Reader’s Opinion: Fortune Telling

POSTED: 03/31/14 11:15 PM

Dear Editor,

Do you believe in fortune telling? Read this story.

Well, I visited one lately. She was a beautiful woman, well dressed. Well built, and was wearing a long black coat. “Can I help you?” she asked, and looking straight into my eyes.

She puts me to sit around a small table, with a light falling directly on the center. She held up my right hand, and looked steadfastly into the palm of my hand. “Ah,” she said. “You’re going to be very wealthy.”

“It’s not about me,” I replied. “I would like to the future of Country St. Maarten.”

“You’ll have a new government soon. Do you have a map of the island in your possession?”

“Oh yes,” stretching my left hand into my back pocket, and pulled out a map of St. Maarten. She stretched out the map on the table, then casting her two hands over it, “Oh no! no!” she said, with tears falling from her eyes.

“What’s the matter?” I asked.

“My good gentleman, you should run for politics.”

“I don’t have that kind of money,” I replied.

“My good friend, this election will not be about money, but will be based on integrity, vision, and ethics. Do you notice: one side preaching unity, while the other side disintegration. The  youths will be crying out for help, but hardly anyone will come to their rescue. I can see power struggles, serious unemployment problems, strikes, and more wage cuts in the making.”

“More emphasis will be placed on Latin America’s tourism market, instead of our own Caribbean tourists. Caribbean tourism is growing, while most of Latin America’s economy is in shambles.”

“Fortune teller,” I asked, “What will happen to Saba and Statia?”

“You know well, I can’t see across the ocean. Ask the Dutch!”

“My friend, migration will have serious problems on the labor force. More outsourcing of the locals is eminent. People must brace themselves for the worst to come,” she said.

“Fortune teller, what will be your advice to the working class?”

“All workers must have the rights to a trade union.”

Joseph Harvey

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