Editorial: Action on poverty

POSTED: 10/17/11 11:34 AM

A falling quality of life since October 10, 2010 is being brought squarely into the picture as faction leaders as six of the 10 faction leaders from the Second Chamber continue touring the Dutch Caribbean. Statements in Saba and St. Eustatius the complaints are the same, The Dutch government is too distant and does not listen to the local people. The prices have risen astronomically because of new taxes and healthcare is not up to standard or difficult to access.
One does not need to listen hard to hear the same complaints here in the friendly country. People here are also burdened by higher taxes and many feel like either the government is unwilling or unable to do something about their cries for improved quality of life. Thankfully there will be some relief from GEBE this month, but that is something that will only last so long.
It is nice to hear the prime minister commit her government to bettering the human condition and improving the quality of life, but there is a need for more concrete details on exactly how the administration plans to lift people out poverty or at least lessen the burden. One program is definitely not enough and the focus must be on both creating employment and business opportunities that will empower people to chart their own destiny.
Today – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – is a day for all to contemplate how they can lift themselves out of poverty, but also for the realization that those dreams and aspirations must be matched with a supportive environment to allow them to bear fruit for man and country.

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