In de­fence of Colom­bians...

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - EDITORIAL -

In ev­ery sec­tion of a coun­try you get good and bad cit­i­zens. Most Colom­bians earn an hon­est liv­ing, pro­vid­ing taxes to the gov­ern­ment, and high rates de­pend­ing on the area they live. Also, some of them pro­vide em­ploy­ment or work in the pri­vate sec­tor, which is the en­gine of the growth. Some of the Colom­bians are good phi­lan­thropists and so­cial work­ers who go to ru­ral ar­eas and help the poor, pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, help with an­i­mal wel­fare, aid hos­pi­tals and many other wor­thy causes.

Why not men­tion and bring aware­ness about the cor­rupt politi­cians, drug traf­fick­ers, sand min­ers, tree fellers, il­licit liquor brew­ers and the in­for­mal sec­tor that pays no taxes and liv­ing a life of lux­ury and thereby ru­in­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and the younger gen­er­a­tion. If there is proper law and or­der and the in­land rev­enue plays its part, then most of the of­fend­ers will not be the Colom­bians.

Duty-free ve­hi­cles and perks are given to the politi­cians and their stooges. Even these are funded by tax pay­ers. If a coun­try ig­nores and ha­rasses the city folk, then the ed­u­cated, younger gen­er­a­tion will mi­grate. What we need is to not dif­fer­en­ti­ate the sec­tions of the peo­ple, but to unite the coun­try to one sin­gle iden­tity as Sri Lankans. R.DE MEL

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