Vi­sions of 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, we reached out to our read­ers to ask what they wanted for Bar­ba­dos in 2018. From the va­ri­ety of an­swers, a cou­ple com­mon themes emerged. Ba­jans are con­cerned about gun vi­o­lence, the state of the is­land’s roads and the be­lea­guered

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There were many calls for the is­land to im­prove in these ar­eas. Per­haps with an eye to the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions, there were also sev­eral read­ers who called for less taxation and a change in Gov­ern­ment.

Here is some of what they had to say.

Carte Blanche: End of gun vi­o­lence. Make it very pros­per­ous for every­one on the is­land and [I’d like] more tourism to over­flow in abun­dance so money is flow­ing for every­one in the is­land to help lift the econ­omy up to greater heights.

Resse Brath­waite: That young peo­ple like my­self can find some em­ploy­ment.

Rachael Louise Ross: [My wish is] for the Gov­ern­ment to fi­nally stop be­ing so ar­chaic by be­liev­ing that the way to drive lo­cal in­dus­try is to heav­ily tax for­eign im­ports. It’s 2018 – we should be able to order things from Ama­zon like ev­ery other coun­try in the world with­out a dis­gust­ing duty rate. Bar­ba­dos is not a man­u­fac­tur­ing hub and never will be, it should start fo­cus­ing on tourism, some­thing which it can make money from!

Devon Sealy Zico: A new Gov­ern­ment, [for] Mia Mottey to be­come first woman Prime Min­is­ter, end the gun crime, stop school chil­dren fight­ing, [a] new bus ser­vice, no more tax and cre­at­ing new jobs too.

Pat Ed­wards: That we would stum­ble on some­thing great that would cre­ate a rev­enue stream al­low­ing us to pay our bills – per­haps dis­cov­ery of oil; that in­vestors will be­come in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing here again and that more Bar­ba­di­ans would serve God in­clud­ing who­ever would rule over us for the next five years.

Ch­eryl Henry: [I’d like to see] more self-love. That would re­duce the gun crime, etcetera.

Rose­bud Taitt: Less taxes, new Gov­ern­ment, wa­ter at the pipes and proper roads.

Gail Agard Wal­lace: Paved roads with­out pot­holes, no [sewage] on the streets, and proper garbage pick-up for the peo­ple there.

Denise Mor­ris: A com­plete change of Gov­ern­ment from the head to the tail.

Dee Mar­shall: My wish is to see the econ­omy back on track, less taxes so poor peo­ple can live and not just sur­vive.

Ever­ton Bar­row: Change those min­is­ters that [have] run this sweet Bar­ba­dos down the drain. We need bet­ter Gov­ern­ment lead­ers to lead this coun­try. It’s only about them­selves and get­ting their salaries ev­ery month and not ad­dress­ing the coun­try. You peo­ple in Bar­ba­dos get up and stand up for your rights – speak out peo­ple.

Cave Tanya: More jobs, less crime and come to­gether as a team.

Luh Luh Clarkie: [My wish is for] an elec­torate that is “un­bossed” and can­not be bought for 30 pieces of sil­ver. “What we are notic­ing more and more is that there is a dis­re­spect­ful el­e­ment in the so­ci­ety, who do not re­spond to au­thor­ity, and feel that when they come to the clinic if they are not seen within what they feel is ac­cept­able time, they get abu­sive to staff and very threat­en­ing to staff. That needs to stop! – Act­ing Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Ken­neth Ge­orge on beef­ing up se­cu­rity at the Bran­ford Taitt Poly­clinic.

“When we sing about joy, peace and good­will over Christ­mas, think about the many per­sons in the world who will not be en­joy­ing them at this time. Think of those trapped in places of con­flict . . . Think of the mil­lions of refugees in the world, many of whom have no place to call home . . . And in this sea­son of peace, do not let us ig­nore the vi­o­lence in the world. Let us re­flect on our own ac­tions and see if we are con­tribut­ing to the level of vi­o­lence some­one is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at this time.” – Angli­can Bishop Dr John Holder at Mid­night Mass.

“Nat­u­rally af­ter Christ­mas, with par­ties in gen­eral, you would al­ways have an in­crease [in garbage]. Christ­mas is that time of year. The SSA is very much in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and will be re­spond­ing ac­cord­ingly.” – San­i­ta­tion Ser­vice Au­thor­ity pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Carl Pad­more re­act­ing to the com­plaints about the lack of garbage col­lec­tion over the Christ­mas break.

“You just can’t spend money you don’t have. I do not think, that even with the late rush, it will in any way make up for the loss of sales ear­lier in the month, or for the year for our mem­bers . . . We are all ex­pect­ing 2017 to be a sig­nif­i­cantly down year, even worse than 2016. The ques­tion re­mains, now, with the fore­cast for 2018, if it will be another tough year. Re­tail­ers and dis­trib­u­tors are be­ing ex­tremely anx­ious as we close out 2017.” – Pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (BCCI), Eddy Abed on spend­ing for the Christ­mas pe­riod.

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