It’s time for healing 

Dear Editor,

During his campaign, Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis journeyed through each island of The Bahamas.

His message was simple. It was a promise to help bridge our current divisions as he has always worked to do previously.

He embraced the fact that what the country needed at this time was real leadership that seeks to de-escalate tensions, open lines of communication, and bring us together to heal.

The many tasks ahead of Prime Minister Davis and the nation are frightening.

Hundreds of Bahamians have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic while many are still ill. And we see that this pandemic is far from subsiding.

The economy still struggles to recover from the worst downturn we have ever seen in the history of our nation, and many employers are either struggling to survive or have already gone out of business.

I believe that Prime Minister Davis will confront the real issues, and find real solutions.

I believe this temperate, honest and realistic approach is what we need more now than ever. But he cannot do it alone. We need more unity over division.

Mr. Davis has promised and pledged to be a prime minister of all Bahamians, not just the ones who voted for the Progressive Liberal Party. He has promised to reach across the party lines to solve the real problems that this country is facing.

I trust that Mr. Davis will strive to allay the fears of those who voted against him and to restrain those in his party who may feel unduly emboldened by this victory. And if we are to truly come together, all parties across the country will need to find ways to listen to each other, too.

Prime Minister Davis cannot be expected to solve all the problems facing the Bahamian people. But maybe he can help inspire the sort of unity that makes progress possible.

It was Abraham Lincoln who once said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

The election is over and it is time for us to heal. It is time for us to come together as a country, unite and work toward the common goal for a better and safer Bahamas for all. We must not wish the government nor the prime minister ill, but encourage, pray and hope for the best.

Dr. Matheo Smith

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