (value-added tax) being increased in a draconian and stealthy fashion, the self-induced self importance and a funkier downtown and International Bazaar, the beat goes on.

As we prepare to leap into 2020, God willing, my bucket list reads as follows:

1. Personal self improvement by all of us, inclusive of myself.

Where one is not yet connected to the Lord Jesus Christ, allow me to encourage you to do so.

If you do not have a church home or if where you are currently connected your spiritual life is retarded and not growing, please visit Life Changers Ministries International located on what is now erroneously called Bacardi Road and entrusted to the leadership of Apostle Valentino Williams and his lovely madam, Dr. Cleopatra Williams, any Sunday morning at 9:30.

You will enter in one state and are guaranteed to leave transformed.

2. Go back to school or take an online course in a subject/career path that interests you.

Age is only a number. Learn a new language or go up to BTVI and take a short professional course in one of the trades.

Maximize your income potential and prepare yourself for opportunities that you are capable of creating for yourself.

Do not simply sit back and wait for manna to fall from on high or for politicians to have the well-being of you and your family at heart.

When they do think about you, all it is is to plot and plan how and when they are going to solicit your electoral vote so as to allow them to continue to live high on the hog.

3. Bahamians who are still stealing, raping and killing, please stop doing so immediately.

Crime does not pay in the long run. Yes, there may be instant cash and self gratification but, trust me, sooner or later one will pay a heavy price.

Once caught, charged and prosecuted, one’s whole life is often turned upside down.

When you are living large on the proceeds of crime, many fellow Bahamians want to get some of the illicit gravy.

Once you are publicly disgraced and jailed, however, few of them would want to even be seen associated or related to you, a jail bird and criminal vulture.

4. As a people, we are not encouraged to save.

I do appreciate that wages and salaries might be so low that one might find it difficult to save a dime but I beg to differ.

Ten percent of your pay check or income should be deposited at interest with a commercial bank or, preferably, a credit union such as the National Worker’s Credit Union, headed by that astute banker, Alfred Poitier.

If you do not already have a savings account, please open one in January 2020 and save weekly or however your income comes in.

Of course, do not forget to tithe an equal 10 percent of that into the Kingdom of God via your church sanctuary.

You may also open an investment account with Colina or Leno. If you were to save B$300 per month starting in January 2020, by the end of that year you’d have well over $4,000 in that account.

5. Lastly, but not least, we who are parents and guardians let us resolve to live our lives in such a manner as to set an example for our children and wards.

No, I am not suggesting that any of us will instantly become perfect but everything, good or bad, starts with an effort.

We do not have to associate with every Tom, Dick, Harry, Susie or Jean, but let us watch those with whom we come into regular contact.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the season and are looking forward to a brand new year.

To God then, in 2020, as in all things, be the glory.

– Ortland H. Bodie Jr.

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