Governor’s New Year’s address “Make a firm commitment to the common good”

POSTED: 01/13/14 1:27 PM

St. Maarten – “Shaping our nation is a call to all for innovative policies, to secure a quality future for our people. That is particularly relevant in an election year when politics as opposed to policies, – more than normally is the case – become all-important,” Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday said in his New Year’s address on Friday evening during his traditional New Year’s reception at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg.

“To answer the call to shape our country for a quality future, we must individually and collectively make a firm commitment to the common good, the Governor said.

In an address that seemed designed to call for the attention of decision makers on the political level, the governor pointed out that “shaping our nation is more than erecting concrete and steel structures. It is more than building airports and harbors, national assets of which we are rightfully proud. And it is more than increasing monetary gain. This realization is critical because it seems that too often public and private policies are driven by politics and factors other than those that are in the interest of the people.”

With a reference to Martin Luther King, the governor said that actions ought to be inspired by one question: “Is it right?”

For the unabridged text of the governor’s address, see here on our site.


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